July 2003
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Practical Cat
By John Page Williams

We Fish Series

They Cast: Twin Vee's 17 Fisherman is a 16'10"-by-5'10" Power Cat with just 7" of hull draft, perfect for poling the flats or running the bay. 

We Cast: This is a ruggedly built, bare-bones boat with simple rigging that's easy to maintain. It's made to order for aftermarket rigging and will adapt well to a wide variety of fishing techniques that require shallow draft, high maneuverability, and the ability to run through a stiff chop. Our test boat had a Mercury 60 four-stroke EFI outboard with a four-bladed Trophy prop, an excellent power package. With a crew of three topping at more than 600 pounds, this boat still popped onto plane effortlessly. Meanwhile, it's so stingy that you'd have to fish this rig a lot to burn 100 gallons of fuel. Added bonus: With a 545-pound hull weight, it's so light you can tow it with a four-cylinder vehicle. 

Who Will Fish It: Anglers looking for low cost, low fuel bills, no frills, and who like to rig their boats themselves.

The Numbers: $14,706 with the Mercury test power and a galvanized trailer. 

-John Page Williams


 

 

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Certified Test Results

Twin Vee 17 Fisherman
Mercury 60-hp EFI four-stroke

Speed Efficiency Operation
rpm knots mph gph naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000 3.1 3.6 0.1 31.3 36.0 338 389 0 64
1500 4.1 4.7 0.2 20.4 23.5 221 254 1 66
2000 5.4 6.2 0.5 10.8 12.4 116 134 3 72
2500 6.3 7.3 1.0 6.3 7.3 69 79 4 74
3000 8.3 9.5 1.5 5.5 6.3 59 68 6 77
3500 11.5 13.2 2.2 5.2 6.0 56 65 6 81
4000 16.1 18.5 2.5 6.4 7.4 69 80 6 86
4500 20.3 23.4 3.8 5.4 6.2 58 67 4 89
5000 22.6 26.0 4.2 5.4 6.2 58 67 4 87
5500 25.2 29.0 5.5 4.6 5.3 49 57 3 88

Test Boat Power: Single 60-hp Mercury EFI four-stroke outboard with 60.8 cid, 2.56" bore x 2.95" stroke, swinging a 10" x 13" four bladed Trophy ss prop through a 1.83:1 reduction.

Advertised Fuel capacity 12 gallons.  Range based on 90 percent of that figure.  Performance measured with three persons aboard, half fuel.  Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.


 

 

 

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