Any Packet Cat owners??
My wife and I have looked at Island packet Cats and we like the liveaboard conditions it provides. I'm curious about its' sailing capabilities with that Delta Pod at the bow. I'm not into speed, but with that thing plowing thru the water I wonder if the boat actually behaves more like a barge.
Any info from anyone who has one or sailed on one would be appreciated.
If you don't get an answer go to the email lists within sailnet and look up the Island Packet forum and ask the same question.
Hi Mark ....we own an IP Packetcat and have cruised on her from Great Lakes, ICW, Florida Keys and Bahamas. It is a terrific boat for live-aboard cruising ... dry, spacious, comfortable and safe.
Let me know if your still involved and we can talk at length.
I saw your reply from several months ago as a Packet Cat owner. How does it sail? What percentage of a monohull speed can you achieve downwind, beam reach, and upwind. What is your tacking angle?
We just bought a Packet Cat and brought her up from NC to RI. We love the livability, the manueverability with the twin engines(and the "back-up" they provide as our port engine overheated on the first day-fresh water pump- and we had to go 40 miles on one engine). They are definitely motorsailers, if the wind was less than 8 knots, we would motor sail. yesterday,just sailing, we were doing 7 1/2 knots downwind with 20k apparent, 6k on a close haul w/12-15k of wind( and 5 ft waves off our beam). We had an Iroquois for 10 years which we loved but it fell far short of comfort. It sailed about 2 knots faster but because it was light, any type of head seas would sometimes stop it dead in its track. the only "barge effect" we experienced was in a thunderstorm with 50k gusts, 40k sustained and short, choppy seas head-on; we made 2 knots in 1 hour. We were babying the port engine, though, as we were heading to get our new water pump. Our fuel consumption was 3/4 gallon/hour when motorsailing(12k of wind downwind) on a 24 hour trip up the NJ coast and 1.25 gallons/hour on a stretch with no wind, some current and seas against us, and both engines at 2400rpms. Sorry I can't give you more detailed info about tacking angle or beam reach since the boat is still new to us. I agree with all of Dick M.'s comments; during that thunderstorm I felt very safe on the boat. The quality is unbelievable and there is tons of storage(but lots of things on the boat=slower performance). We looked at Dick's boat for sale and it's very clean, showing an owner who cares. We just found a newer one with more extras. Hope this helps; we plan to be owners for awhile.
This is an old thread, and I want to revive it (if possible). Are there any more opinions out there on the Pocket Cat? They look like they might be old and slow and well built--PERFECT for people like me--old and slow and well built, and ugly.
Did I mention ugly?
Perfect, Yes? No? Please give me some facts on this tank.
Re: Any Packet Cat owners??
...and seven years after the last post - I too am considering a Packet Cat. My wife and I lived on an Irwin 54 for a couple of years and now we live ashore. Looking for something comfortable to cruise the East Coast between FL and ME, but not live aboard full time. Also want something that will do the ditch, which the Irwin with it's 71' mast would not do. I noticed a comment somewhere about problems with the mast step on the Packet Cat. Any info on that or other issues would be appreciated.
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