Titan 75 - Boat Review

I can't imagine any serious angler, anywhere, who wouldn't fall in love with the Titan 75.

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In Greek mythology, the Titans represented a group of powerful gods. Ultimately, they were overthrown by a host of younger gods - the Olympians - led by Zeus. While it has certainly taken a long time in the offshore world, this mammoth 75-foot, dedicated sport-fisherman stands to recoup the rarified status the elder Titans once enjoyed.

Performance
This vessel feels far more massive than much longer boats I've run yet performs remarkably spryly. It jumps up onto plane with little bow rise, and from the flybridge, you barely hear the engines or exhausts. I managed a u-turn in the width of the channel in San Diego harbor with room to spare. And since the boat comes with stabilizers, beam seas have very little effect unless it gets really nasty.

Surprisingly, maneuvering on a fish also happens with little fanfare. The Titan provides four command stations, including one set of movable controls that fit into the rod holders across the back of the enclosed bridge, affording the captain an unfettered view of the entire cockpit. The cockpit controls include Simrad joystick steering, a Sidepower bow thruster and a Simrad R135 Rudder angle indicator.

Flybridge
I particularly appreciate the Titan 75's terrific ladders to both the pilothouse and flybridge that you can negotiate forward or backward with equal ease, even with a rod in one hand! And surprisingly, even with the triple Pompanette captains seats, you can see both the bow and stern clearly from the uppermost station. Speaking of the bow, it also sports a sun pad and huge belowdecks storage spaces for fenders, dock lines, etc.

Pilothouse
Despite the radical curves in the glass flybridge windows, they remain distortion-free - a tough trick to pull off. This compartment provides an amazing amount of space for guest seating with hidden rod storage beneath all the settees. A full complement of Furuno NavNet 3D instruments, including 36- and 72-mile radars, and RDF and FLIR night-vision camera monitors crisscross the dash console. You'll find duplicate instrumentation on the flybridge as well.

Interior
As you'd expect, CBandit boasts a huge interior living space. In an unusual layout, the salon just inside the cockpit door is actually a huge family room with a large dining table and galley attached. If your family is like mine, then you do most of your entertaining around the dinner table, and this table is large enough to provide many hours of great camaraderie. And you can see the water from both the salon and the galley. On either side of the entry door, you'll find even more tackle lockers for easy access from the cockpit.

The commercial-quality galley features fabulous attention to detail, including top-of-the-line appliances, a wine cooler, a walk-in pantry, Sub-Zero refrigeration and freezers, and a dedicated spice rack right next to the stove.

CBandit comes with three full staterooms, with the master cabin amidships.

Cockpit
A lightweight carbon-fiber transom gate opens wide enough to handle a 650-pound fish without needing to turn it upright, and the under-gunwale gaff lockers accommodate rigged flying gaffs. Rather than installing just one in each corner, the Titan sports four hawseholes in the stern for greater flexibility at the dock.

Live-bait tubes in the swim platform double as livewells or fish boxes. In all, the Titan boasts 16 live-bait tubes. Baitwell flow can be rerouted through numerous redundant pumping systems if one pump should fail. Additionally, raw-water intakes can be closed to prevent dirty or contaminated water from entering the baitwells, and a series of filters and aerators keeps the bait healthy until you can access clean seawater again. In keeping with West Coast fishing methods, Titan provides smaller integral wells on the bow as well.

Release Marine supplied the rod holders - seemingly hundreds of them around the cockpit and across the back of the pilothouse deck. I discovered a bait-prep station in the shade, handy to the bait freezer, rigging sink and cutting board.

Another design feature I love finds the heavy handrails along the super-wide side walkways to the bow have closer centers between stanchions, so if you get washed off the deck, you can catch yourself with both hands.

Engine Room
Again, on a boat this size you should expect to find a huge engine compartment, with all transfer valves, sight tubes and filters mounted along the forward bulkhead, and CBandit delivers. You can honestly walk all the way around both engines, and as you take your stroll, you'll notice the compressors and a large tool chest mounted outboard of the power plants. The Titan uses two generators - a 22 and 33 kW - and locates the batteries, fuel and water all low on centerline for maximum stability.

Twin 3 1/2-inch shafts run through tubes from the gear box back through V-struts to the 39-inch, five-blade props.

Oh, and another innovative feature: You can switch from engines and generators to inverters and still use all onboard electronics - like sonar and chart plotter - while bottomfishing or drift fishing to keep noise to a minimum.

Design and Construction
I think you'll agree that this Titan 75 displays one of the prettiest sheer lines ever. It rests atop a solid fiberglass bottom, with Kevlar and composite construction from the waterline up to the gunwale, and carbon fiber laminate topsides. To assure the quietest possible ride, Titan also sandwiches Nida-Core into the interior structure along with 1,033 pounds of assorted acoustical composites. And finally, every painted surface gets coated with Alexseal paints.

While this boat sports plenty of features that West Coast anglers already appreciate, I can't imagine any serious angler, anywhere, who wouldn't fall in love with the Titan 75.

LOA......75'
**BEAM......
20'6"
DRAFT......5'4"
DEADRISE......12 degrees**
WEIGHT......133,000 pounds
**FUEL......
2,400 gallons
MAX POWER......T 1,650 hp Caterpillar C32 diesels**
PRICE......On request

Titan Marine / San Diego, California / 858-259-0787 / www.titanmarineusa.com