We Say: I’m a die-hard dog lover. But after fishing Calcutta’s 360 catamaran, I now admit to a little feline envy.
Powered by twin 330 hp Volvo Penta D6 diesel sterndrives with dual counterrotating propsets and joystick control, my test boat was responsive, efficient and a sheer pleasure to run. Thanks to the variable-deadrise sponsons, the ride was as soft as a rose petal and dry, despite small-craft warnings. An upper station with full controls enhances sight-fishing possibilities. In the cockpit, a 52-gallon transom baitwell, three cavernous insulated fish boxes in the sole and a complete tackle center amidships top the list of highlights.
Those not brandishing a rod or a gaff will enjoy the 360’s yachtlike amenities. Console spaces include a full head with stand-up shower, a well-equipped galley accented by cherry cabinetry and a fill-in berth for two. The main cabin forward has more wood accents, an entertainment center and ample stowage and comfortably sleeps four adults. The fit and finish and Calcutta’s meticulous attention to detail rival those of boats with a seven-figure price tag.
Who’d Want One: Offshore anglers will appreciate the range and fishability, while families will welcome the many creature comforts of this unique cat.
Another Choice: Glacier Bay’s 3480 Hardtop Ocean Runner ($531,065) with twin F300 Yamaha outboards is on par with layout and features.
Bottom Line: $399,000; calcuttaboats.com