I have a cat and they have some positives but they're not a complete cure-all. I often say that my 26.5 ft planing cat rides about like a 3-4 ft. longer monohull would. Straight into the 2+ ft. waves will pound like any boat. But if you go 25 kts or less and trim the nose down it's not bad. The best point is quartering either into or especially with the waves (following seas). Even in heavy seas it rides quite well quartering and doesn't have the tendency to carve a turn and broach the way a v-hull can. In fact, with hydraulic steering, you can take your hands off the wheel sometimes for minutes at a time running in rough quartering seas. I don't know if that applies to all cats though.
But, of course, for pounding problems, speed is the enemy. Either you go slow and manage it without pounding or you just bite the bullet and gun it for skimming across the wave peaks to make the pounding time shorter.
In a confused sea they can beat your brains out. They also catch a lot of wind in comparison to other boats so you may have to step up your anchor size. If you like to drift fish, the drift will be considerably faster. Other than that, what Hoo2 said.
My wife and I bought a 22 ft. Twin Vee that was our first boat purchase, and we both like the stabililty when its a little choppy but like Hoo2 said they will pound you like any boat does when riding in rougher seas. We don't really use it much anymore so after we get some work done on the trailer, and get some wiring issues fixed (bait well pump not working), we plan on selling it. It's been a good little boat but somebody needs to using it more than we are!
26ft Twin Vee here. It rides better than any boat under 30' Ive been on....until it doesnt.
2' confused chop? No problem, just crushes along like its nothing. Throw some 3+ waves in there and it can suck. They way I look at it, when its 3+ Im either not going or on my way home any way. Id rather ride awesome 90% of the time and just bear with it the 10% it sucks.
Another factor is the room. Cats have way more fishing room than a same sized mono hull. I honestly cant ever see my self going back to a deep V center console, the positives far out weigh the negatives for me. Sure they can be a bit "funny" to drive at first but after being on mine, it now feels "funny" when I get on a deep v. Your body right now is use to a mono and in time will get use to a cat.
Sold my 18 ft cat single engine and bought a 22 Key West...Loved my cat, would have gotten a bigger twin motor one but they don't have the seating like I wanted fer family times... Definitely can see another one in my future though!
Thanks fellas. Have a friend with a 26 Twin Vee. We are planning a trip or two with him to judge the ride, test drive, etc.
Our current boat is a 2950 Proline. Big cabin, AC, sat tv, galley, head, and all the goodies. It will be tough to give up, but it's not a heavy water boat. Rides like crap when loaded. Can't run less than 30 mph and stay on plane. I can hold her at 25 and she will hunt 30. In slop that's uncomfortable.
I've got a 27' world cat in destin. you're welcome to go for a ride in it. It rides great in 1-2 foot chop. Beyond that, I trod along like everybody else, maybe 1 or 2 miles per hour faster. I will say that when your are really pounding it does not slam you like you are probably use to expecting. It's more of a gentle landing, but still at 3s and 4s, I stay home. Previous posts are pretty accurate.
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