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October 02, 2008

World Cat 290 Express Cabin

A boat with all the advantages of a multihull and none of the disadvantages makes for surefire popularity.

If the two in-gunwale rod holders won't suffice, choose the optional hardtop, which provides an integrated radio box, recessed lighting, numerous rod holders and floodlights for the cockpit. And please leave some fish in the sea rather than filling the twin 62½-gallon fish boxes.

Design and Construction
Overall, the 290 EC feels larger than its LOA thanks to a large cockpit and huge queen-size berth belowdecks. Speaking of belowdecks, World Cat has done a masterful job of dressing up the interior with beautiful wood, rich fabrics, a small but comprehensive galley and a head that's bigger and nicer than what I used to have in my house in my younger days.

In addition, up on the bridge deck, the centerline helm also offers quite an expansive space to mount the latest in 12-inch displays. With such a large, comfortable berth below, you may want to consider opting for the 8,000 BTU air-conditioning system that chills the cabin, head and cockpit. However, you might not feel the need for air conditioning once you experience the great ventilation provided by the? portholes, overhead hatches with screens and solar-powered exhaust fans that suck fresh, cool air into the cabin.

Because of the nature of tying two separate hulls together, catamarans need to be exceptionally strong. World Cat bonds the hull and deck through its branded Unibody construction that uses advanced methyl-methacrylate adhesives. This process transforms two hulls into one solid, seamless unit.

Each hand-laid hull consists of fiberglass and composite materials. The transom is built from fiberglass and high-density urethane composite with aluminum backing plates molded in to deal with the greater stresses incurred from the higher horsepower and heavier weight of four-stroke outboard power.

As I've always said, you can't tell if you love a catamaran until you take it out in the worst possible weather. Try that once and you'll be sold too.


LOA......29 ft. 1 in.
BEAM......9 ft. 6 in.
HULL DRAFT......1 ft. 3 in.
WEIGHT......9,700 lb.
FUEL......250 gal.
MAX HP......500 hp
MSRP......$173,396 (w/ Twin 250 Suzuki OB)

World Cat / Tarboro, North Carolina / 252-641-8000 /