While some older Prouts may seem low priced, I think you will find when compared to other cats of the same age and size, they hold their value quite well.
As a Prout owner, I have never been sorry for my selection. They are heavier and slower than some of the more “modern” cats but many of the modern cats give up strength in the deal. Some of the better selling makes are built IMHO on the cheap
. There are some however, that are sturdy enough to be world cruisers.
The link to Cats Pajamas is pretty old. It was serial
number 1 and number 1 of anything is prone to learning
curve problems. All boat builders have occasional problems with a particular boat. Without statistics to back my opinion, I think Prout had a lower problem rate than other cats.
Again opinion, but I think the reason they went Tango Uniform was there unwillingness to go to cheaper design & manufacturing techniques. They could almost certainly have found a way to be more efficient without reducing quality and reliability
, but didn’t make the move.
Some things we like about the Prout over other manufacturers
•Sturdy, I am not worried about the soundness of the boat in rough conditions
•On the sturdy note, compare the standing rigging
for size and number of stays against other cats
•Solid for-deck as opposed to trampolines
•Lower freeboard, easier to handle around the dock
in a breeze
•Conservative rig makes it easier for short handing
•Galley is down but still very open to the cockpit
•I like the style; she doesn’t look like a floating condominium
Some things we miss
•Speed and windward performance could be better
•A little more room in the cockpit
would be nice but only a little
•The bath tub wastes space but some Prouts have a locker here
•I'm not sure the cutter
rig adds much performance and it makes tacking tougher
You can see a lot more about her at www.stateham.com/sunspotbaby