September 2001
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Hawaiian Punch
By John Page Williams

Would you believe someone has created a 26' cuddy cabin fishboat with 71 square feet in the cockpit? It sounds impossible -- this is as much space as most sportfish boats in the 30'-to-35' category have -- but on Twin Vee's new 26 Hawaiian Fisherman, it's all there. The reason? The cuddy is set far forward, with the helm centered on its aft bulkhead. Most boats would be too rough on the captain with the helm this close to the bow, but since this boat is a catamaran the helm can be placed here and not beat up the crew.

Our test boat carried a "fishing center" helm seat: a leaning post with a livewell and four rocket launchers. Options include everything from siderails to dive tank racks to a Pompanette fighting chair, so you can customize the boat for the way you live and fish. And fish you will - the cockpit has a 6' 8" -by- 3' 10" berth and space for a portable MSD. 

Our test boat, rigged with twin Suzuki 115-hp four-stroke outboards ($43,900, including galvanized trailer) had a quick holeshot and brisk performance with reasonable economy. The lifts boat lifts onto plane with hardly any squatting and stays dry and comfortable, riding on a spiraling cushion of aerated water created by the shape inside the asymmetrical hulls. In confused seas with a two-to-three-foot chop, the ride was soft at 4000 rpm and 25.3 mph. The boat also banked inward on turns, a comfort to those unused to conventional catamaran behavior.


- John Page Williams


 

 

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Twin Vee Hawaiian Fisherman
Twin Suzuki 115hp

Speed Efficiency Operation
rpm knots mph gph naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000 4.5 5.2 1.0 4.5 5.2 488 562 0 63
1500 5.7 6.6 1.6 3.6 4.1 387 446 1 67
2000 7.2 8.3 3.8 1.9 2.2 205 236 1 72
2500 9.4 10.8 4.6 2.0 2.3 220 254 2 73
3000 14.9 17.1 7.0 2.1 2.4 229 264 2 79
3500 18.2 20.9 9.0 2.0 2.3 218 251 2 80
4000 22.0 25.3 10.8 2.0 2.3 220 253 1 81
4500 24.8 28.5 13.6 1.8 2.1 197 226 1 81
5000 28.2 32.4 18.0 1.6 1.8 169 194 0 82
5500 31.5 36.2 21.2 1.5 1.7 160 184 0 84

Test Boat Power:
Twin 115-hp Suzuki EFI four-stroke DF115 in-line-4 outboards with 118.9 cid, 3.30" bore x 3.46" stroke, swinging a 14"  X 22" three-bladed ss props through a 2.59:1 reductions.

Advertised fuel capacity 120 gallons. Range based on 90 percent of that figure.  Performance measured with four persons aboard, half fuel.  Sound levels taken at the helm, in dB-A.

 
 

 

 

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