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Brief Summary

Since our review, Carolina Cats have been rebranded as World Cats, which includes increasing the hull warranty from seven to 10 years. Going forward, these 23' boats will carry the World Cat name and model numbers 23 will be changed to 230.

Carolina Cat has had quite a great success run with their 23 Center Console but they quickly realized that the hull has so much available interior space that it lends itself well to creating a family friendly dual console. This 23 DC has a LOA of 22'7" (6.88 m) and the standard 8'6" (2.59 m) beam but she's easily got the cockpit space of a 25’- 26’ foot (7.6 m – 7.9 m) boat. She also has a capacity for 10 persons and even a full-size head. And if your travels take you into choppy water, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better performing boat. Now let's drill down a little further into the details to see what else she's got.

Key Features

Specifications

Length Overall 22' 7''
6.88 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,400 lbs.
1,995 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 11''
0.28 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 89 gal.
337 L
Water Capacity 10 gal.
37.85 L
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 2 x 115-hp Yamaha
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Captain's Report by Capt. Steve--

Carolina Cat 23DC
There's a new boat coming from the folks at Carolina Cat.

Mission Statement

The mission of the 23 DC is to take a proven performance center console fishing hull and create a roomy bowrider dual console model with greater seating capacity and the ability to handle offshore runs. Because of this boat's offshore capability, adding fishing features to make her a crossover family boat was a natural step.

Distinguishing Features

• Complete fuel, and propulsion system redundancy• Extremely roomy bow seating• Full sized head with 5'5" (1.65 m) of headroom• Large cockpit• High windshield

Carolina Cat 23DC
Here you can see that even with every seat occupied that there is still plenty of room to move about.

Offshore Capable… Really?

I've taken a number of Carolina Cats offshore, and each time I get more impressed with the way they handle the conditions I find there. From small to fairly large seas they just seem to take whatever I can dish out. Now because this 23DC is still in the construction stage, I haven't taken her offshore but I can say that based on my experience testing the 23CC (click here to view this must-see test video) that this design should also have remarkable offshore performance. And there's more proof.

Carolina Cat 23DC
Aside from her narrow hulls being able to slice through waves cleanly, the relatively high freeboard of the 23 DC adds immeasurably to her safety offshore.

Recently a small fleet of boats made the 50-mile run across the Gulf Stream from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini. In this case, the Carolina Cat 23CC not only successfully completed the run but she led the fleet. Additionally, the crew had to hold the speed back to 28-29 mph so that the other boats could keep up, and they made the round trip while burning only 62 gallons (227 L) of fuel feeding a pair of 115-hp engines. I think that says a lot about the hull that the 23DC is being built upon.

Turnaround Is Fair Play

There is one design feature catamarans have that we need to discuss because it's a sticking point that mono-hull people pick on. The turning characteristics of a cat are different than a mono-hull. Catamarans do not lean into a turn. Rather, they will either stay flat or lean slightly out board in the turn. The feeling can be a little disconcerting at first but trust my long experience when I say that after 5 minutes it becomes a non-issue.

Carolina Cat 23DC
Her high bow plus a 5-degree running angle should make for a dry ride in the boat

Additionally, for some reason these boats tend to lean into the prevailing wind. This is easily countered by using the individual outboard trim. The phrase to remember is high hull, high trim. If one hull is higher than the other, raise the trim on that hull to level the boat out. Trim is not needed to increase, or improve, the boat's performance. That is because cats do not plane like a conventional mono-hull. They tend to lift themselves on top of the water from a level attitude and as such no trim adjust is necessary.Virtually every mono-hulled boat has its own quirks as well, but the cat people never seem to pick on them for some reason. To me, I don't look at the handling characteristics of the cat as a downside and I tend to stay more focused on the positives such as sea keeping ability, system redundancy, roominess… etc. I'll save my boat-picking-on ammo for sailboats.

Construction

The Carolina Cat 23DC is constructed in the usual manner of 1800 and 1708 knits of double bias fiberglass layers over gelcoat with woven roving across the bottom. While the hull is still in the mold a separate cored fiberglass stringer system is laid into place and then bonded to the hull. In this manner the hull is able to maintain its shape while the stringer system bonds to the interior.

