Blyth Workcats to showcase Catamaran Designs at Seawork
The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform tasks that range from fisheries patrol, wind farm support, surveying, dive support, passenger ferry, fishing charter and general harbour maintenance activities.
With a range consisting of 10, 11, 12, 14, 18 and 20-metre catamarans all Blyth Workcats are constructed from GRP to offer important advantages over metal-hulled boats including lower running costs and a much lower purchase price. GRP boats can also be built to provide additional strength where it is needed and valuable weight savings wherever the design permits it.
Hull lamination and construction is governed by meticulous quality control so the customer can benefit from a boat that has been built to exactly meet their needs while enabling rugged strength and reinforcement to be applied wherever it is needed. Blyth Workcats also points out that its boats can be maintained to keep their good looks and shrug-off minor damage so that users and passengers will retain their confidence in their condition and quality.
“There is probably no such thing as a standard Blyth Workcat,” said Edward Tuite customer services manager for the yard who will be in the team representing the company at Seawork. “We specialise in being able to provide custom quality boats at mass production prices and this is a good way of winning customer loyalty.
Buyers can specify all of the little and apparently inconsequential details that make the difference between a boat that is simply acceptable and one that is loved. It can be built without any of the niggling irritations that can stop a design winning five star approval from the customer. Our latest delivery, the 18-metre Aqualink, has been delivered to Ostend Marine Services, an established Blyth Workcat owner. It features our first high bridge and includes numerous details that the customer has been able to specify to take it as close to his perfect boat as is possible. ”
The lines and proportions of the new Aqualink have been widely admired since the boat entered service with its owner for whom it has been demonstrating impressive performance and economy. Blyth Workcats argues that less weight enables smaller engines to be used which results in greater economy and higher speeds. These benefits are enhanced by carefully designed hull profiles and chines which are known to improve handling and sea-keeping in extreme conditions.
Because GRP construction costs are significantly lower than those of metal-hulled catamarans, Blyth Workcat customers are also told that they may find their budget going farther than expected. This can make it possible to invest in higher specification wheelhouse technology and interior accommodation than might otherwise have been the case. Superior accommodation can be expected to result in a happy owner and crew but when the Workcat is also being used to carry passengers, Blyth points out that these benefits can also result in more comfortable customers and better long-term business.