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HTM is retooling the deck of the 24!

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HTM has taken a step back and decided to modernize the deck of their 24’ Cat to become more competitive in today’s market.

They don’t have an eta when the new tooling will he completes, and we will he reaching out to them for renderings ASAP!

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And set it up, to be able to accept I/O or outboards. Opens up even more options for buyers.
 
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The new deck should make it much less squirly.
 

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so, they are not going to use the same mold for the deck as the hull anymore?

*seems harsh to hear, but OG's will get it. its been a saying that the boat looks the same upside down as it does on plane for years. ;)

look forward to seeing what they do with it!
 

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I’ve always like the style of the HTM, somewhat similar to the 257 Carerra but a smaller stance on the 257
 

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I don’t believe they have built any new boats since the girls the molds back.
really? that's been a couple years now, right? They were on IG a lot priming the pump so to speak, but I haven't noticed much recently.
 

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I don’t believe they have built any new boats since the girls the molds back.
Tooling is probably (to me) the most interesting and “art” of the whole deal.
It’s cool to see they are doing something.
But I’m not sure why we’re seeing pics of that crusty old deck mold, lol.
And, I hope it isn’t taken the wrong way but they don’t need that deck mold.
They need a hull mold. To build a part in it then build a deck to fit it.
 

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Probably a mistake? There's not a huge market today for 24' Cats IMO.
 

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It’s a love hate thing with the look, for me I could never get into it, can’t ignore what they did for the performance boating market on the west coast though, they took it to the next level, but today the design looks pretty dated.
 

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It’s a love hate thing with the look, for me I could never get into it, can’t ignore what they did for the performance boating market on the west coast though, they took it to the next level, but today the design looks pretty dated.
I agree. Never liked the shape of the deck but that’s just personal opinion which means nothing. But they were fast. And they were rigged a lot nicer than any other west coast cat of that era, especially eliminators. HTM’s were closer to what everyone is doing today rigging wise. They are nice inside.


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You put big power in most boats and they are fast.. let’s see one with a stock 525efi and see if it will run like an RPM with the same stock 525efi!!
 

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You put big power in most boats and they are fast.. let’s see one with a stock 525efi and see if it will run like an RPM with the same stock 525efi!!
Lol. Not a fan of single motor cats with 525’s and not a fan of RPM either, they do nothing for me. I doubt the difference in speed between the two would be worth bragging about either.


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Probably a mistake? There's not a huge market today for 24' Cats IMO.
Well most of this project was done as a way to honor their father, and relive memories as well as preserve legacy. If they are having fun with it and sell a couple boats that would be awesome.

You put big power in most boats and they are fast.. let’s see one with a stock 525efi and see if it will run like an RPM with the same stock 525efi!!
Doug wright designed RPM from a more modern era vs an HTM? Not sure that's really fair.. LOL I'd bet they'd be pretty close in speeds with that little HP, but the gap would start growing as you added HP. The RPM will out handle an HTM (turning) all day long.. That's one of the best turning cats I've ever been in.

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Wow, digging up memories. I met Steve and Ken a few times last was just before they crashed. I made the memorial stickers that where being past around HotBoat forums. I am glad to see them doing this I'll be waiting to see what they do!
 

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HTM was the quintessential west coast hot rod for the blue collar guys. For us that grew up in the SFV near Castaic, they were a local hero that built obtainable rockets. Big power, single motor, bravo drive (in some upgraded form) and room for the family for cruisin. Capable of kicking ass on alot of the big cat ballers of the time.. Something about them just screamed DRAG BOAT even though they weren't a little flatty. They have a following and a swagger that is unique. They do look like a short school bus that may be upside down, that's why they make sure to have a big blower hanging above the hatch so you can tell it's shiny side up. That stubby look is what makes it so crazy when one blows past you at 130+ :D
 
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I hope they have success with their project. Anybody that tries to bring another option for powder boats to the table should be welcomed. They have been proven to be a nice boat and maybe with a little updates they will do well again. I drove past their house/shop everyday to and from work. Always wanted one. I wish them luck.
 

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Will it still be a "drivers boat" with the new deck?
 

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Probably a mistake? There's not a huge market today for 24' Cats IMO.
From what I recall, it’s a pretty big/tall 24. If it’s being modernized, it would make it more attractive. Just my opinion though.
 

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I would assume they are pulling that mold in to lay up a new deck to start the tooling process of the new design.
 

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Best time to market would be the DS street party. 2020 probably isn’t in the cards so we can hope to seen them with one 2021. I wish them the best and can’t wait to see the outcome.
 
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