Features Walk-Through

Bow

The crossover features of the 23DC begin at the bow. Because she carries her beam so far forward, in fact practically fully forward, there's enough seating space for everyone to be gathered around without knocking knees together. Since the area lends itself so well to both dining and sunning, a bow table with a filler cushion is available as an option ($1067). As for the fishermen, twin 150 quart (141 L) insulated fish boxes are underneath the seats and yes, they drain overboard.

Carolina Cat 23DC
The bow can also be used as a casting platform but not shown in this image is the standard stainless anchor roller that will mount just ahead of the full width anchor locker.
Carolina Cat 23DC
This view shows a roomy the bow that can easily seat 4 – 5 people around a pedestal table.
Carolina Cat 23DC
All of the forward lockers drain overboard.

Cockpit walk-through

Of course being a bowrider there is the usual walk-through between the consoles. A three-piece windshield allows for a center opening to access the bow. An air dam will be a snap on Sunbrella type that will be offered as an option along with the Bimini top and boot ($1306). A door will allow access under the starboard console and this is also where the water tank will be located for the standard freshwater washdown feature.To port the 23DC does what no mono-hulled boat this size is capable of doing… providing a full-sized head compartment with a full 5'5" (1.65 m) of headroom. Were this in a mono-hulled boat, this head compartment would be in the shallow section of the hull allowing for only sitting headroom. But with the cat, the compartment's sole is able to be placed low into the port hull allowing for this amount of headroom. While some might argue that 5'5" (1.65 m) isn't exactly standing headroom it's certainly very good for this size boat. The portable head is included as standard equipment. Conversion to a pump out is optional ($336) and an electric freshwater head with a holding tank is being spec’d as well.

Cockpit

Moving to the cockpit we have what is easily one of the roomiest in this size range. While the 23DC's beam is the same 8'6'' (2.59 m) as most monohulls this size, she has far more usable deck space because her topsides do not taper in 6'' or so on each side like a monohull. The standard arrangement calls for two bucket seats behind the dual consoles. An option allows for a back-to-back lounge seat with a 78 quart (73.8 L) cooler underneath.

Carolina Cat 23DC
This rendering shows the head compartment as well as the optional back-to-back lounge seating.

While the helm seat is not double wide it certainly qualifies as being called "extra-wide". The helm console is made large enough to accommodate a 12” (30.5 cm) nav display. The 23DC comes pre-rigged for Yamaha 115-hp engines and as such will have the Yamaha multifunction gauges in the panel.

Carolina Cat 23DC
The entire cockpit is self draining overboard so go ahead and break out the hose to wash everything down.

Stern

To the stern are two molded-in forward-facing seats. Between the two seats is another feature that crosses over into the fishing realm… a 30 gallon (113.6 L) livewell. The livewell will be elevated 16” (40.6 cm) above the base of the seats adding to the security of the seats as well as making it more comfortable to access the interior of the livewell.

Carolina Cat 23DC
This is a view not often seen: a CAD drawing of the underside of the bow decking. Note the tube for holdin the anchor's shank.

At the transom will be the only power offered for the 23 DC, a pair of 115-hp Yamaha 4-strokes. These engines have been chosen as, historically, they've provided good performance and economy for this hull as evidenced by the Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini trip mentioned earlier, and our recent testing of the 23CC.

Observations

The Carolina Cat 23DC has a base price of $84,322 that includes the twin 115-hp 4 stroke engines, with a marine-grade stereo standard. Base color is white, but any of 6 hull colors is available for an additional $1269. I think the design team at Carolina Cat is spot-on in their thinking that the 23CC hull lends itself nicely to the roominess of a dual console. After testing and being so impressed with the center console version, I frankly can't wait to get my hands on the 23DC. It should be an exciting boat indeed.

Standard and Optional Features

Systems

CD Stereo Standard
Head: Portable Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard

Exterior Features

Swim Ladder Optional

Canvas

Bimini Top Optional

Warranty

Hull Warranty
Transferable
10 year limited


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