We believe in building the best power catamarans money can buy with no compromise approach that has resulted in a reputation that is second to none. People that make a living from their boats or even save lives for a living choose KEVLACAT. The professionals don’t compromise by opting for a cheaper, more inferior products and neither should you.
Nearly all our staff are boaters – some are game fisherman, some are divers, some are ex commercial fisherman and some just go boating for fun. But it is this knowledge and passion that goes into every KEVLACAT and makes our boat stand out from the crowd. Indeed, on the water, nothing performs like a KEVLACAT!
In the 16th Century, explorers like Able Tasman reported about giant 30m (98′) pirogues (boats). New Zealand was settled by the Polynesians, (later becoming Maoris) using these sturdy ocean capable boats. The first illustrations were brought back to England by James Cook in 1770, and distinguished two types of catamarans; 2 hulled and 3 hulled.
Many voyages of discovery and great human endurance have been made in catamarans. The most famous of modern times is undoubtedly Dr Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” expedition in 1947, he covered 3800nm from Calloo in South America to Rarola Island in Polynesia in a 13.7m long balsa raft. When you read about the Kon-Tiki Expedition, you will discover his boat was incredibly attractive to fish. Mahi-Mahi, giant sharks and tuna shadowed the stable craft virtually across the entire length of the Pacific. If Heyerdahl wanted dinner, he merely dangled a line and a giant fish jumped on the hook.
In Australia in 1984, the Pirogue design of a boat using the strength and lightness of Aramid Fibre, was launched to the World, and in 1997 this proven technology became available to America.
Of course we all know Australia is the pilot for the rest of the world in development of the modern-day catamaran. Though they are declined to blow their own trumpet, the fact is Australia has long made cutting edge catamarans – from high – speed ferries to trailerable powerboats and big sailing craft.
KEVLACAT has been at the forefront of the evolution of the modern-day fishing cat for more than 20 years. Far from building its boats from balsa and reeds, it uses the same stuff the SWAT teams wear to work – Aramid Fibre, or Kevlar as it is commonly known even though this is a brand name owned by DuPont.
Think bullet proof vests and think strength – at least twice that of fibreglass – when you step aboard a KEVLACAT, it is one third lighter than a conventional GRP catamaran. In the world of powerboating weight savings mean smaller motors, better fuel economy and easier trailing. And so it is with KEVLACATs – boats which have proven rather successful vessels with both conventional two-stroke and the new four-stroke outboard motors.
Of course power cats have long been the first choice of water police, customs, air-sea rescue etc and various other rescue services. All of them have traditionally placed great confidence in this boat design on some of the wildest river bars and rough open waters traversed.