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Old 11 March 2005, 12:10   #1
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zapcat purchase

long time no words from my self..
missed you all of course...

looking to purchase zapcat any down falls on said item that i should be aware of before letting go of my hard earned dollar?
any comments greatly appreciated been watching these for some time now and do like the idea of owning one so easy to launch and park up out of the way,,
many thanks in advance..
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Old 13 March 2005, 14:32   #2
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I tried to get a quote for the basic model but with a trailer, flexible fuel tanks.
I had an standard e mail back from the sales chap telling what i already knew as we had a presentation at the RYA conference.
I replied again asking for waht I wanted, and still waiting about 4 months later!!
Come on ZapCat, I need a reply!!
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Old 13 March 2005, 14:52   #3
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we had a presentation at the RYA conference.
Is that what you call it
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Old 13 March 2005, 16:44   #4
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OK!!!!!
More of aren't we great etc etc...... But come to try and buy one... Euan ( think his name was) passes it onto the sales chap who sent me everything that I picked up in Coventry anyway!!!!!!

It may be a toss between your Avon or a Zapcat!!!!
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Old 13 March 2005, 17:42   #5
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Nugent to answer your question, yes they are great fun! and easy to maintain and move. They are a lot smoother to be on than you would imagine as they kinda skim across the surface

The engines are Tohatsu 50's and they pretty reliable an low tech so you can look after them quite easily, they do go through coils quite often though and these are not a warranty item so I'd get a spare.

Also my friends won the team Chamionship last year ( they had four Zapcats) with Team Navaho and have decided not to compete this year. They have a couple for sale I'll pm you their number if interested.

Euan has left Zapcats and I think gone on to V24's or

The sales guy is now called Tony Jones 07780996400
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Old 14 March 2005, 14:03   #6
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thanks for the replys not sure if buying an ex race craft is a good idea though,,, obviously worked well..
many thanks demo day m,e thinks with credit card handy,,
or second hands look good round 3.5k mark searching time i think
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u wanna have a word with craigdavis.....hes jus bort one and is racing it this year....ill point this thread out 2him.

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Hi there nugent i have brought pne of the navaho race boats a few months ago and i am going to race it this year. I found that buying a second hand one works out wel as long as you chose the right one if u are looking at gettin into racing for the first time becase of the fact its cheaper and youcan get one with all the works dun which saves you a lot of money. my engine had had work done to it that would have cost me over 2000.

If you want to have a chat about them pm me ure details and ill send u mine and i can metion u to tony
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Apparently ZapCat are also now selling Cats fitted out for Safety Boat work. I think they have a 40hp on the back, and are apparently quite good as they are nice and low for windsurfers and dinghies. Only problem is that you're a bit exposed to the elements on them.
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Old 15 March 2005, 06:48   #10
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Nugent,
I was in the same situation as you 2 years ago- In the end I decided against the Zapcat as I wasn't going to race it and wanted to do some serious passages. I ended up buying a Gemini GRX420.

The GRX420 has a similar (or identical?) underwater hull to the zapcat, but has a bow, fatter tubes and a full transom . I went for an ex-contract 40hp Mariner as the price was far lower than a new Tohatsu. The performance and handling is very impressive (though not quite like a zapcat) and playing in surf is superb fun. I had concerns about the lack of transom draining, but have had no problems so far.

You sit in (rather than 'on') the GRX and it has an incredibly dry ride for such a small boat. Strap a few ortlieb drybags in the bow and you can carry loads of kit with you.

Get in touch if you want more info or if anyone wants a blast out.

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