A cat is an interesting boat. I had a 16 foot jaguarundii. When loaded very lightly it is like a water spider. It was awesome as a day/play boat. However, loaded with a weeks worth of gear, you know, big cooler, small cooler, big dry box, many rocket boxes, it was such a pig, it just wouldn't pivot. Yes, I made sure the load was balanced. A personal thing for me, I hated getting so wet all of the time as I tend to run cold a lot. I went back with a raft. Also, my passengers who have had experience in both a cat boat and a raft definitely prefer riding in a raft as they can get more comfortable ie. laying down across the boat and, they feel more secure.