The Angling Advantages of Twin-Hull Boats

The twin-hull construction provides not just the famous smooth catamaran ride, even in snotty conditions, but also more speed and better fuel economy on the run to the fishing grounds.... Continue reading

Twin-hull boats, like World Cat’s line of power catamarans, offer a number of key and perhaps under-publicized advantages to fishermen. World Cat, located in Tarboro, North Carolina, is the largest maker of power catamarans in the world. While fishermen in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest are well accustomed to the chop-eating performance of a World Cat or Glacier Bay Edition boat, anglers in the Northeast are just catching on to how a power catamaran can deliver better fishing, greater comfort, and more days on the water.

The twin-hull construction provides not just the famous smooth catamaran ride, even in snotty conditions, but also more speed and better fuel economy on the run to the fishing grounds.

Since the buoyancy is on the outer edges of the boat, a twin hull design also provides remarkable stability and less roll when drifting or trolling, compared to a mono-hull. This stability allows multiple anglers to fish on one side with minimal listing, even when boating a big tuna.

And because the weight of the boat is distributed over two hulls, World Cats have a shallower draft, allowing fishermen to explore shallow bays that other boaters can’t reach. World Cat’s 230 Center Console, for example, draws bay boat-like draft of just 9 inches. Similarly, thanks to the fact that the beam is carried all the way forward, anglers enjoy more open area at the bow of a World Cat.

Other advantages of a twin-hull boat include the limited bow rise and greater visibility when under way and the incredible close-quarters maneuverability thanks to the widely spaced engines, making docking a breeze.
To see the full line of World Cat boats, and to see the full advantages of power catamarans, visit WorldCat.com.

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World Cat’s new 320DC dual console catamaran is the most versatile cat ever.

At 32’2” and with a wide 10’6” beam, World Cat’s new 320DC is a full-blown offshore fishing machine with 500 quarts of insulated boxes, 279 gallons of fuel and a big 35 gallon livewell at the stern. But it’s also highly flexible: the raised bridge deck has numerous amenities, the huge bow area has lounges galore, and the dual air-conditioned cabins host both a double berth and a full stand up head. All this is built into a catamaran hull design that smooths out big water while drawing just 16”. With dual 300 horsepower four-stroke engines, she tops out at over 50 miles per hour and has a range of over 400 miles at a comfortable 28 miles per hour cruise.

Specifications

LOA: 32’2″
Beam: 10’6″
Hull Draft: 16″
Freeboard Aft: 26″
Transom Height: 25″
Fuel Capacity: 279 gal (2 x 139.5 gal)
Max HP Rating: 600 HP (2 x 300 HP)
Approx. Dry Weight:* 11,600 lbs
Trailering Height:** 11’2″
Bridge Clearance: 9’8″
Cockpit Length: 74″
Freshwater Capacity: 45 gal
Wastewater Capacity: 15 gal
Typical Cruise:*** 24 mph / 1.50 mpg
Typical WOT:*** 45 mph / 0.83 mpg
Seating: 14 people

* Includes max power and typical options
** Measured keel to top of fiberglass hardtop with no outriggers nor electronics installed (not including trailer itself)
*** Tested with max power, two people, 1/2 fuel, no gear

Importantly, with 40 square feet of open cockpit area, the self-bailing, non-skid aft cockpit is a fisherman’s dream, with bolsters and rod holders and a 40 gallon raw water livewell in the aft port corner. Cutting board and tool holders are right where they are needed too. The transom door is offset to port and leads out onto the big extended swim platform between the engines. On those days when you need to work a fish around the props, you can move around the stern like a pro.