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Brief Summary

Since this review, Glacier Bay boats have been folded under the parent World Cat umbrella, and going forward will be known as Glacier Bay Edition. Design, materials and construction will not change.

Whether the game plan calls for comfortable cruising with the family, or a hard day offshore fighting fish, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 is up to the task. Since 1986 Glacier Bay has been delivering tough boats that are stable, comfortable and quite safe as proven in numerous long distance, open-ocean passages. In this report we discuss in full detail the attributes of the Glacier Bay Edition 2780.

Key Features

  • Bow seating for 2 adults
  • Fusion Marine entertainment system as standard
  • Recessed walk around area around cabin
  • Queen-sized berth
  • Oversized fiberglass top with aluminum windshield system frame
  • Deluxe helm bench seat with flip-up bolster and armrest
  • Port side L-lounge seating for 4 adults
  • Insulated 132-qt. L-lounge storage cooler with overboard drains
  • Fiberglass entertainment center
  • Insulated 100-qt. port/starboard floor fishboxes with diaphragm pumps
  • Dual, flush-mounted fold-away aft seats
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27'
    8.23 m
    Beam 8’ 9''
    2.67 m
    Dry Weight 7,400 lbs.
    3,357 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 20''
    0.51 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8’ 8''
    2.64 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 168 gal.
    636 L
    Water Capacity 20 gal.
    76 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner profile shot
    With an LOA of 27’ (8.23 m), Glacier Bay tells us this Glacier Bay Edition 2780 has a top speed of 40.7 mph and a best cruise of 17.7 mph.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 is to provide a comfortable cruising platform for a traveling couple as well as to serve for offshore fishing expeditions and entertaining. With her hardtop and three sides enclosed, plus a removable aft enclosure, she easily becomes a four-season boat. To complete this functionality, an optional 8,000 BTU heating/cooling unit rounds out the standard package.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner layout
    The roomy layout of the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 makes her equally well suited for fishing or entertaining.

    Major Features

    • 100 quart (94.6 L) port and starboard fishboxes
    • Entertainment center/wet bar with 20-gallon (75.7 L) livewell
    • Portside L-lounge seating
    • Full deck-to-top wrap-around safety glass windshield system
    • Marine-head with 15-gallon (56.8 L) holding tank
    • Dual anchor lockers with molded in bow pulpit
    • Queen sized berth
    • Starboard entertainment center with freshwater sink
    • Walkthrough transom with fiberglass door
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner layout
    It takes less horsepower to push a cat's two narrow displacement hulls than it does one wide hull, and the cat is more stable, too. That is something both fishermen and cruisers like.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner running shot
    Here we can see how she cleanly launches off one wave with minimal spray, and then continues on to meet the next. Looks like a storm coming…bring it on!

    Features Inspection

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner
    Glacier Bay boats also have high freeboard. The Glacier Bay Edition 2780 boasts 25” (64 cm) at its lowest point, at the stern.

    Helm Deck Features

    The World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 has a protected helm deck with glass to three sides running up vertically to integrate with the hardtop. We love this feature as it means we don’t have to fall back on isinglass curtains to fill the gap above the windows… at least to the front and sides. Further aft those side windows take on a "Downeaster" look and slope away from the overhead.

    For three-season comfort

    , by all means, break out the curtains and there’s an option for an aft drop-down curtain as well. A reverse cycle system adds to the functionality in the cold seasons.Overhead there’s five dome lights and a center skylight.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner hardtop
    An overhead hardtop and windshields integrated right up to the hardtop keep the helm deck of the World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 dry and cozy.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner side windows
    The side windows curve down as the frames draw aft. The openings can get filled in with isinglass curtains if desired. Notice the recessed grab handles across the hardtop, making the transition to the bow a safe one.

    On the Helm Deck

    On the helm deck companion seating is fore-and-aft facing the captain, and sitting on the foot of the "L" facing forward. Certainly several adults can ride here in comfort whether heading to the fishing grounds or the waterfront steakhouse. It includes cushioned backs and laminated footrests. An insulated 132-quart (125 L) integral cooler underneath has overboard drains. A removable pedestal table is offered as an option and inserts into a base in the deck.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner l shaped seating
    Portside L-shaped seating with integral cooler underneath. An optional table inserts into the base at the deck.

