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Old 15 March 2005, 07:00   #11
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How much would you expect to pay for a decent second hand one as would like one for our lifeguard club
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Old 15 March 2005, 07:05   #12
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What are you looking for Tim a zapcat or a grx 420.
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Old 15 March 2005, 07:34   #13
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Zap cat or the thundercat we already have two bombards just interested as we would have to apply for a grant to purchase one,and not sure if we can get this for a secondhand boat.
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Old 15 March 2005, 07:57   #14
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how about someone making a 7m zapcat, that would be cool... or is a zapcats ability purely in its nimbleness??
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Old 15 March 2005, 09:16   #15
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Zapcats do make very good surf rescue boats because they are a ver stable platform and can cope with the battering of the surf and that they lower down which make it easy for getting people out of the water into the craft.

the only thing that comes close to 7m one is this made by thunder cat.

http://www.mullacottmarine.co.uk/

Thunder cat do a 5.3m boat with a steering wheel
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Old 16 March 2005, 13:17   #16
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ED thanks for the offer
really am in a pundry as to what to buy going hunting over easter ,, let you know the results real soon
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Old 16 March 2005, 13:36   #17
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What would you use a zapcat for i you got one Nugent.
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Old 16 March 2005, 13:41   #18
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Nugent,
More than happy for you to PM me if you've got any questions about the Zapcat/ Gemini GRX420 choice - I spent ages trying to work out what to get. Requirements were for a boat that would take up little room at home, easy to transport, easily launched through surf and 'safe' to do singlehanded passages.

Would change a few things about the boat if I was starting from scratch again, but there's nothing too major.

Shame you wern't around at the weekend - had 2 mates up from birmingham because of the big surf running on the local beach. GRX performed well, my helming didnt.

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Ed whats the grx like. Did you have a go on a zapcat. Sounds like fun what hight surf did u have.
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Craig,
My GRX is way slower than a Zapcat - it doesn't have that insane acceleration. No suprising as I went for heavier denier hypalon, have a bow, carry a lot of kit (anchor, spare fuel, tools, etc, etc) and have a 93kg 40hp engine, with a plastic prop.

Tops out at 30kts with 2 onboard and all the gubbins. In the surf I trim the engine right in, put doelfins on the engine and drop the pitch on the prop - better acceleration at the cost of top speed.

Surf on sat was a messy 6-8ft. Having a superb time up until it went wrong! Started when I landed awkwardly, ended up out of the boat, clambered back in, restarted and kept on going. Hadn't realised that the fuel line had severed at the mid point. Engine sucked in water rather than fuel coughed and died.

Got the sea anchor out and started the drift back through the surf to the beach. Took on alot of water, but the boat drained really quickly despite the lack of open transom. Incredible force in the waves and was really impressed by the sea anchor's performance. All came a croper about 40m of the beach where the waves were dumping. Backflip, and an upside down boat on the beach.

Not too much damage - scaped outboard cowl, lost compass, vhf dodgy now?

Biggest concern is that the righting strap parted when I tried to right the boat on the beach! Glad it didn't happen offshore!
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