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Old 12-05-2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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New US built Catamaran Trawler - Maltese52

Wanted to introduce and get a little feedback on our new Trawlercat design the Maltese MP52-Trawler. A 52 ft light displacement, fuel efficient power cat with some Downeast styling cues. We hope to do semi custom builds like the one nearly completed for customers looking for something that is designed, built, and configured for the way most of us actually use our trawlers which is coastal trips and day outings with friends and family. Feel free to take a look at our website and share some thoughts or questions. MALTESE CATAMARANS

As a small operation, its nice to get some grassroots feedback.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:54 AM   #2
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fuel efficient power cat

And the speed /fuel burn chart is???
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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Any specs? HP? Speed predictions? Fuel calls?

Hulls look lean - length/waterline beam ratio?
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Looks pretty slippery. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll check out the web site.
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Great idea trawler cats...

But that cabin has to go... And I thought the Dashew boats cabin's looked boxy..

Redesign the cabin and you might be able to sell more. Sorry to to rip the design but somebody has to say it..

Great looking hulls though..

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
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Powercat Trawlers

I'll just insert a cross-linked subject thread I started on powercat trawlers:
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...and then wonder that you fellows couldn't find happiness with the Journey 46 or the Domino 20m powercats??
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The front end tie strut, potential loadings and connection points look interesting. So much competition for Cats in this size range too
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With all of the hi-tech materials you are using to build this vessel, what do you suppose your pricing is going to look like??
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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Great idea trawler cats...

But that cabin has to go... And I thought the Dashew boats cabin's looked boxy..

Redesign the cabin and you might be able to sell more. Sorry to to rip the design but somebody has to say it..

Great looking hulls though..

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I agree; that house design will stop most prospective buyers in their tracks I would think. Also wonder about the sloped surfaces inside the cabin that would be useless where one would expect flat shelves.
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There are some fantastic power cat designs and builders out there , that is just another sail cat with the mast off and yes the wheelhouse design could do with a whole heap more design, flair at the moment it looks like a butter box to agricultural.
It would have to look a lot better if you are going to put them on the market, Australia is full of failed catamaran designs that did not appeal to the public and or had poor quality finish.
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I think its a pretty darn nice design. It looks fuel efficient , roomy, and rather sleek. Cats cant really to conform too much to mono hull design since they all end up looking, to some degree, like some sort of aquatic insect when you see them from ahead or abaft. But cat design is well proven so; I think the downeast styling is cool, but I think you have taken it a little too far.. Im specifically talking about the vertical/plumb windshield on the front of the main salon. If your making a sailboat, I would expect the front windshields to slope down and forward. If your making it a power boat, maybe reverse the slope of the windshields in the main salon or slope them down and forward as I suggested before.. And why no flybridge? or even a pilothouse on top of the main salon? After all there is no pesky boom and rigging to get in the way and you do have all that real estate just begging for more structure..

Looks great, though! Please keep us informed on the build!

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Come-on guys. Even being a cat lover, I can't think of a handful of good looking "trawler cats". Functional, yes, good looking, not too many. The MaineCat 47 is a decent looking Downeast style catamaran, PDQ 41, maybe Leopard 38 & 47, Africat 42, the older Lagoon 43-44 was pretty sexy, Fontaine Pajot 37 Maryland was a balanced looking vessel, and their 40 and above new models are pretty slick. I haven't seen the 47 Journey yet, and the new charter cats built for Marine Max are a good use of space, but not what I'd call attractive.

I've come to appreciate cats for what they offer, but if I wanted a trawler cat (trawler cat being a vessel that is capable, efficient and having trawler like features and space) that made me swoon, it would have to be swoon of practicality or a very expensive custom build. By the way, at the last Trawler Fest in Ft. Lauderdale, Leopard had their 38 tied in front of a new 44 Endeavour, and I have to say that Endeavour won the looks contest this time. Bob Vincent did a pretty good job of a minor restyle on the pilothouse, and the sweeping high bows made her look much better. My opinion.
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Indikon Catamaran

What is it with Califormia?,...everyone whats to come out with a new powercat,....ha...ha

Here is another one I saw at the Powerboat show and the Sailboat shows in Annapolis this past fall. I posted the link and the photo over on the Powercat subject thread where we were reviewing a host of different designs.

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I'll just insert a cross-linked subject thread I started on powercat trawlers:
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...and then wonder that you fellows couldn't find happiness with the Journey 46 or the Domino 20m powercats??
Brian,
I think you and I agree that Domino is one of if not the most fully conceived power cat built to date. She just looks right from all angles and she is putting in the miles right now.

