World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010)
(w/ Currently no test numbers)


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We love checking out new boats, and even new models of boats that have been out a few years. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a new model that breaks the mold and makes you say “why didn’t I think of that?” And it’s even worse for a builder when someone else comes out with these new cool ideas. Well for now, World Cat is that “other builder” that will be watched closely, and more than likely copied, just as they have copied some of the best ideas around from other builders. It is the nature of the business. Their new 290 CC has so many fishy features, we stopped counting.

Key Features

  • Magnetic catches on transom door
  • Molded-in bow pulpit with roller and cleats
  • Pull-up stainless steel cleats with backing plates
  • Anchor locker with 2 doors and raw water washdown
  • Expansive bow seating with ergonomic design for comfortable lounging of (4) adults
  • Insulated 210-quart port and starboard storage compartments for use as a fishbox or cooler with overboard drains
  • Wrap-around windshield integrated into the hardtop for a water and air-tight enclosure around the console
  • Pantograph-style heavy-duty waterproof windshield wiper with rinse
  • Fiberglass top with aluminum frame, radio box with flat panel that mounts to the VHF, overhead lights, (4) rocket launchers, spreader lights, and zipper bags for life jackets

Specifications

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Specifications
Length Overall 29' 1''
8.86 m
Dry Weight 8,700 lbs.
3,946 kg
Beam 9' 6''
2.9 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 15''
0.38 m
Fuel Cap 250 gal.
946 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 25 gal.
94.6 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 8' 10''
2.69 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Honda 225 4-Stroke
Suzuki 225 4-Stroke
Suzuki 250 4-Stroke
Yamaha 225 4-Stroke
Yamaha 250 4-Stroke

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Captain's Report

World Cat 290 CC

Capt. Steve Says...

Cruisability First

I can always get a good feel for how a boat handles her passengers by stepping aboard and bringing a few friends as well. Try it yourself at a boat show when there are others onboard at the same time. How does the she handle the passengers? Is everyone crowded into a small space or is there room to move about and not feel claustrophobic?

These are areas where the wide 9’6” beam of this 29’ boat really just begins to shine. There’s just so much space that you are tempted to get out the tape measure and double check that it’s really 29’. And there’s plenty of room to put those new friends when they suddenly show up at your door with rods in hand.

Four adults can sit comfortably in the U-shaped bow seating, add two more in the flip-up seat at the front of the console (complete with armrests), throw in two at the helm, one more at the rear facing seat behind the helm seats (complete with footrest, thankyouverymuch), and stick two more in the dual aft fold down seats and nine fishing buddies, or neighborhood friends are set for either a day offshore in a fast, comfortable ride or a gentle cruise to the dockside restaurant.

World Cat 290 CC

There's no shortage of seats on this boat. This flip-up seat even comes with arm rests.

Catamaran Handling...

Catamarans are a very different breed from V-hulls, and there is a lot of controversy surrounding them, and WorldCat catamarans are no exception. They ride great, and are very dry, but the catamaran naysayers complain that they typically lean outboard during turns, a feeling that can be quite disconcerting at times. This is something V-hull manufacturers like to pick on, so let’s put the issue front and center.

In a slow, easy turn they are right, the World Cat 290 will lean outward, and that is just a characteristic that one must get used to with cats this size. But it is not unsafe -- just different than a deep-V monohull. If you are in a gentle and slow turn, it will lean outboard in the turn, but you can trim the inboard engine up and compensate for it. Or, you can give the outboard side some tab. What a boater really should worry about is an outward lean when making a sharp turn at speed, as that is what could fling a passenger or the helmsman overboard.

In the World Cat 290, when you put the helm hard over at speed it actually leans into the turn. In other words, if you turn hard and fast, the 290 actually leans into the turn just as you might expect from a monohull. Does your boat have trim tabs? Why do you suppose that is? To compensate for handling characteristics perhaps? We’ll do a test on the 290CC soon and put all this to rest on that day.

World Cat 290 CC

So much for cats turning outboard in relatively sharp turns. Obviously this boat is leaning into the turn. Our test video will address this issue and you can see for yourself.

Fishability

If there ever was a stable platform for fishing, a catamaran is it... well next to a bridge or the beach that is. And this boat was definitely not made for a day at the small lake or a calm river. Let the winds blow and damn the torpedoes as you head offshore for serious angling.

And bringing enough equipment is the least of your worries. Behind the seats at the bow are two cleverly laid out storage compartments for 6 rods, 3 on each side, and they’re lockable as well. Usually this space is open to the hull and a shelf is thrown in with a couple of drink holders. WorldCat just moved the drink holders to the ends of the seats so they gained added storage without panicking the coffee drinkers among us.

Add storage for 3 more rods to either side of the console makes twelve. Throw four more in the rocket launchers and you’re up to 16 before even touching the gunwale mounted rod holders. And there’s storage all around the cockpit for tackle drawers, spools of line, lure holders… all in dedicated compartments. In fact, there’s so much storage that a label maker, to mark what is where, should come as standard equipment on this boat.

World Cat 290 CC

You’ll find plenty of storage on this boat. There's a compartment dedicated to something virtually all the way around the cockpit, including this clever storage space for your lures.

The Helm

The console has the usual hardtop option and a zippered compartment underneath for life jackets. But what I really liked was the windshield that runs all the way to the overhead for complete protection from wind and rain. Need air? There are vents on the sides to accommodate. Worried about your precious nav package? Not on this boat… a lockable panel covers everything nicely. Out of sight, out of a potential thief’s mind – and out of the whether as well! The helm seats offer separate flip-up bolsters, and there’s a glove box cleverly placed between the two seats.

World Cat 290 CC

Multi-function gauges to reduce clutter. Note how the switches are grouped for ease of use. The red toggle is the horn. And check out the removable and lockable panel to protect your nav packages.

Visibility from the helm in the T-Top model is pretty good. There are only two aluminum pipes running from the side of the console to the T-Top for support. This is much better than the normal criss-crossing of pipes that we often see. Also, the pipes are affixed to the console side and not to the cockpit deck where it just becomes something to stumble around.

More Innovations

I liked that there are two anchor lockers; one of them is even holding a wash down hose for the muddy chain. Recessed toe space at the edge of the deck allows you to fish just a little bit closer to the rail. Doors lead to the separate compartments that hold the macerator, fresh water pump, port and starboard fuel filters, and even a fire extinguisher compartment right next to the helm, where it belongs. Under the footrest at the helm is yet another insulated storage compartment, as if you needed another on this boat. And where others just stick a battery switch wherever they can fit it, this boat sports a complete battery management compartment right under the helm seat.

This is a boat that really deserves a serious look to appreciate all that went into it. I just couldn’t stop lifting, opening, poking, and snooping and I probably still didn’t get to take in everything that this boat has to offer.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Optional
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Optional
Head: Fixed Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Windlass Standard
Exterior Features
Hardtop Standard
Swim Ladder Optional
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Warranty

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 10 year
Transferable Yes
Certifications
NMMA Certification YES

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Price

World Cat 290 CC (2009-2010) Price
Pricing Range $195,267.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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