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Aquila’s Wave-Taming 28 Molokai Power Cat

The Aquila 28 Molokai Power Cat offers a smooth, 40.5-knot ride.

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Aquila 28 Molokai
The 28 Molokai is based on a design from Hawaiian cat designer Kirk Clark. Courtesy Aquila Boats

The throttles hit the wall, and twin 200 hp Mercury outboards spooled up with dog-sees-squirrel urgency. The Aquila 28 Molokai Power Catamaran’s speed came quickly. Soon, Aquila brand manager Alain Raas and I were shooting across an aquamarine sea off Pompano Beach, Florida, at 40.5 knots. The feeling was more akin to flying over the water than riding atop it.

The 28 Molokai’s hull tunnel is wide and deep, creating a pocket of pillowlike air that provides a sense of liftoff. With a 34-gallon-per-hour fuel burn at its top speed, the 28 Molokai has a range of 160 nautical miles after considering a 10 percent reserve on its 150-gallon fuel capacity. Dial back the speed to a 28.7-knot cruise and fuel burn drops to 17 gph while range jumps to 227 nm.

Aquila 28 Molokai
In addition to working as a casting platform when running and gunning, this powercat’s foredeck can be laid out with a removable table for lunch and cocktails on the hook. Courtesy Aquila Boats

In addition to offering speed and a stable ride, the 28 Molokai can be set up for the avid angler. Notable fishing features include two 94-gallon insulated fish boxes, a 30-gallon livewell, 15 rod holders and Taco outriggers. There is also a removable cutting board, a sink, pullout tackle boxes and undergunwale rod stowage. For live-bait fans, the bow’s cast-net space is about 4 feet wide with unimpeded room to throw.

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Aquila 28 Molokai
In addition to footrests, the 28 Molokai’s helm has a foldout platform that adds about 4 inches of height for the helmsman. It’s a helpful setup for any skipper when running or docking. Courtesy Aquila Boats

If cruising locally is on the float plan, there are two forward-facing foldout seats aft in the cockpit. The seats measure 22 inches wide and 17 inches deep. The coaming lifts up, the seats fold down, and the coaming forms a backrest. The helm accommodates a skipper and companion. The forward section of the helm console has a built-in bench seat for two. A head is inside the console and accessed abaft the seat. There is another bench seat at the bow, and abaft it to port and starboard are two more lounges with removable backrests. All the cushions can be taken off when it’s a fish day.

Aquila 28 Molokai
Maintaining the 28 Molokai’s beam throughout its length helps provide 28-inch-wide side decks for safe transitions to and from the foredeck. It also allows for the foredeck seating seen here. The twin hulls keep the outboards spaced apart to a point that enables easier close-quarters maneuvers. Courtesy Aquila Boats

For boaters who want more protection from the elements, the 28 Molokai is offered in a cuddy-cabin layout.

Sprinting across the water or sitting on the hook, the Aquila 28 Molokai is a solid blend of form and function.  

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