Peter Moran and Peter McIntyre are the two working partners of OceanCat Marine Australia. Both are experienced life-long boat owners, and have a combined 60 plus years experience, cruising Moreton Bay and the Australian East coast.
Aluminium Power Catamarans have long appealed to both partners. Aluminium combines strength and light weight, bringing increased grounding safety and “beachability”. Power catamarans represent stability, both under way at speed as well as at anchor, fuel efficiency, and serious volume both above and below the sole.
The OceanCat story began in 2005 when Peter Moran commissioned New Zealander, Roger Hill to design a 10.4 metre, aluminium planing power catamaran for his personal use. Peter McIntyre lead the construction team and produced a magnificent, eye-catching, fully fared power catamaran that performed above its design expectations. The superb design aesthetics of the original Oceancat 34 are clearly on display in the new range of OceanCats: the Weekender 26, Offshore 26 and DeepSea 26. Peter Moran and Roger Hill commenced a friendship that continues strongly today, despite the obvious Rugby differences.
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The full brief was to design three models based on Roger Hill’s latest symmetrical planing hull with down-angled, high-lift planing chines that ensure the boat pops up onto the plane very quickly with vastly improved planing efficiency.