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Brief Summary

World Cat has been claiming that their 320 CC is a top notch offshore fishing machine with more room and features than far larger mono hulls. From past World Cat tests we figured that was probably true, but we wanted to learn more about the 320, which is a boat just the right size for serious offshore work. We had questions, such as does she lean into or away from a turn, is she wet, and will she stuff it in a following sea? We sent Capt. Steve down to check out the World Cat 320 CC. We told him to take it out into the Gulf Stream and give her hell. To record the test and the questions we just raised so you could see with your own eye how this machine behaves, we sent along our trusty BoatTEST.com cameraman.

Key Features

  • Molded-in bow pulpit with roller and cleats
  • Pull-up stainless steel cleats with backing plates
  • Anchor locker with 2 doors and raw water wash down
  • Expansive bow seating with ergonomic design for comfortable lounging of (6) adults
  • (4) gunnel-mounted stainless steel custom rod holders
  • Port and starboard recessed hand-rail with (4) stainless steel cup-holders and storage
  • Insulated 225-quart port and starboard storage compartments
  • Insulated 105-quart center storage compartments with overboard drains
  • Insulated 185-quart molded in console seat with ove
  • Console seat for (2) adults has bucket seat design with armrests and integrated cupholder and storage
  • (2) 500-gph forward bilge pumps with auto switches
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 32' 2''
    9.8 m
    Beam 10' 6''
    3.2 m
    Dry Weight 9,600 lbs.
    4,354 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 16''
    0.41 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 9' 0''
    2.74 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,135 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 300-hp Suzuki 4-Stroke
    Opt. Power Suzuki 250 or 300 4-Stroke Package
    Yamaha 250 or 300 4-Stroke Package

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.8 3.3 1.1 3.6 3.1 963 838 70
    1000 5.6 4.9 1.9 3.0 2.6 798 694 71
    1500 8.0 7.0 3.3 2.4 2.1 655 569 67
    2000 10.1 8.7 5.9 1.7 1.5 460 400 71
    2500 17.8 15.4 8.1 2.2 1.9 595 518 75
    3000 22.7 19.7 11.4 2.0 1.7 538 468 77
    3500 27.7 24.0 15.1 1.8 1.6 496 431 80
    4000 33.3 29.0 20.0 1.7 1.5 451 392 84
    4500 38.8 33.7 27.6 1.4 1.2 380 330 85
    5000 42.6 37.0 33.1 1.3 1.1 347 302 87
    5500 47.4 41.2 42.0 1.1 1.0 304 265 88
    5900 52.0 45.2 51.0 1.0 0.9 276 240 89
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    650 838 1550 6.10 4.16 1.52 70
    1000 694 1284 9.00 7.19 1.26 71
    1500 569 1054 12.90 12.49 1.03 67
    2000 400 740 16.30 22.33 0.72 71
    2500 518 958 28.60 30.66 0.94 75
    3000 468 866 36.50 43.15 0.85 77
    3500 431 798 44.60 57.16 0.78 80
    4000 392 726 53.60 75.71 0.71 84
    4500 330 612 62.40 104.48 0.60 85
    5000 302 558 68.60 125.30 0.55 87
    5500 265 489 76.30 158.99 0.48 88
    5900 240 444 83.70 193.06 0.43 89

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.7 sec.
    0 to 30 6.1 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 16 x 20 x 3
    Load 2 persons, 1/5 fuel, no water, gear: 100 lbs.
    Climate 59 deg., 45% humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: light chop

    World Cat 320 CC (2010-) Line Drawing

    worldcat320cc_2010_floor.jpg

    Captain's Report

    World Cat 320 CC
    With a high freeboard forward, the World Cat 320 is ready for about anything the world can dish out. Read Capt. Steve’s report which is one of the most thorough ones we have ever read on a catamaran.

    Capt. Steve Says...

    When you first look at the World Cat 320 CC you immediately think, “yeesh, she’s a big 32 footer.” With her wide 10’ 6" (3.2 m) beam and those high bows, she looks huge, far bigger than she actually is. That perception of prodigious size also has a lot to do with the amount of room inside. There’s just so much of it that you have to appreciate the utility of a World Cat, and more to the point, the stability those wide twin hulls can provide. This boat is an unadulterated man’s fishing machine. There is nothing prissy or delicate about her. She is beefy, weighing in at 9,100 lbs. (4,127.7 kgs.) dry with her twin Suzuki 300s, which means she is going to move with authority through the rough stuff without bouncing around like a cork. The World Cat 320’s 10’ 6” (3.23 m) beam, twin hulls, and sheer mass makes all of the difference when piloting through square ones offshore.

