TOMCAT 9.7 • The new TomCat 9.7, the big sister to the original 6.2, is an entry-level performance cruising cat from Canada that combines fine sailing characteristics with an innovative interior plan. From the outset the builders envisioned a cruising cat that would be light, fast and fun to sail. But it also had to have reasonable living accommodations and the ability to make longer coastal or offshore passages.
The hull design shows hull TomCat 9.7 shapes that are fine forward but given enough volume to prevent too much pitching. The builders have integrated a unique single daggerboard system that lowers into the water through the bridgedeck and provides lift on both tacks.
The Seldén rig comes standard with a large fullybattened main and a small working jib. As an option you can upgrade to a larger genoa with adjustable track and a spinnaker package that includes a snuffer.
The 9.7 uses two 9.9 outboards, one in each hull, to power the boat. This is a simple system that will make the engines easy to maintain. The accommodations plan offers a large owner’s double berth forward and running athwartships; this can be made private with curtains at either end and darkened with shades over the forward windows.
Two guest cabins are tucked into the aft end of each hull. The head is in the port hull while the in-line galley runs fore and aft in the starboard hull.
The TomCat is built on a semi-custom basis so you can work with the builders to come up with the boat you want. An affordable way to get started in catamaran cruising, the new 9.7 offers a lot in a small package and has all the capability you will need for coastal cruising and voyages farther afield. For more information contact TomCat’s sales representative in the U.S. at Aeroyacht, New York, 800-446-0010.