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Water Taxi of the week – Tropic Cat

The Tropic Cat is a composite construction catamaran or twin hulled vessel. She was built at Corinthian Catamarans  in Tarpon Springs, Florida. At this time, the Tropic Cat is the only vessel in the Water Taxi fleet to be powered by outboard engines. The two, 225 hp, 4 stroke outboard engines have improved fuel economy and emissions when compared to older 2 stroke outboard engines. The Catamaran hulls are also very efficient and provide a huge flat deck on which to install the control console and the guest seating. This vessel is excellent for charters of up to 49 guests providing a tremendous amount of space for each guest to spread out.

The Tropic Cat heading into the Water Taxi base across from Esplanade Park at the end of a shift.

The Tropic Cat heading into the Water Taxi base across from Esplanade Park at the end of a shift.

The Tropic Cat was originally built as the Kokomo Cat for a dive company in Key West. There are many dive boat companies that prefer this design as it provides for a great dive platform with its wide steady design, and easy ride in rough eater. The only obvious remnant of her former life is the dive ladder located on the starboard side of the vessel. We currently use the dive ladder as our USCG required rescue ladder; luckily it has only been used for this purpose during our practice rescue drills.

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