We Say: The twin-outboard ArrowCat Express 30 offers a blend of cruising comforts and performance in a planing catamaran. Twin Suzuki DF175 outboards propelled this 7,500-pound (dry) cat model to planing speed in nine seconds and a top speed of 44 mph.
The expansive pilothouse with a wraparound glass windshield and sliding side windows features a posh L-shaped settee and dining table to port, and a galley area with cherry wood cabinets to starboard. The helm is forward and center with companionways on either side leading to an enclosed head to port and a master stateroom to starboard. Abaft each is a midcabin berth.
A central swim platform between the outboards with a stainless waist-high railing provides outstanding access to fight a fish around the stern. The narrow catwalk around the pilothouse is only for the most nimble-footed. Otherwise, plan on using the bow deck hatch over the stateroom to access and man the anchor.
The boat offered a smooth ride over the afternoon chop on test day, and the 10-foot beam was very stable at rest. During hard turns, the boat banks toward the inside of the turn.
While I’m mainly a dog person, this is one cat I wouldn’t mind spending some time with.
Who'd Want One: Families who combine fishing with extended cruising.
Another Choice: The World Cat 290EC ($215,445 with twin Suzuki DF250s) has fewer cabin comforts.
Bottom Line: $193,500 as tested; arrowcat.com