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Old 09-08-2013, 04:23   #1
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Alloy Cat Question

I posted this in another thread, I'm now thinking I posted in the wrong place, I should have started a new thread, so here goes.
I think this 35' Alloy Cat would be be a good buy as a live aboard cruiser. As I know nothing about Alloy built vessels I was wondering, what are the pros and cons for a Alloy built Cats
What questions would you ask the seller if you were to inquire about this Cat and what would you be looking for if doing a inspection before calling in a surveyor

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:28   #2
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Re: Alloy Cat Question

The two first questions (these are not answered in the add) should be:
1. What grade(s) of aluminium have been used.
2. Who welded it.
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Old 09-08-2013, 15:45   #3
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Re: Alloy Cat Question

Some pro's for alloy are it's strength and resistance to corrosion.

Some con's are - it conducts heat and noise. In boats under about 40' it's a bit heavy. It's hard to get paint to stick. You MUST use non-copper antifouls, which tend to be less effective.
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Re: Alloy Cat Question

Portapotti instead of a plumbed-in head with holding tank? For reef-skipping and littoral cruising I assume? As long as you're not away from land for more than a day or two I guess that's ok.

That aside, I'd love an alloy cat with good deep dagger boards. Being able to beach it now and then would be handy for an around-australia trip.
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Re: Alloy Cat Question

G'day mates and thanks for the advice.
Back on the 12/7/13 I sent the seller the following questions:
1: Who designed the Cat?
2: Who built the Cat?
3: What grade/s of aluminum have been used in the build?
4: What is the headroom in the main saloon and the hulls?
5: How long have you owned the Cat and why are you now selling?

As the seller has not responded to my query I will not be making the 2,000 + KM trip (one way) to inspect the Cat.
As for the PP, I believe replacing the PP with a real toilet and holding tank would be no big deal.

Thanks again mates,

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