October 2003
Issue

 
   

Wild Catter
By Lenny Rudow

We Fish Series

THEY CAST: Sea Cat's new 18 is twice the boat in any sea.

WE CAST: To us, it feels like 20 percent more LOA - trotting over a two-foot chop at 36.1 mph, the ride felt as smooth as it would on most 22' monohulls! This single-engine, fully lined powercat also had a lot more stability than most 18' boats, and when a 200-pound angler went from port to starboard, the deck barely moved. At 1,350 pounds, the Sea Cat 18 is a bit more beefy than some similar-size cats, and it features such construction techniques as a poured urethane transom, glassed-in console, and bolted and puttied hull-to-deck joint. This boat comes ready to fish, with a great list of standards, including a 56-quart livewell in the stern, four gunwale-mounted rodholders, and twin 72-quart coolers. Complaints? The nonslip may be easy on the knees, but I thought it was a bit too slick when wet, and the anchor locker hatch didn't have a notch, so it can't be secured closed when line's running out of it.

WHO WILL FISH IT: Anglers who like small boats but hate getting beat up in a chop. Another Choice: Twin Vee's 19 Bay Cat doesn't have a liner, is lighter at 950 pounds, and costs $7,995. Equip it to mimic the Sea Cat, and the cost gap will narrow by half.

THE NUMBERS: $10,900 without power. 


Contact Sea Cat at 321/268-2628
www.seacatboats.com

-L.R.


 

 

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Certified Test Results

Sea Cat 18 Center Console
Suzuki 115-hp EFI DF four-stroke

Speed Efficiency Operation
rpm knots mph gph naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000 2.8 3.2 0.4 7.0 8.0 325 374 0 56
1500 4.3 5.0 0.6 7.2 8.3 339 390 0 60
2000 5.6 6.4 1.3 4.3 4.9 200 230 1 66
2500 6.3 7.2 2.4 2.6 3.0 122 140 3 70
3000 7.3 8.4 3.4 2.1 2.5 100 116 5 74
3500 10.3 11.8 3.7 2.8 3.2 130 149 4 80
4000 19.2 22.1 4.0 4.8 5.5 225 259 2 84
4500 22.8 26.2 4.7 4.8 5.6 227 261 1 82
5000 26.0 29.9 6.4 4.1 4.7 190 219 1 84
5500 29.1 33.5 8.6 3.4 3.9 158 182 1 88
6000 31.4 36.1 9.8 3.2 3.7 150 172 1 90

Test Boat Power: Single 115-hp Suzuki EFI DF 115 in-line 4-stroke outboard with 118.9 cid, 3.30" bore x 3.46" stroke, swinging a 14 1/4" x 20" three-bladed ss prop through a 2.59:1 reduction.

Advertised Fuel capacity 40 gallons.  Range based on 90 percent of that figure.  Performance measured with two persons aboard, three-quarters fuel.  Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.


 

 

 

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