Kinetic Catamarans is a US company that manufactures its catamarans in Knysna, South Africa. There’s a real ecosytem for fast cats in that part of the world (Balance Cats are another brand in this market). That’s down to the fact that the early Gunboats were manufactured in the country.
The company is run by Bob Hayward, a successful US real estate developer, film studio co-founder and farmer and Leon Scheepers, a highly experienced South African boatbuilder.
The Kinetic brand was launched in 2019 but the shipyard has a huge amount of expertise. It was founded by Phil Harvey, who built the early Gunboat 62s (Tribe and Safari) with Scheepers managing the shipyard (Harvey Yachts).
Hayward was having a custom 60ft carbon catamaran built by Phil Harvey when he told him he wanted to make ours his last boat. Hayward decided to continue the story.
Hayward took over, made Scheepers a partner, kept the shipyard’s highly skilled staff and switched from full custom to semi-custom boats.
Hayward’s boat became the Kinetic’s KC62 and the designers, the Dutch- South African firm Simonis Voogd, were retained to design a smaller model: the KC54.
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