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Old 01-04-2021, 06:47 AM
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Saw this on a facebook ad last night, another one enters the market! Looks nice, super light weight build and priced at 349k apparently. Not a speed demon but? Didnt know if there were any threads on this one yet, did a quick search didnt come up with anything.

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Funny timing, saw that boat surfing youtube last night... it does look like it tracks a bit odd though, guy is giving a ton of steering input in what appear to be average seas for out here.
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Here come the "fugly" comments....when it's really sporty out there and you are far from home, NOBODY cares what your boat looks like.....
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Funny timing, saw that boat surfing youtube last night... it does look like it tracks a bit odd though, guy is giving a ton of steering input in what appear to be average seas for out here.
I noticed that as well
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I'm glad to see another option show up, and one that is focused on range and efficiency instead of speed.
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Looks like an unusually deep forefoot, almost like they decided to do wave-piercing bows as in sailing cats. I would be wary of bow steering in that thing.
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looks like a beast
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The broker narrating the video (obviously not a fisherman, BTW) was also highlighting the access to the fuel tanks as a positive. I feel quite the opposite. A full size hatch above a fuel tank is just inviting excess saltwater where it shouldn't be.

Would like to see one with a tower setup. 350k is hardly a "price point" boat but it's nice to see if you want an offshore fishing cat there are more and more options under a half mil.
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At almost less than half the price of a Freeman 37, I think its good for the catamaran industry that there is more competition with significantly better prices.

The obsession with 80mph speeds make no sense, no one is doing 80mph runs 100miles off shore. This one tops out at a reasonable speed. Seems like a nice design. Time will tell on quality, but for Cat fans lower prices and options are good for you. Bad for those who want to resell their build slots and boats for more than they bought them maybe, lol.
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Maybe not 80, but the 80 mph top speed allows a 60+ cruise speed which we do all the time in the gulf on our 100 mile runs.
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Very nice - At 8500 lbs with engines, that is much lighter than most resin infused product (which itself is a technique for weight saving and strength) currently available in that size range. Prowler lists its 36' at 6500 lbs w/o engines so adding 1500 lbs +/- for a pair of Zuke 350's puts it in at approx 8000 lbs. Carbon Fiber hardtop and supports is also novel (first time in fishing cat app? - Berkey notwithstanding), and not only helps with weight but CG as well.

Regarding range and efficiency vs speed, many of the mfrs including Freeman, Invincible, Tideline, & Prowler offer twin setups in lieu of Quads if thats what you want. The HHH35LX is designed to run on twins as is the upcoming 32 Calcutta.

Regarding looks I don't see an issue with a plumb bow, and if that's your thing well fine, it's your money. With all that said I agree with Scott - choice is good. Best of luck to them...
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Apparently, plumb bow has a few benefits, though I don’t like the looks. The builder has a long history building sailing/cruising cats, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some of those traits are carried into this model.

We get very few days where The sea state will allow 40 knots, so cruising comfortably and efficiently in the 30-35 knot range is money for us.
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I think its one good looking hull. I really like the long waterline vs typically what we see and the boat turns flat or slightly in. The motors appear to be slightly cantered in so that could be another reason . Build quality from research and emails is excellent and they offer different seating arrangements up front and rear. A pair of Merc 400's does just over 70mph. I feel a great value in our industry and gives us an additional option.
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I love it, looks similar to Calcutta to me
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
Here come the "fugly" comments....when it's really sporty out there and you are far from home, NOBODY cares what your boat looks like.....

I agree but most on here would rather get beat up and sore riding in a Mono just because it looks better
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I like it. Great walkthrough. My wallet is a little lacking unfortunately.
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Over 50 with this power is good but its total load is something I would like also to know as 400 gallons of gas weighs another 2800 lbs. I would also like to know if its cored under the water line, and wonder how a light build will hold up at the acclaimed speeds. He claims a smooth ride, but video footage from 230-300 doesn;t look smooth at all for a 35 in beam/calm water. Foam in the spnsons is a turn off for me too.

The fore foot on the bow that some have dismissed concerns me too as a cat this long is very hard to trim up, You can move weight to the rear, but at a normal cruise speed on a stepped hull that drops the top at the rear of the the tunnel creating more sneeze. Its not a big deal in a slow sailing cat, but bow steer at high speeds is imo.

The price at $10k a foot still seems expensive to me for a CC, and of course the Freemans are in another solar system. The smaller, narrower and lower cats are closer to $5k/ft, so to me we'll have to see if more inventory in the +30 size cats creates more price competition, even though overall size and areas do drive up mold and material costs.

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Over 50 with this power is good but its total load is something I would like also to know as 400 gallons of gas weighs another 2800 lbs.
In the video, he says 8,500lbs boat, motors, fuel = "ready to go".

Actual hull weight sounds like it maybe way light.. Fuel economy + speed is nice to have but displacement goes a long way to making things comfortable both getting there and also once you arrive.
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Any seen actual numbers? I saw the video as well, like the boat. But can’t find anything that makes sense regarding the “lightness and efficiency”.

website seems to have a lot of typos and inconsistencies, and the brokers / reviewers are just copying that language. Website says twin 225’s are standard and push you to 54kt (with a fuel burn that looks more like a pair of 350’s) but the video and other parts of the website says 300’s get you over 50mph (seems much more believable), and they jump between knots and mph enough that I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or it’s a language thing (which also doesn’t make sense, the guy who started the company speaks English well and South Africa speaks English...)
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I kind of like the looks of it, kind of don’t.....looks a lot like a Calcutta to me. Not a lot of boats out there that go over 30 mph that have a water line almost as long as their overall length. I’m a form over function with appealing lines type of guy. I think it will fit a niche market nicely, the GOM and Keys market that want a more family friendly boat that does the bays and inland water ways well and do long offshore runs on good to moderate days. Most of the other cats being built in this size range (Freeman, Invincible, HHH) are more geared towards offshore use at a higher speed, but they are not so friendly inshore.

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