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Old 09-21-2013, 08:01 PM
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I am looking to buy a new (used) boat. I mainly go offshore no more than 15-20 miles. I may go to bimini from fort Lauderdale but rarely.

I am looking at cat boats in the 24-28 foot range because I want to be able to trailer it. My budget is 20-30k. From what I can tell cats are all around better vs a mono-hull design. Is there any large drawbacks that I am missing?;?
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:30 PM
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. From what I can tell cats are all around better vs a mono-hull design. Is there any large drawbacks that I am missing?;?
And let the debate begin, I see 10 pages.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:49 PM
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Rack storage is very hard to find for cats.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:01 AM
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The best answer is, do a search. This topic has been covered often.
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The best answer is, do a search. This topic has been covered often.
What he said!! That being said, I love my GB 260!
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I have been doing research. That's why I was looking at getting one in the first place. Im very familiar with google. I was just looking for some people with first hand experience with them that could give me a little more insight. Thank you for your replies. I do appreciate your time. I believe that a cat is what I want. I just wanted to be certain before I commit to something. Thanks again!
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I have a cat and will give you a brief insight. First, not to burst your bubble, but your going to have an extremely hard time finding one for the price your looking for in the length you suggested. Not impossible, but you need to have cash, be first there and be ready to buy when you see it....it won't last long. Here are your primary choices in manufacturers in that length.
Glacier Bay makes a 26', very hard to find at that price.
World Cat has a 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 which will probably be your best bet.
Renaissance makes a 24, not going to find one at that price.
Sea Cat has a 23 & 25, you'll find one in that price range and below....great boat, but you need to be cautious as it is a 15+ yr old wood cored hull.
Pro Kat has a 25, not a bad boat, some had quality issues that could be fixed by owner.
Twin Vee has a 26, see Pro Kat above.
Ameracat has a 27, but not in your price range.
Sport Cat has a 25 & 27.
There are a few others that come available from time to time, but on a limited number (Patrick, Ocean Star, Leader).

Glacier Bay, World Cat & Renaissance would be my first three choices, but they will be hard to find in your price range with good reliable power and overall good condition of boat and functioning electronics. As I said, they do come along, but be ready with cash and don't hesitate. Most of them will be $30k+...most $35K+.......unless your looking for a project.

Bad things about cats: They are slower than most equal length mono's. They will throw you around when drifting beam to in 3' or less seas.....more stable than a mono above 3' seas when beam to. Some consider them ugly. They sit higher on a trailer.

Good things: Generally smoother ride, more deck space, ease of boarding from water

Good luck in your search. I know others will tell me I left out this or that, but this was just a quick run down.....you can find much more comprehensive info that has been previously posted.
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I,ve seen a few world cats in that price range 1999-2001 models,
But here is the kicker they will have 99-2001 trailers that need repairs,
the engines will need a complete service $900-1300.New trailers are about 6 grand.
Most likely it will need new electronics.Older cats can be found but be ready to dump
money into these.A 24-26 Cat should be easy to trailer(You need brakes there heavy)
The plastic fittings on the older cats will deteriorate quickly.All new stainless is about a grand for parts.
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Originally Posted by Rascal1 View Post
Rack storage is very hard to find for cats.

All you normally need is a separate cradle for the cat hull that the fork lift can get under. They are fairly common.
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Originally Posted by leadbandit View Post
I am looking to buy a new (used) boat. I mainly go offshore no more than 15-20 miles. I may go to bimini from fort Lauderdale but rarely.

I am looking at cat boats in the 24-28 foot range because I want to be able to trailer it. My budget is 20-30k. From what I can tell cats are all around better vs a mono-hull design. Is there any large drawbacks that I am missing?;?

You found me 6 months too late. I sold the Seacat in my sig pic for less than $30k last April. The previous owner lived in Miami and used it mainly to go over to Bimini hauling stuff. Great boat. They're out there. Look around.
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I have a 22 Glacier Bay and love it. A good one at that size will run 35-45k
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Originally Posted by Cat-a-holic View Post
All you normally need is a separate cradle for the cat hull that the fork lift can get under. They are fairly common.
Just sold a cat cradle Saturday

I had it posted on THT however I sold it by dropping off a sales brochure at the storage facilities . The marina bought it
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Thanks for all the info guys. I really do appreciate it!
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Originally Posted by Cat-a-holic View Post
All you normally need is a separate cradle for the cat hull that the fork lift can get under. They are fairly common.
Cradle or not, Most rack storage facility's don't want to mess with cats due to the extra work involved with the on off cradle thing and even considering the extra cost of the cradle?

I know this from experience, I have a cat and have contacted every storage yard within 75 miles. Only one rack storage is willing to take me from Charlotte Harbor south to Naples, and they are on Ft Myers Beach. Way to much of a traffic hassle in snow bird season.

I'll be selling it soon. I need back surgery. Doc says no boating for about a year after. Most likely a sedate pontoon after that.

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Rascal,

Sorry to hear about your back....I'm in Charlotte Harbor..not a lot of bouncing on a cat....at lower speeds. Hope you keep the boat..we love ours and it lets us get away from all the land lubber stuff
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Love the Cat's! I store the one in my signature on a cradle in dry storage. I found that about 2/3's of the marina's near me have no issues with Cats.
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Love the Cat's! I store the one in my signature on a cradle in dry storage. I found that about 2/3's of the marina's near me have no issues with Cats.
Nice looking cat..maybe we could hook up one day and do some fishing. Your probably not far from me
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Cat. Cradle. Silver Spoon.

I can't be the only one thinking it.
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Cat. Cradle. Silver Spoon.

I can't be the only one thinking it.
Got that song stuck in my head now. Thanks.
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No. I have one, never liked it, not stable would rather have my grady white back
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