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Eastward Boats Horizon 3000 (2019-)

2 x 250-hp Evinrude G2



Brief Summary

Eastward Boats has brought a proven power catamaran hull design from Kevlacat to America. With a history of use in search and rescue boats in Australia, it is now offered here with four layout options custom-built to buyer specs. We are reviewing the center console version powered with Evinrude E-TEC G2 250-hp outboards.

Key Features

• Center console

• All composite construction

• High-density Coosa foam core throughout

• Self-bailing cockpit

• Armstrong outboard brackets

    Test Results

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
    500 3.2 2.7 0.5 6.3 5.5 1701 1479.1 73
    1000 5.9 5.1 1.3 4.5 3.9 1215 1056.5 74
    1500 8.9 7.7 2.9 3.1 2.7 843 733.2 77
    2000 11.6 10 5.7 2 1.8 547 475.7 83
    2500 17.7 15.4 9 2 1.7 534 464.3 87
    3000 23.3 20.2 11.7 2 1.7 537 466.6 84
    3500 29.3 25.5 15.4 1.9 1.7 514 446.7 86
    4000 34.7 30.2 19.6 1.8 1.5 479 416.7 84
    4500 39.4 34.2 24.4 1.6 1.4 435 378.6 89
    5000 44.5 38.7 31.2 1.4 1.2 385 334.5 90
    5500 48.7 42.3 38.1 1.3 1.1 345 299.8 90
    5700 50.6 44 41.9 1.2 1.1 326 283.9 84
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    Specifications

    Length Overall 30' 3" / 9.2 m
    Beam 9' 3"
    2.83 m
    Dry Weight 4,000 lbs.
    1,814 kg
    Tested Weight 7,255 lbs.
    3,291 kg
    Draft 14"
    36 cm
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,135 L
    Total Weight 7,255 lbs.
    3,291 kg

    Acceleration Times & Conditions

    Time to Plane 3.1 sec.
    0 to 30 5.9 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 15x20
    Load 5 persons, 2/3 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 72 deg., 59 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: <1

    Engine Options

    Tested Engine 2 x 250-hp Evinrude G2
    Std. Power 2 x 300-hp
    Opt. Power Not available

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

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    The high bow profile of the Horizon 3000 and the rounded tunnel design make this cat capable of handling head seas with aplomb, something not usual in power cats.

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    Twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s on Armstrong brackets provide power and 50.6 mph speed on our test boat. The Horizon 3000 is rated for and could handle twin 300-hp outboards.

    Mission

    The Eastward Horizon 3000 is a versatile power cat utility boat that can be customized for fishing, diving, search and rescue, or outfitted with accommodations and A/C for overnighting.

    Distinguishing Features

      • High bow

      • Rounded tunnel

    Design

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    The basic layout is utilitarian. The shear of the boat has higher freeboard forward (52” - 132 cm) than aft (42” - 106 cm).

    Dave East and his company, Eastward Boats, build power cats in Fort Pierce, FL. For purposes of full disclosure, Dave East worked as a Test Captain for BoatTEST.com for four years before acquiring the molds for this boat from Kevlacat, an Australian company known for building search and rescue boats. He then left BoatTEST and started Eastward Boats and has been happily building customized versions on this hull design ever since.

    East brought a very basic boat to our inspection to demonstrate what he called his “Lego” approach, which is adding components to a clean canvas, bounded only by imagination and a checkbook. The boat comes in four versions: center console, two pilothouse options, and a cuddy cabin - add “Lego” options to suit. Today we are evaluating the center console version.

    The hull design incorporates a high bow that can cruise at displacement speed into a steep head sea, something that most cats don’t do very well. The tunnel is also rounded for superior strength and softer landings, when compared to catamarans that have squared off tunnels. This also eliminates stress cracks in the tunnel. It is a proven hull design with a long history of providing a smooth dry ride and the strength to withstand the punishment of extreme conditions.

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    The proven Kevlacat hull design, seen here with a pilothouse, is popular with fishermen, divers, and search and rescue outfits.

    Construction

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    The rights to build from the Kevlacat design were purchased. Here we can see the mold with stepped hulls and rounded tunnel as it is prepped to make a new boat.

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    The 3” (7.6 cm) PVC pipes are for rigging. All of the bulkheads are constructed out of 1.5" (3.8 cm) high-density Coosa foam core. Limber holes are added to the bottom of each bulkhead and sleeved with 1" (2.5 cm) PVC to ensure that no water can be trapped in the hull.

    Coosa foam core is very strong and typically used only in high load areas, such as transoms, due to expense. However, Eastward has chosen to use it throughout the boat, which makes the boat very strong.

    Boat Inspection

    Bow

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    The freeboard forward is 52” (132 cm), measured from the water to the top of the caprail.

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    Capt. Steve likes the stainless-steel rubrail on the Horizon 3000.

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    Capt. Steve inspects the slope in the deck toward the bow. There are storage lockers over each sponsor.

