Raku 48 goes electric

Raku 48 Goes Electric

A new Raku 48 to start construction in Capetown is planned for an electric regenerative drive system from Oceanvolt. The design will use an aft helm station and has been modified with more width to the cabin top allow for additional area for solar panels, with the additional benefit of more shade in the cockpit.

For pricing and available build slots for Raku 48 contact Ashley at North Star Multihulls <ashley@northstarmultihull.com>

Raku 48 Catamaran with electric regenerative drive system

Livewire 40 Sports Cat available in Black

Infused carbon beams, PVC/carbon hulls and foils,, carbon rig. Including two sails. From around USD320k ex Thailand. 

Livewire 40 Sports catamaran

Purple Haze in Clear Air

Congratulations to Alex McMillan and crew of Purple Haze for taking out the double in the Bay to Bay Race on the weekend. Purple Haze, an Essential Eight, took out the line honours and handicap trophies in the two day event held on Hervey Bay in Southern Queensland.

The photo was taken at Hamilton Island Race Week

Soul is back in Thailand

photo of catamaran Soul Phang Gna bay

Chincogan 52 Soul is back in the Land of Smiles. New owners Mike and Sarah Mason from New Zealand kindly sent us this fantastic shot of Soul taken at Phang Nga Bay.

Mike reports;  I sneaked off in the kayak just after sunrise to get that one knowing it was such a spectacular backdrop.  We loved exploring the top end of PhangNga Bay.  We had hardly used the kayaks coming up through Indonesia and were wondering if we could justify their existence but we used them everyday up there and didn’t use the dinghy at all.  The Hongs are spectacular!!



Click on the pic for a bigger image - it's a great shot.

Livewire 28 Pricing available now.

Sports cats are the fun zone for sailing. We've created the Livewire 28 to bring sports cat sailing technology up to the minute in a boat that has the performance, the style and a range of build options to suit you time frame and your budget.


Meetup at Mets - A Great night in Amsterdam

Meetup at METS 2016 was a resounding success with thirty or more multihull enthusiasts turning up for food, drinks and camaraderie on a cold wet night at Bar Mowgli in Amsterdam.

Those present included boat owners past and present and future and a number of marine industry professionals including Lorraine Murray and Nick Cossich from ATL Composites Australia, Johan Breder (composites engineer with Southern Spars), Torbjorn Linderson, the multihull man with Southern Spars, and Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret.

It was a great night to exchange stories and make some new connections. Let’s hope we can make it happen again next year. Thanks to Davide Vizzini for the great photos.

Great Shots from Shirley Wodson at Airlie Beach Race Week.

Shirley has grabbed some great shots of the fleet racing at Airlie Beach Race Week including Mad Max and Warren Innes’s Barefoot.

There will be more of Shirley’s work coming to our pages. You can check out her work and purchase hi res photos on line here: shirleywodsonphotography.smugmug.com

Mad Max is Boss Hog

The Boss Hog Trophy is named for Don Algie, founder of Race Week and longterm sponsor with Hogs Breath Café. The Boss Hog Trophy is presented to the crew that best sums up the spirit of Race Week, displays sportsmanship and stands above the rest over the course of the regatta, on and off the water.

This year, the trophy was presented the trophy to APC Mad Maxi, Tony Considine’s Grainger 10 skippered at this regatta by George Owen. APC Mad Max won an incredible six from six races against stiff opposition. (Quoted from ABRW press release).

Photo by Shirley Wodson


36' Folding Trimaran for cheaper marina spaces.

Folding trimarans are great for trailering or hard stand storage. But they have another big advantage too. They take up a lot less space in the pens and that can save you a lot of money in marina fees.

We are working with an established builder who is interested in producing the 36 and we expect to have preliminary pricing available soon. 

Express your interest and we'll keep you up to date with progress. graingerdesigns@gmail.com

Reviving Memories of a Quick Boat

Flat Chat had a pretty successful racing career in Australia under various owners including two Brisbane to Gladstone Race wins under the command of Jamie Morris. She's been in New Zealand for several years now. Thanks to Jim Gard for posting a couple of classic pics on our Facebook visitors page. This is Flat Chat going, well …… flat chat!


TR60 Custom Cruising Trimaran

This version of the TR60 trimaran features three private double cabins, (all with at least a metre of headroom over the berths) a roomy saloon and cockpit, and twin helm stations with good forward vision. It's being designed for a customer who wants to visit exotic cruising grounds and isolated surfing locations around the world. We'll have more details in the trimaran pages soon.

New 8.5m Sports Cat

What would Mad Max look like if we redesigned her today? Probably a bit like this 8.5m cat we're designing for Johannes Romkes. The underwater lines bear a close resemblance to the hull shapes we used on Mad Max.

The beams and centre pod are demountable. Johannes knows his way around composites and will be building the boat himself. We are looking forward to seeing this project get started.