Joined: 14 Dec 2012 Posts: 717 City/Region: PENSACOLA
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2010
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Cat O' Mine
Photos: CAT O' MINE
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:24 pm Post subject:
The TC255 is designed as a trailer boat (24/7 without a permit) so owners must stay under the 13.5 ft federal height limit on the trailer.
Most owners struggle with how to keep the VHF antenna 4 feet from the AIS antenna while keeping the spotlight, hailer, GPS antenna, rocket launchers, rooftop air conditioner and any metal parts of the dinghy all out of the radar beam with an anchor light above all that, while not interfering with the rooftop railings.
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Seriously, I do recall a picture of one in a for sale lot with a partial tower structure long ago. Youíd have to give up a lot; if thatís the priority Iíd consider other boats not subject to the compromises of a trailer boat.
John _________________ John and Eileen Highsmith
2010 Tom Cat 255, Cat O' Mine
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Joined: 30 Oct 2006 Posts: 11652 City/Region: Sequim
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sleepy-C
Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:40 am Post subject:
Not a TC-255, but how I dealt with the distance issues for AIS and VHF antennas. If any C-Dory could handle the weight aloft of a "second story" it would be the TomCat, because of the catamaran (dual hulls) design. However, the additional weight will be an issue, and should be a consideration. Would I consider a couple of camp chairs up top for an afternoon, sure, but adding a fly bridge, with or withourt controls -- Not likely, not even. That would change it from a trailer baot to a full time moorage boat. If you want a fly bridge boat, there are other, and maybe better options.
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