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Old 02-06-2015, 08:58 AM   #1
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Fountaine Pajot Trawler Cats?

I would be interested in a forum to support FP cats or at least a forum for power cats. Anyone else agree?
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:01 AM   #2
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We can surely discuss it!! And in the meantime, tell us about yourself and your boat. I have always been a fan of the FP cats...as well as PDQ.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:50 AM   #3
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I have a 2002 34 Greenland. Bought it about 3 years ago. Very happy. Our model has 2 owners cabins in each pontoon; double berth aft and head/shower/sink forward. Power is twin Nanni diesels 135hp. Stock power is 65hp; so I am not sure why this boat came over with this option. I did see another Greenland advertized in US that had similar power. Maybe French thought the Americans needed more hp! Good news is the greater hp doesn't result in huge increase in gph.

We looked at the PDQ 34 when we were shopping for a cat. We did not like the lack of cockpit space and the engines under the berths. The Greenland has a generous aft cockpit and flybridge which is great for entertaining.

Pros: Very efficient. Ave 4.5 gph. We travel at around 15knts. Top speed is 20-22knts which is very handy when you need it. Trawler speed is more like 8-9knts. For the Christmas boat parade we had 12 people on board. She handled it very well. The beam is only 14.5ft so we have not had any problems in marinas. No slapping when we are in rough weather; clearance is great, over 3 feet.

Cons: Not many negatives. Tight engine space but related to bigger engines that came with this model. The impeller access is a squeeze since the engine is only 6 inches from forward engine bulkhead. Double bunks are a little tight for some couples who enjoy extra room to sleep (but not many 34ft boats have huge sleeping arrangements for 2 couples).

We see a few 37 FP Maryland cats around so maybe others on east coast that may be interested in a forum for FP power cats. It would be very helpful since the manufacturer isn't very responsive to technical problems/questions on their older boats.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:31 AM   #4
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As you can see from my little picture I seem to be the only other cat owner on the forum!

I argue that mine's a trawler too!

I'm just guessing that you fuel burn at 15 kts is 4.5gal/hr/per engine: around 1.6 mpg is excellent for a 11 mtr boat.

Please post some photos.....
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As you can see from my little picture I seem to be the only other cat owner on the forum!

I argue that mine's a trawler too!

I'm just guessing that you fuel burn at 15 kts is 4.5gal/hr/per engine: around 1.6 mpg is excellent for a 11 mtr boat.

Please post some photos.....
While I agree that you have a fine vessel and "trawler" is certainly a diverse term....

Any boat with "Cheetah" in the model name has a hard time conveying dreamy eyed thoughts of trawlers.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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As you can see from my little picture I seem to be the only other cat owner on the forum!

I argue that mine's a trawler too!

I'm just guessing that you fuel burn at 15 kts is 4.5gal/hr/per engine: around 1.6 mpg is excellent for a 11 mtr boat.

Please post some photos.....
I am willing to bet she meant total. Those cats are awfully efficient.
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While I agree that you have a fine vessel and "trawler" is certainly a diverse term....

Any boat with "Cheetah" in the model name has a hard time conveying dreamy eyed thoughts of trawlers.
...and it's a well know fact that cats love water.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:59 AM   #8
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I am willing to bet she meant total. Those cats are awfully efficient.
Here's the specs for a cheetah 9 mtr by 3.6 commercial cat that was bought by a Canadian fisherman: lighter and more efficient than a FP trawler cat, but outboards......

Alex reports good speeds and fuel data with twin Honda vtech outboards and 15” propellers. Top speeds was 31.5 knots. Fuel consumption at 18-20 knots at 4000rpm with roughly 1000kg aboard was just under 2 litres per mile. The heaviest load carried was 4000kg on deck.

Cheetah Marine LLP

Even allowing for the better efficency of diesels ( 20%: leanburn OB better than that?) about 2mpg sounds right for a 11mtr cruising Cat of that size?
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:52 PM   #9
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Not sure why cats, "Trawler Cats" in particular, haven't met with more interest here. They are just another economical boat with different but no more or less compromise, and can be a great value for cruisers. When I bought my current boat, my short list was half cats.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:30 PM   #10
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Twin 135hp diesels burn ave 4.5gph total
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:56 PM   #11
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Interest in trawlercats here. We saw the Fountaine Pajots at Trawlerfest and we were impressed. Really like the idea of engine access from the cockpit instead of the salon. The admiral liked the modern interior. We've also looked at the Endeavour 44' and we were very impressed with the roominess of it.
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Interest in trawlercats here. We saw the Fountaine Pajots at Trawlerfest and we were impressed. Really like the idea of engine access from the cockpit instead of the salon. The admiral liked the modern interior. We've also looked at the Endeavour 44' and we were very impressed with the roominess of it.
Marinas Here in Europe have a 50% surcharge on cats.

...so the money you save in fuel is taken at the dock, But Of course you can do more anchoring instead.
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I would agree....I have always kept an eye on cats. One big advantage to me(other than efficiency) is their seakeeping. I know they can pound underneath the bridgedeck, but generally the fact that they don't roll. My biggest knock against them is the "compartmentalization" of the spaces. Everything is its own space instead of being part of a more open combined space. The spaces are arranged more closely to a sailboat than a motorcruiser....IOW....berth up in the forepeak of the hulls. Anyway, lots to like about a cat!!!!
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #14
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I would be interested in a forum to support FP cats or at least a forum for power cats. Anyone else agree?
They are just boats with different hull forms. If used as a trawler or costal-inland or blue water boat almost all considerations relative to this form. With the exception of the greater beam they are typically light displacement boats and if they act a little different in some situations well a FD and a Fast SD also act differently and they are all covered on this form.
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Hello UK Lele Girl,

I really like the Fountaine Pajot line of boats, matter of fact there is one moored about 40 meters from me in a little bay.Looks to be about 38-40' sailing rig.

Don't worry too much about the Trawler in Trawler Forum, if you troll through the members and general posts you will notice that the vast majority are just happy to own something that you don't water ski behind, or employ other people to drive us around.

Does your boat have the galley configuration up or down? I have just helped a good mate bring down a 40'Cat from Brisbane, about 450 miles. The stability in a sloppy sea was excellent, although the compartmental nature of the boat, as noted above, took a little getting used to. Still, all boats are in essence a trade off, looking forward to seeing some photo's.

Interesting name for a boat.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:38 AM   #16
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I’m new here. I recently bought a 2003 FP Greenland 34. Actually I won’t really take delivery until the end of March because the boat is on the west coast of Greece and I’m in Turkey. I only viewed it for around half an hour so I’m looking for as much information and advice I can get before I undertake the long trip home in the Spring.
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. Talk about a delivery trip-WOW!
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Welcome aboard. Talk about a delivery trip-WOW!
Thanks. The Aegean can be tricky in Winter so I decided to wait until Spring. I estimate it’s around 320 Kns using the Corinth Canal.
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