June 200
5 Issue

 
   

DREAM PUSS
By Jon
Meade

We Fish Series

THEY CAST: The Sea Cat 22 CC is a go-anywhere, do-anything cat.

WE CAST: Running down the backside of a three- foot chop, it sliced and diced the waves like a champ. I turned downsea and the boat tracked as if it were on rails. So I gunned the throttles and turned beam-to. My test boat topped out near 48 mph--fast enough to catch up to those birds diving on the horizon. Vinylester resin and NPG gel add durability, and water-tight closed cell foam injected hulls provide security. But it’s the fishing features that set apart this boat. My favorite is the automatic deck washdown system. Flip it on and two holes near the base of the console flood the deck with raw water. Didn’t quite get it all? Finish off with a manual fresh or raw water washdown; a single hose lets you choose your method. A standard tackle locker with four boxes is on the right side of the console; the transom houses an 80-quart livewell; and a 160-quart fishbox lives in the bow. Like electronics? There’s a 1’2”-by-1’2 ˝” flat area for flush mounted gear. Need privacy? The optional door panel swings up and drops a curtain to hide anyone using the portable MSD. Get some rubber bumpers--drop one of the hatches on the 22 CC and you’ll wake the neighbors. Also, bring a
flashlight because there’s no light in the livewell.

WHO WILL FISH IT: Anglers who run offshore on weekends and heave at tarpon on weeknights.

ANOTHER CHOICE: Pro Sports 22 CC Pro Kat is $1,500 more than the Sea Cat, has comparable fit and finish, and similar performance.

THE NUMBERS: $55,355.

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

-J.M.


 

 

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Sea Cat 22 Center Console
Suzuki Twin DF140-hp EFI four-stroke

Speed

Efficiency Operation
rpm knots mph gph naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000 4.3 5.0 1.1 4.0 4.5 391 450 1 64
1500 5.6 6.5 1.9 3.0 3.4 294 339 1 68
2000 6.4 7.4 3.0 2.1 2.5 212 244 5 76
2500 12.0 13.8 4.6 2.6 3.0 258 297 5 82
3000 18.7 21.5 6.6 2.8 3.3 280 323 2 84
3500 22.9 26.4 8.7 2.6 3.0 261 300 2 88
4000 27.6 31.8 12.5 2.2 2.5 219 252 2 92
4500 32.4 37.3 16.7 1.9 2.2 192 221 2 94
5000 35.7 41.1 18.8 1.9 2.2 188 216 2 94
5500 40.1 46.1 23.7 1.7 1.9 167 193 2 94
6000 41.5 47.8 24.3 1.7 2.0 169 195 2 96

Test Boat Power: Twin 140-hp Suzuki DF 140 EFI in-line 4-stroke outboards with 124.7 cid, 3.4" bore x 3.5" stroke, swinging a 14.5" x 22" three-bladed ss prop through a 2.38:1 reduction.

Advertised Fuel capacity 110 gallons.  Range based on 90 percent of that figure.  Performance measured with two persons aboard, two-thirds fuel, no water.  Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.


 

 

 

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