April 2002
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Bay Breeze
By John Page Williams

You need a bay boat that can scream through a stiff chop and snug into shallow water.  Ever thought about using a cat?  Twin Vee's new 18' 8"-by-7' 6" Bay Cat 19 handles rough water, then shimmies into a spot just 10" deep.  And the 4' 7'-by-6' 9" bowdeck gives you plenty of room to strut your stuff.

This boat works like a charm with a relatively small powerplant, too.  Rigged with 115-hp four-stroke Suzuki EFI outboard, the Bay Cat 19 popped onto plane at 14 mph and maxed out near the 40-mph mark. Cruising at 5000 rpm (29.4 mph), we breathed no blue smoke, spoke at a normal volume, and burned only 6.5 gph.  Hopping through a three-foot Chesapeake Bay chop, we stayed dry and comfy, too.  After arriving at our destination, we began jigging for stripers and found this boat, like many other cats, provided a stable platform.

Like all Twin Vees, the Bay Cat 19 is sparsely finished, with speckled gray and black gel coat inside. That helps keep the price down ($7,995 without power; $18,495 with test power and a galvanized single-axle trailer) and makes for easy cleanup at the end of the fishing day.  Add on such aftermarket details as electronics, horizontal rodracks, a tacklebox in the console, and knife/pliers/rig holders, and you have a competent fishing machine for less than most people pay for an entry-level 19' center console monohull. 

- John Page Williams


 

 

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Certified Test Results 
Twin Vee Bay Cat 19
Suzuki 115hp

Speed Efficiency Operation
rpm knots mph gph naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000 3.5 4.0 0.3 11.6 13.3 375 432 0 64
1500 4.7 5.4 0.5 9.4 10.8 304 350 1 69
2000 5.6 6.4 1.1 5.1 5.8 164 189 2 72
2500 6.6 7.6 1.5 4.4 5.1 143 164 4 80
3000 9.1 10.5 2.9 3.1 3.6 102 117 6 82
3500 15.1 17.4 4.1 3.7 4.2 119 138 4 85
4000 18.9 21.8 4.3 4.4 5.1 143 164 2 89
4500 22.9 26.4 6.0 3.8 4.4 124 143 2 94
5000 25.5 29.4 6.5 3.9 4.5 127 147 1 92
5500 28.3 32.6 7.4 3.8 4.4 124 143 1 94
6000 32.8 37.8 10.4 3.2 3.6 102 118 1 96
6200 34.3 39.5 11.5 3.0 3.4 97 111 1 96

Test Boat Power:
Single 115-hp Suzuki EFI four-stroke outboard with 119 cid, 3.30" bore x 3.50" stroke, swinging a 13 1/8 X 21" three-bladed ss prop through a 2.59:1 reduction.

Advertised fuel capacity 36 gallons. Range based on 90 percent of that figure.  Performance measured with two persons aboard, half fuel.  Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.

 
 

 

 

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