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Old 08-07-2011, 09:02 PM
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IMO the V rides best here at LOTO washing machine, many may argue that opinion but to each is their own. It may be dependent on who is driving each style of boat!
have you driven a cat in loto's rough water? we were running over 130mph last year on a saturday afternoon in front of the lodge no problem in my cat , could'nt of ran that in my vees.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:29 PM
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Umm hate to be an @ss but I am pretty sure they are just split vee hulls not a cat, a sail boat is a cat... am I wrong because if you look at a cat it just appears to be a vee hull with the center guts cut out
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:42 PM
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I have both, the cat is a lot more fun to drive on inland lakes over boat chop
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:52 AM
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With equal sized boats, the cat will run better hands down.
In the scope video, the cat was trimmed too high and it looked like the guy didn't know how to run the boat. Can't run a cat like you run a v. I've seen v guys get out of cats because they run tha boat like a v. Two different animals.
Look at teague kicking butt with a 368 skater (35 foot boat) with 525's in the Bimini run, outrunning much bigger v's with bigger power.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:46 PM
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With equal sized boats, the cat will run better hands down.
In the scope video, the cat was trimmed too high and it looked like the guy didn't know how to run the boat. Can't run a cat like you run a v. I've seen v guys get out of cats because they run tha boat like a v. Two different animals.
Look at teague kicking butt with a 368 skater (35 foot boat) with 525's in the Bimini run, outrunning much bigger v's with bigger power.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:49 PM
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I have owned both and IMHO when its rough and the waves are stacked like in a lake the V bottom is a way better ride. If your in a swell the cat can ride just as good but the key is to get the cat to land straight. Two sponsons landing at different times is an eary feeling.
If you own a Skater the rougher the better.. I'll take a skater cat over any v bottom of equal size in any conditions..
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:54 PM
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I ran a "V" at LOTO for six years before going to a Cat and there is no comparison in the ride. The Cat's more comfortable and will take most of the rough stuff that we see on a Saturday afternoon just fine. Running conservatively between 60-70 which is below when it packs air it's still better.... If your going to be in a Cat I'd say anyone of the larger 36'+ ones will be the best overall ride... just my $0.02
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I have owned both types, 38 Cigarette TG, 382 Formula, and three Skaters 28' thru 36'.
Which ones have you raced..that means you've been pushing them 100%. I have both.

In 3-4's a 23 foot cat will destroy a 32 foot V easily. If it's a stepped V things change. Just talking about personal experience here. Ok so the step bottom was 35 Fountain, but It wouldn't stood a chance against a say 28 Skater even in 5-6's depending on the "nut behind the wheel" of course also.

So with similar size I'd say in ANY weather a cat will top a V bottom even a stepped one plus the ride is also smoother.
And remember Step bottoms or cats you run them "nose down" compared to a straight V.
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everyone has heard it a 1,000 times "once you go cat you never go back"...
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