South African builder DB Marine Services has launched a semi-custom catamaran brand, Kaos Catamarans, following the acquisition of moulds from Admiral Yachts.

The new range has an extended sugar scoop, turning the old Admiral 50ft design into a 53ft catamaran. The company is offering a 40 PAX charter version, 12 sleeper guest version, or full owner layout, with both a sailing or power option.

DB Marine managing director Dylan Banwell said the company had already received its first order for a modified power cat version. “The 53ft has had vast modifications to change it from the original sailing vessel to cater as a charter catamaran,” Banwell said.

In a statement released this week, the company said it aimed to produce robust boats based on a tried-and-tested design: “We know the demands of the sea, we understand the forces that the ocean can exert on a boat,” the statement said. “Fundamentally, our boats are designed and built to withstand the worst weather nature can dish out.

“​We've concluded that none of the catamarans currently on the market are ideally suited to today's voyagers. They are flashy, glitzy and fashionable, but lacking the ideal balance of performance, comfort, quality, and practical seamanlike features required by serious sailors,” the company said.

DB Marine Services started life as a chandlery service and marine consultancy, later moving on to refits and rebuilds. The business has expanded quickly in the wake of acquiring Z Craft and its range of popular ski-boats. Banwell says the aim is now to expand into other market segments.