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Old 11-16-2007, 07:47 PM   #16
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.......A bit of geography. Cape Town has one of the worse sea's in the world. Its known as Cape Of Storms and has a reputation for sinking ships of all shapes and sizes. To give you a idea of a normal day, it would be 10' swells coupled with at least a 10-15knt wind. For the last few trips i've been running out in 15-20' swells, with 12-14second periods. The wind being 10-20knts. Regards
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I would feel comfortable there..... knowing that I would never have to worry about hosing my puke off the deck.
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:53 PM   #17
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One day I will intro my Lady. 57' catamaran, twin John Deere 300. Moon-pool. You can dive out between hulls back in heated cabin. I have to sell another boat to finish. All I need is gearbox's, electronics and hydraulics. So far I have less than 30k cheap US dollars invested.
ok you can not say this and not show pics!!
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:07 PM   #18
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Nice boat, and I had no idea South Africa was THAT rough lol
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:08 PM   #19
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Awesome boat. Thanks for sharing Miles.
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:25 PM   #20
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Miles,

how much did u spend on the cat in american dollars?
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:29 PM   #21
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sweet boat , but how are the motors hung? and on the other note you have a moon pool on your cat that comes in on a heated cabin? PICTURES PLEASE
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:07 AM   #22
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Had the pleasure of ridng in a 30ft Butt at one of the South African Nationals at Knysnsa.
What you know, me too, during the Culemborg International Tournament, Knysna, March 1988! The organizers (headed by Garth Walker) assigned us a 22ft. Butt cat skippered by Fred "Donder" Riley. The ugliest looking, but best riding boat I've ever ridden in my life. One anecdote:

Conditions were so bad off Knysna that it was decided to have the meet at Nature's Valley, lauching off Plettenberg Bay. So we did, but minutes before the meet started at the tournament area, a SW wind started blowing at a stiff 35 knots. So the meet was canceled. However, we still had to return to the lauching point against the wind. We braced ourselves like mussels over the fuel box. The boat literally flew over the white-capped swell, but the landing was very soft. After a while, we relaxed and enjoyed the ride, I promise. An unforgettable experience. I was sold on cats in that day.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:24 AM   #23
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:20 AM   #24
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:27 AM   #25
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Following steps still need to be done:

Sort the seating arrangements. Need to buy some nice not too hard, not too foam and cover it in the appropriate uphostery. I designed the cabin so that there is two bunks that we can sleep on. One for me and the other for the wife!!

Add some anti-slip to the gunwhale and fish box lids, just to break the monotonous white colour!!

Fit a sprayer rail and rod holders.

Fit an inverter and a pool pump. For those not in the know, a inverter with a normal pool pump work BRILLIANTLY!! MUCH better than your normal deckwash pumps and considerabily cheaper too!!

And finally, cover the decks with some fish!!!
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:48 PM   #26
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I think you need a bigger fishbox
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:15 PM   #27
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bad ass boat!!!!
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:11 PM   #28
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Following steps still need to be done:

Fit an inverter and a pool pump. For those not in the know, a inverter with a normal pool pump work BRILLIANTLY!! MUCH better than your normal deckwash pumps and considerabily cheaper too!!

And finally, cover the decks with some fish!!!
Not that I know what the hell I'm talking about but, doesn't running AC present an electrocution hazard?
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:34 AM   #29
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Maiden Voyage

Rigging my new boat has truly been a very rewarding as well as informative process. Almost EVERY person to climb aboard would offer his/her unsolicted advice, with nobody seeming able to agree on ANYTHING!!

After launching her, the first thing my fishing mates did was poke fun at the fact that i didn't have a echo-sounder/fishfinder mounted!! One of my buddies graciously offered to borrow me his old furuno Fcv668 echo-sounder, which i declined......... Wanted to show those guys that i can fish with-out a fishfinder and plotter!!

Sooo, ended up taking only a handheld GPS and off we went. The guys i sold my old boat to wanted me to show them how to catch tuna and i was quite happy to oblige. With a crew of 8, and only 3 being experienced tuna anglers, we left harbour.

A bit lumpy inside the bay, but flattened out beautifully in the deep, as predicted. Starting chunking when we got to the deep, with no idea of water temperature or even whether there were fish under the boat. Ten minutes later i see the longfin (albacore) in the chum line!! We catch a half dozen or so of these little buggers, sort of 20-25lb (8-12kg) class fish and then started using whole sardines to see if the YF weren't under the albacore. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..................YEELLLLLOOOO OW-FINNNNNN ON!!! 2 rods bent over double and now the fun begins!!

Firstly, i some-one borrowed my knives to a buddy and he promised that he'd put them back on the boat. Needless to say, he didn't and i didn't check either!!! So, i managed to find a couple of old, rather blunt knives in my tackle box. The sharpest thing we had was the knife on my leatherman!! Then, i hadn't taken into acount that the new boat is considerabily higher out of the water, making my 3' (1m) gaff's rather in-effective!!

With all the drama and much shouting and profuse sweating on my new crew's part, we ended up doing not so bad. Final tally was 18 Yellowfin, with the smallest being 60kg's (130lb+) and 4 being 85kg class (200lb's) fish with a couple of albacore thrown in for good measure.

Surely a sign of good things to come!!
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:48 AM   #30
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Posts from Miles are the only good thing about winter.
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