FAQ’s

Top Ten Questions :

Q. What makes Prowler’s hull design so unique among catamarans?
A. Form follows function, and good form comes from intelligent design. A planning hull, like the Prowler’s, must do several things well:

  • The hull must have a bottom shape that generates sufficient pressure to vertically lift the structure (to overcome the boat’s own bow wave and get on plane); it should have hard cornered chines to create flow separation and reduce drag; it should minimize bottom loading per square foot to facilitate planing and maximize efficiency (this translates to faster planing at lower speeds so engines work less); an efficient angle of deadrise that facilities lift but not at the expense of ‘pounding’ the riders; it must have an efficient length:beam ratio to allow planing at low speeds; and it must sit high on the water and not be ‘bottom heavy’. This is the heart of the Prowler hull concept, and why its design is so successful.
  • The hull of a Prowler features a patented Turbulent Stabilizing Venturi System (TSVS) that virtually eliminates the spray (called ‘tunnel sneeze’) other cats can’t avoid in choppy waters
  • Reverse chines provide not only more lift generating bottom surface, but also help minimize spray, making the Prowler one of the driest cats ever built, even at the transom area.
  • Then, Prowler’s patented Lifting System with full length lifting strakes built into the sponsons, give the boat extra planning surface for better speed at any horsepower.
  • The Prowler hull design allows water to enter freely at the bow, exit completely at the stern, thus minimizing form drag and in-tunnel turbulence. The result is the best handling, best fuel efficiency, and overall performance in all types of seas, following or beam, of any cat on the market today.

Q. How can  Prowlers have more storage and room than bigger cats?
A. It’s all in the Prowler design, which has been optimized to make every inch count.

  • The Prowler has a liner separate from the cap, thus providing owners the full use of the beam inside the cockpit area. Other cats, lose between 6 to 8 inches or more under each side of the gunwale.
  • Having the space under the gunwale open, enables Prowlers to have cockpit lighting and provide additional rod racks for storage. Importantly, this additional area is a key safety feature for the fishing aficionado, providing full footing for greater stability rather than just the toe-space that’s found on most other cats.
  • Organization is key to the making the Prowler so passenger-friendly. All available space below deck is used thoughtfully, so as to leave as much of the above deck area open for passenger mobility.
    • A few examples are: there are 4 storage boxes under the deck- 2 forward boxes can hold 6 large bumpers in each and an 8 pack life vest + two throw cushions +fire extinguisher, and still have room to spare OR store four 9’ fishing rods inside for out of the way rod storage. The two aft boxes will hold a 128qut cooler in each box with room left around the cooler. The step up platform serves as a stable casting surface as well as a comfortable space for sunning, while under the platform it offers one large fish box and another large storage box.

Q. Do I need a special cradle to dry-store a Prowler?
A. No. Renaissance Prowlers can use standard cradles, the same ones used by monohulls and are easily accommodated in any dry-store facility without the expense of a special cradle. They also store in standard racks, and only require that the two wooden bunks sit under the sponsons as would be the case for any boat. Marine fork operators can easily lift Prowlers as they would any other boat.

Q. Is it true that Prowlers can plane on just one engine?
A. Yes, because of the efficient hull design let Prowlers stay on plane even with a single engine. The Prowler 25 can plane on just one Honda F90 and run at 17 knots, and on one MercOptimax 135 at 3500 rpm at 25 mph. The Prowler 31outfitted with twin Yamaha F225, will plane on one motor and run easily at 15 knots.

Q. How can Prowlers be so strong, and yet so light?
A. Renaissance Prowlers have a unique 3 piece structure (CAP-HULL-DECK) that is designed to withstand rough seas without sacrificing the passenger’s need for a smooth, dry ride.

  • We field test emerging materials and incorporate them into our structural designs as they become available; some manufacturers involve us in the earliest testing of these exciting materials so we are very much on the cutting edge in the industry. For the buyer, this means Renaissance Prowlers are truly efficient fishing machines, ones that uses far less fuel than any other comparable catamaran when attaining high cruising speeds.
  • Materials used include multi directional knitted fabrics for weight economy and superior strength, vinyl ester resins for high duty cycles and blister protection, and carbon/Kevlar for added reinforcement in critical stress areas.
  • Made light yet proven exceptionally strong in all types of seas, Prowlers will continue to lead the industry in innovation year after year.

Q. What kind of fuel tanks do you use and how are they installed?

A. High density, cross linked polyethylene tanks manufactured to meet NMNA and USG standards are used in Prowlers. Two separate tanks for two separate fills, each meeting new EPA requirements for gasoline discharge to eliminate open tank venting and reduce the likelihood of spillage during refueling – in effect as of January 1, 2012.

  • Tanks are installed so as to not touch the hull. They rest on foam platforms between two bulkheads, and then secured in place with rigid aluminum bracing to eliminate vibrations and hull-shock, an important factor to consider for hassle-free operation. All hose connections are double clamped for tight fit. There is no access for water entry except through the deck plates; as long as a tight seal is kept around the plates, the tanks remain water-free

Q. What advantages does a 3 piece hull design have over a two?
A. Renaissance Prowler was the first fishing catamaran to utilize a 3 piece hull design, which has now been adopted and used by other manufacturers. This innovative design provides more usable space in the boat and forms a truss tying the two sponsons together for added rigidity and strength.

Q. I don’t live in Florida, where can I sea trial a prowler?
A. There are many Renaissance Prolwer owners throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Bermuda who enjoy sea trialing their boats, and are happy to do so. Please call us for additional details.

Q. If I order today, how long does it take you to deliver my Prowler?
A. Renaissance Prowler is a custom catamaran builder, and we only manufacture to the specifications of the client. Typically, our production cycle is 6-8 weeks long from the time of sale, but this can vary depending on the number of orders ahead of you.