Alloy Cats

Why Alloy Cats

Boaties the world over have always been very traditional in their attitudes to new design concepts, and nowhere more so than here in New Zealand. We are wary, suspicious and at times downright cynical when faced with a new boat concept that is somewhat different to what we have always accepted. There have often been good grounds for these attitudes for many a new concept has flopped, sometimes through unflattering performances, but often through poor engineering and construction.

The Development of Powercats

The development of power catamarans (now commonly called powercats) has been a typical example. Tales of split hull joints, smashed wingdeck sections and hard pounding into head seas did little to encourage boaties to join the multihull brigade in the latter quarter of last century. The evolution of powercats, particularly in New Zealand, was slow and painful, though many hung to the belief that these craft were the way of the future.

Many amateur efforts, at both design and construction, produced some aesthetically ‘unappealing’ craft, but in some you could not fault the performance outcomes.

Several of our professional designers recognised the potential of powercats and thus began an evolution that has seen large numbers of these boats not only cruising our coastlines but venturing across oceans as well.

Today, a well-designed and built powercat holds it value exceptionally well, a testament to the many factors that give it significant advantages over the traditional monohull vessel.

Our Boatbuilding Experience

While we are powercat specialists, our expertise in boatbuilding extends to all areas of the market –  from small dinghies and punts right through to large monohull launches. In between we have designed and built houseboats for leisure and charter, workboats for charter and crayfishing, and an extensive range of trailerboats – both the Kingfisher brand and Fish City models. Outside of our own Kingfisher designs we have built  designs by Naiad, Tim Barnett, and Roger Hill.

We have built boats to comply with survey standards by Lloyds, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Maritime New Zealand.

Browse this website and view the diversity of boats we now have on the water from this pontoon platform for a radical houseboat in Fiji through to an 18metre executive charter cat for Australia’s east coast.


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