Originally Posted by ssullivan
Our 45' mono averaged 6-7 knots, and topped out at 8.9 (never saw 9).
I was hoping an old Prout 36' might be able to do the 6 knots average. I guess we'll just have to learn to live even lighter to be able to wring the most out of the cat. We used to have 140 gals of drinking water
, but will probably have to fill that up more often on the cat, right?
I do like the idea of not rocking at anchor. We often anchor way WAY out, often outside of harbors. The swells and passing wakes can be a bit annoying at times and in certain places. The cat will reduce this a lot, right? We should only rock when the wave passes, but not continue rocking again and again, right?
Anyway, thanks for the response. I'm not seeing a lot of reasons that are telling me not to move foward with the cat. Seems right.
I figure if I really miss the feeling of blasting around heeled over, I can just go and borrow a Laser or something for the afternoon.
Regarding speed, I've had my Wildcat sailing up to 9 knots in the Intracoastal. Haven't sailed it in high winds in the ocean yet but I've read captain
reports of up to 12 to 14 knots in these boats on deliveries from So.Africa. I'd probably wanna reef and drop back down around 10 to lessen the forces on the rigging
. Then again, just my opinion.
Cruising speed under power is around 6.0 knots in still water
with the two Volvo
MD2020's (20 hp each) running at 2500 rpm
each. So, if conditions are right, she can sail faster than she cruises under power.
Prout's are usually solid boats. Wonder how much that Prout weighs. The newer model cats usually weigh less than the older. My 2001 Wildcat 350 is 11,000 lbs.. I'm sure the balsa core
helps with keeping it light.
I have two 70 gallon tanks
between the two forward berths - one for water, other for diesel
. I've seen versions where the two 70 gallon tanks
were used for water then there were two 25 gallon tanks for diesel placed in front of each engine
. Sounds like a good idea. But then again, you'll have an additional (8 lbs per gallon X 70 gallons) 560 pounds. But then again, you'll only have 50 gallon capacity of diesel - which should be fine for those diesel engines that sip fuel
Does the Prout your looking at have one engine
? I sure like the big advantage of having two engines in each hull
- makes it much easier to maneuver the boat - and you can spin that thing on a dime. A single
engine on a cat seems like it'd be kinda difficult maneuvering in a tight spot like a marina, especially with the added windage. Just my opinion.
You'll love the stability of the cat. It's a whole new world. The only rocking you'll be doing is with your music