Once again, a reference to Bumfuzzle rears its ugly head
. And the reference from someone who owns a French built cat. Is there a link here?
Either way, I just would like to put my two cents into this matter since I am an owner of a Wildcat and have just recently put her up for sale
(see forum classifieds) and feel like us Wildcat owners have received a BUM RAP.
Monica, After sailing onboard my friends catamaran
in the BVI's my wife Cindy and I decided it was time to switch from our monohull
(Irwin 34) to a catamaran
. We looked at various cats and after a year of pretty thorough shopping
we too found the Wildcat to our liking and within our budget
. I was aware of the Bumfuzzle saga. I must have read the journal entries three or four times. I even spoke with Pat a couple of times via e-mail regarding his unfortunate problems which gave me insight as to what to look for when I hauled the boat out for inspection
. In my opinion, something happened to his boat - either a lightning
strike (as the builder suggested), they hit something while at sea or foul play happened down in the boat yard in Panama
(Third World scam?). They pulled the boat out for a bottom job (in Panama) then soon after got the news. I just couldn't believe that such a renowned surveyor
would have missed these large delaminations, spinning thru hull
and leaking bilge
prior to his purchase
in Ft. Lauderdale. There were 160 Wildcats made and it's always references
to Bumfuzzle. The one that Nordic
to as "another unhappy Wildcat owner" found in the Bumfuzzle episodes (Jim Cash's boat) was noted by the crew of having hit something (a loud bang) that caused the damage (see entry on Feb 10, 2005) and that was after thousands of miles of being sailed. And this was notably a quick fix. In sum, the feud between Pat and Eric got pretty heated with Pat being addiment on accusing the boat builder that it was their fault. The whole thing got very ugly between the two with the builder eventually willing to pay some expenses for repairs
done outside his yard, but all expenses if he bought it back to South Africa
. Guess he folded a bit to Pat's threats of negative press in magazines, his popular website, this forum, etc.. It seemed a very fair offer to me - especially being that Pat wasn't the original owner, it sailed over 8,000 miles before the detection then thousands more miles to NZ. And the fact that the survey
he had in Ft. Lauderdale prior to purchase
was all good except for some very minor recommendations makes it all very grey. Then, I personally didn't agree with how the NZ surveyor/repair person conducted his repair. But either way, Bumfuzzle shot themselves in the foot (didn't get close to his asking price) and unfortunately it now ricochets over to other Wildcat owners that now have to explain this unfortunate experience to prospective buyers whenever they decide to sell.
All boats will have some issues. It's the nature of boats. The bottom line is if you like the boat (layout, price
, etc) you want to have a survey
as well as carefully inspect the boat yourself and then be prepared to deal with any issues if you decide to buy. I've been around boats all my life so it helped me while shopping
around. I've met several Wildcat owners that are very happy with their boats as stated in my previoius post here. I recommended to the original poster to this thread (Steamboaterl) to check into SABBEX regarding Eric's so called Jaguar
comeback. I even encouraged a Jaguar
owner (a happy one I may note) to join the forum and get involved with the discussion to shed some light on his experience with buying
brand new from the same builder.
Bumfuzzle is the only Wildcat that I know of that had major problems. Makes me think that if he spent the time in a DIY working on repairs
himself (instead of behind the computor) or helping someone with the repair that had the knowledge that he would have come out a lot less out of pocket. And learned a lot about boats along the way. Instead, Pat was very internet
savy and spent all that time broadcasting his issues, threatening the builder, even jabbing at the surveyor
, oftentimes in a sarcastic manner. I don't wanna get down on Pat, he sounds like a cool free spirit and I feel guilty for not buying
him a pizza and greeting him when he came in at the end of his journey like I intended. Unfortunately he didn't have a lot of experience with boats (as he readily admits) and the nautical experience he now wears will probably be a sour one. He and Ali both had a lot of courage. It's a shame that this one negative experience of the delam issue happened to them. But the fact is they made it safely around the world in their Wildcat as they intended.
But anyways, I'm tired of hearing references to Bumfuzzle. It's not fair to keep assuming that all Wildcats have problems like Bumfuzzle. It's a total BUM RAP. And Nordic
Cat, I've seen issues first hand with many boats including your FP Tobago's. Are we ready to start threads on these? If so, get ready to take some over the bow cause I've seen issues, both prior to and after considering them for a possible purchase.
Bottom line is, there are awesome French cats as well as South African cats
. They all have their pro's and con's. The more $$$ you spend usually means the higher quality the boat. Not everybody has half a million to spend on a boat to live out their dreams. For the money
, the Wildcat is a great value for a lot of boat and has proven itself to be able to sail comfortably around the world in.
SURFER Magazine/Source Interlink
P.S. And check out Gregor Tarjan's highly acclaimed book on modern day catamarans called CATAMARANS, The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors where you'll find the Jaguar as a Noteworthy Multihull
. It's the only one under 40 ft. listed in this category. And unlike most magazines, there are no advertisements to fluff a decision. Go Figure..,