1st, sorry I haven't been on here much due to my huge work load . I still lurk now and then to see whats going on but that's about it. . Back to the question. I've been looking at boats for a long time and although I know I want a CAT, the're are many of them out there and it's a tough call. I like the idea of a cabin but I hate the idea of added weight and gas. The more the weight, the slower the boat. How many times does anyone really use the cabin for overnight stays and if it costs you extra gas, could you just use the money saved with a lighter boat on gas to stay at a resort or hotel?? It's nice to have good protection from the weather but if you avoid bad weather as most and have a fast boat with good radar, couldn't you just avoid the bad weather most of the time? . I don't know if I will be able to afford it nor talk the wife into letting me get it but here is the boat I've been looking at - COBRA 3100 PREDATOR or this one - COBRA 357 SEA VIPER Here is their web site - http://www.cobraboats.com/ Has anyone ever been out in one? Anyone heard anything about them? What do you think? These guys use them http://www.topcatmarinesecurity.com/ Check out the videos and tell me what you think. I'm not intending on buying a new one but there is some used ones out there that are pretty cool. I'd like to be able to go see different places and do it in a fairly quick manner. If I'm going fishing, why not get there quick and get back in a decent time for happy hour? The area I'm in also has some pretty shallow areas too so draft also counts alot. This boat almost has the draft of a flats boat with speeds that would leave a normal flats boat way behind. I want any opinions and sugestions please. I'm in no hurry and can't afford to do anything for quite a while but what would you get if you had the chance and had a place on the gulf ?