Add fuel to the cat debate? nope, just my new rig

 2015 Mako  Cat from Australian Power Cats.

Merc 90 EFI

Stress Free winch

Garmin 9 SV

 

Deckwash

Custom alloy HD dual axle trailer

 

 

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ranmar850's picture

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Against a familiar backdrop

Sun, 2016-11-06 13:41

 Nice looking little rig, be interested to see how it goes into a southerly.

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Date Joined: 26/08/16

I can already tell you.

Sun, 2016-11-06 15:53

 

Crunch, thump!

you have to " tack" a bit...if you get my drift.

"if the ride is too hard, go faster" has been the advice I received.

and the hull slap whilst trolling is diabolical.( annoying)

but it is so bloody good elsewhere for a small boat it's not funny.

i am starting to think the " problem" with cats....even baby ones like mine.... might be down to the fact that you want to go everywhere at a million knots!

And you can't just go straight from a mono and go flat out...easy way to get in strife...it's taking a bit of learning.

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Good thinking

Sun, 2016-11-06 16:13

By not adopting the full ahead and dam the torpedoes mentality and doing a bit of learning how the boat handles in different seas you are not going to come unstuck.
Good boating to you and it is good to see some one take a bit of time to learn about things, boats and sea conditions.
The self education may quite possibly save your life.

ranmar850's picture

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I think the go faster mentaility

Sun, 2016-11-06 17:07

 Is the reason cats are over-represented in the capsize at sea scenarios. They have their own peculiarities, and you need  to know how to drive them ( I certainly don't)

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Neither do I at the moment.

Mon, 2016-11-07 06:11

 it just feels wrong to accelerate when turning! And I haven go t used to just how it responds so much to trim, and certainly I am in the " go slower" basket.

even tho it looks huge, for its size it's still only a small, and relatively light boat. So no solo Tripp to North Island for me!

anyway, it's a fantastic fishing platform, has tons of room, has a lovely soft comfortable  ride in decent conditions ( most of the time anyway) economical to run, and most of all.......the missus loves it.

all I need to do is fix the floor ( already!!!! Amazingly Not covered by warranty) and keep tracking down and greasing all the little SS/ alloy interaction trouble spots!!!

the Stressfree is the bees knees, unfortunately there is nowhere out of site to mount it, and it's ugly, but....no more anchor pulling!

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Walk the Cat

Sun, 2018-04-08 22:57

Have a look about walking the Cat - steering so that the sponsons lift and fall depending on the chop youre about to go through. That'll stop the crunch a bit.