We Say: Testing World Cat’s 295DC (Dual Console) gave us a chance to compare this hull with its predecessor, the 290DC, which we ran a year prior. World Cat elevated the space between the two sponsons by deepening the hull. The new model reached 30 mph in 6.4 seconds — one second quicker than the 290DC. The updated hull achieved a higher top speed — 47.7 mph versus 46.5 mph for its predecessor. The 295DC remained fairly flat while cornering with the SeaStar Solutions power-assist steering. The port console houses a head compartment with a VacuFlush toilet and vanity with a sink and freshwater faucet, as well as storage for four fishing rods (up to 7 feet). You’ll find a 30-gallon livewell abaft the port bench seat and a 185-quart insulated cooler/fish box abaft the helm seat.
A transom bench seat folds away. The aft swim platform allows you to fight a fish around the stern. There’s space to mount a single electronics display as large as 12 inches at the helm.
The biggest downside of a dual console is the inability to move along the rail while fishing. Yet, the 295DC compensates with wide-open fishing spaces and a hull that offers one of the smoothest rides you’ll find in any 29-footer. — Jim Hendricks
Who’d Want One: Offhsore anglers who also enjoy cruising with family.
Another Choice: Grady-White’s Freedom 285 ($219,745 with twin Yamaha F250s and Helm Master) is another dual console, but with a deep-V hull versus a catamaran hull.
Bottom Line: $207,955 (with twin Yamaha F300s); worldcat.com