BROADBLUE MARINE CATAMARANS FEATURES
OUT OF THE BLUE – A NEW GENERATION OF BRITISH CATAMARANS
Broadblue, a brand new name in catamaran manufacture is at the center of the most exciting and innovative development in British marine manufacturing in a decade. The company has just announced the unveiling of the Broadblue 42 – the first in a fleet of swift, stylish and luxurious catamarans and striking proof that Broadblue is set to emerge as a major and significant player in the boatbuilding business.
Supremely spacious with impressive good looks, a thoughtful ergonomic interior and outstanding quality of craftsmanship and finish, the Broadblue 42 is a truly stunning new boat, and one which Mark Elliot – Chairman of the Broadblue group is immensely proud.
“The design is breathtaking, with an interior that is the most innovative and most practical of any catamaran on the water. Broadblue is a new name, but he company has an enviably unique and historic marine heritage,” said Mark.
It is a claim with ample justification as the group includes the world renowned boatbuilding college – Broadblue IBTC – which, alongside a highly successful GRP and composites workshop, has in the last 30 years produced more wooden boats than any boatyard in Europe, all under the experienced captaincy of Mark’s father John Elliot, himself widely regarded as a veritable statesman throughout the boatbuilding industry.
Broadblue Catamarans was born late last year when Mark invited Robert Underwood to join him in creating a unique manufacturing operation. Until 12 months ago, Robert was Managing Director o Prout Catamarans Ltd, who were one of Britain’s oldest and most respected boat builders.
Robert, now Managing Director of Broadblue Catamarans, with his award winning design team is confident of tremendous worldwide interest in the all-new Broadblue 42, which will be launched in July.
“The market for catamarans is growing and Broadblue, with its impeccable boatbuilding and cabinet-making credentials, is offering a fleet of fast, family cruising catamarans that are visually stunning, beautifully constructed and luxuriously appointed.” he said.
Certainly a storm of praise awaits the Broadblue 42. With its distinctive deep blue hulls an sexy streamlined styling, it is the first in a fleet of bluewater cruising catamarans up to 60ft, that have been designed to provide an irresistible combination of customer appeal, superb style and powerful performance.
In addition to the 42, Broadblue Catamarans has acquired the rights to produce the Prestige 38 – the well-received and deservedly popular ex-Prout 38, which was launched in 1998 to widespread acclaim.
The Broadblue group is based in Oulton Broad on the Suffolk coast, where the catamaran company shares a manufacturing site with a multi-million pound bespoke furniture manufacturing facility. It is the investment in ultra modern factory plant and machinery that will allow the smooth and efficient production of the catamaran interiors. Customers will benefit from a level of choice and service that is far in advance of what the market has traditionally offered.
Add to this the services of an extremely successful cabinet-making and interior design division, which supplies prestige retail outlets such as Heals in London as well as its own chain of six showrooms in East Anglia and it is clear why Broadblue is confident that it will be taking the boatbuilding market by storm.
It is in fact a measure of Broadblue’s reputation for craftsmanship and quality that Mark was invited to become a liveryman of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, and made a Freeman of the City of London last year for his services to British furniture manufacturing.
Mark said: “We have a boatbuilding legacy that is difficult to match anywhere in the world. When the Broadblue 42 is launched in July, it will set new benchmarks for quality of finish, attention to detail, reliability and performance. It is a meassage that has already been taken on board by agents and customers in this country and overseas and this is reflected in the interest and orders that are now coming through.
“Broadblue is an undoubted manufacturing success story in a national economy where manufacturing is in decline. It is our firm intention to keep alive the fine tradition of great British boatbuilding, and equally importantly the tradition of great British innovation.”
Robert said: “We’ve taken a long hard look at the competition, and have produced an outstanding design which we believe will be the catamaran of choice for the next generation of boat buyers. 2002 will be the year of Broadblue.”
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