The boat was originally designed by Alan Mayer as a 14 footer in the mid 70′s in conjunction with Claude McCullock. Claude had a “build your own boat” factory, Sea Mac Boats, where Alan produced the prototype. About 100 or so of the original 14 footers were built before some major modifications were undertaken to produce the now famous Maricat 4.3m. The name came from Claude’s wife ‘Mari’. The original boat plans are now held by the National Maritime Museum and form part of Australia ‘s marine architectural history.
The Maricat is known for being forgiving on a reach when the bows are thrust down in a gust. In most cases the buoyant hulls lift the bows clear again often sending a plume of spray high up onto the main sail. Optimum traveller settings are required on a work to reduce most of the heeling motion often associated with a catamaran. Also when working, the curved deck mouldings makes hiking out using the foot straps an enjoyable and comfortable experience.
Maricat Association of NSW & ACT