first day we had our Flats Cat we took it in 5-6 foot seas. We approached the
waves from every possible angle. We never got sprayed or lost control. The Flats
Cat handles rough water much better than I ever expected. I looked for 2 years
for a boat that could get into six inches of water and fit 4 people comfortably.
The Flats Cat was the only thing I found that can do that."
New Orleans, Louisiana
Stability, Stability...still amazes about the Flats Cat. Weighing 225 pounds and
most of my fishing buddies in excess of 225 pounds, we can stand on one corner
of my boat and still not have it move. It is very simple. And I still on occasion
get in places I shouldn't have because the boat will run in almost no water. Bow
rise is almost non-existent. Truly a great shallow water fishing boat."
shallow draft boats that would meet our fishing needs, we were very skeptical
of what the Flats Cat could do. After talking with several owners of the Flats
Cat, we found their testimonies to be consistent with your claims. February 1998,
we purchased our first. WOW! Not only did the boat perform as you said, but it
exceeded our expectations. In July 2000, we were CATin' around in the flats in
Rockport, Texas, and accidentally went on the wrong side of a channel. When we
saw a Crane standing in water no higher than its ankles (figuratively speaking),
it was too late to slow down and turn around; we were already committed. You cannot
imagine the excitement we felt when we got across without hesitation or getting
stuck. UNBELIEVABLE!! We KNEW the Flats Cat was the RIGHT CHOICE for our shallow
water excursions. Being able to operate in shallow water was our main priority.
In addition, we found that this boat gives us the driest ride in rough waters
when other boats caused us to get soaking wet. We feel that through our experiences,
we cannot express enough, the pride we have in being a Flats Cat owner. Every
time we take the boat out, there is a least one person who will ask us many questions
about our Flats Cat. All of our answers are given with the highest praise. If
anyone wants the best for shallow water fishing, the Flats Cat is the only choice.
We are looking forward to purchasing our second Flats Cat, the Thompson's "Wampus
Warren & Shannon
was purchased in 1996 it is powered with 125hp Mariner, the fuel efficiency of
the mid-size motor and 40 gallon tank allows me to fish long distances from my
base. There has not been a trip that some one on board has not made favorable
comment about the many good qualities of the boat. I looked at other boats before
I bought my Flats Cat, but I did not want a 200hp motor with the added weight
and fuel consumption to achieve to performance on other boats. My boat is used
almost year round fishing, hunting, trawling, bird watching, or boat riding. It
is a perfect match for the coastal marsh, lakes, and barrier islands for south
Louisiana. I never worry about running aground as it floats in 4 to 5 inches of
water and will run in less. It is pleasures to fish from the Flats Cat the low
sides allow landing fish without a net. The twin hulls add to the stability even
in rough seas it hardly rocks. Once fishing the surf at near by barrier island
in the trough between the beach and first sand bar I took a wave over the bow
and put 4 to 5 inches of water in the boat. The self-bailing scuppers emptied
the boat quickly and I continued fishing knowing I was safe in my Flats Cat. Many
boat owners in this area own two boats, a small one to fish the shallow marsh
and a larger one for the lakes and barrier islands. The Flats Cat is at home in
the marsh and in the lakes. I rather have one boat to do it all than two with
all the cost and maintenance needed. Casual observers have told me that my boat
is not pretty, but I believe that looks are only gel coat deep and the real beauty
is in the performance. I'd buy another Flats Cat in a heart beat."
are three pictures taken from my boat in the Florida Keys in about 6" of
water. The boat is great. I can run at 30 mph through rough chop and stay dry
and comfortable. I fish up close to islands in one boat or less of water. I do
not know of any other boat where three men can comfortably fish the flats of the
"Well, we finally
actually touched bottom with the Flats Cat. How shallow? I was watching people
in Apalachicola literally walking in ankle deep water right next to us. If we
would have been on plane I doubt we would have even brushed bottom then! This
boat is fantastic on smooth and choppy days. Think we managed to get sprayed once
in nasty weather with really heavy chop in the bay. Easy to plane? Just push the
throttle over and start to pull back and you are there. We have the 18 foot model
and have been incredibly happy with it. It goes anywhere and does anything. Advice
to new buyers...make sure your rigger knows what they are doing. Once we got the
right prop we were business. Would also suggest the leaning post with the storage.
Thanks Bill! It was worth the wait!"
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
bought my Flats Cat in July of 1991, still have it. I fish 100 to 130 days a year.
It is the most shallow running, driest riding boat on the market."
El Campo, Texas
owned several shallow water boats over the last 15 years. The last being an El
Pescador. I fish mainly the Port O' Connor to Rockport area. I currently have
21' Flats Cat powered by a 115 HP Evinrude Ficht. When the 115 HP was first suggested
I thought Bill was nuts. I told the dealer rigging the engine I wanted at least
150 HP, and was told it was not needed. They were right. The boat runs 40+ mph
with same fuel economy as a 17' aluminum boat with 60 HP. Less weight on the transom
is a big plus. This is the shallowest running boat I have ever owned or seen.
