Current Marine of South Africa has been chosen to build the Grainger-designed TR36 trimaran, which is now demountable for easy shipping and transportable in two 40ft shipping containers.
Julian Kneale, Current Marine's owner, told IBI the company is busy with moulding and final production plans in anticipation of several new orders.
Knysna-based Current Marine specialises in design, kit, material and production supply.
Kneale said the TR36 performance cruising catamaran is available in e-glass, full carbon, or an e-glass/carbon hybrid. “The first orders are for full carbon boats,” he said, adding that a key draw-card was the design's component structure. “That's why I showed interest in this design – the boat can be taken apart and put into two containers. You can either sail it on or pack it up and go.
“A lot of things are happening,” he said. “My interest is primarily in the cruising side. There hasn't been anything in this market segment for quite some time. People are looking for something new and fresh from this design in particular.”
Kneale said the original TR36 design has been slightly modified with the demountable aspect in mind. “It has been designed now for us – the concept is there. We are busy working on the detail at the moment. There are older versions, but this is now a revised hull and incorporating new technology.”
Kneale said there is a trend towards component form designs – as opposed to kits – “to prevent any failures because we are pushing boundaries.”
Last year Current sold what it claims was the lightest 46ft performance cruising catamaran in the world – a four-tonne Schionning design made from carbon (the mast included).
Kneale said the boat, built on spec and dubbed Wahoo, was about 700kg lighter than its nearest rival. It was sold to an American buyer. To shed weight the construction team used a combination of carbon and kevlar S-glass, as well as a carbon rotating wing mast and carbon square top mainsail.