    Let Me Entertain You…

    When it’s time to bring the friends onboard for a cocktail cruise to nowhere, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 has that covered. Just behind the helm is a starboard side entertainment center with freshwater sink, Corian top, stainless cup holders and a pull out trash receptacle. Entertainment options include a grill with gunwale mounts and a stainless refrigerator to replace the pull out trash receptacle.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner boarding steps
    Steps, to both port and starboard, ease boarding. The sink with trash receptacle adds to the entertainment capability.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner trash receptacle
    This pull out trash receptacle can be swapped out for a cockpit refrigerator.

    Of course seating plays a big part of the entertainment aspect. Not only is the helm deck L-seating but there is also pull-out seating in the stern and additional seating for two at the bow.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner cockpit
    Here’s a shot showing the roomy layout. Notice the optional refrigerator to starboard and the speakers up on the hardtop supports. Grab handles on the overhead make for a safe trip to the side decks.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner aft jump seats
    Shown is the starboard aft jump seat with an in-deck fishbox. With a jump seat and fishbox below to each side, they deploy easily when a crowd is onboard, and stow away just as easily when it’s time to work the deck for fish.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner fit and finish
    Fit-and-finish is exemplary onboard the Glacier Bay Edition 2780. Here, the aft jump seats have multiple densities and levels of foam and the upholstery is French stitched and custom embroidered.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner bowWorld Cat Glacier Bay 2780
    The bow seating is standard on the Glacier Bay Edition 2780. The Lewmar windlass is standard. Both are protected with high rails wrapping around the bow.

    Gone Fishing

    Of course it’s hard not to appreciate the fishing aspect of a boat with offshore capabilities such as this. Aside from the helm having a clear view of the action in the 35-sq. ft. (3.3 sq. m) cockpit, there are several features that make this a well-qualified fishing platform.There is storage to port and starboard for up to 6 rods. Four gunwale-mounted rod holders present a spread to the fish. A rigging station with a 20-gallon (75.7 L) livewell is to port and it includes plenty of storage as well. Spreader lights keep the action going well after the sun has dipped below the horizon. The catch can be stored in two in-deck fishboxes. Each measures in at 100-quart (94.6 L) and are drained with diaphragm pumps.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner livewell
    Here we have a 20-gallon (75.7 L) livewell with storage underneath. The grab handle certainly adds a level of safety and note the three tackle drawers.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner raw water washdown
    And once all the dirty work is over, cleanups are a breeze thanks to the standard raw water washdown.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner fishing cockpit
    The Glacier Bay Edition 2780’s 35 sq. ft. (3.3 sq. m) cockpit is set up for fishing, with a bait-prep center, 20-gallon (75.7 L) livewell and big fishboxes. Notice the boarding steps to both sides of the cockpit.


    Of course, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 is equally well suited for cruising, especially as a two-person boat. The cabin is accessed from the port side hull and the companionway door is just ahead of the helm deck L-lounge. Inside is a modest cabin with queen-sized berth, head and shower. Natural light comes from the overhead hatch and three side portlights. The Lonseal teak and holly cabin sole adds class to the cabin, to be sure. Showering and other freshwater comes from a built-in 20-gallon (75.7 L) tank.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner queen berth
    The queen-sized berth spans the space between the hulls.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner head
    Just at the entrance to the cabin, the head is aft of the entry steps. A curtain provides privacy and an opening portlight allows for ventilation. The pull-out sprayer for the sink becomes the shower faucet. The seat over the head lifts and holds in place with a magnetic catch.


    She doesn’t really lend herself to life as an extended cruiser as there’s no real conventional galley. Cooking is relegated to the optional grill on deck but a microwave is next to the berth below. That certainly makes short work of the instant coffee in the morning. Dining will be at the L-shaped seating at the helm deck.Of course this boat is more about the comfort in getting to the destination rather than the trip itself. Typically, a cruise of this nature will be to the location’s waterfront restaurant anyway.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner cargo netting
    Just below the microwave is cargo netting for storage. Seems like a great place to put reading material to use before going to sleep. Notice the 110-V outlet for convenient overnight charging.