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    The foredeck (4’ L x 7’3” W – 1.2 m x 2.2 m) is raised and has a tension-hinged hatch over the anchor locker in the center. A bow roller and anchor windlass are options.

    Stern

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    Note the outlines in the aft deck where the sun hits - this is where the fuel tanks are installed. Storage lockers in the deck behind the fuel tanks are an option.

    The deck behind the center console measures 8’5” W x 7’8” L (2.56 m x 2.33 m). The 96-quart (90.84 L) Nice coolers serve double duty as seats with the addition of cushions and bolsters. An aft livewell with seating is optional to replace the cooler seats.

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    The self-draining cockpit has scuppers through solid glass, showing the thickness of the transom.

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    The livewell behind the helm seats holds 42 gallons (159 L). It also doubles as the fixed base for the helm chairs.

    Helm

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    We test lots of things – sometimes by brute force. Here Capt. Steve sheepishly replaces the arm pad. These armrests don’t flip up – who knew?

    The helm chairs have flip bolsters, fixed armrests, and slide plates to adjust fore and aft. The seats can also reverse to face backwards.

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    The boat made it to the boat show without nav electronics but we measured the helm panel to find out what size displays would fit. Two 12” (30 cm) displays would fit on the 32” W x 13” H (81 cm x 33 cm) panel.

    The boat has a stainless-steel wheel, offset on the left side of the console. It is on a tilt base and has a speed knob. A plexi windshield with drainage wraps the console and accessory switches with breakers are on the right. Below them are two stainless-steel drink holders with drains. A charging port is on the side of the throttles/shifter mount. Between the throttles and the wheel are ignition and start/stop switches. Above the wheel is the Evinrude engine display.

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    Capt. Steve demonstrates the footrest built into the console; there is a second by his knee. He’d like to see a toe kick added at deck level to tuck his toes into when standing.

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    Between the cambered console top and the windshield frame is a drainage channel.

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    A closeup of the accessory panel reveals how each switch has a corresponding breaker directly below it for quick resets. A charging port is located lower left.

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    Inside the helm console, there is a clearance of 4’1”H x 3’6”w x 3’8”L (1.2 m x 1.06 m x 1.12 m), which is more than enough space for the optional Porta-Potti.

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    This view inside the helm console shows the electrical installation – batteries, battery switches, and tinned wiring with heat shrunk-terminals.

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    In front of the console is a 102-quart (96.5 L) Nice cooler with a seat cushion and padded backrest.

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    The canvas T-top has 10 rocket launchers across the back and sides, and built-in outrigger mounts near the vertical supports over the helm.

    Side Decks

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    The hardtop support is integrated into the console so clearance between the console and caprail is 19” (48 cm).

    The boat has six 8” (20 cm) pull-up cleats.

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    The gunnel supports double as holders for boat hooks and fishing rods. The work boat finish of the bulwarks, with no liner, is intentional.

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    An unusual cap rail, designed to maximize freeboard, measures 5”w x 2.5”H x 2.5”w (12.7 cm x 6.3 cm x 6.3 cm) stepping up from outboard to inboard.

    Performance

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    Forward at idle speed, the Evinrudes sipped gas at a miserly 0.5 gph.

    The Eastward Horizon 3000 has a LOA of 30’3” (9.2 m), a beam of 9’3” (2.83 m), and a draft of 14” (36 cm). With an empty weight of 4,000 lbs. (1,814 kg), 201 gallons (761 L) of fuel onboard, plus five people and test gear onboard, there was an estimated test weight of 7,255 lbs. (2,077 kg).

    With two Evinrude E-TEC G2 250-hp gas outboards turning 15” x 20” (38 cm x 50 cm) 4-bladed stainless-steel props, the Horizon 3000 reached a top speed of 50.6 mph at 5600 rpms. The wind was blowing 15-20 knots, kicking up a light chop.

    When backing off to 3000 rpm and 23.3 mph, the best fuel economy, with a burn rate of 11.7 gph and a range of 537 SM was found, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 300-gallon (1,135 L) total fuel capacity.

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    The cruising range of 537 miles at 23.3 mph on a 300-gallon (1,135 L) tank of gas makes the Horizon 3000 with her twin Evinrude 250-hp E-TEC G2s one economical cat.

    Acceleration

      Time to plane was 3.1 seconds.

      Zero to 20 in 3.9 seconds.

      Zero to 30 in 5.9 seconds.

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    One final performance note: With one engine turned off and kicked up, the Horizon 3000 still made 36 mph - 1.7 mpg - 5100 rpm on one engine.

    Handling

    This is a fun boat to drive, with excellent handling. We didn’t get the chop we were hoping for, but we sliced right through any wakes we crossed. On acceleration, because there is very little bow rise, there is just the sensation of going faster and faster. When she turns there is a bit of an outboard lean, which we’d get used to.

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    Jumping wakes is fun in most boats. Capt. Steve labeled this one as “cool.”