    An Important Feature

    Probably the greatest feature of a World Cat is that both engines have independent fuel and electrical systems. This gives “get home” redundancy that most boats in this size range just don’t have. Not only does it mean security for the people in her, but also peace of mind for the ones waiting back at home.

    World Cat 320 CC
    The helm has a lockable compartment for the electronics and all switches are waterproof. Notice the circuit breakers above all switches. This factory picture is lacking the joystick trim control that was on our test boat.

    The Layout

    Yes she is very roomy but that’s just half the story. That roominess also translates into storage on a grand scale. The many compartments under the gunwales hold a myriad of things, and being a “place for everything and everything in its place” kind of a guy, I really appreciated this aspect of the boat.

    World Cat 320 CC
    You really have to appreciate the workable, usable room that the World Cat 320 provides. Notice the access plates in the deck for the fuel tank fittings. These make it easy to check periodically to make sure all hose clamps are secure.

    The Helm

    The helm was another story. It was nicely laid out with the four Suzuki gauges all in a row over the electronics compartment. There’s plenty of room for dual 12” (3.48 cm) displays and the compartment for them has a removable cover and is lockable. I like this somewhat unusual feature. I also like the power-assist steering and the compass mounted in front of the helm instead of the center of the console like we’ve seen all too often. For me at 5' 6'', the helm console is too high and is difficult to see over.No matter what your height is, this problem on the 320 has a simple solution. All that World Cat needs to do is add 3-4 inch platform behind the helm, to stand up on, to accommodate us “average guys.” Now if you are 6’2” (1.90 m), then it is already a perfect height. Also, the helm really needs grab handles all over it. There’s nothing to hang on to except the wheel, and that doesn’t count – in very rough conditions they are easy to break! The double wide seat has independent flip up bolsters, storage underneath and good foot rests.

    World Cat 320 CC
    In the head compartment under the helm are (from bottom to top) storage, the boats electrical panel, and access to the back of the electronics bay. The room could use padding on the bulkheads for rough conditions.

    Engine Controls Are Special

    The engine controls were mounted at an angle, which I don’t like, but this boat had an interesting feature: Both control levers had trim switches on the sides, but they worked differently from each other. The port control trims the engines opposite each other (one goes up and at the same time the other one goes down). This would prove to be very effective at accommodating an uneven distribution of weight. (I originally thought to stabilize against a beam sea using this trim toggle, but this boat requires no such adjustment.) The starboard control brings the engines up and down together. Additionally, to the right of the controls is a joystick that does the same thing as the trim switches, but is much more natural to use. Move to the left and the boat rolls to the left. Pull it back and the bow goes up. I’d have mounted it forward of the engine controls though, so that you can put your fingertip on it when adding power. World Cat says this is a feature that they are “trying out” but I liked it and to me, it should stand firm on the options list.

    World Cat 320 CC
    To either side of the bow are big storage compartments; the starboard one also has a raw water washdown.

    The Systems

    Being a cat, it’s typical that each side mirrors the other a bit, and so it goes with the fuel tanks. There are two, each mounted aft and out to the sides and they hold 150 gallons (567.8 L) each. A nice touch is that they are under a removable deck section that is screwed into place. This is great if either needs servicing since you won’t have to cut into the deck. There are also screw-in covers over the tank fittings for ease of access. And while we’re on the fuel system, I liked that the fuel/water separators are behind easily accessed doors at the aft end of the cockpit.

    World Cat 320 CC
    Large storage boxes line the aft gunwale. The lid surface is cutting board quality and knife and pliers storage is just behind.

    The electrical system was as neat and uncluttered as the rest of the boat. Wires are labeled every three inches and secured neatly throughout the runs. Anywhere there are connections, it’s always behind someplace that’s easily accessed, either through a hatch or other compartment. This wiring was installed as well as I have ever seen it done.

    The Handling

    So now we come to it: How does she handle? In a word... "different” than a monohull. Not better or worse, just different. The boat has two hulls, not one, so how could it be otherwise? I was totally impressed with her 3.7 second time to plane and even more with her 6.1 second 0-30 mph time. With her wide stance, the 320 CC is, not surprisingly, very stable. You feel like you're riding on a platform, rather than in a boat. There’s very little bow rise, and a solid feel underneath your feet.

