Wednesday, 01 October 2014

We built this 3.6m Ripple from a Gaboon plywood kit and had the opportunity to do some sea-trials in the boat. This is a widened version of the standard design, the same as previously built for a client in Duflex foam. The extra beam provides for good space internally and additional stability.

The outboard used for the sea-trials was a 9.9hp Tohatsu which powered this boat well. The boat jumps straight onto the plane very quickly and performs efficiently at half or full throttle. The sea conditions were quite choppy at the time of trials and the boat had a comfortable ride for this sized boat with 2 adults. The twin hulls offered good support and held the boat considerably stable side to side while on the plane through the chop. We found that the engine tilt optimised performance when adjusted to a more vertical position (moving the leg aft) and eliminated any prop cavitation. This also improved the ride by lifting the nose and kept the boat drier.

The boat is lively, very responsive and rides high in the water. Even with 2 adults and 2 kids aboard, the boat planed easily with the extra weight settling the motion in the choppy conditions. 

A 15hp engine would have provided good extra top speed and the extra power would be useful for recreational activities like towing kids on tubes etc. We also had the opportunity to trial the boat for a day out fishing. We had 2 adults and two kids aboard and found that this size was extremely user-friendly with plenty of space for this number of people. The stability at rest was impressive even with all passengers on one side.

Ergonomically the internal space worked well and was comfortable. The bridgedeck proved useful for cutting bait or preparing lunch (opposite ends!) or stretching out for a snooze. As with larger catamarans we found that drinks stayed put even with some chop about. As reported from Brian in Tassie, the front locker remained dry and kept a surprising amount of gear out of the way. The boat also rowed well considering it is not a displacement hull in this configuration. The 2 rowing positions gave the flexibility to move the crew around to keep the boat trimmed. 

This boat weighed in at 67kg's which is quite respectable and can be lifted by two adults. 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

This project is for a client who is awaiting the delivery of his brand new catamaran in La Rochelle France. After much research he decided that the 3.2m Ripple was the best tender for his new boat. He considered buying just the kit and having it built in Europe however the cost was more economical getting the boat factory built from us and shipping the completed boat.

It is testiment to the Ripple design that this client has ordered his tender from half way across the globe. Another benifit to having this boat built rather than buying a production tender was catering to his custom requirements. These included specific positioning of his lifting fittings, rubber fendering, in-built fuel tank and beaching wheels. The client had the wheels sent specially from Germany because he had had previous experience with this particular brand. The boat was built from the Duflex foam kit and weighs only 47kg's, another selling point to this design.

The simple and precise assembly of these kits keeps the build hours down to remain competetively priced in the market place if compared to production boats. This boat will be packed inside a custom-made crate to be shipped over to Europe. 

For more information on our tender range, click here.


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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New off the drawing board is the 4.2m Raptor design. Designed specifically to suit aluminium construction, this is a planing hull with an expansive self-draining fishing deck. Set up with an offset steering console incorporated into the Starboard hull this will be a comfortable fishing or day boat. Commissioned for a client with a preference for aluminium as a build medium it will be interesting to see this project being built as compared with composite. The recommended engine size is 30hp with estimated cruise speeds of 25 knots and a top of 30 knots. The design is based on the successful Ripple range with customisation to suit alloy. 

Other models will be added to this range in the future.

The Raptor can be supplied as a laser-cut kit which includes folded hull sections. The folded aft hull sections are supplied ready to install and are cut with some of the forward hull panels as part of this section. This build system reduces the amount of build time and welding required. 

We have a builder to supply this model fully built to various requirements including a trailer. Please contact us if you would like some pricing on these options.

We will post updates of the first Raptor as it progresses. For any enquiries please contact us.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Wilson project is heading to completion now, it has been painted and the fittings are coming on. They have chosen the center console configuration for this design with the fishing deck surrounding and forward of this. There is also the option of the targa and hardtop option which would cover the helm and either side. Wes had fitted two 13 gallon tanks and this boat will be powered by a 30hp Nissan outboard engine.

' It's a good size at 14ft overall, plenty large for my boys and I
to do some river and bay fishing.'

If you want to see the Wilson project and how its progressing, like their facebook page



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Thursday, 28 August 2014


We have been sent some progress photos of the Spirited 230 project in Brisbane which is close to finsihed. Externally the boat is painted with stripes etc and ready to go, Internally some finishing work is still needed but we will keep you informed when this boat is launched which shouldn't be far off!

The owners have fitted twin 50hp Mercury outboards for a comfortable cruise speed and fuel economy.

This boat was built from a Duflex balsa kit, for anyone interested in this design or kit please follow this link

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014


This design is being released in a new economical digital format. The soft copy package includes the building 
plans and the use of the CNC cutting files. The building plans also include all boat parts dimensioned for the
builder to develop themselves if wanting to avoid CNC cutting fees.

The cost for this package is AUD$645. See it at our eShop.

Micro cruising is an economical way of going cruising without the price tag!

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014


Another exciting Spirited project on the go is an 18m carbon fibre racing rotating wing mast and custom composite boom.

The client’s brief was for a racing rig design to push the envelope in performance and efficiency. The rotating aspect of this design improves aerodynamics and wind flow onto the main sail.

The mast will be resin-infused and most fittings will be composite and integral. The rigging will be PBO fibre and have  ‘soft’ connection points to the mast.

The boom is custom designed with a stylish curved underside to compliment the lines of the cabin top. It is also designed to incorporate a ‘stack-pack’ style sail bag which provides a large entry top so  that the sail can be easily flaked as it’s dropped. Yancy Smith from Doyle Sails will be making a full wardrobe of racing sails for this boat which will include a high aspect main with a square-top. Yancy knows this design very well since he has made the sails for almost every Spirited 380 launched. This client plans to race this boat competitively and we look  forward to seeing the results.


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Friday, 06 June 2014

Jump on and go! This boat was launched last year but has only done 4 hours on-water work. This was purely sea trials on Lake Macquarie at time of launch. This boat is now listed for sale with Australian Boat Brokers at Marmong Point marina on Lake Macquarie. As can be seen from the photos the boat is well appointed, on a trailer and ready for action. This boat was the first Spirited 230 to be started and is fitted with twin BF40hp Yamaha 4 stroke engines which deliver respectable speeds and performance. Reported speeds were a top speed of just over 20 knots and a comfortable cruise of 18 knots. This is in line with the original brief for this design which was for an economical light weight cruiser. For anyone interested in this boat please contact Australian Boat Brokers directly: mark@australianboatbrokers.com.au, however if anyone would like more information about this boat that we can help with please feel free to contact us also.

More information on this design, please click here.

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Friday, 30 May 2014

A RaceLine kit is available and ready to dispatch from ATL in QLD. Contact us for more information.


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Sunday, 27 April 2014

The owners of this Spirited 230 project have been building in a very small shed so have been keen to see their boat outside to get a good view of it. The unconventional way the boat was moved out of the shed was very interesting - we never seem to have a good excavator around when we need one! The workmanship appears to be first class with very little bog used which is always a good sign. The clients will be using this boat as a personal ferry across Moreton Bay to Moreton Island so have customised the interior to provide an open plan layout suited passengers and various loads. Another addition were the two hull portlights into the forward cabin for extra light and ventilation. We will keep you informed as this project progresses. 


For information on this design, please view our designs page.

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