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October 25, 2001

ProStar 21 Cat

Comet Boats calls its ProStar 20 a "Posi-draft hull." I call it a very smooth-riding planing cat.

Comet Boats calls its ProStar 20 a "Posi-draft hull." I call it a very smooth-riding planing cat. Fitted with a 200-hp Suzuki, this flats skiff topped out at 50 mph but did it in conditions that would rattle your kidneys and compress your spine on any mono-hull flats boat.

Other advantages to this cat include more storage than any flats boat I can remember. A full-width release well in tile bow has a split hatch with half opening forward and tile other aft for easy access from either side. This boat offers huge deck space from which to fish - large enough to accommodate 13 storage compartment hatches (14 if you include the seat). None made any noise when dropped from wide open or creaked when stepped on. Every compartment is internally lighted for night fishing. The helm console looks like the control panel of a 747, with dozens of electrical switches. Pop-up nav lights, pole holders and cleats assure an absolutely clean deck that won't snag a fly line. And a feature taken from performance and bass boats -steering wheel-mounted stalks (like the blinker on your car) to adjust both the engine trim and the jackplate -- make driving this skiff much more user-friendly.

Two large people standing on the gunwale didn't cause any leaning at all. This ProStar produces no wave slap noise whatsoever, and a slight swirling noise in the tunnel while drifting shouldn't disturb fish. However, it remains to be seen how easy it is to pole this 1,900-pounder.