By Karl Anderson
 

 
   

World Cat 270 Express Cabin

This cat offers a smooth, solid ride and plenty of creature comforts.

The folks at World Class Catamaran are continually developing their line of boats by bringing out new models aimed at an owner’s specific needs. The new 270 Express Cabin is a great example of filling a niche in their product line that is geared toward the weekend traveler and his fishing pursuits. Completely hand-laid, the 270 EC is constructed with various core materials, including Klegecell and Divinycell, that are encapsulated in multiple layers of multi-directional knit fiberglass fabric, creating a wood-free structure.

We got our chance to test the 270 EC on a balmy summer day last July off Beaufort, North Carolina. Our test boat was rigged with a pair of whisper-quiet 225-hp Honda VTEC four-strokes that offered great acceleration and handling. The setup produced a nice, slow trolling speed with a quiet wash, even on a downsea course. At 1900 rpm the 270 EC did eight knots, a great lure-trolling speed for billfish. On plane, the boat cruised effortlessly at 3300 rpm while making 23.6 knots. The normal cruise of 4200 rpm with the twin Honda package pushed the 270 along at a brisk 31.6 knots. On the pins at 5400 rpm, the same power produced a speedy 41.1 knots.

With an overall length of 28 feet, the 270’s hull is designed to scoop air at the bow and channel it aft past the Vectorflo pod. As air enters the chamber and passes between the two hulls and the water surface, it is compressed and accelerates aft, reducing the mist-producing affect known as “sneezing.” According to World Class, the compressed air passing through the tunnel also provides a cushion that softens the ride and enhances the inherent stability of the boat.

On our test run, the 270 EC performed nicely in all directions, slicing through the head seas with little effort. By trimming the engines up and lifting the bow, the 270 EC ran downsea comfortably while tracking straight and throwing little spray. As expected, the 8' 6" beam of the 270 EC makes the boat very stable, both at rest and underway.

The Express Cabin configuration offers an expansive interior featuring a full six feet of headroom, a queen bed, and an electric head that fits nicely in the port bow under the bunk cushion. The cabin ceiling is a one-piece, molded, poly-lined unit that is easy to clean. Fully forward in the starboard hull is a large storage locker, also located under the bunk cushion. A large cabinet with room for a microwave and refrigerator is set to starboard along the aft bulkhead. A countertop and sink are positioned along the port wall. A single-burner alcohol cooktop is stowed in a drawer under the counter. The only real lockable and protected rod storage is located along the port hullside in the cabin, but can only accommodate a scant three rods. More rod storage can be added, but we’d like to see it as standard equipment on this capable fishing rig.

The helm deck is framed by a full wraparound safety-glass windshield and features two ladderback helm seats mounted atop aft-facing jumpseats with built-in coolers, a tackle station and storage beneath. The port companion seat has a large compartment in the side wing with two shelves and two drink holders. The starboard helm seat has drink holders and storage in the outboard wing as well. The helm is set to starboard and features a large dash with enough room for several ten-inch screens, plus an attractive carbon-fiber dash panel with a full complement of all the necessary multi-function gauges. World Class uses Faria gauges trimmed in gold, and they even include fuel-management gauges. A robust dual-ram hydraulic Teleflex Pro helm system with tilt steering and Kevlar hydraulic hoses provides smooth and effortless steering control. The 270 also features a Grayhill digital control system and sealed Deutsch connectors on all electrical bilge accessories, including the two 1500 gph pumps with auto switches.

The 270’s ample, self-bailing cockpit has a 300-quart fishbox on the centerline and a 25-gallon live well with 700-gph pump and flow regulator on the port side of the transom. All deck surfaces feature a molded, diamond non-skid for sure footing. Raw and fresh water outlets are located on the port side of the cockpit. There are four gunwale-mounted rod holders, coaming pads and a molded-in, recessed toe rail on each side. A large, gasketed hatch affords access to the clean and painted bilge area for maintenance and service. World Class uses GemLux stainless through-hulls and double T-clamps on all hoses.

If you are interested in the stable, unique ride of a catamaran and are looking for a boat to fish and perhaps cruise in, the 270 Express Cabin is worth checking out. Catamarans are all they build at World Class, and the 270 is a good-riding liveaboard that will get you to the fishing grounds in comfort while offering a host of useful amenities.

World Class Catamarans, Tarboro, NC; (866) 485-8899;
www.worldclasscats.com.

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