The Cat was a catamaran and at the time it was brand new, state of the art. I can't remember how long it took but I know it cut the other ferry's time by half or more. It's been gone for several years now though. I often travel to Fundy Park, especially on hot days because the cold water of the Bay of Fundy lowers the temp by sometimes as much as 10C (about 20F). I've never ridden a bike across the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton but I've done it in an 18 wheeler several times and it can get pretty windy.Ah! I know the image on the dime....Again, I'm not always correct, but if a "high speed" ferry left Portland just before Sunset in August and arrived Yarmouth well after sunrise, then we were on "The Cat" and my father just called it the "Blue Nose" - he bought the tickets...One ride on that big ol' stink pot was enough for me...I remember wondering if the "new" catamaran was a nicer boat... On subsequent trips we sheltered at the Fundy National Park. Those were great rides. felt like a 20 degree lean into the wind on Canso Causeway, just to maintain a straight line! Eyes popping at the sight of what looked like surf coming of the tops of the 18-wheelers coming at us.... I believe I was on my Royal Star, so it would have been around the year 2000.
If you throw a 4mm, T handle, hex into your bags, I think the seat removal is fairly easy...I've done it several times trying to chase down antenna issues... (weak FM reception and poor CB Tx.) If you do it a couple times at home, it should be a breeze (lol) on a boat. Especially, if you have a passenger to whom you can pass the screws and the side plates as you remove them.