The Insetta Boatworks 45 sets a new bar for bad-a** fishing boats.
There’s no need to mince words: the Insetta 45 is one beast of a power catamaran, with oodles of integrated fishing features, a full cabin in the console, and an eye-opening top-end of 70-plus mph. You say speed isn’t your thing? Get the boat rigged with twin inboard diesels instead of the twin or quad outboards, and range is a rather shocking 1,000 miles at 35 mph. Any way you cut it, get ready to be impressed.
One of the hottest fishing machines to hit the water in recent years is another powercat, the Freeman 42LR, and this might just be the first center console cat to give that boat a run for its money. The rowdy performance comes not just from sheer power, but also the fact that the Insetta runs on a pair of stepped hulls, which are asymmetrical in the inverse. In other words, they’re mirror images of each other on the outside. On the inside, the tunnel walls are more or less flat and vertical (though they do also sport an inner chine). This is the design utilized by most racing cats, and is a definitive nod to speed. Generally speaking, symmetrical powercat hulls tend to have a slightly smoother ride but aren’t quite as efficient, so they’re usually utilized on smaller, more common 20-something fishing cats. In this case, however, we’re talking about a 47-footer with 12,500-pounds of wave-crushing mass. Obviously that heft gives the boat serious seakeeping abilities all on its own, while the design maximizes top-end speeds.
Construction is just as techy as design, and all parts of the boat including the hull itself are vacuum-infused with vinylester resin and are foam-cored. The Insetta is a digital boat, too, with C-Zone digital switching system and a pair of integrated Garmin GPSMAP 8177 touch-screen MFDs in the helm. Run down the list of less-technical pieces-parts, and you still won’t find anything but top-shelf: Llebroc power-adjusting helm seats, a 1,000-watt Lewmar windlass, Gem Lux outriggers, and so on.
Insetta 45 Specifications
- LOA – 47’0”
- Beam – 11’8”
- Draft – 2’2”
- Displacement – 12,500 lbs.
- Transom deadrise –NA
- Fuel capacity – 660 gal.
- Freshwater capacity – 28 gal.
Inside the console cabin, there may be a bit less room and accommodations than some will expect. When you look at the cabins in V-hull center console fishing boats of this size like the Grady-White Canyon 456 or the Scout 420 LXF, you’ll see niceties like big settees, full galleys, fully-enclosed heads and showers, and walk-around berths. But that’s only possible because they have the big belly of a deep-V hull to carve into. In this case with a tunnel below deck level that’s not possible, so you have a smaller cabin with a twin berth forward, a head aft, and a mini-galley with a sink and a microwave. It’s perfectly functional, and in the opinion of most blood-and-guts anglers, will prove more than sufficient for overnighters at the canyon. You can also get a pair of berths (one on each side) in the bow, though we’re guessing that most of us would use that space for stowing gear.
There’s another reason why the cabins on many center console yachts are so impressive: the builder sacrifices additional deck space (read: fishing territory) to blow up the cabin. Thankfully Insetta doesn’t fall for that temptation and keeps the console relatively svelte. That means you get two full feet of walkaround space – enough to comfortably stand and fish right next to the console. That also leaves plenty of room in the bow cockpit for fishing, while on some center console yachts, between all the loungers and picnic tables there’s barely room to stand there and swing a rod.
Speaking of swinging rods: the cockpit of the 45 is fully armed, right from the get-go. There are 27 standard rodholders, four insulated fishboxes in the deck, fresh and raw water washdowns, coaming bolsters all around, built-in tackle stowage for 12 Plano boxes plus bulk stowage drawers, and a 29-gallon livewell in the back of the leaning post. Many anglers will also like the fact that rather than sitting on a wide transom with integrated motor mounts, the powerplants sit on the end of a bracket that can perform double-duty as a swim platform. This also enables you to step back there and get a rod around the powerplants or unwind line off a prop, if need be. And if you opt for the diesel version, you have a traditional inboard-style transom to work the fish from.
Any way you rig it, one thing’s for sure: the Insetta 45 will impress.
For more information, visit Insetta Boatworks.