what about the new 396 SS Outerlimits cat
http://compmillennia.com/index.php/lightspeed/ Building composite fishing and pleasure catamarans.
Get the one that fits your mission.
I would also have to put OL into the mix but out of the boats listed Nortech would be my pick for one huge reason CUSTOMER SERVICE, both NT and OL have great customer service. I don't think I have ever read anything about how MTI or Skater bent over backwards to help somebody get back in the water. I am not saying they dont have good customer service and they build great boats but it seems at least once a month you hear or read something about how much they (NT & OL ) did to help somebody.
I think there is a nice Nortec for sale here in OK.
OU need to look into it
Not having owned or anticipating owning anything in that category for a number of years, I can only forward positives Ive heard about each company. I cant speak for hull designs, speed, handling, etc because Im never the driver, just the cameraman/boatwasher/truckdriver so its all from a backseat perspective. In looking for my own skater, I can tell you first hand that the customer service behind Skater is pretty top notch. Peter can tell you practically anything about any Skater ever made, who owned it last, what upgrades have been done and NEED to be done. Even just in shopping, they dont have any problem answering questions or helping to steer you towards (or away from) certain boats. They seem to get customers and KEEP them.
Skaters tend to be a little more utilitarian in their setups (paint, carpet, dash and bezels is about as flashy as Ive seen) but because of that, theres nothing to rattle around, come loose, etc. But Like B said, they are a raceboat fancied up for pleasure use. Make sure your center passenger in the backseat has a good set of goggles and can appreciate being laughed at. Im going to go out on a limb here and throw my uneducated opinion out, but the Skater seemed to have the best ride to me out of all 3. But without doing back-to-back scenarios of all 3 brands, it'd be tough to say one had a ride quality that was glaringly different than the other..
MTI's have some really awesome layouts in their cockpits. They dont hold back at ALL when designing the spaceship interiors, windsheilds, bussels and engine hatches. They really do go all out and have quite a bit of wow factor. Seen some wild audio/video systems that have fit and finish flawlessly. If I were to have one built, Id add in a few inches of height to the rear seats to allow the passengers to see thru the windshield also. One definitve aspect of owning an MTI is the pounding from the wind, in almost any seat on there, you get away from being beat up by the wind in 100+mph rides, butthe only view you get is out the smaller side window or behind you watching the roostertail (no complaints on THAT!)
Nortechs always look so much bigger on the water to me than what they really are. OU Want Some??!! looks like its 20' wide when parked next to some of the other cats. It has my favorite windscreen out of any of them. Its very aggressive and works great. Ive only been in it a handful of times and only ONE of them so I cant really speak to their build quality but I loved the rides I did get to take! The visibility and wind protection on the Nortech seemed to be pretty high, but the outboard seats in the back could be a little brutal, but you could see in front of you!
Good luck in your search, theres a LOT available right now for good prices. I think in the end, it just comes down to personal opinion of the look of a certain boat.
If it were me and I was shopping in that range, Id be all over a 40ss Skater.. But thats my ignorant opinion, i just think theyre purty. ;-)
Last edited by waterboy222; 09-04-2009 at 10:19 AM.
On pure looks alone I am in love with the new Nor-tech 40 Roadster. I'm sure it wouldn't be as fast as the others, but I don't care.
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