This is a unique project for several reasons. First, it was the first cat in Thailand to have a drop down loading ramp from the tunnel. Second, it was the first project to incorporate alloy hull bottoms joined to a Duflex composite structure. The combination of the alloy hulls and composite structure proved to be very durable for beach landing, yet very light weight for fuel economy and speed.
Alloy & DuFLEX construction method:
Sometimes it takes a person with vision to implement ideas, to try new construction methods, and to prove to everyone they work. The owner / builder of this boat is one of those people. He had the vision to create the landing cat using alloy hull bottoms for beaching, and using a strong lightweight balsa core DuFLEX kitset above the waterline. The joining detail was simple and effective. This cat has amazing performance with twin 300 hp outboards on Jack plates. With speeds over 40 knots. This cat proves that alloy and composites panels can be married together quite happily. The entire boat is a kitset design and the DuFLEX panels can be sent direct from ATL composites in Australia to any destination in the world for assembly.
One of the unique features of this powercat is the front loading ramp in the tunnel. We designed the front of the tunnel higher so the cat could perform in rough water condition, and that allowed us to drop the door down in the centre. This cat is in operation around the many islands of Thailand. Configurations are for passenger ferry, divers, or luxury commuter.