Note: The op­ti­mal cruise speeds were; 1800 RPM @ 7K = 3.7 GPH with range of 850 NM. 2500 RPM @ 9K = 7.6 GPH with range of 535 NM.

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My gen­eral im­pres­sions are that the boat is ex­tremely quiet at all speeds and that fuel us­age is com­pa­ra­ble to trawlers of sim­i­lar size at speeds around 9-10 knots, and up to a fast cruise of 12-13 knots. Above that, the fuel burn on the out­boards goes up sig­nif­i­cantly.

I took over the helm and found the drive-by-wire steer­ing sys­tem very re­spon­sive. With the helm hard over in ei­ther di­rec­tion the boat would turn its own length with no lean­ing or skid­ding. Vis­i­bil­ity fore and aft from the helm is un­lim­ited. Those fea­tures, com­bined with the ex­treme quiet while un­der­way, would cer­tainly make for a very en­joy­able cruise.

When our test was com­pleted, we went to the docks at the St. Peters­burg Yacht Club. The dock master had as­signed a space that was not a chal­leng­ing land­ing. Nonethe­less, I was sur­prised to see just how easy it was to ma­neu­ver the big cat. Vin­cent manned the joy­stick while I watched the en­gines work­ing, first to­gether, then in­de­pen­dently, oc­ca­sion­ally one to port and one to star­board. The cat si­dled up side­ways, per­fectly nes­tled up to the cush­ioned pil­ings.

The boat’s owner has taken her to his home on the east coast of Florida. By the end of Au­gust 2016, she will travel north to the fall boat shows. My guess is that she will be the only 40-foot out­board trawlercat on dis­play, so I hope they can tie stern in: It will be an at­ten­tion get­ter. Af­ter writ­ing this ar­ti­cle I learned that a cus­tomer who re­cently or­dered a new TrawlerCat 48 has re­quested that she also be built with out­boards—twin 400-horse­power Suzukis.


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