Fisha­bil­ity

In­vin­ci­ble 37 Cat Scout 235 XSF

Saltwater Sportsman - - Contents - By Alex Sues­cun

EEThe new 37 shares key traits with the 40-foot model that made a big splash in 2017, such as su­perb han­dling, sea­keep­ing and fuel ef­fi­ciency.

The lay­out is also sim­i­lar. For starters, the deck is level, which makes fol­low­ing a hooked fish around the boat eas­ier and safer. How­ever, the tran­som, which houses an oval 70-gal­lon livewell with clear lid and high-speed pickup, is flat to ac­com­mo­date two cor­ner jump seats that fold away to fish in a roomier, un­clut­tered cock­pit.

Twin in-floor hatches in front of said jump seats pro­vide ac­cess to the bilge, while a sim­i­larly sized hatch to star­board opens to a sec­ond 70-gal­lon livewell. For gear stor­age or to ice down a sub­stan­tial catch, two for­ward in-floor in­su­lated boxes — long enough (90 by 36 inches) for big pelag­ics aug­ment the two smaller boxes (57 by 43 inches) amid­ships. Ahead of the con­sole, our test boat sported the op­tional cof­fin box with mod­u­lar di­viders, pro­vid­ing ex­tra stowage for any­thing from tackle bags to safety gear, plus a cush­ion that turns the lid into a siz­able sun pad.

Four cub­by­holes in the gun­wales serve to stash items you don’t mind get­ting wet. At the bow, a pair of sym­met­ri­cal com­part­ments keep life vests or dock lines handy, and book­end the ded­i­cated an­chor locker with space for lots of rode and a cra­dle for the an­chor. Close all three hatches and the el­e­vated plat­form can be used to stand and cast-net bait.

IN­VIN­CI­BLE, BUILDER OF OFF­SHORE-FISH­ING BOATS, ADDED A 37-FOOTER TO ITS LINE OF CATAMARANS THAT IN­COR­PO­RATES MANY FEA­TURES AND DE­SIGN EL­E­MENTS FOUND ON THE COM­PANY’S MONO­HULL BOATS, WITH THE ADDED AD­VAN­TAGES AF­FORDED BY THE MULTIHULL PLAT­FORM, WITH­OUT COM­PRO­MIS­ING CON­VE­NIENCE, FUNC­TION OR LOOKS.

Er­gonom­i­cally de­signed, the con­sole has a for­ward seat for two with back­rest and a cooler un­der­neath, plus room in­side for a port-a-potty. The helm is neatly laid out to keep the tilt steer­ing, wa­ter­proof switches and elec­tron­ics within easy reach, with mount­ing space for dual 17-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays, a pair of dig­i­tal gauges, stereo, VHF ra­dio, trim-tab switches and joy­stick con­trol. For con­ve­nience, there’s a shelf for cell­phones and valu­ables, dual charg­ing ports, and cup hold­ers to port and star­board. An in­te­grated footrest with stor­age lets the skip­per and crew lean back at the helm, while a bol­ster below the switch panel safe­guards their knees in a chop.

An an­gled lean­ing-post-style seat­ing mod­ule ac­com­mo­dates three at the helm, with a high, con­toured back­rest for max­i­mum com­fort, stor­age be­neath

The hard­top is sturdy enough for a sec­ond helm, and has room for out­rig­gers, radar and more. Helm seat­ing in­cludes a tackle/rig­ging cen­ter in back. The helm ac­com­mo­dates dual 17-inch MFDS and then some. the seat, hatches with tackle trays on both sides, stor­age draw­ers in the back, and a wide hatch that opens to leader and line-spool hold­ers, and dou­bles as a

rig­ging ta­ble, plus a cooler on a pull-out slide un­der­neath.

The hard­top, de­signed as an in­te­gral part of the con­sole, in­cor­po­rates a three-sided, full-height wind­shield to ward off rain or spray. It’s solid enough to sup­port a sec­ond helm sta­tion, and has the di­men­sions to ac­com­mo­date a radar dome, spot­light and an in­frared-imag­ing cam­era, in ad­di­tion to out­rig­gers.

There’s a port­side door with re­tractable lad­der for load­ing and board­ing, and fresh- and raw-wa­ter wash­downs that re­main neatly coiled out of the way un­til needed. Rod stor­age on the In­vin­ci­ble is as­tound­ing. Four flush­mount hold­ers come stan­dard, but hor­i­zon­tal racks for three out­fits on both gun­wales are a pop­u­lar op­tion. Our test boat came rigged to carry 49 rods more, with six ver­ti­cal rod tubes on the hard­top frame, 12 flush-mount hold­ers on the cov­er­ing boards, five on the helm­seat back­rest, seven more on each side of the con­sole, six on the tran­som, and 12 on the cof­fin box.

In­vin­ci­ble’s patent-pend­ing 37 Cata­ma­ran hull is far from a copy­cat. Its hy­brid semi-asym­met­ric de­sign en­ables the boat to achieve high speeds while re­tain­ing stel­lar ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, com­pe­tently han­dling both quar­ter­ing and fol­low­ing seas.

We saw first­hand what the epoxy­in­fused, dual-step hull does in open wa­ter off Mi­ami, where we took the boat out for a ride. The turn­ing ra­dius on the 12-foot-wide cat proved bet­ter than ex­pected; so did its re­spon­sive­ness, and the coun­ter­in­tu­itive out­ward lean typ­i­cal of cat hulls was sur­pris­ingly ab­sent.

Pow­ered by quad Mer­cury 350 Ver­a­dos, the boat posted a re­mark­able hole shot, yet its at­ti­tude re­mained flat through­out the take­off, tran­si­tion­ing smoothly — with­out any squat­ting — into spir­ited ac­cel­er­a­tion to wide-open throt­tle, go­ing from zero to 30 mph in 8.57 sec­onds, and reach­ing a top speed of 72.7 mph. Just as sig­nif­i­cant, the cat cruised hand­ily at 43.5 mph, turn­ing 4,000 rpm and burn­ing only 36.6 gph, an ef­fi­cient fuel con­sump­tion that yields a range of over 650 miles on a full tank.

In­vin­ci­ble’s new cata­ma­ran gets two thumbs up. The 37-footer is a com­plete off­shore fish­ing ma­chine.

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