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  1. #21
    My Boats:
    one slow Fountain, one fast ice boat.
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Traverse City, Michigan
    The only problem I've had is loading the boat onto the trailer. If the ramp is steep the stern can swing and wind is your enemy also. I have a pair of rollers on each side of my trailer to help hold the hull and to center the hull onto the trailer as I pull up the ramp.

  2. #22
    Registered Gold Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Auckland, NZ
    Quote Originally Posted by HotPursuit View Post
    Insurance prices may set your size!!! Then it depends on your the size of your balls! If you have never owned a cat before insurance is going to be a mofo.. Good Luck
    Thats one up side to living in Australia, these types of boat (big cats) are virtually non-exsistent, so fortunately they don't have the same insurance "reputation" that they do in the US, speaking with my broker, it made not a difference between a 40ft Vee or Cat, assuming same power/value

    I have alot of seat time in smaller high powered hulls, my last boat was a 21ft Deep Vee, with twin 300X Merc's that ran north of 110mph, figure if I can master that I will get there with a cat!!

    I have spent a few hours in a 28 Skater O/B and absolutely loved the ride, can only imagine it improves with size.

  3. #23
    Registered LostinBoston's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    A good trailer with tunnel guides and a good ramp, little cross current and wind and a 36' cat is not too hard by yourself. Of course a too short too steep ramp with a strong current or wind, no good dock to tie up while getting the trailer and too many people cutting you off will make it very difficult.

  4. #24
    Charter Mod Charter Member BLee's Avatar
    My Boats:
    Cigarette - "90MPH" Edition
    Join Date
    May 2000
    E Dock
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterboy123 View Post
    Thanks guys, I am leaning towards a 36-40ft Skater, which there is not a chance it will go in a rack (too long, too wide) the ramp I would use is fairly steep, but triple wide with no divider and very quiet, (in the back of a marina so very calm)

    I am assuming the type of boat makes a difference? how do the bigger cat's handle at docking speed's with 6's I assume with the engines being at extreme edges of the boat, they are fairly maneuverable?

    I suppose worst case I can get the marina to use the travelift to take it on and off, but don't want to be at there beck and call all the time along with the assoc fees ($200 in, $200 out)

    I have a 368 Skater, and it's easy to get it on & off the trailer, especially since the trailer has stairs between the front sponsons. You can run back & forth if you need to MUCH easier with the stairs. The biggest pain is finding a wide enough slip close by to leave the boat while your truck sits in the middle of the ramp, since it was much wider just a few minutes before! Once you're tied up, there's the problem on some Poker Run lakes dealing with getting the truck & trailer parked in a lot that was designed for Wakeboard & Bass Boats as well.

    As mentioned before, tying up is no problem if you just sit in neutral and get everything ready to go before you pull up to the dock.

  5. #25
    VIP Member VIP Member Quinlan's Avatar
    My Boats:
    02 38 T/S GUN SMITH POWER 43 Wellcraft Portifino
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Tulsa, GLOC
    I have done it a few times w the TOP GUN. Not to bad when BOTH drives are working!!!

  6. #26
    JB Marshall Gold Member J.B. Marshall's Avatar
    My Boats:
    Formula, 382 Fastech - SOLD
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Quote Originally Posted by GO4BROKE View Post
    I used my 386 sonic by myself all summer.

    That's so sad

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