The Tidelines 365 Offshore is a power catamaran lover’s angling dream.
You may love power catamarans or you may hate ‘em, but one thing is for sure: the Tideline 365 Offshore is a natural-born fish-killer.
Now, look a bit more closely at that first photograph. Can you think of a 36-foot monohull that has this much deck space in the bow? One of the advantages a cat holds is that it carries its beam all the way forward. While a monohull would taper to a point, the 365 enjoys its full 11-foot width. And it has that much space upfront even with the huge forward-console lounger. Next, take a gander at the back of the leaning post. It houses two aft-facing bait-watching seats. Normally you’d need to climb up in size a good bit to get that perk.
Another advantage you get with the twin-hull design is the ability to build massive fishboxes into each hull. Aft boxes in the deck hold 88-gallons each (and can be plumbed as livewells if you so choose), and amidships boxes hold a rather shocking 200-gallons. Add to that the coffin box, which holds 172-gallons. That makes for a grand total of 748-gallons of fish stowing capacity – we don’t care how good a fisherman you might be, plugging those boxes is almost beyond comprehension.
As for angling armaments, there’s a pair of 45-gallon livewell in each corner of the cockpit; a dozen flush-mount rod holders come standard and you can double that number if you’re so inclined; there’s tackle stowage in the leaning post; coaming bolsters line the gunwales; and options range from underwater lights to outriggers. Of course, in reality, the sky’s the limit with a boat like this. Tidelines are built to order, and you can have one outfitted exactly as you like without paying extra for stuff you really don’t want.
The options also abound when it comes to power choice. You can get twin-engine rigs ranging from twin Mercury V6 300s up to Yamaha F425 XTO Offshore outboards, or you can slap on quad Suzuki, Mercury, or Yamaha 300s. And while we’d all love to jam out to the canyons with quads behind us, even twin-engine rigs provide rather spectacular performance. A pair of F350s will get you a cruise in the 35-mph range and a top-end around 50. Kick it up to quad 300s and you’re looking at a cruise of 50 and a top-end that breaks the 70-mph barrier. That. Is. Sick.
Tidelines 365 Offshore Specifications
- LOA – 36’5”
- Beam – 11’0”
- Draft – 1’8”
- Displacement – 9,200 lbs.
- Transom deadrise –NA
- Fuel capacity – 450 gal.
- Water capacity – 20 gal.
The biggest difference between this boat and other 36-footers that can provide speeds like this is that the Tidelines can do it when your average monohull simply can’t – at least not without beating the occupants to a pulp. Yes, we all know that cats look a little different and like any boat, have their own sets of quirks. But the bottom line is that foot-for-foot, a well-designed and well-built cat’s smoothness in big seas can’t be surpassed and on snotty days this boat will leave the fleet in its wake, including many boats that are bigger and have more horsepower.
Note that we tossed in the “well-designed and well-built” disclaimer above. Just as you can’t make blanket generalizations about monohulls, from one cat to the next you’ll often discover radically different boats. But this is one case in which worrying about the design would be downright silly since the guy holding the pen (or these days, we suppose the mouse) was Robert Ullberg. Yes, the same Ullberg that’s worked on epic creations built by the likes of Merritt, Rybovich, Bayliss, Bertram, and many, many more. Of course, it’s still up to Tidelines to construct the boat in a fashion that lives up to the designs’ potential. And they do so by vacuum-infusing the boat with vinylester resins, then fiberglassing the hull to both the stringer grid and the deck. Even the console and leaning post are glassed in place, rather than being affixed with fasteners. Then top-end hardware and pieces-parts, like Gemlux rod holders and Llebrock seating, get added.
It’s always important to do your research and gather as much information as possible, but we do have to point out that it’s impossible to get a really solid read on a boat this unique without stepping aboard, firewalling the throttles, and punching through some waves. You’ve got to feel for yourself how the hulls create a cushion of compressed air that softens the impacts, walk across the deck to see just how open and expansive the spaces are and drop 50-pound yellowfin into the fishboxes to comprehend just how voluminous they are. Do so, and you might just discover that you’re a cat-lover, too.
For more information, visit Tideline Boats.