    World Cat 320 CC
    Side storage compartments for a myriad of things. In this case, lure tubes, spool holders and one of the two fuel/water separators, conveniently located for easy maintenance. The aft jump seat is removed.

    Offshore Handling

    Offshore, she’s a dream. Winds 15-20 against a fair tide produced 2’ rollers that we sliced through effortlessly. Taking the seas bow on at speed she was surprisingly dry. If you took them just off the bow, then the bow would throw water into the wind and spray the windshield, just as you might expect to happen in any other boat. Downwind, she was rock steady and the bow tended to push into the forward wave, but never close to stuffing it. Adding a few tugs of “aft” on the trim joystick brought the bow up just enough for a level ride, through and over all of them at a relaxing pace. Because the bow is high, it would be pretty hard to stuff this boat in most conditions.The 320 CC really shines in a beam sea. She is stable, dry, and comfortable… I mean take your hands off the wheel comfortable. I didn’t want to stop the ride and was tempted to keep going until I reached Bimini some 50 miles east (and the fools actually gave me more than enough fuel to make it), but discipline reigned, and I turned around, albeit reluctantly.

    Docking

    At the dock, I found that the engines being so far apart added considerably to the close quarters maneuvering and I could just about make the 320 CC deal cards. Backing on one engine pulled the stern in the direction you steered, and the bow would follow, and swing at the end of the arc. Keep the wheel hard over and add forward and the whole boat slides sideways up against the dock. It didn’t take much practice to get the hang of it and be able to time it so that it touches with just a kiss.

    To Lean or Not to Lean?

    Now, about this “leaning outboard in a turn” issue. Here’s the story: When you’re at speed, if you just ease the wheel over, the boat stays level and does not lean into or away from the turn. However, you are turning and the law of physics creates centrifugal force that moves you, not the boat, to the outside of the turn. (This is where grab rails would come in handy at the helm.) This is what is “different” from most monohulls when the wheel is “eased” one way or the other. Now if you turn the wheel hard over, the turn starts out level, and as a little of the speed bleeds off, then the boat banks (you heard me) and leans into the turn. Now normally, you’re heading offshore and you’re not cranking the wheel, you’re steering like you’re on autopilot and you make easy turns. In the 320, those turns will be level turns. If you need to start cranking, it starts level and then banks as speed bleeds off. So the way I got into a groove with it is this: When I wanted to crank and bank, I backed off the throttles, cranked it over, and then accelerated into the turn. That forced a lean that felt the most comfortable and after doing it twice, it even became natural. It is simply the way you handle this boat. If you had grown up on a catamaran, and switched to a monohull you would say it handles “differently” and would have to adapt to the monohull.

    World Cat 320 CC
    Dual 300 qt (285 L) fish boxes with diaphragm pumps flank the center console.

    Things I’d Change

    Part of the joy of being a test boat captain is you get to spew your opinions about lots of boats… and they all can use a little tweaking, although most builders don’t like to hear it. (It is, after all, their child!). We already talked about adding a step behind the helm. There also needs to be fold down steps on the sides under the gunwales, and a grab handle that inserts into a rod holder like the ones you see on large convertibles. This is to assist in getting in and out of the boat. Right now, you step on a jump seat at the stern and that’s not good enough. A grab handle hanging under the overhead wouldn’t be a bad idea either, along with some padding on the bulkheads in the head compartment. Other than that, this boat was very cool, and a formidable weapon in the war against the fish of the world.

    Performance

    Our test boat was powered with a pair of Suzuki 300-hp four-strokes and they did a great job. You can opt down to a pair of 250’s and the same sizes can be had in Yamahas.With these engines in the conditions we encountered the boat’s WOT was 52 mph at 5900 rpm, getting 1.02 miles per gallon. Her best cruise was at 2500 rpm where the boat went 17.8 mph, and got an impressive 2.2 mpg for a range of 595 statute miles, or 518 nautical miles. That means with this baby you can go most anywhere you want to go to fish for the big ones. Cabo San Lucas, anyone? Cozumel? Turks and Caicos? I think you get the idea.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the World Cat 320 CC (2010-) is 52.0 mph (83.7 kph), burning 51.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 193.04 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the World Cat 320 CC (2010-) is 17.8 mph (28.6 kph), and the boat gets 2.20 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.94 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 595 miles (957.56 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Suzuki 4-Stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional

    Systems

    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional T-top standard
    Swim Ladder Optional
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    10 year
    Yes

    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Yes
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