Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, founded in 1989 and based in Cape Town, South Africa, is a manufacturer of both custom sail and power catamarans. Not only do they manufacturer the highly customizable 23-46 foot Magnum Power Catamaran Range, Two Oceans Marine is also one of the few large custom multihull manufacturers in the world, with a range currently between 47 and 110 foot, and the ability to manufacture even larger vessels.
Two Oceans Marine’s large custom sailing catamaran range launched to date includes the M60 Full Carbon High Performance Sailing Catamaran, various versions of the Open Ocean 650 and 750 Luxury Cruising Catamarans, and the Balance 760 Performance Cruising Catamaran. They have also launched a 69-foot day charter sailing catamaran, with another 70-footer in build and due for launch this year is the exciting carbon Two Oceans HPC 82 High Performance Catamaran
If one wants the thrill of putting up sails and harnessing the wind, or indeed if one intends to sail long distances across oceans or circumnavigate the globe, then a sailing catamaran is the way to go. Not only are sailing catamarans comfortable and can be as luxurious as one chooses in the case of custom builds, but they can sail long distances across oceans with fair speed, and of course, economically. They do, however, require wind.
Wind, or the lack thereof, is a big motivation for the growth of the large power or expedition catamaran market. Expedition multihulls are revolutionizing cruising, and for many good reasons:
To begin with, if one is building a large custom catamaran, the expense of the mast, boom, spars, rigging and sails is considerable – and the sails will need to be replaced every so often at significant expense. One does not in turn save much on the engines and other systems, as these are still very much needed.
Then there is the obvious issue of wind. Any sailor who has done enough exploring of tropical islands will know that a lot of the time, one does not see many hoisted sails for lack of wind or because it’s in the wrong direction. If one is looking for the flexibility to move around fast and effortlessly, exploring tropical cruising destinations, then an expedition catamaran is definitely the vessel of choice as one is not reliant on wind. Many yachties also find it attractive to not have to hassle with sails, sheets and halyards and to have to the flexibility of managing a big luxurious catamaran with very few crew.
Expedition catamarans also give more scope for a large comfortable flybridge, adding another level and a lot more deck space to a catamaran. There is also the flexibility to be able to motor under bridges and power lines if one wants to explore rivers.
Large power catamarans also make ideal day charter boats, which can accommodate large numbers of people with ease of operation.
With the engine technology today, fuel consumption and cruising speeds are good, and the range of an expedition catamaran allows one to motor long distances. As an example, total fuel capacity on Two Ocean Marine’s Open Ocean 750 Expedition Catamaran is 8,120 liters and the fuel consumption for both motors at 8 knots is around 1,8 liters per NM and 3.4 liters at 10 knots. So, at 8 knots, her range would be more than 3,400 NM. That gives the option to motor considerable distances.
Two Oceans Expedition Catamaran Range includes two Open Ocean 750 Expedition Catamarans, two Open Ocean 800 Expedition Catamarans and an Open Ocean 850 Expedition Catamaran in build. Launching in June is the Two Oceans 110 Day Charter Catamaran – the largest composite catamaran ever to be launched in South Africa.
Two Oceans Marine’s vessels are all designed by world-class naval architects who specialize in custom catamarans, such as Du Toit Yacht Design. They are designed to be comfortable and ergonomically friendly in every way. Vessel layout and interior design is customised to the customers’ needs. The large custom catamarans have beautiful lines and easy-flowing interiors with all the modern appliances one could need, making them comfortable and luxurious on-the-water homes for their owners.
For more information about Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, contact:
Telephone: + 27 21 4487902