Power catamarans are known for their smooth ride and big-water capability. They’re also known for what some consider a clunky, unflattering look — a characteristic that in part has muted their popularity.
Tideline Boats hopes to change that with a new 35-footer designed by Robert Ullberg of Ullberg Yacht Design, who has penned such sportfishing boats as the Garlington 72. Ullberg borrowed design elements of North Carolina fishboats — namely a flared bow and broken sheer — and fused them into the power cat. (Rhodes Yacht Design did the boat’s interior.)
Tideline Boats co-owners George Stronach and Michael Collins grew up around boats and have owned catamarans. “We thought there has got to be a way to build a better-looking cat,” Collins says. “We went back to our Carolina roots to find the keys to making it easier on the eyes.” For instance, they gave the boat a rounded bow rather than the squared-off shape that’s typical of cats.
“We settled on the size of 35 [feet] because it allows for everything needed in a hard-core offshore fishing platform while still being able to perform well with a twin-engine setup,” says Stronach.
The design allows for insulated stowage and live well space, room for a head in the console, a two-seat helm station and a cushioned lounge (with stowage) on the console’s forward section. Twin live wells anchor the cockpit corners, and a centerline walkthrough accesses the swim platform and outboards. Two fishboxes are built into the foredeck, and there are two raised stowage lockers at the bow.
Tideline builds the boat with a cored hull and deck, using infused vinylester resin. Powered with twin Yamaha F350s, she’ll likely “be a 60-mph boat with a comfortable cruise in the mid-40 mph range,” Stronach says.
The builder has sold two Tideline 35s. “The first one will be completed in late winter or early spring,” Stronach says. The price range is $250,000 to $275,000 with the F350s.
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 35 feet BEAM: 11 feet, 10 inches WEIGHT: 9,000 pounds DRAFT: 1 foot, 6 inches HULL TYPE: catamaran POWER: twin 350-hp outboards ESTIMATED SPEED: 60 mph top, 40-45 mph cruise TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 20 gallons holding tank PRICE: $250,000-$275,000 CONTACT: Tideline Boats, Edenton, North Carolina, (252) 916-2997. tidelineboats.com
This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue.