[QUOTE=Tropic Cat;1484301]Oh really?? Now that's news to me and a lot of Catalac owners. But then again you must be the expert. What do I know? I've just owned one for 10 years and have sailed every Catalac model built.
The Prout is a good boat, here's the comparison to a Catalac,
The Catalac has solid core hulls and the Prout is cored. (that's enough for me right there, but there's more.)
According to Naval architect Richard Woods, the Catalac sails better than the Prout. He's told me this in person and is quoted on my website. Catalac USA Website
. What's more, I agree with him. In 15 to 20 knots I can maintain boat speed right up to 35 degrees apparent with a 175 genny on the furler
(roughly the same as Prout foresail). Try that with a Prout.
If you find a boat with inboard diesels (they were built either way), the Catalac motors better than the Prout.
Admittedly, I'm biased, but to me there's no comparison. The last two people who approached me with the intent of trying to buy my boat (which has never been for sale) were ex Prout owners, who wanted to move up to a Catalac.
I was just on a Prout 37 and it took three dockmen to get us turned around in a marina. That sonic drive leg is not as good as the specs and old Prout adverts say.
Lastly, I'm not a fan of the Prout mast location. I just hate the pile of lines in the cockpit
because of the aft mast location. Anyone who's sailed a Prout knows what I mean.
I'd suggest a late model Catalac with the skeg hung rudders. Check my website for details.
You don't say where you're located, so for whatever it's worth... here are some Catalacs for sale by owner
Some of the newer model Prouts have cored hulls but I'm almost positive the Prout 33 is solid glass.
I've always liked the Catalac catamarans but they are well known to not sail well to weather
. I'm sure I don't have the experience sailing as many Catalacs as you but have sailed on a couple and sailed side by side with all the models.