by Dom Wiseman

Fans of the cruising lifestyle will soon have access to the Australian-designed Powerplay brand of luxury power catamarans. Hurricane Boats Australia, based at Sanctuary Cove, will be the exclusive distributor.

James Dewing is the brains behind the superb design. The award-winning boat builder and designer established the brand in 2000, in Townsville and has over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Now based out of Thailand, his Catamarans span models from 15m to 25m. Powerplay cats have an excellent reputation and are praised for their quality, economical composite construction, elegant aesthetics and high-speed performance.

Experiencing international success, yachties across the globe enjoy the superb build quality of Dewing’s Catamarans. Creating modern, unique catamarans for both commercial and recreational use, Powerplay catamarans can be found across Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Bahamas and the US.

“There’s nothing like them on the market,” stated Hurricane Boats Australia Director, Brett Flanagan. “Big, flybridge power cats with jacuzzies and all the extras as standard.

“For example, the master stateroom is forward of the saloon and takes up the whole front of the boat, wrapped in glass for fantastic views.

“Powerplay are brilliantly built, semi-custom power cats that deliver more volume, range and higher speeds for your dollar.

“Being composite construction to CE class one offshore certification as standard, they are lightweight and balanced, stable and travel through the water like a dart.”

James Dewing said his background in service and refit compelled him to dedicate his career to building premium multihulls.

“In my 40 years as a boat builder, from designing and building all types of vessels, I came to the conclusion that the happiest boaters had catamarans,” said James.

“At my shipyard, Townsville Slipways, I serviced and repaired more than 200 boats a year from normal annual maintenance to full refits and repairs. In north Queensland, Barrier Reef country is a boating paradise with many secluded and out of the way places reserved for the privileged few to enjoy nature’s extreme beauty. A power cat will get you further, faster, with power to play.”

James has developed his design skills over the last forty years, gaining crucial feedback from owners and operators.

“Many years ago, I received an order for large power cat with the inclusion of an aft fishing deck. The design brief was “where are we going to put the game chair?” and “can I go faster? I want 28 knots”. That’s how the curved transom came about, to fit the Pompanette game fishing chair. That vessel, ‘Powerplay 3’ is still chartering in the Dominican Republic, catching big fish.”

James has nutted it down, identifying the key features, most important to catamaran owners; “Number one, a good looking boat; interiors designed with the owner’s involvement; unbeatable performance from slender low drag hull design; high bridge deck clearance and V-sections forward for comfort; fine entry and full bows for recovery in head seas; weight centred for reduced pitching; good side decks and handrails; safe dinghy access from inside hulls and easy boarding from dockside or for swimmers; jacuzzi, a super cool item especially at sunset and when the sea is not that inviting; separate fishing deck to keep the blood and guts out of the cockpit; master cabin on main deck with walk around bed; good vision from helm with view of the extremities when docking; trampolines as standard build, solid foredeck as an option; beaching keels for protection of running gear and grounding; plenty of storage.”

Under development are the ‘G4’ Powerplay 65 (20m) and 72 (22m) models. The models are currently under construction at the Powerplay factory in Pattaya.

Recently returning from the Powerplay facility in Thailand, Brett Flanigan has no doubts about the future success of Powerplay’s Gen 4 range of luxury catamarans in Australia.

“There is a model for every type of use,” said Brett. “And they are super competitively priced. The 65 will have an introductory price of $2.5 million, which for a 20m multihull that is head and shoulders above anything in its class is exceptional value.”

Powerplay catamarans have infinite design options available, with build time estimated at around 14 months.

“Powerplay is able to design, any layout required, from budget accommodation to the lavish interiors associated with the luxury charter industry, from a white-walled Hamptons-style finish, right up to the high-polished bespoke timberwork. The choice is yours.”