Cat 101: As a cat flies across the water, air is packed into its tunnel, creating a pressure wave that lifts the hull. The faster a cat goes, the more lift it creates. This lift gives cats their speed, but too much lift can result in a loss of stability, or, in extreme cases, even cause the boat to blow over. At high speeds, drivers will fight a cat’s natural tendency to fly, by using drive trim to reduce lift and maintain control. This battle – lift vs. balance – is at the very core of high-speed cat operation.
Statement has solved this “cat conundrum” by creating the Custom-Tuned Venturi Tunnel, a patented design incorporating molded “tubes” to increase tunnel width and dramatically enhance airflow. The entire surface of the tunnel – sides as well as ceiling – have been specially tuned and tapered to focus the pressure right at the boat’s center of gravity. The result is an unprecedented level of high-speed balance and stability. In factory tests with professional drivers, the 50 Passion attained speeds of 180 mph, with no use of trim.