or a sutphen too just kidden DAN, but really if you take a left turn in any boat and put the left k plane down you will spin or roll any boat step or straight. the boat wants to lean in and your pushing in the other direction wipe OUT. OL makes a great boat and its nice they offer the school all boat co should that sell boats with speeds over 80.
My experience with cats, like yours with V's, is limited. The few times I have been on cats I did not feel safe, especially the 28 OB skater I was on. Nothing against the boat, I just wasn't used to it.
The thing I did not like about the 36' cat I was in was how when you were riding in quartering seas one sponson would come out of the water and the boat would want to turn left or right depending on which sponson was out of the water. My instincts made me react by turning the wheel slightly to keep the boat going straight but the more I drove it the more I realized I just needed to let it happen and keep the wheel straight. So as the one sponson lifted the boat turned slightly but when the wave got to the other sponson and it lifted the boat turned the other way and I stayed on my original course... I figured it out quickly but it was just weird.. It's something I had to get used to and wasn't sure if I wanted to get used to it permanently.
One thing I liked a lot about the cat was how stable they were at high speeds and actually a smoother ride. There's no denying it. Less driving seemed to be needed... However, a Cat does not fit in with my boating style (family, overnight trips etc.)
On the flip side, I was helping drive a 46' OL with trips last summer. I was running trim while he throttled and steered... It was the first time both of us drove the boat. It took me about 20 minutes to get used to how the boat ran and what it liked.. We started off slow...it's no Apache... But once I got it dialed in and we ran near 100 mph in 3-4 ft seas it was a great ride.
Last edited by Panther; 06-11-2010 at 08:34 AM.
But it is an apples to oranges comparison.
To put it in marine terms what you're basically saying is if you have a guy that used to drive a 35' Cig and he tries to drive his 50' Sundancer in the same manner it will crash. This is different due to the fitness of purpose of the vehicle - the 50' Sundancer wasn't built to be driven that way, it's not marketed as such and the manufacturer shouldn't be held responsible for that reason.
I agree with you that its not up to the boat manufacturer to ensure that their boats are driven properly, but it is up to the manufacturer to disclose issues that the boats may have that are not common to other vessels. This is sort of like SUV's being equipped with warning labels about being susceptible to rolling over.
Other interesting points - we do regulate which models of Ferraris, Lamborghini's, Jaguars, etc. are allowed to be imported here in the US. Despite having all of the required hardware (wipers, headlights, blinkers) the U.S. Govt. has deemed some of those vehiciles not road worthy, even though they can be driven on the street.
Note: I'm not saying that performance boat manufacturers should be responsible for other people's ridiculous actions (which is certainly being implied and inferred to my point). I'm 100% all for individual responsibility, no government regulations (I would go much further than the majority of this board for a lack of govt. regulation), and holding people accountable. That said, if a particular hull design is having a problem or if a particular manufacturer is a much higher propensity to crash then it needs to be corrected.
And again... I have NEVER said that OL's NEED to be redesigned. I have only correctly stated that it is possible to redesign them. I have never said that OL's designs are bad, only that IF they are bad then they need to be corrected.
I really don't see what people are so up in arms about?
If anything, your questioning that statement costs YOU credibility, sir.
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