Baha 270 King Cat Review

Florida’s Big Bend area around Steinhatchee requires you to go quite a few miles out to find deep water. On our way out in calm water, I discovered that the 270 doesn’t like running with its engines trimmed down. Like a child asked to do something it doesn’t like, the 270 mopes, drags its feet and resists the direction you want it to go. Trim those engines up and it’s like telling the child, “Oh, go ahead.” It lifts and skips across the water without a care in the world.
I regret I didn’t have 4- to 5-foot seas to really test the 270’s mettle. But other non-factory sources who’ve run this particular boat assure me that in a heavy sea, the King Cat holds its running attitude admirably. In other words, it runs fairly bow high, and when it launches off a wave and lands, that attitude remains pretty much the same, landing softly and stern first. Like the 34, it doesn’t like heading directly into a sea, but crack off just five or 10 degrees and the change in the ride can only be described as remarkable.
The King Cat remains flat in a turn with little or no heeling to the outside. In fact, the 270 will cut as hard and tight as you’re brave enough to turn the wheel. I was also surprised at how little speed bleeds off. Many cats drop the inside bow, bleed off speed and pivot. Not the 270 King Cat. One reason may be the very high tunnel compared to other popular cats.
Another comparison showed that the 270 exhibited more bow rise than many cats when you push the throttle forward, thanks to it being a planing hull rather than semi-displacement or displacement – both of which offer little or no bow rise at all.
Taking some party-boat wakes broadside while drifting proved how stable the 270 could be in a 3-foot swell drifting beam-to. Our trusty Johnson carbureted outboards rated at 200-hp each had no problem pushing the 270 in excess of 51 mph at 5,500 rpm. Cruising at 4,000 rpm turned 36 mph and 3,500 rpm a comfortable 29 mph. But those of you who prefer twin-engine insurance when running offshore will particularly appreciate the 270’s most impressive performance aspect. With one engine trimmed out of the water, the 270 gets up on plane in a matter of seconds and carries you home at 28 mph.

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