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Old 05-13-2008, 10:19 PM
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What are these speed limits you speak of?
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Center pod cats will have a softer ride at sub 100 mph speeds. I have owned three. The true cats will have a slight bow steer and have a rough ride (like a v) untill you pack air and then it is great. Center pod cats just will not run with a true cat in rough water.
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I guess you missed P 1 last year overseas, they ran in some big water at speed.
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Center pod cats will have a softer ride at sub 100 mph speeds. I have owned three. The true cats will have a slight bow steer and have a rough ride (like a v) untill you pack air and then it is great. Center pod cats just will not run with a true cat in rough water.

You will have an opportunity to quiz some of the pioneers in the sport on cat development.

This is a photo of Mel Riggs, ( A Legend who will be at the Don Aronow Memorial Race )
changing a broken prop on a Ron Jones tunnel hull offshore boat, in 1970 at the California Hennessy Cup.

They had thrown a prop blade, changed it, made up a lot of time and then ....ran out of gas 15 miles from the finish.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:29 AM
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I have owned and raced both, I would take a Cat over the Vee every time. A modern well built race cat (MTI, Skater, Mystic) will win in any conditions vs a comparable Vee (Skater, Fountain, Outerlimits)

Unlimited Cat vs Unlimited Vee = Cat wins
SCL vs SV = Cat wins

Pleasure boating may be different, but when it comes to speed, safety and winning, I'll take one of those Cats every time.
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Man that's the best picture of any boat I've ever had. The guy who shot it is a friend of Zastro's, and offered to print a fullsize for me but stopped returning messages for some reason. That's the only copy I have and it is too small to enlarge. I was gonna pay too!

I would rather Mark Smith or someone who ran the run give you the wave size. Seems everyone has their own version of how big water is, so I'd like you to have an unbiased opinion!
Send me an email and I will put you in touch with Lee Hogan. Maybe he can send you a digital hi-resolution photo. He did this for me and I made a poster out of shot that turned out great!
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:02 PM
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I guess you missed P 1 last year overseas, they ran in some big water at speed.
Good guess, post some pics.
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:48 PM
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Would that be Tonawanda Ny for the Hydroplane races this June?
No the Antique event in early September.... We will launch it on Memorial Day weekend for the first tests.

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Another question for T2X: In regards to trimarans (pretty funny analogy by the way). Is a trimaran (center pod) cat more or less safe than a true cat? Can a trimaran flip more easily than a true cat? Can I assume the true cat is faster than the same size trimaran cat??? Which one is more likely to blow over? Which one will handle the rough better? Which one typically has a better ride, or is there any difference in ride quality? Sorry for all the questions.
I feel like I am going to regret this....but.......

Most of "center pod" cats I can think of were designed and or built in the land of fruits and nuts...... and you know my thoughts on that issue.......derivative, ungainly, nose heavy...etc, etc... There is, of course, one exception to that. The old Powercats were originally built in Bellflower, Ca....but that was back in the late 50's and early 60's, so maybe that doesn't count.

Without a doubt the best center pod "cat" I can think of is the Talon, but, of course, that one came out of Florida, I believe....

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And the Talon 25 is likely one of the most splashed hulls ( in cat form ) of all time.
Though, I am not sure how well it was ever replicated.
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