Purchasing a new boat is rarely a solo decision. Family members usually weigh in on the desired style, features and options, which is why a model like the World Cat 320 Dual Console strikes such a positive chord. Based on the proven 32-foot catamaran hull, this latest iteration offers comfort and relaxation in addition to angling capability. In many cases, that works out to be a win-win situation for all.
Like its Express and Center Console predecessors, the Dual Console — a planing, twin-hull design with sharp entry, aft running surface and Vector tunnel pod — deflects compressed water downward to help eliminate bow “sneeze.” Though heavy and beamy, it quickly accelerates to planing speeds and runs bow-proud for a soft, comfortable ride. In head seas, it cuts through the waves without pounding.
The Dual Console is available with twin Yamaha F300 outboards with the optional Command Link+ system. That package offers exceptional performance for a boat this size.
With a light load and two aboard, we topped at nearly 48 mph by GPS. The boat loped along easily at 4,000 rpm while turning 30.3 mph. Factory tests with four aboard and half a tank of fuel produced a top speed of 44.8 mph at 6,100 rpm. At 3,500 rpm, the economy pace generated a speed of 24.2 mph with a fuel rate of 1.49 mpg. The super-stable hull rides as solid as an aircraft carrier, even in a beam sea, with noteworthy handling. The power-assisted steering lets the operator respond quickly to course corrections, and while you couldn’t expect a boat this size to turn on a dime, a quarter is not an exaggeration. Unlike some other catamarans, the 320DC holds level and true in turns without leaning. The integrated hardtop with bow walk-through offers good visibility and shelter from the elements in addition to a sporty profile. A curtain package with Strataglass and underside colors to match the hull are available options.
Anglers will appreciate the integrated rod holders in the hardtop, which complement the four mounted in the covering boards, as well as the cutting board, pliers-and-knife holder, and 35-gallon livewell in the port transom that holds plenty of bait. A 300-quart insulated compartment in the starboard bow drains overboard while a companion space to port holds bulky items and extra gear. A 250-quart fish box in the bridge deck adds to the storage capacity. A raw-water washdown is standard, and there’s also a hot-and-cold freshwater shower at the transom with a 45-gallon tank and 6-gallon hot-water heater. A starboard cockpit side door is also integrated, along with a built-in dive ladder.
The starboard transom bench-style seat lifts easily to reveal a large compartment housing the optional 4.2 kW Fischer Panda diesel generator. A 30-amp shore-power connection with a four-battery charger system is also included. More storage lies under the port lounge seat and the starboard galley/entertainment center on the starboard bridge deck. Galley amenities include a grill, refrigerator, sink and Corian countertop. The port lounge converts from seat to leaning pad to roomy berth by adding the filler table.
The starboard helm offers an ergonomically arranged space for the electronics panels, and the bolster-style seat allows comfortable operation from a seated or standing position. LED spreader and overhead lights, a radio box and a 12,000 Btu air-conditioning/heating system keep the helm, berth and head compartments in controlled comfort. An Optimus 360 system with electronic joystick steering is another available add-on.
The starboard head compartment, nicely outfitted with an electric head, shower, sink and vanity with storage, offers 6 feet 3 inches of overhead space. The port berth opposite is equally roomy, and the aft-facing lounge converts to a twin berth for overnight stays. A microwave, high-definition TV and cedar-lined hanging locker add to the ambience.
Going forward, the bow storage compartments double as a split casting deck or lounge area. A walkway between the sponsons allows quick access to the bow where another oversize storage compartment with twin hatches stows all kinds of gear. A Pro Series windlass with rode, chain and anchor comes standard, along with bow and helm controls.
The World Cat 320DC may seem plush to hardcore anglers, but where it counts — in performance and features necessary for offshore sport — it has everything it needs. And don’t discount the comfort benefits either. After a long day on the water, they’ll certainly be appreciated by the whole family.