June 2005 Issue


New Boat News
Twin Vee 19 Family Fisherman
By John Page Williams

Twin Vee builds seaworthy, soft-riding power catamarans that sell for modest prices. Their twin hulls are filled with foam and sealed, built solidly enough to carry limited lifetime warranties. Till now, the dollar-saving trade off has been plain, spackle-finished interiors. No more. The new Twin Vees have clean white interiors of nonskid gelcoat.

Our test boat was the new dual-console Family Fisherman version of the capable center-console 19 Bay Cat (18 feet 8 inches 7 feet 6 inches with a 10-inch draft). Unlike larger Twin Vees, this hull is designed for a single engine turning a cupped four-blade stainless propeller. Our boat carried a 140-hp Suzuki, but I know from experience that this 945-pound hull performs well with a 90. With the 140, the Family Fisherman topped out in the low 40s, but like all its sisters, it rises onto plane easily at speeds in the low teens, so itís efficient through a wide range of rpms and allows the skipper to fit speed to sea conditions.

The Family Fishermanís sociable layout includes a pair of side consoles holding 18-gallon plastic fuel tanks, stout grab rails around the windshields and cushioned seats in front. Behind are helm and companion swivel seats. The tilt hydraulic helm on the test boat allowed for comfortable running while sitting or standing. A full-width foredeck with low rails offers storage under but makes a fine casting platform. A large cooler mounts on brackets just behind it. The stern deck is also full-width, with storage and a livewell. Thereís space under the gunwales to mount horizontal rod racks, with enough length for fly rods.

List price for the 19 Family Fisherman loaded as tested with a Suzuki 140 & trailer is $28,102.

Twin Vee, Inc. 3101 S. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34982; 772-429-2525; www.twinvee.net.



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