Nothing provides a more stable fishing platform and more real estate on the water, per centerline length, than a catamaran. The Barker 40 HPFC, a Michael Peters asymmetrical-catamaran design, also jumps quickly out of the hole, delivers an 83-mph top end, and offers 620 miles of range, making it ideal for the canyons or for crossing the Gulf Stream.
Underway, this cat remains nimble whether meeting chop head-on or crossing it at 45 degrees. When it’s time to make a turn at planing speed, tuck the outside engines in and the inside engines out just two or three degrees, and you’ll experience a comfortable turn that heels inward slightly, not outward like so many early cat designs.
The 40 HPFC’s two 55-gallon transom livewells refresh using powerful pumps in dual sea chests, one in each sponson. Two more bait tanks, 50 gallons each, reside in the deck.
Insulated coolers for bait or beverages flank the transom livewells. Port and starboard dive doors make it easy to boat your trophy tuna, turn it and slide it into either the port or starboard 195-gallon Frigid Rigid fish box.
I found 16 Gemlux transom rod holders, and nine in each gunwale, stretching from bow to stern. Barker also offers optional 22-foot Gemlux carbon fiber outriggers.
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Set up as it was, my test boat was ready for trolling, kite fishing, or bottom fishing deep drop-offs for reef fish or swords. Barker makes Optimus 360 joystick steering standard and with it, the station-keeping function means most anglers will never need the standard windlass to hold the boat over fish.
While Barker makes a serious fishing boat, the company also commits to creating comfort for day cruising. Inside the console, I found a large head compartment, but what’s on deck really rocks the boat: Forward seating is lush and contoured for two people to enjoy the sun at rest or on the fly. Anywhere in the boat, the stereo system with its multiple speakers and sub woofers, each with dedicated amps, make the 40 HPFC the focal point of a sandbar afternoon.
LOA: 40 ft. 4 in.
Beam: 11 ft. 10 in.
Transom Deadrise: N/A
Draft: 2 ft. 2 in.
Dry Weight: 15,000 lb. (w/o engines)
Fuel: 760 gal.
Max HP: 1,800 hp
Base Price: $760,000 (w/ quad Mercury 300 V-8 engines)
Engines: Quad Mercury Racing 450s
Load: Three people, 100 lbs gear 240 gal. fuel
Time to 30 mph: 4.7 sec.
Top Speed: 83.4 mph @ 6,350 rpm
Best MPG: 0.8mpg @ 45.4 mph (4,000 rpm)