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Alabama's Gulf Coast Fishing with ProKat Boats and Phil Mosley

The Advantages of Catamaran Fishing in Salt Water

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: The second week in May, 2007, I fished 60-miles offshore with Phil and Phillip Mosley of Mobile, Alabama in a 2660 Center-Console ProKat built by Mike Robinson of Lincoln, Alabama, with twin, Suzuki 4-stroke, 175-horsepower engines that purred like kittens. In fact, the engines were so quiet that a cell-phone conversation easily could be conducted while sitting on top of one of the engines as it idled.

Question: Mike, why did you take the catamaran (a twin-hull design) and decide to make a fishing boat out of it?
Robinson: My background is in building v-bottom boats, but I always felt anglers could fish more days and have more fun if they had a smoother, more-stable ride. After spending some time studying catamarans and working with them, I decided the design of the catamaran hull offered smoother rides and a better way to fish, even in rough seas. Click to enlarge

Question: How long and how wide is the boat we fished from, and what are some advantages of a catamaran?
Robinson: Our Coast-Guard-inspected boat has a 27-foot, 1-inch centerline with a 9-foot, 4-inch beam. This boat is a better-riding boat than a v-bottom boat because of the outside-stability chimes, instead of the inside fulcrum point like a v-bottom boat has. This boat runs a 90-degree entry through a wave. When running a v-bottom, there’s a 70-degree entry into the wave. Hitting a 4- or a 5-degree with a v-bottom almost stops the boat. However, with a catamaran design, the two hulls hitting the wave slice right through the waves. A catamaran is more stable and gets through a wave much easier than a v-hull boat. An easy way to see the difference in a catamaran fishing boat as opposed to a v-bottom boat is to put four or five guys on one side of the boat. With a v-bottom boat, the boat will roll to one side, while a catamaran boat will hardly move.Click to enlarge

Question: What nifty little things are built into the ProKat to make salt-water fishing easier out of this boat?
Robinson: Unlike other boats, the ProKat is 100% wood-free. Our company offers a lifetime warranty against rot and a 10-year limited hull warranty, one of the best in the industry. In the past, many salt-water boats have had problems with rotting, soft floors and transoms because the boats had wood overlaid with fiberglass. The boats we’re building today are lighter, stronger and maintenance-free. We also deliver packaged boats. Today, dealers like to get their boats with the engines, the rigging and the wiring done, the batteries, the stainless-steel propellers, the hard tops and the outriggers in place, and the wash-down and the tackle systems set up. A dealer has very-little preparation to do once he receives the boat from us and before delivery to the customer.

Question: How many people will the boat we fished from accommodate?Click to enlarge
Robinson: The day we fished together, we had seven big guys with plenty of room. The boat is rated for eight adults.

Question: Why do we see more people using catamarans today for offshore fishing?
Robinson: Catamarans offer a softer ride, and they’re more stable and easier to fish from than a v-bottom boat. The twin sponsons, the reverse chimes and the tunnel that allows the water to slipstream through the boat give it a positive tracking capability and a smoother ride. The 2660 ProKat is a center-console boat. We also make this boat in a walk-around with an enclosed head and shower for the ladies.

If you want to know more about fishing Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Business Bureau at, or call 800-745-SAND.

For more information on ProKat Boats, call 205-763-0231, or visit

Tomorrow: Famous Kat Owners

Check back each day this week for more about "Alabama's Gulf Coast Fishing with ProKat Boats and Phil Mosley"

Day 1: Amberjack, Red Snapper, Grouper and Catamarans
Day 2: The Advantages of Catamaran Fishing in Salt Water
Day 3: Famous Kat Owners
Day 4: Speed is What You Need
Day 5: What is Fishability?



Entry 406, Day 2