Boat Review October 2007 Issue

TomCat 9.7. - Practical Sailor New Boat Review: Quality Construction, Unique Engineering and Stability Characterize the Father-and-Son Built TomCat 9.7.

This 32-foot coastal cruising cat, with above-average performance and spacious accommodations, delivers a responsive and rewarding ride.

Being one of the smallest cruising catamarans on the market brands the TomCat 9.7 ( “entry level,” but we find that term misleading and unfair. There’s much more to the joy of a sailing catamaran than speedo numbers. The 9.7 might not out-drag most of its rivals, but it can, we think, deliver more of what sailors are after when they turn off the auxiliary. And, in many respects, it makes shoal-water sailing safer and more relaxing. If you’re looking at a Maine Cat 30 or a Gemini 105Mc from Performance Cruising, the TomCat also deserves a look.

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