World Cat 280CC-X — Soundings Online


The 280CC-X is the first boat in a new generation of power catamarans from World Cat. Cats are known for their soft ride in rough water, but their boxy profile has been unappealing to some boaters, World Cat president Andrew Brown says. “This boat and future World Cats have improved aesthetics and more advanced equipment,” Brown says. “We’re making a statement. We no longer want to be a niche. We want to go after anyone looking for a premium outboard-powered boat.”

World Cat sculpted a broken sheer into the 280CC-X, rounded the bow and gave the boat’s reverse transom some tumblehome. The rub­rail was moved higher to give the boat a sleeker profile.

Features include C-Zone digital switching with a Garmin interface, Optimus 360 electronic steering and joystick, an aerodynamic hardtop and a through-hull bow anchor holder with an internally mounted windlass. The boat can fish hard and handle family day-boating duties.

Standard equipment includes a leaning post with a 30-gallon live well and tackle stowage, an enclosed head with a forward entrance, wraparound bow seats with insulated stowage below and twin 355-quart fishboxes that double as rod lockers.

The 280CC-X runs efficiently, getting 2 mpg at 30 mph and better than 1 mpg at a wide-open speed of 59 mph.

LOA: 27 feet, 6 inches • BEAM: 9 feet, 2 inches • DISPLACEMENT: 7,500 pounds (dry, with engines) • DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches • FUEL: 220 gallons • POWER: twin Yamaha F300s • SPEED: 59 mph top, 30 mph cruise • PRICE: $233,566 • CONTACT: World Cat, Tarboro, North Carolina, (866) 485-8899.

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