If this smallest kitten in the World Cat sport fishing fleet is anything like her bigger sisters, she should have the same appetite to eat fish as the large cats, and should have no problem finding them and chasing them down. This newbie’s running bottom is based on a proprietary twin sponson planning hull that is 22 feet, 7 inches in length, with a trailerable 8-1/2-foot beam. She carries this beam for most of her overall length, which translates to considerably more cockpit and storage space compared to a similar sized monohull platform.
Standard features on the new World Cat 235 CC include bow area cushioned seating for five adults with integrated grab rails; raised seating benches in the bow with port and starboard 150-quart forward insulated fish boxes down below with overboard drains; a center bench seat in front of the console with storage underneath; forward-facing bow seat backrests; a fiberglass T-Top with spreader lights and life vest storage bag; a Garmin 8612XSV multi-function color chartplotter/echo sounder display at the helm, with transducer and model 315 VHF radio; four gunwale-mounted stainless steel rod holders; horizontal rod racks for four rods; an aft deck non-skid casting platform; premium entertainment center with two JL Audio speakers and Bluetooth connectivity and a World Cat’s On-Ramp swim ladder and swim platform.
Standard power on this 23-foot fishing cat is a pair of Yamaha F115 in-line four cylinder four-stroke outboards. According to recent factory performance tests, top speed with the F115s should be in the neighborhood of 41 to 42 mph, with the most fuel efficient cruise occurring at 25.8 mph, getting 2.9 mpg. The efficiency of these twin sponson planning hulls is impressive, in that she’ll still get 2 mpg even with the throttles pinned to the far end of the dash panel, burning roughly a total of 21 gph to achieve the stated 42-mph top end.
The 235 CC’s 89-gallon fuel capacity is divided equally into a pair of 44.5-gallon polyethylene fuel tanks set into each of the sponson’s interiors, with one feeding each of the twin power plants. If you calculate that a single F115 is burning about 5 gph at optimum cruising speeds, this translates to roughly 8 hours of cruising range, with a 10% reserve. While she’s not going to be a pocket canyon runner for Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England anglers, this fishing feline should be able to prowl near offshore 20- to 40-fathom waters with complete confidence, weather permitting and will allow you to compete with the fleet of larger sportfishers on a somewhat level playing field. As a bonus, this cat can tip-toe into relatively shallow waters with her nominal 9-inch draft and open a new world of back bay and estuary fishing that is totally off the table for the big boys, so you’ll have the best of both worlds, inshore and near offshore.
If you have a need for more speed and don’t mind the upcharge for a pair of 2.7-liter Yamaha F150s, your top end will increase by almost 20%, with factory tests indicating 51.6 mph at 5900 rpm, burning 32 gph for a net of 1.61 mpg. Dialing the throttles back to 3500 revs, this is the sweet spot for this hull/engine pairing, hitting 28.3 mph on the GPS navigator while burning 10.5 gph, which equates to a respectable 2.7 mpg. If you are in a rush to beat the sun back to the inlet, you can bump it up to four-grand on the digital tach and still experience relatively good fuel economy, heading downrange at 33.6 mph at 13.7 gph, for a bottom line of 2.45 mpg.
Other notable standard features from her impressive list include tilt helm hydraulic steering; a flip-bolster leaning post with a quad vertical rocket launcher aft and Yeti cooler down under; raw water washdown; a 30-gallon recirculating livewell; twin 1,000-gph auto bilge pumps; and more. Optional packages include a Porta-Potti with deck pumpout; Gemlux deluxe 18-foot outriggers with collapsible poles; plus five different solid or two-tone hull colors. If you are looking for something that’s a different experience from a monohull ride, but with equal or greater capabilities and seaworthiness, going with a fishing catamaran like the World Cat 235 CC might be in your future. For more information, visit www.worldcat.com.