Captain's ReportThe 250DC -- The Most Popular Model in the FleetThis catamaran will surprise you in many ways starting with her super-stable ride, and open fishing space.By Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThe 250DC shows how World Cat married the style and performance of a fast skiboat with the functionality and stability of an offshore catamaran fishing boat. I have to admit, while running in big swells out of the inlet to Morehead City I had my doubts of staying dry, but while running the boat for the helicopter shots, I became a believer. I expected a rough ride with lots of crashing down, but that wasn't the case. I was pleased with the smooth landings even running at fast speeds.Starting at the BowThe bow of the 250DC has a sturdy bow pulpit with anchor roller and deck for working with the ground tackle. Large lockers on either side can handle long anchor lines and plenty of spare gear. Topside surfaces are skid resistant and the bow has high rails making the parents of small children aboard feel safer. You can either remove the cushions to create a large casting deck in front or add the filler cushions to create a wonderful spot to catch a cat nap or work on your tan. Under the bow seat is a huge fish box for your day’s catch, and to keep your fishing gear close by, there are side lockers that offer plenty of storage for fishing equipment. The starboard locker on this boat has taken advantage of the space with a rod locker that reaches under the helm for longer rigs. When you need to refuel, snacks can be set up on the storable table with drop leafs, making it easier to slide into the bow seat with the table set up.Helm FeaturesAt the helm area I enjoyed the cover of the hardtop, but wished they had elevated it just another inch so the electronics box was not such a magnet for my head. Both seats in here are comfortable with slide and swivel adjustments and removable cushions for easy clean-up. The helm itself has a tilt wheel with hydraulic assisted steering. A large white space above the wheel offers enough room to add your favorite flat panel displays. Left of the wheel is a remote control for the stereo which is mounted in the head compartment. Honda gauges at the dash make keeping an eye on the engine performance very easy. Just behind the helm is a raw water connection for rinsing the deck after boating a fish and a fresh water shower for rinsing off after a swim.The companion side has a nice gasketed glove box keeping your papers and wallets dry. Our boat took advantage of the space on the companion side with a pod that included a head inside. With a catamaran design, you’ll appreciate the overhead room when getting into this head and changing room. At the stern you have bolsters surrounding the space to protect your legs as you work a fish on board. Access hatches get you to the batteries and to the other mechanical equipment inside. Under the gunwales on both sides are tip out boxes with tackle organizers inside. In the port corner is a livewell and on the starboard side is a second fish box.About the EngineOur boat came equipped with twin Honda 150-hp outboards that provided great power for fishing and skiing in this rig. These powerful outboards are the same engines used in their Accord and Element automobiles, so you can expect proven good performers. Honda’s variable intake system meters the air to meet the demands of getting up on plane quickly, and then reduces the air to efficiently stay on top of the water underway. A belt-driven 44 amp alternator insures plenty of electricity to power both the engine and has power left over for powering the electronics you add on board. Routine maintenance of these engines is simplified with the use of a spin-on oil filter and a unique oil drain system on the side of the foot of the engine.Specs and PerformanceThe 2006 250 DC measures 26-feet length overall with a beam width of 8’6”. She weighs 3,900 lbs. dry, and I found this boat is pretty easy to manage on the trailer. I tested the 250 in the Intracoastal waters of Morehead City, NC and found her best cruise to be around 16.1 mph at 3000 rpm with a full tank range of 451 miles. She topped out at 40.6 mph turning 5000 rpm. If you want the versatility of a sportboat with the safety of a catamaran, and with twin power systems, then World Cat has a great solution for you with their 250DC.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the World Cat 250 DC (2006-) is 40.6 mph (65.3 kph), burning 27.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 105.6 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the World Cat 250 DC (2006-) is 16.1 mph (25.9 kph), and the boat gets 2.51 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.07 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 451 miles (725.81 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Honda 4-stroke (outboards).
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|