Cat, You seem so adamanet on attacking the integrity of these boats. You fail to want to recognize ANY of the positive remarks and records that have been recorded here on this thread, from references
to published writings in established multihull
publications to first hand experience from real life owners. You've got over 560 posts since you've joined here in Jan 08 which makes me believe that you spend way too much time tapping away on your computor instead of actually sailing.
The fact is, there's been published reports that have been very favorable to these boats in Multihull
Magazine. You might have heard of this magazine. Professional Boat Delivery Captain
Ian Englebrecht has taken Wildcats and Jaguars many times across the ocean successfully from Durban to the Caribbean
. Captain Englebrecht is quick to comment on how well the boat handled in huge seas (up to 30 feet) that were tossed up from a nearby cyclone. And if I may quote him "We reached the final destination
having gained a satisfying respect for the craft that took us almost 7,000 nm. The Wildcat MKII, in my opinion, is a well-priced investment, offering a fine balance between luxury, seaworthiness and performance. All in all, one of my most enjoyable transatlantic deliveries." Sounds to me like this seasoned salt
has given the boat a major thumbs up.
These threads are worth a read for anyone interested in hearing real documented reports on Wildcats and Jaguars.
WILDCAT 35 CATAMARAN
JAGUAR 36 CATAMARAN
Nordicat, I'm sorry to hear that you had to spend all that time and money
equipping your boat to be seaworthy
but after considerable time and money it sounds like you now have it all together. When I shopped for cats a few years back I took a serious look at several FP Tobago
38's and Athena 38's. Not to rock your boat intentionally, but with the FP Tobago I noticed the sub-par rigging
that you mentioned, the older style layout and design, the standard 10 hp Volvo's that were certainly underpowered, amongst other factors that steered me away. My wife disliked the carpeted walls and the purplish colored gelcoat
finish. Kind of drabby she said. The Athena was better but same deal with the older looking style and funky layout. The one I looked at was on the hard
in for repair at the Marathon Boat Yard with a hull
problem. We really liked the look of the Leopard
38 but the retired charter
ones that we checked down in the BVI's looked the part - retired and worn. And I didn't like the heavy 40 hp Westerbeke's that weighed down the stern. Definitely a boat built for charter
that anticipated a lot of motoring.
We were definitely drawn to the sleek and modern look of the Wildcat both inside and out. The walk thru transom that connects you from the cockpit
to the lengthy swim platform and easily accessible sugar scroops was a big plus. It had many features and the capacity as some cats 5 to 7 feet larger than it's size. The curved aspects that someone mentioned earlier is what I really liked - the aerodynamics of the boat. Remember that posting
on here a few months back of the Jeff Schionning cat that was 50 or 60 feet that many admired. Well, same designer
and very similar lines. Those Lagoon
cats with the vertical straight up and down windows look nice, but really how efficient are they going up wind
(aerodynamically) as well as in rough seas when a wave crashes over your boat? I was also impressed with the hefty sizing of the rigging
(Sparcraft), the numerous Lewmar
hatches and ports
(great ventilation) and the perfectly sized self tailing
winches. The Wildcat was a choice I had made after over a year of thorough investigating of all the possible catamarans in the under 40 feet category.
In closing, I would like to relate Nordic
Cat a story about an Englishman I had recently met in a boatyard in Ft. Pierce, Florida
where I had my Wildcat hauled out this past spring. This friendly chap had just purchased a 35 foot catamaran
and hired a crew to sail the boat over to England
for him. The boat was being launched next to where I had my boat blocked. After seeing my Wildcat, he and his captain asked to come aboard to compare the two comparably sized cats. In sum, they were amazed at the larger space and efficient layout of the Wildcat. They noticed the beefier rigging, the Lewmar
40 ST winches, the Quantum main and genny (awesome cruising sails), the hydraulic steering
, main panel and looked on in envy when he saw the two clean Volvo
MD2020's (3 cylinder 20 hp) that were so easily accessible compared to his two 10 hp Volvo's. At that moment he commented how he wish he knew more about these boats before he made his decision. They soon noticed the book I had on my salon
table (Catamarans by Gregar Tarjan, the one that I reference several times in this thread). I ended up selling him the book under the premise that the book would stay onboard his boat for the crew to read since most of the members didn't have much experience in sailing cruising cats (and there's some great insight to techniques in sailing cruising cats, etc. in this book). Anyways, they headed out to the Gulfstream toward Bermuda
enroute to England
. A month or so later I received a call from the owner (who had flown home) informing me that the boat made it but it had encountered a problem. The cross beam joining the two hulls had broken in half sending the mast
crashing to the water
. And you know what brand and model of boat this was? Sorry to tell you, but it was a Fountain Pujot Tobago.
This thread has contained some great insights on the Wildcat and Jaguar
boats. These have come not from just one persons experience with their boat but from various owners who were honest and kind enough in sharing their experiences (both good and bad) with them. It has also referenced some journals of delivery captains that have taken these catamarans across the oceans as well as credible mentions in renowned books
written on modern day cruising catamarans.
I hope this read was all worthwhile.