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Old 08-12-2019, 03:57 PM
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I am looking for a project cat CC 28' minimum up to 36' with outboards. The more you read the more confusing it gets since there seem to be lots of horror stories about certain brands and then hoards of people saying that brand is great. I am looking for particular years of any brand that is a quality boat even if I need to make improvements to make it safe or perform better. I have a family and we run 100+ miles off so a faster hull would be preferable. I am not spending 200k on a boat and there are no prowlers or freeman's available in price range so we can unfortunately leave them out of the conversation. Any knowledge based on experience is greatly appreciated!
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Hold on...getting the jiffy pop going!!
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I don't know, but a used Prowler is as good or better than a new.........
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Stay away from Procat.
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I assume that is all years and models of proact and due to poor quality?
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Google some of the marine salvage companies, they will auction the hulls after they’ve had insurance pay outs. Cats are a rare find but I’m sure you can find them just check all the time. Hell I saw a Freeman ran up in the bushes on here a couple weeks ago, maybe that guy will get it totaled and you pick it up on the cheap!
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I'll start researching that thanks
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Tough range of size, probably best option would be a Worldcat, you might find a deal on their 28 that came out last year.....my preference would be an older Prowler 306 and I thought there was one on here a few weeks back. Going that far off be hard for me to settle for a fixer upper
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it may be model year dependent regarding ProKat.
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Originally Posted by Fyre Escape View Post

Google some of the marine salvage companies, they will auction the hulls after they’ve had insurance pay outs. Cats are a rare find but I’m sure you can find them just check all the time. Hell I saw a Freeman ran up in the bushes on here a couple weeks ago, maybe that guy will get it totaled and you pick it up on the cheap!
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Not a lot of cat options and 28-30’ range has even fewer. Maybe the Eastward folks will build you a 30’ hull and let you do the rigging?
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why would you consider a boat that you had to make safe-i can understand making one perform better
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All Procat Boats were made as cheaply as possible. Nothing bolted through. If the fuel tanks aren’t leaking they will soon.
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And yes I had one. Mine was a 99 . My friend had an 05 both had constant problems. Cracking fuel tanks leaking on both. I could go on and on
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World Cat 290 or 295
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Hydrocat 30’ would be a good option.
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By "safe" I mean adding drains to sponson type of thing to keep water out more than trying to change structure issues
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Originally Posted by Willyt123 View Post
Stay away from Procat.
A very few had problems, some (not all) of which were made worse by owner negligence. I've been running (and maintaining) my 2005 2660 since I bought it new. It's built like a tank. All parts on mine are best quality; including all GEMLUX OEM for hinges and latches.

If you see one, check it out. Get a survey and make your own decision on that particular boat. Check the hull to deck joint back aft where the rub rail transitions downward...Some (including mine) have had separation issues....but that is a couple of hour and 30 dollar fix per side unless it was ignored for an extended time.

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Thanks striper. That's the type of personal experience knowledge I was hoping to hear on different makes.
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I also have a 2005 2660 ProKat and I love it. No wood, plastic tanks, great economy and big fish boxes.

Havent had had it for long but it feels like a tank and has eating up the chop here in Texas so far.

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