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Old 07-12-2015, 13:01   #1
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Tortola bound

Hi, going to Tortola in mid-January to look at 37 powercats. Does anyone have any knowledge of these they would share. How do they handle, fuel usage, thoughts on the layout. General likes and dislikes.

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Old 21-12-2015, 11:56   #2
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I was down there picking up a 40 cat. I talked to a lot of people and several had chartered the motor cats. They loved then as far as room and ease of handling but the gas consumption was beyond belief.
If you have tons of money for fuel they are great.
Good luck
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Old 21-12-2015, 14:13   #3
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Thanks Rancher.
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Old 21-12-2015, 14:23   #4
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Tortola bound

Hi. I just bought a 2009 Moorings 372PC in June. It was out of The Abacos Bahamas fleet.

I'd be very happy to talk to you about the experience and what it took to bring it up to par. Bottom line is Moorings won't give you any info on past service so the survey is very important and then after it's yours you'll need to do every single Maintenance item found in the motor and gen manuals because you can't trust that everything was done (and believe me it wasn't). We also discovered a couple jury-rigged items as parts are hard to get offshore the US.

I spent $26K in first few months (all work done by pros, not me) and now I'd say it's pretty darn good.

I've chartered sister ships before and have about 20 cruising days aboard my boat. Fuel has been about 3.5 GPH through about 100 hours of mid to high cruise. I'd call that ridiculously good for a big power boat but there's no pleasing the sailor crowd.

Being designed for charter they are simple which is nice and comfortable in flat water. While a supposed Category B boat (12' seas approved) I won't go out in anything over 4'. It Hobby-horses badly in bigger waves because it's so short. Also as a simple boat, it only has idiot lights and alarms instead of real gauges for things like Temperature, EGT, etc. Lastly, for use in the USA where we have to use the holding tanks, at 17 gallons each my wife fills it up within 24 hours.

I have seen those BVI boat listed for about $215K. You'd have to pay 1.5% duty and then pay to bring to US, I presume. I paid $230k with no duty and already delivered to Florida.

Again, I'd be glad to share experiences.

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Old 21-12-2015, 18:19   #5
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Thanks for the reply David, great to hear from someone with 1st hand knowledge.
Did Moorings do a phase out on your powercat? They are advising I purchase one.
Some of the things I would like to know are:
-how is she in a following sea?
-A beam sea?
-what is cruising speed and max speed?

-any info on fuel usage
are the state rooms large enough?

Thanks again, Jon
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