AFRICAN CATS is happy to announce the successful launch of the first GREEN MOTION production FASTCAT last week in Durban S.A.
This electric FASTCAT 445 was launched and effectively became the first basalt fibre electric hybrid catamaran in the world! She weighed in at around 7700 – 7800 kilo’s and was therefore among the lightest boats launched by African Cats.
The launch went like clock-work with the convoy leaving the factory under police escort at 04:00 and she was in the water at ‘Trawler Warf’ around 09:00. Stepping of the mast and rigging was completed some three hours later after which the four solar panels were fitted and the electric motors could be tested in real conditions when the boat was moved to Durban Marina (approx 4kms) under her own power where she arrived around 16:00.
The boat is undergoing a lot of fine tuning, final fitting and ‘on the water’ adjustments during the next week or so. The sails are expected to be ‘bent’ on this week. With some serious sea trials ahead the delivery to her new owners is expected soon.
She looks absolutely gorgeous!
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