Tom from Punta Gorda, FL

Tom Wilson

We wanted a boat that could handle the chop that we often get in Charlotte Harbor. The boat we had was a deck boat and while it was spacious, it was uncomfortable or even dangerous to take it out on any days that were above a light chop. With the World Cat we can take our boat out any day.

In fact we took it around the keys and over to Bimini this summer. This was our first crossing of the Gulf Stream, from Port Everglades to Bimini. The day we crossed had six foot very confused seas. Far from ideal conditions in which to cross. What should have taken 2 hours to cross took 4. While the ride was rough it was not dangerous. The 280DC-X handled the conditions much better than we did!

Ten years later, we wanted to downsize as our current vessel was getting too large for us. As we tried to decide on how to move forward, my wife told me that she wanted a new boat – one that no one has been on before. Right next door to our boat yard was a World Cat dealer – Schrader Yacht Sales. Before visiting the dealer, I did extensive research on line about World Cats. What I discovered impressed me. There wasn’t a very large inventory of used World Cats and it seemed like World Cat owners were almost “cult” like in their love of the brand. As we did our research about the World Cat, we remembered our first experience ten years earlier. We wondered why we hadn’t thought about it sooner. We decided that our next boat would be a World Cat. We met with Kevin Schrader and he informed us that the 2018 255DC that he had in stock was promised to another dealer but the dealer had called that morning and informed him that his client had health issues and if he had a buyer to sell it. That’s all my wife had to hear. She poked me and said “give him a deposit.” We had not even done a sea trial or had ever been on one while it was in the water. I kept telling her that I had to make sure that we could afford this. Her only response was “give him a deposit.” I lasted a half hour before I gave in. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions we have ever made.

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