What an incredible boat!
I just got off the new FoilCat 34. The most incredible foil assisted catamaran. Todd put the boat through its paces in various conditions and I am blown away. The foil system act as a dampener to cushion the boat so it doesn’t pound in chop. I can see so many applications for this boat in recreational, commercial, and military applications.
Overall, the running was like the boat was on rails. No chine walking, no bow rise on take off, and very dry. The turns were so stable.
Overall, FoilCat is a home run.
The fuel economy is equally as impressive, but to me the true magic was the soft ride through those seas we experienced.
In 6-8 foot seas, big drops were softened. This is a beauty of a boat. I can see applications from dive and boat tender, harbor patrol and beyond...
I was very impressed with the clean lines and vast deck space from the moment I stepped onboard. Plenty of room for the family, fishing gear, dive gear, or all of the above...on the same trip. But also surprising, perhaps more so than all the space, the boat did not list. At 225lbs, Im used the boat sinking down more than a few inches when I step aboard, but not this time. It was rock solid, but something I was sure would change as we pulled out of the marina and made our way out into the windy, two foot chop of the Chesapeake Bay. I felt the foil engage and there was a subtle shift in the boats attitude as it became even more stable on top the chop. We quickly had the boat running in the mid-40s and the boat just tracked with little need for steering input. Spending the last twenty years driving everything from a zodiac to eleven meter RHIB, this boat has me impressed and ready to convert!
We took it into the Gulf where it was 2-3 foot seas stacked up. It did great in that and I would be comfortable in that sea state for 50+ miles offshore.
When making a big turn, it handles well; unlike some of the catamarans I have tested.
With the hydrofoil, it improves efficiency which is huge for us fishing tournament or running charters. It took me a minute to adjust to the foils but ultimately it is the future of catamarans and sport fishing.”
“The Tarpon River 25 is the first transformative powerboat hull technology in 50 years.
This 25’ center console rides better than any center console, monohull or catamaran, and or express cruiser I have driven.
The fit and finish, as well as the slick details are more like the finest custom yachts than production boats it competes with in price. With more than 30 years and in excess of 300,000 miles on every type and style of boats, I can comfortably say this is the future.“
I have been in the boat business since 1989. Working for many of the large boat manufactures, testing prototypes, running boats up and down the coast. I have also spent plenty of time tinkering with lots of personal boats. Currently I am a yacht broker in Maryland, and jumped at Todd’s invitation to take his prototype for a test run.
The Chesapeake Bay is known for tall, tight waves that are of little enjoyment in anything less than a 30 foot boat, or more. As Todd accelerated the 24, there was a slight sensation of lift, and then, almost
effortlessly we were cruising at 20 knots, above a 3-foot chop. Further acceleration provided additional exhilaration and stability with no pounding. To cruise comfortably – in turbulent conditions - in a 24 boat, above 20 knots -was a first-time experience for me.
The 28 foot I had just ridden had a deep-V RIB and was enjoyable for about 5 minutes. Bouncing around in the 3-4 foot chop created fatigue that necessitated a slower speed and more slaloming through the waves.
The 24 Tarpon River sea trial lasted about an hour: We could have run all day. We had fun, we watched similar sized vessels struggle while we cut through or cruised over the crests of the 3s and 4s. This boat is perfect for a long day on the water…one where the weather may change quickly. You can bank on getting home safely and comfortably."