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A fast-developing market! But which way is it going? Interview with Lex Raas

Published on 01 february 2015 at 0h00

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- How long have you been interested in powercats?

In the mid 80’s I built power catamarans in South Africa and understood back then the advantages of speed, stability, space and economy with a catamaran. In the early 2000’s I made the decision as CEO of The Moorings to introduce Leopard Power Catamarans into The Moorings charter fleet in the British Virgin Islands and ever since then have been working on new power cat models including the past 3 years I have been developing the Aquila power cat brand distributed globally by MarineMax.

Interview Lex Raas - catamaran à moteur

Lex Raas has always believed in catamarans in general, and power cats in particular…

- For you personally, is this more linked to business or pleasure?

I can state… fun, fun, fun ! I have always been a strong believer in catamarans, however what has kept me very focused on power catamarans has been the reception of family, friends and customers when they step on board a power catamaran. I have been fortunate with companies supporting my conviction, The Moorings, Sunsail and now MarineMax. My lovely wife Carol sailed with me for many years on monohulls… however when we go cruising now…. a power catamaran is her request (or should I say demand:-) who am I to argue !

- How do you see these types of boats developing: charter fleets, owners’ versions?

I believe we are only just getting started. Pontoon boats in the USA have been the fastest growing sector and in reality these are catamarans, why has ...

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