Review: Composite Bitten 22 Center Console
September 19, 2012
Composite Yachts has just launched hull No. 1 of its Bitten 22 Center Console, powered by Mercury’s new 150 4-Stroke. Like her 26’ sister, the 22′ Bitten has a Carolina-style raised deck sheer with broad flare. Its hull is laid up with knitted fabrics around CoreCell and vacuum-bagged. The result is a winning combination of strength and lightness.
Beneath the sheer, wide chines, a pair of lifting strakes, and a planing pad along the aft third of the keel allow the 22 to hop on plane at an outrageously low 12 mph. During my test of the 22, the Mercury 150 pushed us to a top speed of 37 mph. Fuel consumption at an easy cruise of 20 mph was about 5.5 gallons per hour. The boat’s sharp bow cleaved the seas beautifully, though hitting a wave with the bow too high risks coming down with a thump on the forward part of the pad. As with most Carolina-type hulls, you need to dial it in for the best performance.
The interior of our test boat was simple, with a large steering console, a leaning post with rocket launcher, and a sturdy top fabricated by Composite’s pipe shop. A large on-deck live well mounted in front of the console is an option, but Composite also offers a broad range of custom fishing and day-cruising features.
- LOA: 22’
- Beam: 9’
- Draft: 12”
- Weight : 1,800 lbs.
- Deadrise: 22˚ (w/ transom step)
- Base price: w/ 150-hp Mercury or Yamaha 4-stroke $49,900
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