April 21, 2005 Issue

On The Water
By Capt. John Raguso


 
   

TWIN VEE 36 CENTER CONSOLE

Launched new for the 2005 season, I was able to jump aboard this huge twin-hulled catamaran for a test ride at this past winter’s Miami Boat Show.

SUPER-SIZE ME
With Americans always being accused of getting monstrous portions at the dinner table, ala the recent wave of “Super-Size Me” in the competitive fast food commercials, there must be some sort of “trickle-down” theory going on in other industries, especially saltwater boatbuilding. The past two years have seen over a dozen of these absolutely huge mid 30s monohulls and catamarans coming to market, and people are buying them almost as fast as they can be made. With four-stroke and two-stroke direct injection outboards well-ensconced in the 250 to 300-horsepower range with proven motors that seem to be holding up to the ravages and demands of extreme saltwater coastal fishing, the boat-builders have followed suit and are building the hulls to match the power. In my opinion, a mid 30s outboard hull has many distinct advantages over similar inboard gas and diesel powered boats and it seems that many other folks share my philosophy, because I am seeing more of these craft 100 miles offshore at the distant Northeast canyons on a regular basis.

I sat down for a few hours with David East, the president of Twin Vee Catamarans, down at the Miami Boat Show last February to get a little more info on thought and concept behind their new 36-foot center console. According to David, the Twin Vee design team was looking to extend its proven 32-footer into the land of the mid 30s, using an over-wide beam that was 2 inches short of 12 feet and supporting a cockpit that a football team could go fishing in without stepping on each other’s cleats. The 36 CC was birthed to accomplish these objectives, doing so in a no-frills rolled-edge skiff layout that makes for easy clean-ups at the end of the day also keeps the purchase price down significantly compared to other 36-footers.

When you jump on board, you will immediately realize the benefit of a 12-foot wide cat hull with twin sponsons. The boat is as solid as an aircraft carrier with nary a lean to one side or another, even with four folks looking over the edge. You want cockpit space? I can’t think of any boat under 40 feet that gives you more than this feline, with a HUGE fishing arena that measures 126 inches wide by 110 inches in length, which translates to almost 100 square feet of totally clear dancing room. With 27 inches of internal freeboard aft and 28 inches amidships, your position on the cockpit soles is just about at the right height to get maximum support and still be able to reach down to grab a leader for either capture or tag-and-release ceremonies. From a fishing standpoint, everything is here for you to max out your day, inshore or offshore, with six gunwale-mount flush rodholders, horizontal racks for four additional outfits under each gunwale, plus 10 vertical rodholders set in the console sides. Add a leaning post/rocket launcher setup and get five more vertical rodholders. Put on a T-Top and pick up yet another six rodholders in an overhead rocket launcher. You get the picture: the layout is totally up to you, the operator. There’s a 32-gallon raised oval livewell aft, plus twin 128-quart cushioned Igloo coolers set in the transom corners to provide crew seating when underway. A larger 162-quart Igloo cooler is installed forward of the console command station to seat an additional two rod benders. Going forward, a 19-inch step up to the forward casting deck presents a clear view of the ocean in a 270-degree arc.

ROAD TEST
The Twin Vee 36 CC seems somewhere between a semi-displacement design and a planing hull, since it definitely breaks free of the water at a certain modest speed (about 18 mph) and is very efficient using only one of its outboard powerplants. Our boat was outfitted with some of my favorite four-strokes, Suzuki’s dynamite 250-horsepower V-6s, with their proprietary variable valve induction set up, which really coaxes every sea pony out of the stable. Running a set of Power-Tech 23-inch pitch 3-blade S/S props, we were able to hit a top speed of 52 mph on this behemoth, with a minimum planing speed of 18.8 mph at only 3,000 rpm, to ensure easy going when the going gets rough offshore, like it always does at some point during the trip. We were able to get 27 mph at 4,000 revs, with the twin Suzuki’s drinking about 22 gph, for net of 1.23 mpg, which for a 36-footer is not such a bad deal. Factor in the cavernous 340-gallon standard fuel capacity and the range on this monster cat approaches 375 to 400 miles, which puts you in just about any canyon you want, in total comfort and safety. If one engine has a mechanical issue that you can’t resolve, it’s nice to know that she’ll do a sprightly 25.5 mph on a single engine, for the ultimate in get-home insurance. MSRP of the hull only is $98K.

This might not be the prettiest girl on the block, but she can sure cook. A lifetime structural warranty is standard. For more information, contact Twin Vee at 772-429-2525, or visit them on the Internet at www.twinvee.net..

 

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Specifications

Length 35' 10"
Beam 11' 10"
Weight 9,050 pounds
Fuel Capacity 340 gallons
Max Power 50-horsepower, twin outboards
Draft 16 inches, engines up

 

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