Welcomed into our fleet in 2015, Captain Dave’s zodiac boat for whale watching and dolphin watching is designed to get small groups up-close with whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife like no other boat. Any closer and the dolphins will think you’re one of the pod!
In addition to whale watching adventures, our 24-foot zodiac boat is available for burials at sea (ash scatterings) and is also a great choice for private charters seeking an exhilarating thrill ride. This intimate vessel will carry up to 12 passengers.
Captain Dave’s fast and fun zodiac whale watching and dolphin watching catamaran, Fast Cat, is available for public tours (you join other guests) and private charters (just your group on board).
- 2 Hours
- Ages 8 & up
- Fast Cat
A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Turbo-charged for Fun!
On our zodiac boat, whale watching is turbo-charged for fun. Fast Cat’s 240-HP inboard diesel engine is quieter and more reliable than an outboard engine. With speeds up to 30 knots, a small group of up to 12 passengers will spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them for a shorter, faster, whale watch. The special wide, rectangular, bow area of this RHIB is perfect for dolphin viewing as they bow ride within arm’s reach.
Comfortable and upscale, Fast Cat features heavily padded seats with seat backs, large custom sunshade, custom teak floor, and a unique catamaran hull designed for a smoother, more stable ride than ordinary RHIBs. Her unique catamaran design won her honors in the Top Five Rowdy Ribs from Boats.com.
See for Yourself!
Fast Cat has gone beyond that level with lots of added features like custom seating, large t-top sunshade, and safety equipment. Fast Cat has passed a series of rigorous Coast Guard safety inspections to become the first and only U.S. Coast Guard inspected rigid hull inflatable boat, (RHIB), in Orange County.
Many people prefer a relaxing, unhurried ride on the ocean. But for those who want to wake up and feel the thrill of moving fast across the water, don’t have time for a longer trip, or just want to be even closer to the dolphins and whales, and don’t mind a little occasional spray at high speeds, then this is trip for you!
Important FAST CAT Safety & Comfort Information
Fast Cat is unique, and as such, has special safety information that differs from our other vessels.
- Minimum Age
The minimum age on public trips is 8 years old. On private charters the minimum age is 4 years old.
- Health Conditions
Because of the high speed and fun but bumpy ride passengers should be in good overall health. We do not allow anyone who has head, neck, or back injuries, is pregnant, or has any current problem that could be aggravated by this type of ride.
If you have disabilities, or are not able to meet any of these conditions, please consider a Dolphin & Whale Safari aboard one of our larger catamarans instead. Or, feel free to contact us to learn which boat will be best for your needs.
- Coast Guard Weight Information
Safety is our priority. Fast Cat is the only U. S. Coast Guard inspected and certified RHIB (zodiac) in Orange County. Due to Coast Guard regulations, guests weighing more than 185 pounds may not be accommodated on this boat.
If you exceed the weight limit, please consider a Dolphin & Whale Safari aboard one of our larger catamarans instead.
- Ocean Spray
Fast Cat is very low to the water, and as a result, you may encounter ocean spray. Please keep electronics, camera equipment, and any other items you don’t want wet secure while the boat is underway. You’re welcome to bring a GoPro, and to prevent loss or damage, please do not attempt underwater filming until after the boat has slowed down and your Captain gives the OK.
- Personal Items
Fast Cat has ample cushioned seating for all passengers. However, space for stowing belongings is not available. Please do not bring over-sized bags or coolers; limit what you bring to only what you can fit on your lap. Waist-packs, mini backpacks, and small camera sling bags are good examples of what to carry your belongings in.
- Food & Beverages
Because this vessel offers a fast and bouncy ride, plastic bottle beverages that can be closed and easy-to-eat dry snacks that won’t be swept away by the wind, such as granola bars or cookies, are recommended. To prevent spills please do not bring open cans of drinks.
Although there is no bathroom on Fast Cat, there are restroom facilities nearby on land that are available to use before boarding.
Capt. Dave’s Fast Cat has a very low center of gravity. For guests concerned about feeling seasick, this means the boat might feel more comfortable.