The space on deck and front casting platform is unmatched. The cat hull gives
an extremely first shallow water boat choice."
Cat runs in slushy mud. In December of 1998, my son Cory and I were coming out
of west Matagorda Bay. We were into fish and stayed longer than planned. The tide
had gone out and was extremely low. On an attempt to come back in through the
canal, we just flat run out of water. We were in just slushy mud and still moving
approximately 30 mph, the engine hot buzzer went off, and just knew we would be
there till the next day. Then I went to a state of being pissed off, then I turned
the wheel to right and stayed with it. That Flats Cat turned around with a long
sweep and was headed back towards water. When we get into 3 or 4 inches of water
the hot Buzzer quit and I was a happy camper with a Flats Cat. My son looked at
me and said, "Dad are you going to tell anybody?" I said, "YEP."
He said only Flats Cat owners will believe you."
had my Flats Cat now for a little over a year. The main thing I like about the
Flats Cat is you get a smooth, dry ride. The boat kind of wobbles across the waves
rather than pounding up and down through them. The ride is dry because the spray
off the boats gets shot out to the sides at a low trajectory and not upwards where
the wind catches it and sends it over into the boat. It can also run in super
shallow water because the motor is mounted high on the transom so the prop is
above the bottom of the boat. That, with the lifting action you get from the wind
and water coming in through the pontoons. If you happen to run aground or drift
too shallow, it is easy to push off as it doesn't get direction because water
flows through the pontoons as you drift and doesn't push sideways with the wind.
It also jumps out of the hole exceptionally fast which everyone comments on when
their with me. All in all, it's a super boat that I am very pleased with. It definitely
out performs the tunnel hull boat I had previous to this and it's just a fun boat
Corpus Christi, Texas
can't tell you how much my wife and I have enjoyed our Flats Cat boat. I have
had two other boats made for the shallow bays here around Rockport and both were
OK but the Flats Cat is the best all around flats boat that I have owned. It is
the best wade fishing boat I have been on. It is a roomy, no nonsense fishing
machine. The Flats Cat is the driest boat I have been on and I have been on name
brand boats of 23 foot, 24 foot, and 26 foot and I have always wished that I had
been on my 21 foot Flats Cat because I would not have gotten wet. My wife loves
the dry smooth ride, and the amount of room you have. Another thing I love about
the Flats Cat is that for fishing, sight seeing, or just exploring you can get
in and out of places that other boats of this size just can't get to. My boat
is a 1998 Flats Cat powered by a 88 Hp 1994 Johnson special, 4 blade 13p prop.
My boat has ran in a true six inch deep water and will get up in a true 12 inches
of water. It will do around 37 mph. I am also impressed by the knowledge and the
helpfulness of Bill Allison. All most everyone I have taken out in my boat has
been very impressed and at least two people have said they were going to buy a
Flats Cat. If they do, I know a few special places I will see them again."
my Flats Cat this year. I have owned many boats, but can truly say I have not
enjoyed a boat the way I have enjoyed my Flats Cat, there is no boat that can
compare to this boat in shallow water. I have been out on days with the north
wind blowing, but this did not stop the Flats Cat from letting me try. I also
fish Calcasiew Lake. It is a very large lake and can get very rough. No problem
for this boat--when they say shallow draft and smooth ride you can believe it.
I can fish out of any boat that I choose so the best compliment I can give the
Flats Cat is if I was to buy a fishing boat tomorrow, it would be a Flats Cat!
"There are many things
about my Flats Cat that are delightful and that are well known--ability to run
in skinny water, self-bailing which makes backing down onto a beach in the surf
do-able, easy cleanup, and the rest. However, only recently I appreciated the
smooth, dry ride it provides in a rough chop. I had an avid fisherman friend from
Scotland down for a trip the same weekend last month when the greatest northern
to ever hit the state in the fall arrived. We were down in Port O'Conner and wanted
to get into the lakes on the other side of Espiritu Santo and San Antonio Bay.
We also wanted to be able to get back! Those bays were whipped up into whitecaps
by the strong north wind. No time to wait for the weather to clear, so off we
went. It was amazing how the twin hulls stepped across the heavy chop when approached
at an angle. While I would be lying if I said the ride was smooth, it was acceptable
at an angle and we didn't get soaked. We also got back home alive and with some
specks and reds. That gave me an idea. This would be an ideal way to deal with
the !@#$%& speed bumps in parking lots and side streets in Houston-- at the
last second, swerve the car and take the bumps at an angle. The two tires on each
side of the car act like the twin hulls on a Flats Cat and smooth those bumps
and humps out. Try it and you will get a demonstration of what the Flats Cat really
does to a heavy chop. Congratulations on providing such a great product for the
fisherman who never know when to quit."