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seasicknes posted 05-05-2003 05:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for seasicknes  
Which in your opinion would ride better ?
A 26 foot cat (glacier bay / worldcat) versus a 290 outrage.
*Remember the outrage is longer and wider.

Ken

witsendfl posted 05-05-2003 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for witsendfl  Send Email to witsendfl     
*REMEMBER THIS IS A BOSTON WHALER SITE*
jimh posted 05-05-2003 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The catamaran will probably ride more smoothly until the wave height exceeds the clearance available between the hulls. At that point the ride will deteriorate rapidly.

Catamarans require more power because they have twin hulls, each making waves, and the two wave trains interfere with each other, generating additional drag.

eaglet1122 posted 05-06-2003 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for eaglet1122  Send Email to eaglet1122     
I do believe that his question was whaler related "*REMEMBER THIS IS A BOSTON WHALER SITE*." Although you may get a slanted opinion from whaler owners.
bsmotril posted 05-06-2003 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I have been on a Glacier Bay 26 CC and can compare it to a Conquest 23. Have not been on a big outrage yet though )-:

The Glacier bay rides scary smooth in the short steep 3-5' that make you cringe upon landing in my Conquest. But, the conquest is still a much drier boat. Between the spray forced forward out of the tunnel on the cat, and that which runs up the outer hull sides and is blown back into the cockpit, you get soaked in the cat. The spray that comes out center forward it a very fine mist that wets down everything. There is also a definite feeling that the Whaler is more solid and flexes less than the cat. In the fit and finish department, there is no comparison. Whaler wins hands down. Take a look at the hull to deck seam of the Glacier bay compared to Whaler. Drift fishing in beam seas, the Whaler is also more comfortable. The cat has a very short quick roll moment. It does not roll far, but the start and stop is abrupt. To me, the Whaler is more tolerable and less nausea inducing even though it rolls farther because it is gentler.
Heading in with a rear or quartering sea, the Whaler is much easier to steer where the cat will tend to want to dart off to the side as the seas catch the stern quarter. I wish I had more time to play with the Cat, but alas I was just a guest on board. I'm sure that by playing with the trim, some of these traits could have been minimized. But the owner of the boat is one of those guys who just leaves things set because he is afraid of screwing something up.
Once you hit the ICW and open it up on calm water, the Conquest is faster by far. The Glacier Bay cat never really climbs up on top and stays in semi displacement mode. We never broke 40 mph while the Conquest will hit 45 with twin 135s versus the Cat's twin 150s.
BillS

petescoffee posted 05-06-2003 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for petescoffee  Send Email to petescoffee     
I have not been on a cat but I do have a 290 Outrage and it does ride smoothly.
andygere posted 05-06-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Bill,
Great comparative description. This sort of thing provides some real experience-based information.
half shell posted 05-14-2003 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
Better yet, which one do you want to be seen in?
lhg posted 05-14-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Better yet, which has the best long term value, and which is best looking? Those recreational cats are downright UGLY. I think catamarans should be left to sailing and racing tunnel hulls.

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