Searching for power cat plans

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by kenfyoozed, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Alik
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    Hmm, we don't update website too often. Better to ask, if need anything!
     
  2. DogCavalry
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    Indeed. The Sea Sled was by all accounts (from owners and users, not business rivals) extremely good on rough water. I mean to find out directly.
     
  3. DogCavalry
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    Hi Ken. Ask me about Sleds. I'll talk your leg off.
     
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  4. kenfyoozed
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    looking for a smooth ride in chop, and seaworthy enough for the Gulf of Mexico.
     
  5. DogCavalry
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    US Navy and AAF used them and nothing else for crash rescue boats ffrom ww1 to the 30's, off the East Coast.
    Dave Gerr has written a few articles you can find on his web site. He interviewed a fella named Marcus Lee who built over a dozen up in Sitka Alaska. I've phoned Marcus many times. He's retired, but still likes talking about his boats.
    Sitka is hardly in sheltered waters, and the market is so small that a dozen custom boats by local word of mouth is huge success.
    I'm at 604-442-6625 if you want to talk, but text first, so I answer.
     
  6. kenfyoozed
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    This discovery of the sea sleds has surprised me. I have read all of your thread and looking for more. Headed to work in a fe hours so I hope i can find more to read on my phone. Saw a couple of videos on your tube of a lee craft and liked what I saw.

    But a 24' version of the Interdictor would almost be perfect, hull at least anyway.......would rather a CC but how i really like that design.....
     
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  7. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    I see what you mean - it is an awesomely wicked machine.
    INTERDICTOR 28 SEA SLED http://www.gerrmarine.com/INTERDICTOR_28_SEA_SLED.html

    It should be fairly easy to come up with a centre console arrangement instead?
     
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  8. Ad Hoc
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    :eek::eek::eek: ...... :D
     
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  9. DogCavalry
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    Yeah, that interdictor has me drooling... Imagine that as a landing craft. The flat forward in the tunnel, coupled with the ram like I've added to mine just calls out forward bow gate.
     
  10. Mr Efficiency
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    Hold the presses till Dog Cavalry reports back on actual experience with his boat's ride qualities, which without wanting to be a negativist, I am quite sceptical about it all. :) The fact that they just are not to be seen in the mass market, has to arouse doubts, at the least.
     
  11. DogCavalry
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    Ah, Mr Efficiency. You are truly reliable. I can think of many reasons why we don't see them. Not least is the notion that there must be a reason we don't see them. But I'm dying to try mine. In all honesty, I'll be nervous as hell on the day. Thankfully a semi-retired, but immensely experienced mariner will be running the show that day.
     
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    My biggest question are how the chines behave.
     
  13. Mr Efficiency
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    That should be OK if no slalom turns are attempted, you can cautiously experiment for any issues, but he has put a decent chamfer there, so probably OK I think.
     
  14. Mr Efficiency
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    I wish you a happy experience, and it might be the solid construction of it carries the day, I would think lightweight would exacerbate any ride issues.
     
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    There are not many hovercraft, are they really terrible?.. there are not many SWATHs, are they poor seakeeping...and so on...

    Good design does not always = prolific and widely used.

    Factors such as price and immediate availability, as well as location of said product to yourself (i.e. large number of distributors) etc... in the leisure market, ....play an important part in the popularity of any design, rather than any technical issues.
     
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