Cat Advantage #8: Modern cats have the same quality as a high-end mono hull
Look, let’s use some common sense: you can find high quality builders, low quality builders, and everything in between whether you’re talking about cat boats, monohull boats, or for that matter, cars or powertools.
Wait a sec—I know what you're thinking: "Hey Rudow, that's easy to say, but why don't you put your money where your mouth is?" Well, I already did. When I wanted to go from a single engine boat to twins last fall, I set out to find a Glacier Bay 22 that was 10 years old or more, with trashed engines. I knew darn well that I could strip a boat like this down to the hull, repower and rewire it, and have a boat that was solid and reliable. If I thought cats were built poorly, do you think I would have intentionally looked for a decade-old hull that I planned to run offshore with my own kids? I found the right boat in October of 08, followed my plan, and put 278 hours on it from last May through last week. So far, I've had zero problems with the boat's structure and major parts.Dead outboard #1 comes off of a 12 year old cat - which is otherwise in excellent shape
|Dead outboard #1 comes off of a 12 year old cat - which is otherwise in excellent shape. Would I really seek out and repower a cat this old, if I didn't have confidence in its construction? The answer is obvious.|