Predator is keeping overall images of its new 30-footer under wraps until its unveiling at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show.
The first Predator Powerboats C306 catamaran will be unveiled next week—in Tent L-1730—at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 11-15. Hull No. 1 is powered by pair of 500- to 550-hp custom-built General Motors LS3 engines with and Bravo XR ITS drives and Sportmaster lower units. The 30-footer, which has an 8’6” beam, was designed by Doug Wright, who also built the tooling.
Marine industry lamination veteran Arnaldo Alvarado and his team at Predator Powerboats, which is based in Long Island, N.Y., handled the construction of vacuum-bagged cat. According to the builder, lamination ingredients included multiple layers of fiberglass, as well as foam coring its stringers, hull sides and flat deck. The deck is outfitted with a wraparound windshield with Lee Aerospace glass.
Interior features of the five-person catamaran include a pair of MXG digital dashboards that show all engine data on 7-inch high-contrast screens. The programmable units can be set up with eight different page page views customized to the information desires and demands of the owner. Three Livorsi Marine GPS speedometers—one in the dash and one in the back of each bucket seat forward of the three-person rear bench—compliment the cat’s digital instrumentation. Premier Performance Interiors in Sarasota, Fla., handled cat’s interior, which can be ordered in several configurations. (A small cabin is offered as an option.)
While the first Predator C306 catamaran on display in Miami will be powered by the previously noted small-block engines, the cat will be offered with outboard engines. According to the manufacturer, it will top out at 106 mph with twin 300-hp Mercury Racing OptiMax outboards providing the juice.
With that power package, the cat is priced at $175,000. Weighing in at 2,700 pounds without power, a bare hull C306 is priced at $99,000. Buyers interested in stern-drive power packages can contact the builder for specific pricing.
Editor’s Note: Look for a follow-up story on the Predator C306 catamaran with photos from photographer Pete Boden from the Miami International Boat Show on Thursday, Feb. 11.
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