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homer 02 October 2016 06:45

Catamarans
 
Does anyone have any knowledge or experience of Inflatable Catamarans.
I few companies seem to manufacture them in New Zealand and China ?. I have complaints on the river that my Zodiac 360 produces an unfriendly amount of wake even at low speeds. I have suggested that I travel at high speed to reduce this but this has not been well received ! Will the wake be less at slow speeds
There seems to be very presence of these cats in the UK, that is for domestic use.

Poly 02 October 2016 07:44

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Originally Posted by homer (Post 731490)
Does anyone have any knowledge or experience of Inflatable Catamarans.
I few companies seem to manufacture them in New Zealand and China ?. I have complaints on the river that my Zodiac 360 produces an unfriendly amount of wake even at low speeds. I have suggested that I travel at high speed to reduce this but this has not been well received ! Will the wake be less at slow speeds
There seems to be very presence of these cats in the UK, that is for domestic use.

There is a reasonable following of people racing zapcats and thundercats. They don't have a huge following for leisure use, probably because they aren't the sort of boat you stick the wife and kids on in normal clothes and pop round to a beach for a picnic and they have no real storage for fishing kit etc...

There are a few people on here who use them without racing, but I think they are still using them at speed rather than in a river. I think a zapcat at river speed would be just as frustrating, as slowing down to no wake speed in your rib.

jeffstevens763@g 02 October 2016 11:29

Have a look at tacakat wake should be less as you aren't displacing as much water ( tunnel hull ) suppose to row easer too.

Cheers

lukewhiting 02 October 2016 15:07

I have a thundercat and the wake at 5-10knots can be pretty big for the size of boat when not planing. Think it's due to the hijackers sitting low in the water.

Also at that speed the boat awkwardly wants to be on/off the plane with no in between; which makes keeping speed down a pain

Roflhat 03 October 2016 11:21

Pretty much what Luke said, thundercats are designed to be driven fast. If slow speed and wake size are your prime concerns probably not the boat for you, but if you like going fast there's not much that can beat them! They're serious fun


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