Cat builder planning for larger facilities and doubling of demand
Seawind Catamarans and Corsair Marine International announced ambitious growth plans at an international dealer conference in November.
Based in Australia, the Seawind Group entered a new phase of rapid growth in 2017 which continued in 2018. Increased success in catamarans now sees the company planning for larger facilities and a doubling of demand for its catamaran designs by 2022. According to the builder, dealers backed the brand with commitments for even more boats in 2019 and revealed their own marketing plans which will carry the order book through further growth into 2022.
The Corsair Marine trimarans brand will announce a new model at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January and Miami Boat Show in February. Dealers at the conference were given unique creative input into the new design, and a total of 15 pre-orders for this new model were taken by the conclusion of the event. The builder envisages this becoming the most popular new boat launch in Corsair’s 35-year history. Moulds are now in construction with the first model to hit the water in the summer of 2019.
Seawind acquired Corsair Marine in October 2010. As a leading manufacturer of trailerable trimarans, Corsair built over 1,600 boats during its 25 year history, with 20 years in North America before relocating to a manufacturing facility to Vietnam. Corsair have now been building high performance composite boats from fibreglass and carbon for 6 years in Vietnam, using resin infusion and vacuum bagging technologies. Seawind more recently shifted production of its three Seawind models to the same factory, along with a team of shipwrights, skilled tradesmen and management to oversee the manufacturing and to cooperatively develop the manufacturing techniques for both Seawind and Corsair. The group employes more than 200.
Market Expansion Plans
With plans to increase capacity, continued success in developed markets will be balanced with plans to expand further into undeveloped regions. In particular, the group plans to build on recent large orders from Korea and China. Both brands are on the lookout for new dealers in new markets.