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    Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and was told to post my question here as there is a lot of knowledge on this site.

    I'm getting ready to purchase a boat. I'm looking at the 46' Cigarette and a couple of Catamaran boats. The two cats I'm looking at are the 44' MTI or the 44' Nor-Tech. Whichever boat I get will be powered with twin 1075 hp motors. I've done a lot of research on the three and am going to test drive each one before making my choice.

    I already know things like it is easier to get into the cabin on the Cig than the cat boats, and that the cats really need to have a tilt trailer to haul them, can be done without, but if I'm going to get a cat then I'm going to spend the extra money on the tilt trailer. I do like the fact that in the cats I can get a seat in the rear for 4 instead on 3 like on the Cig.

    As for who will be on the boat it will be my wife and I and our two boys. We will be using the boat at Lake Havasu, Lake Powell and out on the ocean at times. And of course for the poker runs, wherever that may lead us.

    I've had people tell me that the cats are more stable and I've been told that the V bottom is. I know the cats that I'm looking at will top out around 150 mph and the Cig around 118. So far the cats have a point for speed.

    What I would like everyone here that reads this to do for me is to give me there pros and cons of the boats if you have experience with them. Also if you are a fan of the cat boats tell me which one you think is a better boat and why you think that. The MTI or the Nor-Tech.

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    not even a second thought, CAT all the way much better smoother ride, not to mention much better looking

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    What boats have you owned in the past? Cat or a V!
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    I have owned about 10 vee's in various sizes, fresh and salt. I now own my first cat and there is no compairison. Cat by a long shot.
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    Although I'm a fan of Skater and MTI, the Nor-Tech has more creature comforts then those two. Nor-Techs have mush rommier cockpits and a small birth under the deck which is accessible from the cockpit as well. I would think that the Nor-Tech is more suited towards your family.

    The only question that I have for you at this point, is what is your boating experience? The reason that I ask is that you're looking into some serious go fast hardware with big horse power that requires some experience to drive. These boats require tons of work to maintain, haul, store and maneuver. What I'm trying to say is you better have deep pockets and plenty of experience to deal with one of these monsters!

    Good luck with your shopping and let us know what you buy

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    I'm guessing if you can afford any one of those boats money probably isn't an issue but you might want to check on the insurance difference. Sometimes a cat can be 10X more to insure than a V hull. As far as the ride goes there's no competition...cat all the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by dschifan View Post
    not even a second thought, CAT all the way much better smoother ride, not to mention much better looking

    Wow if you aren't the predjudice one. I'll bet you like a white cat over a black cat as well. OOOp's I see it in the cig line, and the avatar.

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    not really, had two V hulls, and now on my second cat. i have tried both and would never go back to a V. haha not true there is black on my boat and both motors, wait and my trailer is black!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra1 View Post
    Wow if you aren't the predjudice one. I'll bet you like a white cat over a black cat as well. OOOp's I see it in the cig line, and the avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Slick View Post
    Although I'm a fan of Skater and MTI, the Nor-Tech has more creature comforts then those two. Nor-Techs have mush rommier cockpits and a small birth under the deck which is accessible from the cockpit as well. I would think that the Nor-Tech is more suited towards your family.

    The only question that I have for you at this point, is what is your boating experience? The reason that I ask is that you're looking into some serious go fast hardware with big horse power that requires some experience to drive. These boats require tons of work to maintain, haul, store and maneuver. What I'm trying to say is you better have deep pockets and plenty of experience to deal with one of these monsters!

    Good luck with your shopping and let us know what you buy

    I do really like the way the Nor-Tech looks. A little more than the MTI.

    As for my boating experience I've owned V's of all sizes from 19' to 34', nothing as big or as much hp as I am getting now. I will be going through an offshore school in Florida when I get the boat though. Should help a lot. As far as towing my brother and I own a trucking company and we drive the trucks too so that wont be a problem. As for storage we are building garages just for the boats. And oh ya my brother is getting the 46' Cigarette but I like to be different and really like the cats. Going to test drive both before I buy though.

    There is just something about the way a cat looks in the water. And I like the fact that I'll be able to SMOKE my brother.

    Thanks for the info and I will let you know which one I decide to get, but for now it seems to be leaning towards the cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZriverrat View Post
    As far as towing my brother and I own a trucking company and we drive the trucks too so that wont be a problem.
    Where and what kind of trucks?

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    46 Cig (I'm assuming a Rough Rider) will be an awesome big water boat. But with the size of the cats you are looking at, they should do okay as well, as long as the water isn't too big. I don't see how you can go wrong with any of those boats. My preference would be the Cig because I just like the looks of a V hull better than a cat (and it's a Cig). The cats are going to run harder and if that's your criteria then go cat. They will be more stable by their nature than a V hull. Like anything else, you have to sea trial them and see. Beside, if your brother is getting a Cig then get a cat and you can trade off!
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    I think I'm in the wrong line of work.

    My choice in baller boats would be an MTI Cat with surface drives and Racecrafters power. Lots of it. Couple thou a side should do it. Hey, a guy can dream can't he?

    I'm pretty sure either of the builders could/would create your ideal blend of performance, style, ammenities, etc. Just need to figure out what you want, open the wallet, and let them know. I would suggest going to the factories, crawling through a bunch of boats, see what trips your trigger. That's a lot of money, might as well do plenty of research and get it right.

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    Nortech for ammenities, MTI for performance (although not by much), Cigarette who?

    That being said, I absolutely love the tradition, styling and heritage of the cig, just wouldn't compare to me given the other two... Solely preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordy View Post
    Where and what kind of trucks?

    We have long haul trucks and local trucks in Arizona
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