Domino in Jackson Creek, Deltaville, VA two years ago.
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It would have to look a lot better if you are going to put them on the market, Australia is full of failed catamaran designs that did not appeal to the public and or had poor quality finish.
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Benn, the larger Seawind sailing cats seem popular, do they figure in hire fleets up north?The builder may have changed by now but I remember having fun on an original Seawind 23.
I see a Voyager power cat regularly on Sydney Harbour. Could be the same one, or there could be several around.
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A few of our locally produced cats, built in Noosa and Bundaberg.
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Come-on guys. Even being a cat lover, I can't think of a handful of good looking "trawler cats". Functional, yes, good looking, not too many. The MaineCat 47 is a decent looking Downeast style catamaran, PDQ 41, maybe Leopard 38 & 47, Africat 42, the older Lagoon 43-44 was pretty sexy, Fontaine Pajot 37 Maryland was a balanced looking vessel, and their 40 and above new models are pretty slick. I haven't seen the 47 Journey yet, and the new charter cats built for Marine Max are a good use of space, but not what I'd call attractive.
I agree with you Healhustler, there are not a lot of pretty ones out there. That Mainecat is a very functional 'New England' looking vessel that is nicely proportioned.

You should have a look thru a lot of the Journey 46/47 presentation,...and particularly some of the archived webpages they have since removed,...some of the stuff they presented as they were developing and building the first vessel. These guys were a couple of brokers who put a lot of effort into researching the market and developing that design. It is a nice looking functional design. Too bad they hit the market just when the whole boating market went upside down. I'm guessing they are going to have trouble surviving,...in fact quite a lot of new projects may have trouble surviving these times.

That Tennant designed Domino 20 is a nice looking design
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I'll post some more photos of that HongKong 40 when I get a chance. Even she is a better looking boat than this Maltese
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Bruce,
Seawind are one of the most successful sailing catamaran builders in Australia, I think now produced in Thailand or the Phillipines not sure.
They did take on the Tasman power cats at one stage but don't know if they are still in production, these were another power cat that looked very much like a sailing cat same as the Perry cats and their power version.

Seawinds are still very popular in the charter fleets although the Frogie cats seem to have a big the edge now days.

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Sorry Gang,
didn't see the amount of posts till now. I appreciate the comments about the MP52-Trawler (the good and bad ones) and Brian I do know some of the other designs out there like the Indikon project. They seem to be going about things the standard industry way, that is design, market, sell, then Build.
Being a young but long time member of the marine industry, I have seen many fortunes spent on trying to introduce new designs that never go anywhere and didn't want to fall casualty to that. So I took the build it and they will come approach (hopefully)
I do get some grief about the cabin house design, though many can't argue with its functionality in real world use. It is a little commercial/military looking but with the teak brow and railings planned, I think it will come together nicely. Its just hard to envision at moment but think down east style look? Of course we are offering and willing to change the design for any potential customer. Speaking of customers we hope to find one soon as we are offering the base boat pricing of 450K motor away...
Really enjoy the exchange and happy to answer any questions.
As for the Power Chart and Fuel Burn Numbers, hope to have those options all charted and added to the Website shortly. But they are looking good!!
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Brian,
I really enjoyed reading all your posts over the last few years and know that your a big proponent of multihull industry... So It does hurt my feelings a bit you don't love the Maltese MP Trawler but you seem like a hard man to please and enjoy your feedback nevertheless. We must meet and have a drink one day to discuss some of the ideas you've written about. I for one particularly enjoy the Downeast/Classic styling vs the curvy aero lines that look great but suffer in functionality. As they say more than one way to skin a cat...

I think that the pricing of some of the other boats you mentioned are 800K for the Mainecat P47, 889K for the Journey 47, the HK starts at 300K? base price?
Remember that the Maltese is a Corecell Foam Epoxy built boat with Awlgrip Finish. Its easy to keep things cheaper with Gelcoat, balsa, and Polyester.
Don't forget she was built in the good old USA So I think 450K Motor Away pricing is very fair. I'll even redesign the cabin house for you...

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I agree with you Healhustler, there are not a lot of pretty ones out there. That Mainecat is a very functional 'New England' looking vessel that is nicely proportioned.

You should have a look thru a lot of the Journey 46/47 presentation,...and particularly some of the archived webpages they have since removed,...some of the stuff they presented as they were developing and building the first vessel. These guys were a couple of brokers who put a lot of effort into researching the market and developing that design. It is a nice looking functional design. Too bad they hit the market just when the whole boating market went upside down. I'm guessing they are going to have trouble surviving,...in fact quite a lot of new projects may have trouble surviving these times.

That Tennant designed Domino 20 is a nice looking design
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I'll post some more photos of that HongKong 40 when I get a chance. Even she is a better looking boat than this Maltese
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