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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » W - Boats starting with 'W' » Wildcat

 
Wildcat 350
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Description: Wildcat 350
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue September 7, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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35'L 23'W 3'D sailing/cruising catamaran, built in South Africa.
Four double staterooms, two heads w/showers, setee, galley and nav. Sleeps 10, easily carries 20.
Twin diesel inboards, various engines available. Hydraulic steering, usually fitted with a hydraulic autopilot.
80gals fuel, 80gals water, tons of room inside and acres of deck area topsides.
832 square feet of sail a in full-roach full-batten main and a 115 genoa, plus a 600 square foot genniker; the boat can fly all three sails at once in 30-40 knots of wind, and begins to surf at around 11 knots speed-over-water. Its short fixed keels give a lot of side-slip when pointing; no-go zone is approximately +/- 25 degrees off the wind, or a little less with a lot of sail trimming. Heeling is never more than 7 degrees, and usually less than 3 degrees.

Hull is very fast, light, strong balsacore construction, including core below the waterline (!). Core grain runs perpendicular to the hull shape to slow infiltration around leaks or blisters. Beautiful outward appearance, with many curves and elegantly rounded edges which are slipping hazards when wet.

I bought Wildcat #13, and it had dozens of minor bugs and glitches; it took a lot of sweat equity to shape them all up. The bottom job will also be shot by the time the boat arrives in America. The boat has several significant coast-guard-certification issues which are not relevant to the pleasure-boater; if you're aiming for coast-guard certification, go over the requirements with a fine-tooth comb with the Wildcat factory ahead of time. Nevertheless, this boat's bang-for-the-buck is way off the top of the chart. Putting up with the many new-boat headaches is well worth the $100,000 or so I saved over comparable French, British, or American catamarans.


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Review Date: Sat September 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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