Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The World Cat 320DC is different. It is not only a catamaran (two hulls) as opposed to a monohull, but it is a comfortable two-person overnighter, a day use boat that seats fourteen, an excellent fishing platform plus its all-composite construction carries a ten year transferrable structural hull warranty as well.
Since this is the first World Cat review here, a little background is enlightening. In 2015, the Carolina Cat, World Cat, and Glacier Bay catamaran brands were consolidated into the World Cat corporate brand, headquartered in Tarboro, North Carolina. The Glacier Bay brand which started in the mid-1980’s in the Pacific Northwest has become World Cat’s Glacier Bay Edition.
Glacier Bay Edition catamarans utilize semi-displacement hull designs while all World Cat hull designs are planing. World Cat’s patented VectorFlo® hull design incorporates a scoop-shaped bow which channels air and water into the tunnel between the twin hulls. The tunnel between the hulls narrows from bow to stern thus increasing the velocity and pressure of the aerated water mixture thus reducing friction and increasing lift as speed increases. This also acts as a “water-cushioned suspension between the hulls and beneath the boat’s tunnel.”
For 2017, World Cat offers ten models of Center Console, Dual Console, Express Cabin, and Sun Deck models from 23 to 32 feet. There are three Glacier Bay Edition models, all at 27 feet. The World Cat 320DC subject of this review is the largest of three dual console offerings.
With the twin hulls, the bow seating area is almost rectangular in shape with lots of legroom in front of the twin facing double-wide lounge seats providing seating for six. Storage is provided beneath the portside lounge and a huge 300-quart insulated storage area beneath the starboard side lounge. On the twin foredecks are matching anchor lockers with a standard electric anchor windlass between them with fresh water washdown. Standard filler cushions create a huge bow sunpad.
A door in the portside console leads a couple of steps below to a private cabin with aft-facing seating that converts into a full-size double berth with storage beneath. This cabin is fitted with a microwave, HD LED TV, cedar-lined hanging locker, plus LED lighting. Within the starboard helm console is a head compartment with a marine head, wet shower, vanity with Corian countertop and sink, plus a medicine cabinet. A wind door is provided between the two consoles.
The helm of the 320DC offers a large flat upper portion suitable for your choice of a single 15-inch navigation screen or two 12-inch screens. The double-wide adjustable helm seat provides a single flip-up bolster plus an armrest and footrest. Tilt steering is standard as is a Fusion® MS-UD750 stereo with six speakers, remote, and Bluetooth. Also standard is reverse cycle air conditioning/heating serving not only the berth and head compartments but also the cockpit.
On the port side, twin two-person bench seats on fibreglass pods with storage and each seat with fully articulating backrests provide forward or aft-facing seating for four persons or an aft-facing dual lounge seat or facing seating for four with a removable wall-mounted table to use as a dinette. This table also has a bow mounting bracket. Between the two helms is a centerline 250-quart fish box compartment.
Aft of the helm seat is a refreshment center with refrigerator and sink plus an electric grill with inverter. Covering this entire area is a fibreglass hardtop attached to the top of the windshield and contains two forward-facing fresh air hatches, LED lighting, plus a radio box and another standard LED TV. Aft of this refreshment center is a most useful and practical hull side entry door.
Within the cockpit is a transom seat for two with huge storage below, a 35-gallon livewell, a transom door providing access to the centre stern swim platform with swing-down ladder, plus raw-water washdown and a hot and cold transom shower. Shore power is standard. The six item factory option list includes the twin Yamaha 300 horsepower 4-stroke outboard motors, Optimus electronic steering system with or without joystick control, a Fischer Panda® diesel generator, canvas enclosure package, underwater lighting, plus colour-matching the underside of the hardtop to the hull colour. With this power, typical cruise speed is said to be 24 mph and top speed 45 mph.
World Cat says its 320DC is “The one dual console for people who go everywhere and do everything.” It’s easy to see why.
|Dry weight:||11,600 lbs||5,262 kg|
|Draft:||Hull Only 1' 4"||Hull Only 41 cm|
|Fuel Capacity:||279 US gals||1056 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Yamaha Outboard|