Located in Cape Town, South Africa, Robertson and Caine currently manufacture 4 sailing catamarans and 2 power catamarans for the world markets.Manufactured to standards beyond certification, our products are developed and tested off the Cape of Storms at the tip of Africa in the toughest ocean conditions.
We strive to build and improve on our position as a world-class manufacturer of luxury vessels with the objective to export quality products throughout the world.
All of our boats are built in accordance with ISO standards and are certified by the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) in accordance with the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU. Additionally, our product is also certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to ABYC standards
We are members of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and are represented on the ISO Technical Committee (ISO TC 188) which reviews all ISO specifications prior to issue.
With plants covering over 60 000 sqm, manufacturing a range of six models by a Team of 1800+ persons, Robertson and Caine is focused upon producing world-class catamarans of exceptional build quality. Adhering to sustainable and safe production practices.
Our design philosophy is integration simplified. We blend the ease of boat handling with effective boat speed, without compromising onboard comfort and functionality. Our inhouse design Teams in Tampa and Cape Town, constantly innovate form and function, producing industry benchmark product, as evident in our 2020 range.
To build for solid blue water performance, Robertson and Caine use superior materials, fit for purpose, with every step of the build process, adhering to global standards and subject to stringent quality control. Robertson and Caine catamarans dominate the charter fleets of The Mooring and Sunsail, thus are built to be reliable, with low maintenance.
Construction incorporates the use of multidirectional E-laminated cloth, vacuum laminated over a high-density balsa core, providing high rigidity, impact resistance and buoyancy.
Isophthalic resins and gelcoat prevent the onset of hydrolysis. The strong hull laminate is light and durable resulting in a dynamic weight-carrying capacity and excellent motion reaction.
Manufacturing techniques of fusion moulding, air demoulding and full deck infusion are aligned with the design brief of a lighter, sturdier product; with greater performance potential.
Each of our six models has their own dedicated production facilities from moulding to final assembly, these are served by a joinery manufacturing facility and a distribution centre. Three catamarans are launched weekly and global delivery is effected, mast stepped, through the Port of Cape Town on ships.
5-axis machining involves using a CNC to move the table and cutting tool along five different axes simultaneously. This enables the machining of very complex parts, which is why 5-axis is especially popular for marine applications.
All the machining and milling is done on advances styling and tooling base materials with precision robotic systems ensuring perfect accuracy each and every time.
After the assembling of the CNC cut timber profiles, our skilled workforce effect the cladding of the hull. Each step of the process is closely monitored by a team of design engineers and tooling experts.
The plug will be polished to a class "A" finish and handed over for a final quality approval. At this stage, new moulds may be developed for production.
The resin-infused Deck & Hull laminate is strong, light and durable resulting in a dynamic weight-carrying capacity and excellent motion reaction.
High-density foam cores are extensively used throughout all the resin-infused parts. The cores are all CNC cut and nested to precise dimensions as per the engineering drawings.
Multiaxial E-glass and Carbon Fibre stitched fabrics ensure maximum strength and promote a very high calibre glass-to-resin ratio's
In case of hull damage, watertight collision bulkheads at bow and stern prevent water from entering the hull.
Internal modules assembled off the production line, allow for ease of production and enhanced quality control, before final fitment.
Isophthalic MPG gelcoat and a Vinylester resin-rich barrier layer improves resistance to hydrolysis and helps prevent osmosis.
Automated composites allow for repeatability at the same weight & cost every time.