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Old 07-05-2012, 09:49   #1
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Any one have a power catamaran? Would like to hear from some owners on these. My wife has it in her mind that when I retire. That's the boat that we need. I really do not know anything about them (I.E. how they handel, or what kind of range could you get). I always thought that we would go with a trawler for LRC but . Any info would be of great help. I have told the better half that it will be along while for us to make that jump. Any all I get from her is a smile, and a you never know .
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:54   #2
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We just sold our sail cat and have been looking at this. www.mainecat their p-47 model
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:09   #3
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Leopard 47PC is a pretty sweet ride. Charted one in the BVI's a this Feb.

We used 46.6 gallons of diesel for the ten day vacation.
The Moorings was surprised we used so little fuel.
We used only one engine at 2000 rpm going 7.5 to 9.5 knots depending on sea conditions.
She tracked straight as an arrow on autopilot.
Used two engines to dock and to catch a mooring ball.

Has two 150hp Cummings engines
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:52   #4
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I am on my fourth power cat. Started with a 21' Seacat and currently have a 27 World Cat TE and a 2005 PDQ 34 trawler. I, obviously, am a fan of the catamaran hull.
The World Cat is a 40mph/1 mpg fishing boat without many soft horizontal places for non-fisherpersons to lounge. The PDQ is a 18MPH/4mpg condo (albeit with 12 rod holders).
The PDQ has twin 100 Yanmars, fully protected running gear, draws about 2', twin staterooms with full queens, single dry head (i.e. with separate shower), a down galley, dual a/c , water maker, washer/dryer, and fly bridge and lower helm controls).
We chartered the Moorings/Leopard 37 in Marsh Harbour and loved it. But, the Moorings/Leopard is set up for charter rather than long term cruising. We purchased the PDQ last summer for the purpose of running around Florida's west coast, the Fla Keys, and the Bahamas. I researched many, many cats before deciding on the PDQ because that was the only boat reasonably available that ticked the top four boxes I had- dual helms, shallow draft, fully protected running gear, and accessible engines. The PDQs are not pretty, but I have long ago come to grips with the fact that I am a function over style guy. I don't believe PDQ is currently manufacturing new boats, but their website is still active and a web search will turn up several PDQ34's on the used market. The 2005-2006 is generally viewed as having the more desirable galley/salon layout.
Have fun with your search!
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Old 08-05-2012, 13:23   #5
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Re: Power Catamaran

I do want to thank each any everyone for the input and insight. I will be asking more questions after I get to look over the info on each of the models above. Its a place to start!
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Re: Power Catamaran

the best fammily pocket crusier designed for Bahams trip for example
with twin standard 50 hp outboards - crusing speed - 15 knots - fuel consumption be around 4-5gph
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Motorcat, do you owne one of these or was it a barefoot? I will be checking this out
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Motorcat, do you owne one of these or was it a barefoot? I will be checking this out
to read more please visit www.motorcat.com or The adventures of MC30 "Deuce" or Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More or ask the owners at MC30 : Motorcat MC30 Owners Group
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The price is way up there, but this is the catamaran I like the most right now.
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Yet another line of thought!
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This is my new owner built Oram 10m power cat
She is 10m waterline with twin Yamaha 4stroke 60hp weight 3tonne
Cruise at 10kts using 14.5 L/hr and will happily do 6kts using one motor at l/hr in flat water
At 16kts at 4500 rpm use 30 l/hr
A very large small boat
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At 16kts at 4500 rpm uses 30 l/hr
Ouch that's a lot, this used 30lph too, but at 26 knots.

Edit, oh just seen that they are outboards, ok.

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I'm a longtime powercat owner and fan currently with a 42' Prowlercub. Check out the next generation at CruiserCats. Good luck
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Ouch that's a lot, this used 30lph too, but at 26 knots.

Edit, oh just seen that they are outboards, ok.

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Quite a difference in comfort, exposure and concept to travelling compared to a 10m cruising cat.
Why would you want to do 26kts while you're in a stable 10m boat? Very hard work in the photo you've submitted - the sooner you arrive the sooner you stop the misery!
I joined a group of classic and wooden boats cruising the Pumicestone Passage last weekend and used 3l/ hr at 5-6.5 kits
It's the journey as well as the destination - and an economical passage!
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Just, got out of the hospital. sorry about the delay in getting back to read all of the postes. Yet again the wealth of info and the ease of finding it makes this forum what it is. Thank you to each and every one!
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