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2 x 250-hp Suzuki 4-stroke
2 x 250-hp Yamaha 4-stroke
The Mission of the World Cat 295DC
She is designed to be comfortable offshore and safe in virtually all reasonable conditions. While early in life she was aimed at blue water anglers, today the 295DC has also been outfitted to be a family friendly cruiser with the ability to participate in towing watersports.
World Cat's 295DC is a large boat by anyone's standards. Fully rigged with full liquids and crew aboard she will weigh over 10,000 lbs. (4,545 kgs).
Catamarans -- A Very Old Concept
Ironically, while catamarans are relatively recent additions to the recreational power boating scene, they have been around since before recorded history. Versions of catamarans were probably the first trans-oceanic vessels that early man used to populate such distant places such as Australia and Melanesia, and then much later the entire South Pacific.
The first ocean explorers discovered at some point that two hulls lashed together were far more seaworthy than one, narrow dug-out hull. The principal is no different today.
The World Cat 295DC has what we think are pleasing lines, enhanced by the hull character sculpture and the navy blue gel coat.
Advantages of Catamarans
For those who have never thought much about catamarans, let us run down their basic advantages and disadvantages as compared to monohull power boats --
●More Initial Stability. The twin hulls are relatively deep (therefore buoyant) outboard and shallow inboard -- just the opposite of most monohulls which are deepest (more buoyant) on the centerline and shallowest outboard (therefore less buoyant there). For that one single very simple reason, monohulls roll more -- both underway and at rest. The ultimate roll, of course, is to capsize, something that cats are less likely to do in hazardous conditions.
●More Deck Space. Because catamarans have two stems instead of one, and because they are both widely separated, the bow of cats is not pinched in, and therefore is far more open. Secondarily, most monohulls have a beam that is one width on deck, but one much more narrow at the waterline. This is done to make them faster and more fuel-efficient, but it also means that the floorboards are not nearly as wide as the beam indicates.
Catamarans, on the other hand, have very vertical hull sides in order to maximize their buoyancy, and a resulting benefit is more usable deck space. Virtually all catamarans will have a greater usable inside cockpit deck beam than any monohull of the same published beam dimension.
●More Comfortable at Speed. Because a catamaran has two relatively narrow, deep-V or U-shaped hulls, instead of one wide V-shaped hull it is less likely to pound. Rather, catamaran bows easily slice through waves rather than hitting and bouncing over them, or slicing through at the bow then taking the brunt amidships where the boat widens and flattens.
●Shallow Draft. Because cats have two hulls instead of one they are able to spread their load over a wider area and therefore generally don't sink as deep. Monohulls, which often don't displace much on their outboard sides near the chines, must sink deeper in the water at their keel to displace the same amount of weight.
●Other Advantages. There are numerous other advantages, such as low bow rise upon acceleration, being easier to maneuver at the dock because their outboard engines are farther apart, more security for anglers in a rolling seaway drift fishing, and a lower wake at high speed, among other things. They also usually have two separate fuel systems, so bad fuel or a problem in one system does not affect the other.
Details that set the 295DC apart from other cats on the market are her molded-in striation -- noted by the arrows -- that follows the contours of the sheer line that takes its design cue from the classic Rybovich profile of the 1960s.
●Cost More. There is more fiberglass and resin in a catamaran than in a monohull of the same length and beam. The reason is because of what has been outlined above -- a cat has two deep hulls rather than one deep keel, and because there is more usable space inside, there is also more material inside. That means that foot-for-foot they are also usually a little heavier. For this reason they often -- but not always -- cost more than a similar length monohull.
●They Look Different. This is the biggie. Many people are so insecure about their knowledge of boats and boating that they are afraid to have anything that is different than the norm. Newbies rarely buy a catamaran. Their owners are generally veteran boaters who have been around long enough to appreciate the advantages of catamarans and not worry about having a boat different than most in the marina.
●Lean Outside in Turns. In turns, most catamarans either lean slightly to the outside or stay relatively level. They also do not turn as sharply at speed. Our test captains report that it takes about 15 minutes to get used to these differences and then it is business as usual.
The World Cat 295DC
The 295DC weighs about 8,300 lbs. (3,772 kgs.) without engines, dry, has a length of 29'1" (8.86 m), a beam of 9'6" (2.89 m), and draws 15" (37.8 cm). She carries 250 gal. (950 L) of fuel. Her freeboard aft is 27" (68.1 cm) and her transom height is 25" (63 cm). The maximum horsepower rating for the boat is 500.
The aft cockpit of the 295 is large and spans 5'5" (1.6 m) from the aft-facing seat to the transom.
The helm instrument panel has plenty of real estate for navigation screens, although they will be partially obscured by the wheel. The throttle and shift is a 45-degree angle.
The companion seat is extra wide and has storage below.
The seatbacks for the forward-facing helm and companion seat double for use by those seated facing aft. Note the foot rests. As boats this size go, these are pretty comfortable perches for anglers trolling and watching their baits.
Details in the cockpit: "A" Storage; "B" Screw-down deck section over the fuel tanks making inspection relatively easy if there is a problem; "C" Hand-hold cleverly molded into the seat base.
Two wide jump seats port and starboard fold out of the way when required. The transom door is extra large and the rig is ideal for scuba divers.
Large outboard wells permit the engines to be tilted completely out of the water.
We like the extra wide center swim platform and deep four-step ladder between the engines, something never seen on a monohull.
Now this is a bowrider! An optional table goes in the middle and six adults can easily be seated for lunch, cocktails or grilled fish of the day.
Note World Cat's two-tone upholstery vinyl design.
The walkthrough doors make an effective wind dam on chilly mornings.
The doors to the walkthrough reside on each side of the consoles. Note the hinges at right which handle the door to the head compartment in the port console.
Regular readers know that we like dual console boats designed for the whole family based on fishboat hulls. These boats look salty and can be used for nearly any day boat activity on the water.
What makes the 295DC different from most of the rest of the dual consoles on the water is the fact that she is a catamaran. As noted above, they were bread for rough water and while we have not tested the 295, we suspect she very much walks in the footsteps of her siblings.
All-Weather Boat. We can't help but once again say that nearly every workday of the year we see a commuter drive his 26 power catamaran from Oyster Bay, New York across Long Island Sound to Stamford, Connecticut Harbor, where he ties up and drives his car to work. We've watched this for 14 years. Our faithful commuter does that all year long, rain, shine, winter, spring, in all wind conditions and never seems to miss a beat. There is a reason that he picked a catamaran for his daily solo trip rather than a more conventional monohull.
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