South African leisure catamaran producer Scape Yachts is to launch the first two units in a new power cat range next month.

The Scape '42, designed by world-renowned naval architects Simonis-Voogd, has been under development for two years and marks a slight detour from the company's predominantly day charter focus.

“We felt we needed to go more into the private market, so that is what we've done with the '42,” says Scape sales director Kevin Knight. He said the new boat is “designed to be fast, stable and lightweight, making it highly efficient with its wave-piercing hulls and shallow draft.”

“We only build to order. Due to our semi-custom work we do for clients, a new-build now will take eight months,” he says, adding that there are encouraging signs on the demand side, including local orders.

The Scape 42 is also available in a charter and day charter version. It has an indoor/outdoor theme saloon and spacious interiors.

Commenting on the market trends, Knight said he saw a global swing towards power cats in the charter market: “A lot more people can use them, where you need sailing experience for a sail charter boat,” Knight said.

Scape Yachts has produced catamarans in the 39ft-54ft range for the past 16 years. The company has supplied boats to day charter companies operating out of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.