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Old 03-10-2011, 23:10   #31
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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

Five problems:
1. Wet
2. Wet
3. Wet
4. Wet
5. Wet

Other than for that, we'd all own one.
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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

Mattofosho,

I hope you return to this thread and tell me more about your tender. From what I have seen on their web site, I am impressed.

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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

I have the 3.1 meter 'lite' model, its fully inflatable/folddownable.
Its quite lightweight, and i have an old tired mercury 5hp outboard.
Its quite quick to get up on the plane one up(I'm a petit 100kg ),takes approx 10-15 mtrs ....
it really needs a 10hp motor (i'm guessing here) to get it up on the plane 2 or 3 up(its rated for up to 20hp). It is not at all a wet boat. It is very 'lively' in its handling compared to my previous tender (a 2.8 m alloy rib).
I've had 4 big heavy blokes,and thier gear, in the boat with no problems other than the poor OLD motor not having enuff oomph t make it fly.No matter how they chose to get into and out of it they couldnt upset it,it remained quite stable.....

Oh, and I have no commercial interest or involment with the Takacat people.
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The WaterTender 9.4 with a 3.3 hp and just me will plane. If that is important. Has a tri hull.
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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

Matt,

Is this one like yours?



And Jimbo, yours is this one?



The larger version of Matt's is catching my attention



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Correct, deck officer.
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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

Deckofficer ... Yep mine is jus like that one .
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Deckofficer ... Yep mine is jus like that one .
Now all I need to do is find out if that new company has a dealer network yet in the States. With this type of performance tender, we here in the US has always been behind the Kiwis, Aussies, and South Africans. I wonder why that is? Could it be our liability laws? Those little suckers can scoot over 60 mph with 40 hp.

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Re: Anyone Using a High Performance Cat / Tunnel Hull Dinghy ?

I have been using a 10ft Livingston Dinghy for 7 years and it meets my requirements for a "high performance cat/tunnel hull dinghy." With a 15hp 2-stroke it will do 19kts with one person and about 15 with two. It will also plane off with 2 people and a load of groceries.

The boat is very stable (i can stand on the gunnel) and it is a dry ride compared to most dinghies. Click on link for details. (I have no commercial interest... just a happy customer)Livingston Boats - Home
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Greg,

Can you tell by these pictures if they are using the same mold as your 7 year old model? I couldn't tell by your picture.









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Can you tell by these pictures if they are using the same mold as your 7 year old model? I couldn't tell by your picture.









Yes. The same boat. It's not real fancy on the inside, but the hull structure is relatively high tech. The bows are deep-vee for smooth/dry ride over chop and the hulls flatten out aft to give a good planning surface.
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Thanks Greg.
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Now all I need to do is find out if that new company has a dealer network yet in the States. With this type of performance tender, we here in the US has always been behind the Kiwis, Aussies, and South Africans. I wonder why that is? Could it be our liability laws? Those little suckers can scoot over 60 mph with 40 hp.

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Thanks for this thread! Much new info compared to when we did our research (3 years ago). My other half is now eyeing Takacats as well

One question though: together with Kiwis and Aussies you mention South Africans as producers of high performance tenders. Which SA company are you thinking of?
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Thanks for this thread! Much new info compared to when we did our research (3 years ago). My other half is now eyeing Takacats as well

One question though: together with Kiwis and Aussies you mention South Africans as producers of high performance tenders. Which SA company are you thinking of?
I wish I could remember off the top of my head, but I know that country has been in the game for awhile. Do a google search using a SA mirror so that SA companies are given priority in the search results.

I keep forgetting, depending on how long you have been out cruising and how little time you might have had during that time on the Internet, I've found a page that I'll just give the link, tell me if you find anything interesting......

http://www.summerseriesracing.co.za/associates.php

The first site I looked at on the link had 115 kph inflatables, a bit fast for our needs, but it does have an efficient hull and probably a wet boat. (or surely would be at 70 mph) Being that close to the water at that speed has to feel like flying!


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SA's are into their dinghies.











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