The epic powercat versus monohull debate will undoubtedly go on until the end of time, but for dedicated cat fans, the smooth ride through rough seas is the defining factor that ends this argument. A monohull simply can’t match a well-designed powercat for turning rough seas into comfortable cruises, and one company that’s proved its prowess at building power cats with this talent is Invincible Boats.
Invincible Boats' Newest Model: The 33 Cat
The latest model being added to their line is also the smallest, a 33-footer that runs with a pair of twin 300, 400, 425, or 450 horsepower outboards and reduces operational costs significantly as compared to some of the larger catamaran fishing machines on the water, while also making it easier to trailer, store, and moor. Touted by Invincible as the ultimate fishing machine, the company aimed to include the same level of performance "in a more concentrated form" onboard this new sturdy offshore fishing boat.
Invincible announced the birth of the 33 Catamaran last fall, shortly after expanding their factory by 50,000 square feet to allow for increased production and increased demand — in no small part fueled by the 33, which so many anglers wanted right off the bat that a year’s worth of production sold out immediately. This led Invincible to search for yet more manufacturing capacity. And, it peaked our curiosity. We wanted to see just how they build their boats and bring that knowledge to you too, so we filmed an episode of our popular "how things work" style videos series Factory Fridays with Invincible Boats at their new, cutting-edge boat manufacturing facility. Check it out, and you’ll have no doubt that the Invincibles are built with the latest tech including touches like vacuum-bagged infused and cored hulls, all vinylester resin, and their Morrelli and Melvin designed “semi-asymmetric” twin-step hull.
Key Features Onboard: Fishing Focused
Topnotch boat construction and design is a must, but if the boat isn’t up to snuff in the fishability department, anglers won’t be happy. In this case that shouldn’t be an issue. While the boat’s semi-custom and can be rigged to the owner’s preferences, common armaments on the 33 Catamaran include sea chest-supplied livewells in the transom and cockpit deck, 10 flush gunwale rodholders plus seven rocket launchers in the leaning post and six vertical holders in the console and coffin box, under-gunwale racks and/or gaff holders, fresh and raw water washdowns, and electric reel outlets. The leaning post can be jazzed up with a rear-facing tackle station upgrade, and we think any die-hard offshore angler would be nuts to forgo the folding tower with upper station, Rupp carbon fiber outriggers, and additional six rocket launchers on the hard top.
Big Game Battles: 360-Degree Fishability
Just as important for fishability is the boat’s layout. The 33 Catamaran is designed for 360-degree big-game battles around the boat, with plenty of pass-through room between the console and coffin box and the gunwales. Even more important, Invincible didn’t clog nor clutter the bowdeck with frou-frou garbage like dinette tables and loungers. Heck, if you want to lounge about while the fish are biting (what’s wrong with you?!) just kick back atop the coffin box. And keeping that foredeck wide open means the captain and angler have a heck of a lot more flexibility in how they handle the boat and the battle when there’s a hot billfish on the line or an uncontrollable tuna speeds off in the wrong direction. Added bonus: when you’re deep-dropping, you can literally line the gunwales from stem to stern with anglers.
What about performance? Invincible boats are known for being blazing-fast, so the 33 Catamaran should be a screamer, right? Absolutely. But since this boat is so darn new, the builder is still tweaking details like engine height and ideal propping on hull number one as we go to press. Thus far, testing has produced cruising speeds in the upper 30s to lower 40s and a top-end in the upper 60s rigged with twin 300-hp outboards. Note, however, that as Invincible identifies the ideal rigging these speeds are likely to edge up a notch. Rigged with max power, they expect to see cruising speeds in the upper 40s and a top-end in excess of 70 mph.
Powercats may not be the choice of all anglers, but if you value a smooth ride in rough seas above all else they’ll certainly be of interest. And if a 33-footer that’s designed for serious offshore action plus high performance is what strikes your fancy, the Invincible 33 Catamaran is a boat you’ll want to check out.
Draft (min): N/A
Displacement: 9,800 lbs.
Transom Deadrise: NA (cat)
Fuel Capacity: 400 gal.
Max. Power: 900 hp
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