May 16, 2011
August 2009 WebXtra coverage. Exclusive FS photos of the brand-new AmeraCat 27-footer.
The AmeraCat 27
is a new 26-foot, 10-inch catamaran built for both the tournament and fun angler. The rig weighs in at 3,000 pounds dry weight.
The interior layout was built with collaborative insight from boaters, recreational fishermen, divers, and tournament anglers' alike, says spokesman David East. All wood was removed from the building process. The hull is entirely fiberglass and foam construction, and twin sponsons are each packed with closed-cell foam flotation. There are no standard fish boxes or storage below deck, but there's plenty of cockpit space—122 square feet—for livewells, fish boxes, rods, reels, coolers and tanks. Gunnels reach the lower thigh and are strengthened with foam stringers.
Each AmeraCat is built to the owner's specifications. The 27-footer is factory rigged for the water at $49,900, with twin 115 Suzuki four-strokes and trailer. In the future, AmeraCat expects to produce a 17-footer and 33-footer. Additional options from AmeraCat include T-tops, outriggers, wash downs, dive ladder, potty, windlass, bait wells, fish box and engine upgrades.
On the water test: Rigged with twin Suzuki 150s, the boat hit 49 mph with five people on board. With one engine trimmed completely out of the water, the boat still planed quickly and hit 33 mph. With two people on board, the test boat planed in less than two seconds.
AmeraCat is located in Fort Pierce at 3340 North U.S. Hwy 1
Phone number: (772) 882-9186
Length: 26' 10"
Beam: 8' 6"
Dry weight: 3,000 lbs. without power
Transom height: 25 inches
Draft: 12 inches
Max horsepower: 350 hp
Fuel capacity: Single, 150-gallon tank
Cockpit area: 122 square feet
Taking the AmeraCat 27 for a spin one July day. The gel coat is highflex, built with anti-skid properties.
This boat comes factory rigged with twin Suzuki 115 hp engines. Options include upgrades to dual 175 hp Evinrudes or Suzukis. Shown here are twin Suzuki 150 four-strokes.
Gunnel reaches your lower thigh. For anglers, gunnel cap is wide enough to keep in contact with your thighs before your toes reach the gunnel base. For divers, gunnel is low enough for easy fall back.
Center console comes with built-in cooler underneath forward seat. T-top is optional.
T-top comes with options of its own, like this easy-access lifejacket storage.
Portside door to console is big enough to fit through without too much maneuvering. Marine head for inside console is available.
Where's the ice? Forward cooler has room for drinks and food; not so much dolphin or grouper.
Standard, there are two forward bulkheads (starboard side pictured) for anchor, personal flotation devices and other storage. Hatches are ¾-inch Airex coring.
Available fish box and full-size anchor storage are options. Everything is custom and built above deck.
Console comes with hydraulic steering system with a tilt helm, and there's room for electronics and cup holders. At left, switch panel for lighted switches and breakers.
Speed and fuel gauges corner a fluid remote-fill for console's Uflex steering.
Stainless steel steering wheel is tilted into down position.
Stainless foot rail flips down into position. Console cushion seat is wide enough to comfortably accommodate two adult men.
Battery switches come standard on the sides of the console.
Backrest from console seat lifts up to reveal storage. Cup holder plumbing keeps liquid out of this storage area.
Five stainless steel rod holders and three cup holders come standard in the fiberglass leaner seat. Fuel cell (150 gallons) sits inside seat console.
Easy to reach gas cap, next to cup holders.
Even the cup holders have drainage.
Impressive maneuverability for a 27-footer—boat does 360s in tight confines; perfect for cramped docking.
From left to right, optional livewell, storage, then another livewell.
Livewells can easily house baits like goggle-eyes, ballyhoo and mullet.
The AmeraCat 27 planed and ran at 33 mph with a crew of five and one engine tilted completely from the water.
Four crew members leaning against the gunnel brought a smidgen of water through the scupper holes (bottom right).
A close-up of the scupper holes, located at rear on both starboard and port sides.
One of four gunnel rod holders that come standard.
This cat leans into turns, much like a mono hull. Notice the starboard-side sponson lifting from the water as the portside digs into a sharp turn.
This double-hull planed in less than two seconds with two people aboard. Photo action sequence above was shot in less than two seconds.
Headed for the inlet. This cat reached 49 mph with five crew members aboard.
Guides on standard trailer allow one person to launch boat with relative ease