Originally Posted by earagone
Does anyone have any experience with the Aquilon 265 (also known as the 800 in europe)? Ive found little information on the internet
about it minus the boatyards
spec sheet and then one or two articles.
looking for known issues, pros/cons.
There were a few of this "type" of cat in the 1990s Aquilon, Shuttleworth
Cheetah, later Dandee, Woods Strider, Wharram
Anyone thinking of buying
a cat in those days was considered to be terminally deranged so builders and designers were concentrating on entry level. As cats were "too" wide to be sensible, so having ones that "in theory" could be put on a trailer
made good sense. Once the buying
public were hooked manufacturers concentrated on bigger more profitable boats.
Because of limited materials tech bigger cats tended to heavy and slow so a small light nibble cat offered good performance and could be produced for reasonable cost.
De-mountable does make sense if you want to try different sailing venues without making long passages and is very cost effective if you have storage
space and are willing to put in the time for assembly at beginning of each season which is not quick.
They are more camping than living but provided you don't over load them offer good performance.
Mostly solid or core-mat construction so check for serious cracking although on this size boat
pretty much anything is fixable.
In this size folding tri's offer arguably "better" accommodation and performance but at a cost.