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Old 09-23-2008, 01:28 PM
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Nordic Thor
Eliminator Daytona
Force 29



Who else?

Im kinda diggin the idea of a i/o powered smaller cat. They seem to have good build quality, reliability and speeds that fit my insurance bill..

I know they wont handle the rough stuff as well as Id want but when it gets too sloppy, Ill just snag a ride on one of edocks cats...they're more fun anyways!

I dont really need a ton of storage because 9 out of 10 times that Ill be on the lake, we'll have the mothership packin all the icechests and passenger overflow.. I wont be taking it to many of the poker runs either..

Can someone chime in with some insight on choosing one brand over another? Im not really interested in the oldschool cats like warlock and HTM.. Id like somethin with canopies, full paint and reliable power. Single engine under 30'..

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:31 PM
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The lines in the Thor 27 from Nordic are pretty cool, base model is around 80k?
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Find an issue of Hot Boat Magazine. It's has them all
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Howard 26
lavey craft 27
e-ticket 29
DCB 26 & 29
Magic 28
Advantage 28
Ultra 27
Redline 26
I'm betting Skater will built you a 28 even though it is not technically one of their models anymore.
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Yeah that Redline looked nice as well, bilge was flawlessly rigged.
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Well, I like my daytona 25. I have the old style deck with a clear wrap around windshield. I much prefer it to the canopies both distortion wise and looks wise too. Believe me when I tell you it will run in rougher water than you think. My home lake is over 30 miles long and 20 wide and 250 feet deep. It gets big out there. I will run the boat hard in up to 3 footers, more caution in 4's. It flys level and lands flat due to the i/o weight forward. Anything bigger and I whore a ride or sit on the dock and swill pints or take the toon boat to the beach
I suspect the small cats with a center sponson as deep or deeper than the outsides would ride somewhat rougher in bad water. The daytona's center pod is quite a bit shallower than the sponsons so at speed, it rides more like a true cat hull.
Overall build quality is very good to excellent. Awsome gel work. Solid, crack free after 400hrs of my abuse.
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I suspect the resale of a "name brand" boat will be better in the long run as well.
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the DCB or Skater would be a top choice if I were to build new, but thats out of the question.. Too many good deals on used right now to add another "almost new" boat to the used section in two years..
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I suspect the small cats with a center sponson as deep or deeper than the outsides would ride somewhat rougher in bad water. The daytona's center pod is quite a bit shallower than the sponsons so at speed, it rides more like a true cat hull..

great info.. thats what i was looking for!
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I think these are awsome looking little cat's.

http://www.rpmpowerboats.com/

Talked to the owner a few times. He seems like a very honest guy.
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There is a 27 Lavey cat in the oso classifieds. I had one with a 900 HP 565BBC and it was wonderful. Lavey's build quality is second to none and they have been around long enough and consistent enough to earn their reputation.
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