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Old 12-21-2008, 10:47 AM
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Hi All: I am seriously considering purchasing an older 22' GB cat. Either a cc model or a Canyon Runner between the years 1998 to 2004. Anyway, does anyone have an experience with this rig good or bad? I've heard that they run very well in head seas but can have problems in following seas & also tend to rock & roll when anchored up. I like the idea of a cat from a fuel efficient standpoint but am not sure if that alone is worth the price? What's your take on this rig, either PRO of CON?

Please let's not make this a battle ground for Mono vs. Bihull as that is not my intention. I simply would like to know the soundness of THIS particular boat & why or why not you would want to own one or pass on one?? Thanks in advance for any comments.

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Old 12-21-2008, 01:24 PM
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Most cat boats are not going to be more efficient than a mono of the same size especially the Glacier Bays. I know the early model 22's were similar to pontoon boats in my opinion. I believe the 22 was redesigned to be bigger and deeper. Just my opinion. I have owned 5 different cat boats but never a Glacier Bay. I have fished the 26 Canyon Runner numerous times. Awsome ride but slow. My neighbor had to put 200's on it which put it over the rated capacity at the time.
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I tested a 22 a few years back....liked the way it rode and the fit and finish...however....it NEVER stopped rocking back and forth and back and forth and back and forth....couldn't handle it..the seacat 21 could be considered also...
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:24 PM
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I bought one new with the big fuel tanks and 90 hp Honda's the 2nd year they were on the market. I only kept it one year.
Carrying 4 divers and 12 scuba tanks fast cruise was 24 k but the boat did get an honest 4 mpg. If you could stay in the boat. They bow steer badly and can fling someone over the side in a quartering sea if you aren't careful. No joke.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:06 PM
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If your serious about buying a Cat Boat do yourself a big favor and take a test run on the Glacier bay and the World Cat. Pick a nasty day and have them run the boat in the ocean not the bay. I tested both in the 26 ft. range, by far the World Cat out rode and performed better then the Glacier Bay. They do rock a bit more the a V hull but the ride and performance out weigh it. I do mostly offshore fishing at the canyons trolling and chunking and the WC SC I have is the best boat I ever owned. Mine is a 1998 w/ t-175's and I run 24 knots in 2-4 ft seas with no problem. They handle different and take some time to get use to. Check out the WC web site and go to the forum you'll find answer to any questions you may have. Or send me a PM and I'll give you my phone number. What ever way you decide to go don't buy anything without a good sea trail and a survey. Again the Cat's are a different animal and you need to take your time learning how to handle them. I have a great thread saved on my computer from the WC forum about how to Handel the craft in all conditions. I'll email it to you if you'd like a copy. It's a great buyer's market right now so take you time and check the Web. I live in NJ and bought my boat from a guy in Fl the price was right and the shipping was $1,100.00. Any questions send me a email.
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Thanks for all of those responses! Larry you have a PM.

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My comments are limited to Glacier Bay cats:

I had a similar experience with a GB 22 as compared to the 26. I started out looking at the 22. I suspect the problem with the 22 is related to both the wing height above the water and the aspect ratio of the hull, but what ever it was, I was not impressed when I demo'd it. When I was talking about the boat to the salesman after the demo, he listened to my complaints and asked me to try a 26.

The two boats are as different as night and day. I found the 26 to be a great boat and I came very close to buying one. The 22, on the other hand, is probably a superb lake boat, but I would not be comfortable in rough seas with 4 divers and 8 tanks aboard. There's a good reason that the 22's are "attractively" priced. Do yourself a favor and take a ride on a 26.
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If weight is the important factor to you the the 24' renaissance cat doesn't weigh any more than the 22' glacier bay
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Hmmmmm always heard great things about the GB. I bought the Twin Vee (great boat, but has it's shortcomings as well). Was trying to jump ship onto lnarngr's maiden voyage just to experience the non-planing cat hull.... Pretty adept at repelling borders he is. I was out same weekend same water with no issues but then again I am 4' longer and a planing hull.

I would suggest strongly that you do as Kerno & Obow say: Test ride in crappy weather. Ride the 22 & 26 of each hull you are considering. (displacement, Semi-Planing & Planing).

I can say that my 26 TV gets better fuel Economy than my Old 19.6 aquasport or my 23' wellcraft coastal. Don't let the fuel scare you on a 26 footer.....
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Hi All: I am seriously considering purchasing an older 22' GB cat. Either a cc model or a Canyon Runner between the years 1998 to 2004. Anyway, does anyone have an experience with this rig good or bad? I've heard that they run very well in head seas but can have problems in following seas & also tend to rock & roll when anchored up. I like the idea of a cat from a fuel efficient standpoint but am not sure if that alone is worth the price? What's your take on this rig, either PRO of CON?

Please let's not make this a battle ground for Mono vs. Bihull as that is not my intention. I simply would like to know the soundness of THIS particular boat & why or why not you would want to own one or pass on one?? Thanks in advance for any comments.

Steve
The old style is a terrible cat IMO, and I believe that it was redesigned by GB for several reasons.

In large seas, 4-6', try turning the boat in a circle. The narrow front sponson will dig in every time, scaring the b-jesus out of you.

Then run it +20 mph in flat water and the spray from the tunnel will keep the back of your legs and butt wet all day long.

The newer one is not much better as it is overweight for the sponson areas. The 26 is better as mentioned before.
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