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which will ride better ??? 26-CAT or a 290-outrage
|Author||Topic: which will ride better ??? 26-CAT or a 290-outrage|
posted 05-05-2003 05:23 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-05-2003 09:06 PM ET (US)
*REMEMBER THIS IS A BOSTON WHALER SITE*
posted 05-05-2003 11:32 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-06-2003 08:42 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-06-2003 10:02 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-06-2003 04:54 PM ET (US)
I have not been on a cat but I do have a 290 Outrage and it does ride smoothly.
posted 05-06-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)
Great comparative description. This sort of thing provides some real experience-based information.
posted 05-14-2003 07:04 PM ET (US)
Better yet, which one do you want to be seen in?
posted 05-14-2003 07:25 PM ET (US)
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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