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The popular Seacat 636 has had an upgrade. Offering even better cosmetics and a step up on the finishings, this craft is going to remain trendy and well-liked for some time to come. The editor takes a day out to review the new Seacat 636. The Seacat 636 is designed primarily as a fishing boat – it doesn’t matter how you drop a line, anything from light tackle to hardcore sportsfishing is at the heart of the latest Seacat. While she enjoys all disciplines of angling, Ernie Magson of Magson Marine tells me that what she really loves is some rough water. In choosing our review day, we had picked one which would see an offshore wind breezing a bit to kick up some chop and lips on the swell – but arriving at Gordon’s Bay to a fog bank, no wind and long gentle swell meant we looked about as confused as an Malaysian air traffic controller. We waited for the mist to burn off, slipped the Seacat off her breakneck double-axle trailer and wandered out into the bay. Deck layout Inside the 636, the general layout is simple and practical. This is a big and spacious boat; and while it will be plenty for most fishermen, the extremely serious marlin angler, with the optional fighting chair fitted, may have wanted just a smidge more space onboard – but perhaps, that’s almost always the scenario anyway. Between the motors there’s a small step platform with a fold-down ladder on the back of the boat for easy entry and exit, both when she is on the trailer and in the water, and there’s also a decent-sized livebait well. The deck features two fair-sized fish hatches that can handle long fish like ’cuda and wahoo. There are also two fuel hatches that can take 4 x 25-litre cans per side in front of the fish hatches – or alternatively you can opt to go for stainless built-in tanks of the same size. This 636 features a full wet deck with channels around the hatches and deck outskirts to ensure that any possible water on the deck is drained effectively. As standard on the 636 the skipper gets a helm barstool. The 636 on our review was upgraded to have the bum seats borrowed from the 520 cc which I honestly prefer. It’s a little more comfortable, gives you additional storage and provides extra seating for the crew too. The console area is neat and has all the necessities — a decent area for the GPS/fishfinding equipment of your choice, a tackle drawer system, dry storage compartments, and an entrance to the cabin – which is, incidentally, big enough to fit a toilet if necessary. This 636 is the enclosed version, all of which means you’re going to be well protected from the elements, even on the worst of days. The 636 is an anglers boat, so rest assured it’s fitted with the necessities, such as rod holders, storage in the gunnels, trolling boards and more. Performance Our Seacat 636 came fitted with two 150 HP 4-Stroke engines. Beautiful, reliable engines with oodles of power, there’s little reason why deep sea fishermen wouldn’t like these motors. While they are light on the gas and give more than enough go, you could opt to save yourself some bucks and go for twin 115 HP’s which I think would a perfect match for the price; but go down to 100’s and I think you’ll always be wanting more, especially when you’re loaded up with crew, tackle and catch.To read more articles from this issue please click here. To buy a copy of our magazine, please click here. Sign up to our newsletter CAPTCHA Code* Current ye@r * Leave this field empty SA's top selling powerboat magazineTel: 021 702 4200 | Fax: 021 702 4209  47 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business Park 7945, Cape Town, South AfricaJoin our free mailing list



For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser. The biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, carries a mind-boggling 8000 people when you add crew and passengers – that's more than the population of many Australian country towns. And later next year Sydney will become a home port of Australia's first mega liner, Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, which has a capacity of almost 5000 passengers. But the size of a cruise ship isn't just measured by how many people it accommodates, or how long or wide or tall it is – it's all about tonnage. In a nutshell, tonnage is not how much a ship weighs – it's the volume inside it. On cruise ships, the volume, or interior space, determines how many people the ship can accommodate; some ships may be of similar tonnage but carry more or fewer people, depending on the style of the ship.Here's a look at the highlights of today's modern mega ships.Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 6360 (5400 double occupancy)Length 360 metresTonnage 225,282 Launched 2010Cruising grounds Caribbean and MediterraneanThe biggest cruise ship in the world is just five centimetres longer than its older sister, Oasis of the Seas. Both ships feature the huge Central Park area, home to living, breathing plants and trees. Allure and Oasis boast FlowRiders, ziplines, dazzling shows and a whole lot more – some passengers don't even get off the ship.Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 4905 (4180 double occupancy)Length 348 metresTonnage 167,800 Launching April 2016Cruising grounds China, Australia, New ZealandOvation of the Seas is virtually identical to Quantum and Anthem of the Seas and will be the biggest, newest ship to cruise Down Under when it arrives in December 2016. Ovation's fabulous playthings include a skydiving simulator, North Star viewing capsule and SeaPlex indoor space (for bumper cars, circus school and roller-skating).Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 5400 (4248 double occupancy)Length 334.6 metresTonnage 164,600 Launching November 2015Cruising grounds Eastern CaribbeanThe first of NCL's new Breakaway Plus class of ships, Escape will be the biggest in the fleet and has supersized many popular attractions from Breakaway and Getaway. Thrill-seekers will flock to the ropes course, Sky Rails and massive Aqua Park, and those seeking exclusivity can check in to the Haven, a "ship within a ship".Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 5183 (double occupancy)Length 329 metresTonnage 155,873 Launched 2010Cruising grounds Mediterranean and CaribbeanEpic introduced a host of "first at sea" features when it launched: solo cabins, an ice bar, a rapelling wall, the biggest bowling alley at sea and the popular Blue Man shows. Big sister Escape might have more whiz-bang features but Epic has plenty to offer families and young adults looking for a fun-filled holiday. Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 4375 (3634 double occupancy)Length 339 metresTonnage 154,407Launched 2006Cruising grounds Western and Eastern CaribbeanFreedom was the world's biggest cruise ship when it launched. It had the first FlowRider at sea and in 2011 had a multi-million-dollar makeover that added many signature Royal Caribbean features: DreamWorks "live" cartoon characters, a cupcake shop and a vast poolside movie screen.Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 3090 (2592 double occupancy)Length 345 metresTonnage 148,528Launched 2004Cruising grounds World cruises, transatlantic crossingsThe world's only true transatlantic ocean liner, Cunard's flagship might not be the biggest cruise ship but it's the fastest: QM2's maximum speed is just over 30 knots (56 km/h). Special attractions include the planetarium, traditional afternoon tea in the Queen's Room, and the only kennels at sea.     Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 3998 (double occupancy)Length 325 metresTonnage 146,600Launched 2013Cruising grounds Bermuda, Bahamas, CaribbeanNorwegian Breakaway is very similar to its year-younger sister Getaway. Both have studio cabins for solo cruisers; The Waterfront's al fresco restaurants and bars; and 678 Ocean Place, three decks of dining and entertainment venues. Spice H2O is a day and night adults-only retreat.Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 3600 (double occupancy)Length 330 metresTonnage 141,000Launched May 2014Cruising grounds Caribbean, Northern EuropeLike its sister ship Royal Princess, Regal features the SeaWalk, a glass walkway cantilevered off the side of the ship. They also share the dazzling Piazza, a three-deck atrium that is linked by spiral staircases and houses restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Just off the Piazza is the lavish Lotus Spa.Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity  4100 (3611 double occupancy)Length 330 metresTonnage 141,000Launched March 2015Cruising grounds  Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, CaribbeanThe massive Union Jack on the bow of P&O's new flagship reinforces its very British character. Five British "Food Heroes" have designed menus for their signature restaurants and passengers can take cooking classes in The Cookery Club. In a first for P&O, all outside cabins have balconies. Vital statisticsMaximum passenger capacity 4345 (3502 double occupancy)Length 333 metresTonnage 139,400 Launched 2013Cruising grounds Mediterranean and South AmericaMSC Cruises became the world's third-largest cruise line when it launched MSC Preziosa. The ships are very family-friendly – all children under the age of 18 (accompanied by adults) travel free. MSC Cruises' Yacht Club is another "ship within a ship" and offers 69 suites, a private pool and sundeck, and its own restaurant. See also: Twenty amazing cruises for first-timers See also: How to cruise like you're at a high-end hotel See also: How to bluff your way around a cruise ship





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