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Old 01-21-2003, 04:14 PM
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In our thread discussing our tour of the Profile plant a few people asked about the 28 cat. With all the discussion about hull design, true cat v/ center pod. Here is a great picture of a fresh hull. You can see how small the center pod really is. Take it for what you want. It sure looks to me like a better design than the big center pod many builders use.

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Old 01-21-2003, 09:05 PM
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Nice pic, that hull ran great when I rode in one.

I am not a fan of the center pod. But isnt it supposed to give a clean running surface for the prop, if Profile's doesnt touch the water at speed then does it do any good?

Does it help it get on plane or something?
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Old 01-21-2003, 10:19 PM
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The center pod is only necessary on smaller cats to run an I/O. You can't get the motor low enough in the boat without it. A true cat with no center pod has to run O/B's. If you look at allot of center pod boats out there the pod is huge and will run in the water having some negative effects. I'll post more pictures soon.

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Please explain to some of use that see Tripple outboards on NON center pod cats??
I know the center motor is alot higher then the outers, but it is STILL in the middle of the tunnel area with NO center pod?
Maybe it just cannot be done on a SINGLE engine without hte center pod.
I do like the couple cat manufactures that produce a center pod but at a much smaller depth then the sponsons.
ei, like Profile and the larger Eliminators.
The shorter pod still helps at slower speeds, rougher water, staying on plane easier, but then gets up out of hte way when running hard n fast
Maybe this is because most of my boating is inland and I spend more time at or under 3500r's and at or under 50mph
I will tell you this much, full center pods with equal lenght to hte sponsons can be hard on you and your crew when out running in the real rough I know this from LOTO and NOT havasu. Never seen the water in Havasu as rough as LOTO
Wonder if that is the lake size??
Or is it just because LOTO has LARGER boats
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I remember seeing a 26' Awesome Cat with a single I/O and I'm 99% sure that it didn't have a center pod. I'm thinking that the 26' American Offshore would be similar (no pod).
 
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I'd like to see the botton of an AO. I'm almost positive they aren't a true cat.

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I'm by no means a cat expert, heck I'm not even a boat expert. But I can explain the O/B v/ I/O thing. An OB has the motor above the outrdrive so it can be mounted at whatever drive heighth you want. An I/O has a big block in front of it. If you put the outdrive where its needs to be but the oil pan would be sticking out the bottom of the boat. Hense a pod to lower the motor into. If no one wanted I/O in cats no one would make a center pod. There are some pluses to a pod. It does add bouancy(sp) to the rear of the boat helping it get on plain and cruise better. But from what I've read, have negative side affects in rough water.

I would like to hear some opinions from the cat experts as to there thoughts on the bottom of the Profile.

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AO 2600 has a pod.

http://www.offshoreonly.com/cgi-bin/...uery=retrieval
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Mark. I truly hope that is not yours or anyone you know of??
Because I need to be bluntly honest.

THAT IS ONE FUGLY BOAT
and to think I was astonished to read it is a 2000???
cannot beleive the colors
I apoligize if it is yours or anyone elses on this board, just mho

no wonder its for sale
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No, definitely not mine, and I have to agree with your previous statement.
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OMG! Thats the same color as my 81 baja. What where they thinking?
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