Capt. Steve Says...
If there were any better judges of a combination of fish and family friendly, it’s me and my wife. With my past career spent commercial fishing and her… well, “girly-tude,” there are no two more discerning tests of whether this boat will pass the muster. I could care less if the berth is comfortable or if the carpet matches the drapes, and she thinks a fish box is what the restaurant puts her leftovers in. So if we can both be happy, then World Cat better start ramping up production, because lots of other couples will be happy, too.
Let’s start where every captain does, the helm. The center of the panel is wide open for the navionics, and since there’s such a diverse choice, World Cat leaves the decision up to you, rather than marry themselves to any one brand and upset the boaters that want another. It’s a wise move since you can’t please everybody with any one brand. Overhead is an electronics box. The gauges for each engine are off to the sides of the panel and the engine controls, oh brother. Mounting them on the horizontal is preferable so that you have an even throw between forward and reverse without having to change your hand position. I can live with a bit of an angle, but this is nearly vertical. Not good. The helm seat wraps around you to hold you snuggly in place when the going gets rough. Some people like it that way, but I would opt for the optional double-wide to keep us both together on a cruise. Visibility is good with the tower mounts, but I think World Cat could do a little better keeping them less obtrusive. For roominess though, this boat can’t be beat. With a whopping 10' 6” (3.2m) beam you could hold a barn dance in the cockpit. There are two access doors to the cabin, one to each side of the helm. The standard gunwale mounted rod holders and under gunwale storage holders are present, and below that, beefy toe rails for hooking your feet under for that little extra bit of hang on when you need it while leaning out against the padded bolsters. When stepping up to the helm deck, you’re stepping on the lid to the fish box -- a rather shallow, but wide, fishbox. To starboard, a cooler/self-draining fish box is under the seat, and to port, a compartment houses the hydraulic and live-well pumps.
Back in the cockpit, there are the usual angler-friendly features that you would expect, and some that seem to be left off the standard and options list on other boats. DC wiring for downriggers, for example… standard. In the port quarter is a baitwell, and to starboard, a baitwell with a removable cutting board. The dual transoms feature flip up transom seats, and between them is a walkthrough to the center mounted swim platform and ladder. That is both fish-friendly and the family-friendly.
(As told by Capt. Steve’s wife:) Entering the cabin from the port side, the galley is just to the right of the stairs. A microwave and refrigerator are mounted up high, a stainless steel sink and single burner stove are mounted in the Corian countertop. Under the stairs is a single bed stretching under the bridge deck above.
Forward is the double bed with memory foam. To the right side is a head/shower combination… when you shower everything in the room gets wet but it seems to be made for that purpose. Not too large but big enough to get the job done (read: get the fish stink off my husband) in the limited space allotted. All in all, the cabin is roomy enough to avoid being claustrophobic, with the exception of the back bed, and there was even room enough for us both to occupy the space without constantly bumping into each other when changing for the night on the town. There’s storage for putting a weekends worth of stuff away but not for living aboard, but that doesn’t seem to be the purpose of this boat, either. It’s great for us, but for four guys fishing overnight, well, they better be good friends, if you get my drift.
Specs and Power Options
The World Cat 320 EC is rated for up to twin 350-hp and you can choose between Honda, Suzuki, or Yamaha. She has a LOA of 32’2” (9.8 m), a beam of 10' 6” (3.2 m), and her draft is 16” (40.6 cm). She carries 260 gallons (984.2 L) of fuel in dual 130 gallon (492.1 L) tanks, and 38 gallons (144 L) of water.
For all the hype we see on boats that are supposed to combine fishing capability with family functionality, it looks like the World Cat 320EC has actually come across and passed the acid test with both me and my wife. If that says anything to how it would fit your fishing buddies as well as your family, then World Cat deserves to be on your short list.
Note that I haven’t talked about the boat being a cat. The reason is that my wife, Patty, doesn’t care if it’s a cat, cathedral hull, or has the bottom of a barge. What she cares about is not rolling her guts out (she is not a 24-degree deadrise gal), having plenty of room in the head, staying dry, and not having to worry about our daughter, Mckenna, falling overboard. I think that it is about time we move beyond catamaran vs. monohull and judge all of these boats for what they deliver. And that is true for the anglers, just as much as for the family cruising types. So if you’re in the market for a fishing boat that can also be a platform that your family will enjoy boating on, I suggest that you get your tribe aboard the World Cat 320 EC. I think you will be surprised at what you find.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Optional|
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