Captain's ReportChampion Fishing Ability The 270 TE stands its ground as a tough offshore fishboat with more standard features and added performance.By Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThis new catamaran for 2006 has some really great graphics, including its bright yellow hull. This year the changes on World Cat’s 270TE are subtle, but important. New livewells mean the bait is going to remain alive longer while you’re out hunting the big fish. The new fiberglass hardtop provides great cover from the elements and offers plenty of room for the VHF and more electronics in a locking overhead box. One other change was to retire the flat grey gasket material and move up to a sturdier black gasket material.Twin Hull AdvantageThe twin hull design of World Cat offers a great bow area for working with fishing gear and handling ground tackle when you need to anchor up. The forward deck is a huge casting platform featuring gunwales with low profile bow rails and stainless steel rod holders. The deep hull design means you have more room for the anchor line and other gear, such as buckets and larger items up front. Gas struts help keep the storage doors open while you dig deep inside for your gear. The standard anchor windlass effortlessly pulls the line, chain, and anchor up the rollers and into the pulpit. And broad steps allow you get up to the forward deck with ease, and the slip resistant surface makes it safe to move about. Good Fishing Features On the lower deck, there are several electrical outlets in the corners for adding powered trolling gear. You have a clear shot of the tunes with speakers in these corners, as well as a courtesy light at floor level to light up the area at night. Padded bolsters surround the cockpit to protect your thighs and there is great toe-kick space under the gunwales to help you as you struggle to boat that fish. In the front is a huge, 288-quart fish box with cushions on it. Next to the center console are two more large, 240-quart fish boxes eliminating any excuse for not bringing dinner home. A total of three rods per side can be stored under the gunwales near the center, and even the fish lockers double as rod lockers when trailering out to your favorite spot. They also have removable rod racks inside. Further back is a tip-out tackle organizer located on each side, which can hold up to four plastic boxes each. At the ConsoleOur boat featured a fiberglass T-top with zippered storage to keep gear close at hand. The dome light over the helm has both a white and red light to help protect your night vision underway when checking the charts. Another switch on this light operates the spotlights across the back of the T-top, and six rocket launcher style rod holders are also mounted across the back. We had the optional Taco Grand Slam outriggers with 15-foot telescoping rods on our boat. This is definitely something I believe a serious angler will demand. The helm station is ready for serious action. Our boat had the optional power-assisted steering, which made handling a dream. On the right side of the helm is another four-box tackle organizer with a generous drawer below. The electronics panel on this boat has a lockable cover to protect your precious gear. Because we were running some hefty Honda 250-hp 4-stroke outboards, the helm included Honda Engine Management instruments, which make keeping up with the performance simple. Just to the left of the stainless steel wheel with speed knob, is the stereo remote and the windlass switch for our optional windlass. The simple flip-down footrest was nice because we could keep it out of the way when running hard across the water, and set it down to relax at anchor. The leaning post seat has four more rod holders on the back of it along with a handy grab rail. A tool and tackle center is also here along with access to the batteries below. The hose is mounted in a handy location on the side of the seat, coiled into a tube. The fresh water/raw water selector handle is located just below the hose.Stern Fishing FeaturesAt the stern you have more electrical connections for powered trolling gear. The fuel and water separators are easy to reach behind panels on the sides at the stern. The newly designed 31-gallon livewells are situated in the corners at the stern wall. Getting into the water from this model was great with the drop down gate with flip over top. We also had the wide integrated swim platform with rails. If you like to spear fish, this rig should be standard for you.SpecsThe 270 Tournament Edition measures 28-feet length overall on a beam of 8’6”, weighing 4,200 lbs. dry, with a draft requirement of 12 inches, which translates into good access in pretty skinny water. With twin 100-gallon fuel tanks, you will be able to get out to the fishing grounds quickly, and stay there until you catch the winning fish.PerformanceWe tested the 270 TE on the salty waters off of Morehead City, NC. She cruised most economically at 3000 rpm traveling 24.7 mph for a range of 315 miles on a full tank. She was running a brisk 49.2 mph at top end turning 5650 rpm, for a range of 173 miles. If you enjoy running offshore and don’t want to feel like you have been off-roading to get there and back, then World Cat has something for you to try out. This is a proven hull with proven performance. And with the proven engine package of Honda’s BF250 four-strokes, you are going to find yourself smiling all the way out and back, unless you fail to hook up the biggest fish on board.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the World Cat 270 TE (2006-2010) is 49.2 mph (79.2 kph), burning 38.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 145.34 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the World Cat 270 TE (2006-2010) is 24.7 mph (39.8 kph), and the boat gets 2.34 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.99 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 315 miles (506.94 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 225-hp Honda 4-stroke (outboards).
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|