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Offline Tom L.

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2017, 01:57:51 PM »
Susan, try this boat in the Carolinas. Maybe too far for you.

https://sbo.sailboatowners.com/classified2/adsmanager.php?task=showad&adid=19537

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2017, 06:07:13 PM »
You are so right, Tom L.
Wow, that boat went fast.
I need to be much quicker.
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A Horizon Cat would be great too.

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2017, 09:24:31 PM »
Hi Susan,
I've been a very happy Sun Cat owner since 2012. I have a 2002 model. I'm 5'8" and have plenty of sitting head room and sleeping room for me and my bride in the cabin.
Similar to you, after years of sailing sloops, my research convinced me that the Sun Cat was the right boat for this time of our lives. We are delighted with her.
My search took about six months, a trip to Florida to see the wrong used Sun Cat, followed by a trip to Cape Cod to bring the right used Sun Cat home.
Wishing you success and happiness in your search and sailing!
Steve
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Catawampus - 2002 Sun Cat

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2017, 06:55:27 AM »
Thank you, Catawampus.
I would hate to travel all the way to Florida for the wrong SunCat. Argh.
The more I read on this forum about SunCats the more excited I get.
The sailors on this site are wonderful and full of information...which I am going to need.
Thank you all!
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A Horizon Cat would be great too.

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2017, 07:11:17 PM »
"Sailors on this site are wonderful". Awww..shucks. Yer just sayin' that 'cause it's true!! As far as full of information...well, we've accused of being full of something else. Glad to be of service...everyone here sorta becomes like family. Through this forum, I've made friends who will remain for life. If you get a boat and don't mind trailering, consider hitting the road to NJ for the 11th annual Barnegat Bay Bash! Info here under "events"
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2017, 07:18:50 PM »
Hi Susan!

We used to rent a cabin at Davis Cabins each summer at the southern end of Lake Sunapee!

Welcome to the Forum!

Wayne (in VA - have a Com-Pac 19)



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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2017, 08:34:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum. 

There's one in NC for sale.

https://greensboro.craigslist.org/boa/6015917798.html

Also another and like-new in the Long Island craigslist, but with Indiana registration?

https://longisland.craigslist.org/boa/6018401036.html

Use one of the nationwide craigslist and for sale search tools to see if you can spot others.
The right one will come along, and you'll know it when you see it.
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2017, 04:25:01 AM »
That NC boat looks fine. I wonder if the Admiral would notice one more boat in the driveway...BAM!!! Oh sorry, dear. I didn't see you standing behind me. Of course it was a joke...dear, put down that cleaver...careful with that ax, dear.

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2017, 07:00:51 AM »
Hi Salty 19
I am concerned about the lack of opening ports on the boat in NC.
Is that a true concern?
I am hoping to do alot of camping on my boat-to-be.
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2017, 07:15:21 AM »
Also: what type of towing vehicle does everyone use?

I am thinking of buying my nephew's 2003 Ram 4x4 which I think will be overkill but the family discount on the price is too good to pass up.
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Offline Tom L.

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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2017, 08:39:48 AM »
Hi Susan, It's odd that the N.C. Boat doesn't have a hatch in the cabin top. I don't think that is a big deal. When the main hatch is open the cabin is more or less wide open. In Florida we do carry small battery powered fans to direct air right at us for sleeping but rarely use them. That overhead hatch could be added if the boat is right for you.

I towed my Sun Cat with a Ford Edge front wheel drive which handles the boat easily. Front wheel drive is not the best on a ramp but that car was easily large enough to handle a Sun Cat. The Ram you are looking at can handle much larger boats. So if the price is right an easy pick. Of course you know your gas mileages will be down the toilet.

If you check out the N.C. boat you may be a little disappointed in the finish on the hull. It is, most likely, dark blue gel coat and is likely chalking some. Maybe they have buffed it out. Those dark colors are spectacular but hard to keep bright. Having said that if it is imron or awlgrip the dark paint stays bright for years with little to know care except a routine wash. Gel coat on the other hand fades/chalks in a few years and needs buffing regularly.

Tom L.
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2017, 09:15:26 AM »
Hi Tom L.
I really like the dark hulled boats especially the green or blue. But I hear what you are saying with the gel coat.

The Ram is a 2003 120K miles...$4K.
 MPG? The Hemi engine is going to kill me.
But the price is right. Right?
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2017, 09:42:49 AM »
I'd like to endorse the NC Suncat that is for sale in its own posting.

I know personally this owner and the previous. Both guys are very good at making sure everything is well maintained.

No matter which used boat you look at, you should ask about all history; how was it when you got it, what did you do, what methods, etc.

Also, there is a very fine boat dealer in Richlands who can do great work if you need it. The Sailboat Company, www.sailboatrichlands.com.

I have bought boats from him, and am in sailing club with the guys mentioned above, so disclaimers apply.

Bruce
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2017, 07:57:27 PM »
Susan: If you go for it, let us know. There are lots of us along the way who'd love for you to buy us a beer! NJ is where I am, on the coast. Hope this works out. If time permitted, I'd buy that and sell my 23. But don't tell her that...
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Re: Sun Cat...the perfect boat
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2017, 07:35:50 AM »
Hi Bob 23.
Thanks for the invite to buy you all beer during my 13 HR trip to NC.
Actually, I believe that's a bit far for me plus my truck deal fell through. Too much rust.
Need to find another tow vehicle or a closer boat.
Winning the lottery would help as well.
Dreaming of a SunCat
A Horizon Cat would be great too.