Skip to main content

Tibona 20

December 2010 WebXtra

Tibona Boats introduces its custom 20-foot catamaran.















The December issue of Florida Sportsman highlights the Tibona 20 in our Casting Off section. Florida Sportsman staff met with Dan Hollins, of Tibona Boats, to boat-test his original catamaran at the St. Lucie River. Dan's worked on and rigged a variety of boat styles in the past, and he's tried to equip this catamaran with his favorite boat attributes.

Measuring 20 feet and weighing less than 3,500 pounds rigged, the Tibona 20 isn't your average catamaran. Gunwale height reaches 28 inches and deck space totals 100 square feet. But Tibona's compact size also makes it manageable behind a truck or in tight quarters on the water. We maneuvered around a trestle as a train passed overhead.

Features include a forward 240-quart fish box, optional 20-gallon baitwell, stainless hardware, two automatic bilge pumps, and twin 45-gallon fuel tanks. Options include a hard-top, freshwater washdown and an array of electronics for the console. The hull features a foamed fiberglass stringer grid system and hand-laid lamination. Beam is 8 feet, 4 inches; draft is 13 inches; power tops out with twin 90-hp engines. Price of boat and Evinrude E-TEC motors is $41,500.

Tibona Boats

2211 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 812 4239

www.TibonaBoats.com

Specifications:

Length: 20 feet (with engine bracket)

Beam: 8 feet, 4 inches

Draft: 13 inches

Weight: 3,500 pounds (with engines)

Max horsepower: 180 hp

Fuel capacity: 90 gallons

Gunwhale Max Height: 28 inches

Baitwell: 20 gallons















A view of the 20-footer's two-tiered front deck. All hatch hardware around is flush and stainless steel. Side steps allow easy access to the front deck. The Tibona hull is built from a fiberglass stringer system.


 















Anchor locker drains directly overboard.


 















At the bow, pull-up cleat and pull-up navigation light can stay retracted when not in use. Throughout the Tibona, there are 3 stainless steel pop-up cleats.


 















Forward insulated fishbox handles most storage needs. Fishbox drains fish guts directly overboard.


 















The optional T-top rigged with PFD storage. A hardtop is another option. Match the color of the T-top with the deck color, just about any shade is available.


 















Console door has two handles. Open the top section without opening the bottom.


 















Inside, there's access to three batteries and console wiring. Plus, there's more storage space, which can be tough to come by on a catamaran.


 















There's still plenty of room to get around the console. Forward gunwhale height is 28 inches; aft gunwhale height is 26 inches.


 















Four stainless gunwhale rod holders are spread throughout the boat.


 















Dan Hollins mans the fully-rigged console. Options include marine stereo, hydraulic tilt helm and Evinrude gauges, plus an array of electronics.


 















Console gauges are protected from saltwater spray.


 















Dual ignition switches and kill switch are easy to reach, right below the beverage holders (not pictured).


 















Inside the console leaning post is a compartment for tackle storage boxes.


 















Optional 20-gallon baitwell sits behind the leaning post seat. Livewell features a light for night fishing.


 















A shot of the stern. Dual engine brackets handle 90-hp Evinrude Etecs. Notice the optional rod holders and walk-through to the platform. Stern dive ladder is available.


 















Easy to open stern access panel. At left, ball-scupper deck drains. Tibona's deck is a molded non-skid surface.


 















Dan Hollins maneuvers the Tibona toward the dock. While running, two boaters felt little spray, even without a windshield.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Gear

The Inception of the Custom Hydra-Stepp

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

Custom Fiberglass Interior and Seating Install

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

Lower Unit Gear Oil Change and Spark Plug Inspection

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

Tips for Servicing Your Outboards Lower Unit

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

How to Install a Thru-Hull High-Speed Pickup Livewell Properly

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Sportfish

Jackson Coosa FD Walk Through

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

The Ultimate Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak Build

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Gear

How to Reinforce a Fiberglass Transom for Outboard Engine Bracket

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Gear

Flush Mounting Electronics for a Custom Dash Panel

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Gear

SIONYX Nightwave Marine Camera – ‘See the Light'

Tie your line to leader in under a minute.
Learn

How to Modify Double Uni Connection for Heavy Leader

Florida Sportsman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now