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by Gordon
August 2007

On the New Boat News front, The Moorings affiliated company Nautic Blue has been renamed Moorings Power. To celebrate, they are introducing an exciting new Robertson & Caine built 474 powercat. Rumor has it that this will become official this September in time for the fall boat shows.

Actually while we're on the subject, I'm often asked to compare the differences between a powercat and a motor yacht . Well frankly they are pretty significant. As with all cats, the two big pluses are stability and equity in cabin size. When anchored you just don't get a more stable platform than a cat. Rolling is minimal and it stops very quickly, unlike a motor yacht which can roll for a couple of minutes or even all the time in certain conditions.

On most cats the cabins are all alike or at least very close, other than being mirror images of each other side to side. If you are couples, this is ideal as nobody is sleeping in second class! The cabins are smaller than most motor yachts because they have to fit into the smaller hull spaces.
Motor yachts generally have a full width aft master cabin which is a lot nicer than all of the other cabins. There is often a fairly nice forward cabin also full width, but not as spacious as the aft cabin. The other cabins are usually considerably smaller, offset to one side, and sometimes they share a head. On the plus side, they have large covered aft deck areas for social times and the flying bridge is usually larger as well. The salon and galley are usually one big area and again, larger than on most cats. Motor yachts generally burn quite a bit more fuel than cats, as the cat is an easily driven hull form requiring lower horsepower. I'm sure we could talk about other differences but these are really the main points, and like sailing cats, the power cats are rapidly growing in popularity so we might as well get used to them.
Give us a call if you would like to discuss this or any other topic for that matter, and remember that the supply of all powerboats is less than the demand so booking early is vital.
Happy motoring! ~~~~_/) ~~~~

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