    Engines and Outboard Brackets/Platform

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    Lifting a leg over the transom suffices when visiting the stern platform. However, an optional $1,900 transom door is available.

    The twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard engines are mounted on Armstrong engine brackets. There are some advantages to using Armstrong brackets: they add a little floatation to the boat, they allow for a full height transom for safety and, with the full transom, some of the engine noise is blocked. These brackets are mounted to the stern with 44 stainless bolts.

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    The connecting platform and the two Armstrong engine brackets measure 7’10” w x 2’4” L (2.38 m x 0.7 m), providing space to add an optional swim ladder.

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    Capt. Steve checks out the steering/tilt mechanism and clean rigging installation of the E-TECs

    We’d like to see a boarding ladder as standard equipment on the engine platform - this test boat didn’t have one. However, there are two options available: a 4-step folding ladder for the platform between the engines or a custom dive ladder for the side of the boat.

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    Two-stroke engines were always lighter, with less moving parts than 4-strokes. Now they can be more efficient and cleaner burning, too.

    Two-stroke engines were always lighter, with less moving parts than 4-strokes. Now they can be more efficient and cleaner burning, too.

    Capt. Steve once asked a boater how he liked his new Evinrude E-TECs. The boater said, “I love them.” They talked a while longer and Capt. Steve mentioned they were 2-stroke engines. “What? I had no idea,” was the concerned reply of the boater, and now he was prepared to find fault.

    Like many of us, our unenlightened boater remembered why we all had a bias against 2-strokes. Back in the day they were not friendly to the environment with high emissions problems. The reason was that with carburetors, fuel was delivered to the cylinders while the exhaust ports were still open, and some fresh fuel always escaped along with the exhaust. And there was no way around it, until direct injection came along.

    Today, with Evinrude E-TECs, the carburetor has been replaced by direct injection of fuel into the cylinder. Fuel is timed by a computer to reach the cylinder when the piston is on the upswing and the exhaust port is closed.

    Further fuel efficiency was attained by using computational fluid dynamics to design the E-TECs. Even compared to Evinrudes one generation back, these engines have 25% more torque, 25% better fuel efficiency and half the emissions of previous Evinrude engines. The Evinrude E-TEC G2s now have a California Air Resource (CARB) Rating of three stars for Ultra-Low emissions.

    Well, these aren’t your father’s 2-strokes. Evinrude has completely flipped the script with technological improvements. Time to let old 2-stroke biases die and get onboard with today’s better engines.

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    In the 200 to 300-hp range, Evinrude’s 250-hp E-TEC G2 had the lowest total emissions of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide (scale on left).

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    Evinrude E-TEC is the only marine engine ever to receive the EPA Clean Air Excellence Award - and they come in lots of colors.

    Equipment included on the Eastward Horizon 3000:

      • Fuel tanks

      • Fuel filters

      • 5-spoke wheel

      • Switch panel w/breakers and 12V outlet

      • 2 – battery switches

      • 2 – 800 gph automatic bilge pumps

      • LED Running lights

      • Heavy duty rubrail w/ss insert

      • 6 flush mounted rod holders

      • 6 – 8” (15 - 20 cm) SS through-bolted cleats

      • SS ½” bow and stern eyes

      • Armstrong outboard brackets with swim platform

    Base Price

    $127,700 as seen with center console, baitwell w/dual helm seats, canvas T-top, and twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TECs.

    Optional Equipment (includes installation):

      • Engine upgrade to 300-hp Evinrude E-TECs ($4,115)

      • Magic Tilt Aluminum tandem axle trailer ($8,650)

      • Fiberglass hard top ($3,900)

      • Lee Sidewinder outrigger bases ($1,295)

      • Lee 18.5” (47 cm) alum outrigger poles ($995)

      • Lee 20’ (6 m) Telescoping carbon fiber outriggers ($1,045)

      • Freshwater washdown with 9-gallon (34 L) tank ($760)

      • Saltwater washdown ($715)

      • Fiberglass coffin box ($3,510)

      • Walk-through transom ($1,900)

      • Folding stern jump seat ($775)

      • Stern baitwell ($1,100)

      • In-deck storage box ($1,100)

      • In-deck Insulated fish box w/macerator ($1,529)

      • Porta-Potti ($189)

      • Hull colors (TBD)

      • Custom electronics package (TBD)

      • Anchor windlass w/roller davit ($2,195)

      • Armstrong 4-step swim ladder ($495)

      • Custom alum dive ladder ($2,690)

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    The Horizon 3000 is trailerable with the optional Magic Tilt aluminum trailer.

    Observations

    The Eastward Horizon 3000 handles well and it can be configured to maximize its purpose. We recommend the additional in-deck storage options to supplement storage.

    This boat has a range of 537 miles with the stock 300-gallon (1,135 L) fuel tank, meaning one can go from Florida to the Bahamas for a weekend and back without having to buy fuel in the Bahamas.