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Old 06-30-2018, 05:49 PM
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Default Cat Build Thread: Eastward Boats presents the “Wild Knights”

The boat is going to be a 30’ Cat from Eastward boats.

I was in the market for a new boat, and Dave East’s new cat, the model “Horizon 3000”, popped up. I met with him and his wife on multiple occasions since January. Right from the start, Dave came off as a great guy who has a lot of pride in his company and believes in doing things right. He has a great deal of experience of building Cats from his previous employment/ownerships and he assembled a great team of professionals.

Without a finished boat, it basically came down to one basic concept I use all the time in business… I invested in the man himself. Dave has built quality bay boats under the Eastward company, in addition to his experience building Cats. I believe Eastward Boats is going to put out an amazing product, so much so, I ordered the next Hull.So, the thing about the Eastward boats is that they are basically all custom besides the Hull. If you wanted your living room recliner incorporated into the build, Dave would find a way. Because of that, the one he is building and the one I am building will definitely be different. The main similarity is they will both be center consoles. I believe his hull is going to show a more entry level offering targeted at cost minded buyer, and my build will show a version a little more “dolled up”.

I appreciate any suggestions and offerings from anyone on THT. That’s what we are here for, crowdsourcing knowledge.


Here is the Build:

Looks:Awl Grip painted sides (either light gray or medium gray, leaning towards the light gray) Black rub rail

Awl gripped Armstrong bracket in hull color

Extended bracket between motors for dive ladder

Walk through Transom

Oversized Fiberglass TTop with underside painted hull color

T-Top coated in Linex or similar (Black)

White Cap and interior



Power:

Evinrude G2 300hp (black) with icon 7

Custom built in motor flush mounts



Storage:

(2) in floor storage boxes

(2) in floor fish boxes

Storage under the bow

Coffin box



Comfort:Helm Chairs: Double bucket with a gray/black/white with flip bolster and folding arms 2 folding jump chairs in stern to match

Lounger cushion over Coffin box

No forward seating



Electronics:Haven’t really decided, going to need to lean on THT and do more research, but so far this is where I am. Garmin or Simrad

Autopilot

Airmar highwide 175

Airmar low 175

Some type of speakers and head unit



Livewells:

Going to use the one that comes under the Helm seatsAdding two on the transom. Blue, clear lids, lights.

Other:

Big dive ladder

Underwater lighting

Courtesy lighting (colored)

Either Anchor puller winch or Big trolling motor

(4) electrical outlets for deep dropping or kites





Im sure I am missing some things, but that’s the vision.



Buckle up and enjoy the build process
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Sounds good. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Sure ... I'm in
Fuel capacity - something to think about , I think this hull is pretty flexible . Some of those GOM boys that run 100 mi with a badder on the deck before they start fishing may start finding their way to this boat .

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Keep us informed with lots of pictures
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Sure ... I'm in
Fuel capacity - something to think about , I think this hull is pretty flexible . Some of those GOM boys that run 100 mi with a badder on the deck before they start fishing may start finding their way to this boat .
I'm opting for the (2) 150 gallon tanks. 600 gallon was an option, but for me was way to much.

I am hoping 300 gallons with the G2s should be plenty of range in the Florida Keys
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Keep us informed with lots of pictures

Will do. Now I need to read to see how to post them. Lol
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In. Trolling motor for sure over windlass.
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Is there space in the console for a head?
Dont forget a USB port charger for your phone. Maybe a built in phone holder/protector
how about built in storage for sinkers and downrigger cannon balls
Overhead storage for life preservers
locking rod storage

I have a Worldcat and the most annoying thing is the seacocks for the livewells are not really accessible when out at sea. Check the locations and make sure you can get to them from inside the boat



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Originally Posted by bigfoot2 View Post
Is there space in the console for a head?
Dont forget a USB port charger for your phone. Maybe a built in phone holder/protector
how about built in storage for sinkers and downrigger cannon balls
Overhead storage for life preservers
locking rod storage

I have a Worldcat and the most annoying thing is the seacocks for the livewells are not really accessible when out at sea. Check the locations and make sure you can get to them from inside the boat



well said. I don't use my head in the worldcat, but it is important to some. Baitwell seacocks need access.... overhead life preserver access is nice so you don't have far to go and don't taken up other room.

I go to Bahamas, and take a 6 man liferaft. Takes up room and space and is heavy.... nice to plan room for it.

happy for you man. I want to meet Dave and see the whole thing. Have been watching online, between bahamad trips
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Originally Posted by bigfoot2 View Post
Is there space in the console for a head?
Dont forget a USB port charger for your phone. Maybe a built in phone holder/protector
how about built in storage for sinkers and downrigger cannon balls
Overhead storage for life preservers
locking rod storage

I have a Worldcat and the most annoying thing is the seacocks for the livewells are not really accessible when out at sea. Check the locations and make sure you can get to them from inside the boat
There probably isnt space to stand up in the console for a head. With that said, you don't even have to use that console. If there is a console that you like, buy it and Eastward will install it.

Good idea on the USB charger. I had it on the list but didnt add some of the small stuff.

Built in storage is a great idea for sinkers and such. There is room on the sides of the stand for helm seats.

Maybe I can make the storage boxes in the front into locking storage for rods. Good idea, didnt have it on the list

​​​​​​​Thank you for taking time to give me input. Much appreciated.
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well said. I don't use my head in the worldcat, but it is important to some. Baitwell seacocks need access.... overhead life preserver access is nice so you don't have far to go and don't taken up other room.

I go to Bahamas, and take a 6 man liferaft. Takes up room and space and is heavy.... nice to plan room for it.

happy for you man. I want to meet Dave and see the whole thing. Have been watching online, between bahamad trips

Thank you! We are happy also. Lol.

Dave is a great guy. If you don't get to check his boat out during the "demo tour" I wouldn't mind showing you mine in the keys.

Dave is all about easy access to things. I'm sure he will, but I'll bring it up next time we speak. I kind of remember speaking about the access hatch in the stern already.
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Got drawing or rendered pic of boat?
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Got drawing or rendered pic of boat?
Not really. It will be out of the mold in a few weeks.
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Looks like an ex-Australian built cat. Here's a pic of the hull that will be used.
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