K E L S A L L CATAMARANS

Opportunities for KSS Boat Builders

Exciting opportunities exist for KSS builders both

Overseas and in New Zealand

KSS  O P P O R T U N I T I E S

Our clients come to us for our design experience and perhaps most importantly, the efficiency of our build methods. The objective in each case it to be able to offer suitable craft for the expanding market for catamarans using an efficient build system. The build technique called KSS is the only one ever to be the subject of long term R and D. We have been exceptionally successful in this effort. As a conservative estimate, KSS will at least halve the typical build time compared to the industry standard, which is using strip foam and the traditional approach.

As well as saving time, KSS is neater and cleaner, producing the highest quality laminate using resin infusion and bonded assembly for most of the structure. It encourages a different type of laminator, one who is not prepared for the smell and sticky mess of conventional laminating, to take the job.

In addition, Kelsall catamaran designs are being produced for modular assembly, which further improves efficiency by allowing all tasks to be done on the three units prior to assembly. One client, who began a couple of years ago, has two Kelsall cats on the water and seven catamarans on his order books. Three are 58 footers and larger have been quoted for. The boats are of the highest quality and competitively priced. "KSS is revolutionary. It has transformed our business. With access to the KSS technology and the designs and services of Kelsall Catamarans, we can offer a wide range of craft without further investment in tooling".

In and around China there are no less than five professional build, KSS projects, underway or about to start. Recent Kelsall design projects are also building in Australia, the Philippines, Korea, US, Canada, UK and Peru. Boat builders in Russia (a 60 footer), S. Africa, Germany, and Turkey are arranging to be able to offer our KSS catamarans. Two aluminium build and an 11m mono are included in the in-build list. A new 12m Catamaran Kit in a Container is about the start.

KSS  I N  N E W Z E A L A N D

New Zealand is a nation of custom boat builders. No where else in the World has custom boat builders in every coastal town. The reputation of these companies outside the country is high. The high NZ dollar value creates problems for builders relying on selling outside the country. Following the remarkable expansion of catamarans and composite boat building, many of the NZ boats built over the past two decades are catamarans, of composite materials and based on PVC foam core. The question is, can the builders continue to compete?

The NZ boat builder faces a bigger problem from inefficient build methods than from the high dollar value. Improving productivity would more than offset the dollar value. KSS represents a huge opportunity for the custom boat builders prepared to take on the challenge and preferably work with other similar companies to share promotional costs. The NZ reputation for high standards could open the door to this potentially exciting opportunity. There is a lot of talk about networking and sharing information. KSS fits into that concept well. My invitation to NZ boat builders is to come and talk.