Jason’s Take: Want to cruise a power cat in some far-flung destination? This one may change the equation—if you don’t mind sharing.
If you’ve ever spoken to a power cat owner, you always know what’s coming. Oh, the space! And efficient cruising! Did I mention the predictable motion?! In love or unhinged? I don’t know, but they have a point about the boats: There’s a lot to like. The latest addition to the Moorings fleet is the 433 PC, which replaces the 38-foot Moorings 393 PC in the fleet, and is offered in either a three- or four-stateroom layout (that one is known as the 434 PC). The three-stateroom setup has a single owner’s suite that takes up the entire starboard sponson with a berth aft and head compartment forward. The port sponson has fore-and-aft staterooms that share a head. The four-stateroom layout mirrors the two-stateroom sponson to starboard. The saloon has a galley forward to starboard and an L-shaped dinette aft and to port. A large dining table takes up most of the cockpit area, beneath an overhang that creates a delightful shaded spot. The foredeck offers huge deck space, too. The star of the show is the flying bridge, with great views, the helm station, a settee with dining table, and an electric grill console with wet bar.
The boat is powered by two 260-horsepower Yanmar 6BY3s.
The 433 PC is manufactured for the Moorings by Robertson and Caine in South Africa, which sells the boats under the Leopard power cat brand. But the Moorings will run your boat in charter. You get access to the boat, or one like it, for up to 12 weeks each year, in one of the Moorings’ 20 worldwide destinations. Sounds like love to me.
The Moorings, 855-247-5680; www.themoorings.com
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- Builder: Leopard
- Model: Moorings 433 PC
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $615,000 (retail for charter fleet)
- LOA: 42'8"
- Draft: 3'1"
- Beam: 22'1"
- Displacement: 25,794 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 264 gal.
- Water Capacity: 206 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/260-hp Yanmars
- Cruise Speed: 15 knots
- Top Speed: 19 knots
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.