Tim Jordaan says the economic meltdown around the globe is a wake-up call to boatbuilders such as Aventure Power Catamaran which he heads.
"The crisis has affected all of us, but in a strange way, it as woken us up as well," Jordaan says. "We have spent more time finding easier and quicker ways to build, more cost-effective, and at the same time trying to make catamarans, which are largely ugly craft, more attractive to the consumer."
For example, in the new Aventure 50 Passagemaker, which has a beam of 15.85 feet, "we have managed to offer four full-size master bedrooms with two very large bathrooms.
"We moved the single drive station back and three feet higher which allows the client and his wife the opportunity to desigh their own galley, free-standing dinning table and forward seating/sofa, blinds, carpets, all handcrafted and delivered.
"This feature insures the participation of the owners and allows them to create a home away from home. This design is easy to build, very cost-effective, with lots of storage area, including a laundry with washer and separate dryer.
"There are still buyers, but buyers who demand more than just a fancy vessel that does not really suit all their needs," Jordaan says. "We believe that a well-designed power catamaran, with the look of a motor boat, not a sailboat without a mast, has many advantages, and will now create a market of its own in this day and age."
With Balsa Core hull, Nida Core deck and sides, twin 315-hp diesel engines, 8.5-kw generator, 48,000 BTU AC, autopilot, chartplotter, radar and VHF radio as standard, the price of the Aventure 50 Passagemaker works out to US$585,000 or 496.000 Euros.
All Aventure powercats are designed by Angelo Lavranos and built at its factory in Cape Town, South Africa.