Captain's ReportOne Tough Cat with Bragging RightsBy Capt. Rob SmithWe have tested the World Cat 270TE before, but I was pleased to test this model again with twin BF225 horsepower Honda outboards, which had some serious power. As expected, World Cat performed with precision and proved her offshore design is not only rugged, but comfortable enough to bring along the family on your outings. This TE version had an optional fiberglass top which I think should be a standard for anyone planning to spend serious time on the water. This one adds six more rod holders, spreader lights and room for a great set of Taco outriggers. Underneath there is room for more electronics and the aluminum frame provides some excellent handholds.Features Up FrontThe bow area is spacious for easy casting due to the cat design. Our test boat had an electric windlass for simple anchoring, and the line boxes to either side can hold hundreds of feet of line and chain as well as the fenders. Probably the best seat in the house is the coffin box at the front of the helm. This 288 quart insulated box looks a bit like a throne, and will have you relaxing like a king while you wait for the bite you know is out there. To port and starboard are twin 288 quart fishboxes to store your catch on ice as well as store your gear between excursions. Combing pads run the length of the gunwales and offer good toe-kick space. Store your rods on racks under the gunwales and plug in your electric gear in any corner with the standard power connections. Access panels and doors in the gunwales and sole give you access to the fuel water separators, through-hull shut offs, and rigging. Tackle organizers easily tip out from panels in the gunwales so that lures are at hand, right where you need them. Console FeaturesThe helm station on our test boat was well laid out for action. We had a full framed windshield, room for lots of custom electronics like the Honda digital gauges, VHF and flat screen GPS units. The switch for the windlass was tucked behind the hydraulic steering wheel and the battery control center was under the leaning post. On the side of the post was the water selector valve and washdown hose with another four box organizer in the opposite side. Our leaning post was an upgrade with a bait center which adds more rod holders, conceals the batteries and has a knife organizer.The aft section has optional benches that can quickly be removed, folded up and stored when you are on the fish. On the stern are two 31 gallon livewells that are lighted, one to each side. The top of the walkthrough is a cutting board that is screwed into place so you can easily exchange it when it gets too worn out. To access the optional swim platform just drop down the walkthrough doors and head on out. Our boat also had the rails and dive ladder, which will come in handy if you decide to do some spear fishing.Specifications and TestAll in all, the World Cat 270TE provides a great platform for some serious fishing with room to easily move from stern to bow without being squeezed. This catamaran measure 28 feet length overall with a beam of 8 feet 6 inches making her an easy boat to trailer to many locations. She weighs in at 7,000 pounds and carries up to 200 gallons of fuel in her twin 100 gallon tanks. The 270TE is rated for up to twin 225 horsepower outboards (as tested) and is Yacht Certified.Our test model was on plane in only 4.4 seconds and passing the 30 mile-per-hour mark in 5.8 seconds. She cruised comfortably and most economically around 15.2 mph for a range of 460 miles on a full tank and easily reached her maximum for the day at 51.8 mph.For tournament capability, great handling and rough water fishing, the 270TE from World Cat is hard to beat. This model deserves a closer look.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the World Cat 270 TE (2007-2010) is 51.8 mph (83.4 kph), burning 41.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 156.32 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the World Cat 270 TE (2007-2010) is 28.0 mph (45.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.38 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.01 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 514 miles (827.2 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Honda 4-Stroke outboards.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
10 year limited