The World Cat 400CC-X and 400DC-X bring center console yacht size and style to the powercat realm.
If you pay any attention whatsoever to the market, you’ve almost certainly noticed that outboard-powered center console fishing boats and dual console fishing boats have been growing larger and larger in recent years. In fact, the preponderance of over-40-foot center console yachts (like the Grady-White Canyon 456, the 65’ HCB Estrella, and the Scout 420 LXF) would have dumbfounded most of us one short decade ago. Now, we’ve come to expect it. What we haven’t seen to date, however, is an outboard powercat fishing yacht. That ends as of now, with the formal introduction of World Cat’s new 400CC-X center console and 400DC-X dual console models.
The 400CC-X is designed to run on either a pair of Yamaha F425 XTO Offshore outboards, or a pair of 300 horse powerplants on each hull – for a total of 1,200 hp. And while the massive platform does enjoy the obvious advantages of sheer size, like an enormous amount of deck space, since the boat’s a cat it enjoys them on an entirely different level. Remember, cats carry their beam all the way forward and usually have 15- to 25-percent more deck space than a V-hull boat of comparable length. So, the 400CC-X really has the fishing space of most boats with five or 10-feet more LOA. This advantage carries over to stowage spaces, too. Note that the aft fishbox (you only get one if you opt for the Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilization unit, which frankly you’d be nuts not to get), is over three feet long and has a capacity of 118-gallons, and the forward fishboxes are closer to six feet long and can hold an eyebrow-raising 254-gallons.
World Cat 400CC Specifications
- LOA – 39’8”
- Beam – 12’8”
- Draft – 1’9”
- Displacement – 14,500 lbs. (CC-X)/15,000 lbs. (DC-X)
- Transom deadrise –NA
- Fuel capacity – 612 gal. (CC-X)/464 gal. (DC-X)
- Freshwater capacity – 60 gal.
The same bountiful capacities extend to just about every other aspect of the boat, as well. The transom livewell is a 50-gallon bathtub, there’s two-row stadium-seating for six behind the console, and if you opt to replace the aft-facing seat behind the back of the aft seating unit with a tackle/rigging station, you get another 90-gallons of livewell capacity and enough tackle stowage space to hold the inventory of a small tackle shop.
One quirk of building a center console yacht on a powercat platform is that you do lose the ability to design in one of those huge center console cabins. There’s no V-shaped hull to dig into, so there’s little room for more that an oversized head compartment. That said, World Cat does make the best of it, including a six-rod stowage compartment that has a freshwater wash system.
Interestingly, the dual console version of the 400 flip-flops these advantages and disadvantages. While gobs of deck space are sacrificed to the dual helms and the main fishing territory is relegated to the aft cockpit, there are separate hulls on each side for the console cabins to expand into. The passenger’s side houses a stateroom with a queen berth, a hanging locker, a microwave, rod stowage, and an entertainment center. And the helm console encloses a head compartment with a sink and vanity, and a roomy walk-in shower stall.
Like the deck, however, most of the other fishing attributes of this model are pared down to make way for items like a summer kitchen, wet bar, and lounger seating. The livewell shrinks to 25-gallons, though a second can be added with the fishing package. And if you don’t get that fishing package, which adds a fishbox, the only stowage compartments appropriate for your catch is the 25-gallon chill box in the transom and under-seat (linered, overboard-draining) boxes under the bow seats.
Powercat fans who’ve been waiting for an outboard-powered fishing boat that hits the yacht mark, your wait is over. On both of these models, all the high-end center console yacht goodies you expect are present and accounted for: helms and cabin areas are bathed in air-conditioning, hard tops have sunroofs, there’s multicolored LED lighting all over the place including beneath the waterline, phone USB chargers abound, and you can have an ice-maker here or a refrigerator there as you please. Yep, these are yachts – cat yachts.
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