    The helm is well laid out and well protected thanks to the hardtop and surrounding glass. There’s still access to ventilation as the overhead sunroof slides open as desired. There’s only a starboard windshield wiper as standard, but we'd like to see one to port. While spray is not so much of a concern, rain is and it affects both sides.

    The ergonomic dash panel

    has open space to accommodate up to a 12” (30.5 cm) display and it will have to be added aftermarket. Glacier Bay does not align itself to any single electronics manufacturer, and that’s a policy we agree with. Not everyone wants the same ole-same-ole electronics and having a choice left up to the buyer is the way we would prefer it. We would opt for adding the power-assist steering with the 13” (33 cm) stainless wheel. Long runs can get uncomfortable when struggling with the helm.

    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner helm
    The electronics get mounted to an aluminum panel. Digital engine gauges to the left eliminate clutter. Waterproof switches are below and to the left. A 12V charger and MP3 port are to the side bulkhead.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner vent
    Additional ventilation at the helm deck is had from this opening vent in the forward windshield. It does an amazing job of allowing huge volumes of air into the glass-enclosed area.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner led gauge
    Down below, tank levels are as easy as glancing at the LED gauge.
    Glacier Bay 2780 Isle Runner ground tackle
    As for ground tackle, we are happy with the Lewmar freefall windlass for the bow pulpit. It includes the rode, chain and aluminum anchor.

    Engines for the Glacier Bay Edition 2780

    are going to be 150 4-strokes that will come from Yamaha. An important note here is that these engines are connected to independent fuel and electrical systems. One engine failing does not necessarily equate to a failure in the second engine and that sort of “get-home” redundancy is something that catamarans will forever hold over the monohull builders. There are very few monohulled boats that make this same claim.


    While we haven’t tested the Glacier Bay Edition 2780, Glacier Bay certainly has and they were happy to share the results of the test with us. Here’s what they found--With a pair of 150-hp Yamaha 4-strokes turning 14 ¼ x 17 props, they reached a top speed at 5900 rpm of 40.7 mph. At that speed fuel burn was measured at 33.1 gph. That translates to a range of 186 miles. Best cruise was found to be at 3000 rpm and 17.7 mph. At that speed fuel burn was reduced to 8.4 gph which produced a range of 319 miles.Acceleration was brisk with the test boat reaching 30 mph in 6.85 seconds.


    Easy Riser.

    The World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 comes up on plane differently than a monohull, with bow rising sometimes obscuring visibility forward. Rather, with its semi-displacement hull the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 rises up to an extent but does not get on plane the same as the planing hulls used in other World Cat boats. Where a monohull planes on top of the water, depending on the hull type, catamarans exhibit differing degrees of planing. The Glacier Bay Edition 2780's sharp bows and fine entry allow her to cut through waves easily, and her displacement makes her ride comfortable in a chop without the pounding associated with most monohulls.

    In a Seaway.

    Likewise, when the seas are confused or in a beam sea, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 is much more stable than we would expect a monohull to be. Because deep-V designs have great buoyancy on the centerline and very little at the chines, it naturally rolls. One the other hand, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780's buoyancy is outboard so any rolling is considerably less, and less violent. This makes her a much more comfortable cruising and fishing platform and much more attractive to people prone to mal de mer.


    Like nearly all catamarans, the World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 leans slightly outboard in turns or is flat in turning. This is as opposed to a deep-V monohull which leans in because it has little buoyancy at the chines -- the same reason why it rolls. Since the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 has outboard buoyancy it cannot lean in. Most captains we know get used to this difference in about 15 minutes. It's not a biggie.


    All Glacier Bay Edition boats come with a 10-year Limited Hull Warranty and a One Year Limited Material And Workmanship Warranty.


    The World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2780 is a remarkably seaworthy vessel that is comfortable in most sea conditions. She can be used for any number of purposes, including a dive boat or commuter, as well as fishing and cruising. Her standard hardtop is a big plus in our book because with some isinglass she can easily be converted to four-season boating. She costs a bit more than a monohull her same length, but that is because she has much more material in her, and it could not be any other way. That is compensated by the fact that she has 20% more deck space than most mononhulls her length. For those used to taking Dramamine, the Glacier Bay Edition 2780 might well eliminate the need.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard Fusion Marine Entertainment system
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Windlass Standard


    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Hull Warranty
    10-year Limited

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