Maverick Yachts was started by sailors Rudi and Deslynn Pretorius. Their dream was to enjoy extended bluewater cruising without relying on a crew. They needed to build a 40 ft cruising catamaran that could be sailed anywhere in the world, a yacht that could be handled effortlessly and that offered genuine 5-star comfort, safety and reliability. They acquired the services of expert designer Phil Southwell to create this vision. A team of excellent skilled craftsmen, highly regarded within the industry, were then selected. With this winning combination such a yacht was created - the Maverick 400.
In helping to build South Africa Maverick Yachts employs a multicultural workforce and as part of their social responsibility this includes some hearing impaired employees who have been trained to an exceptionally high level of craftsmanship at the Whisper Boat Building Academy. www.wbba.co.za
Maverick Yachts provides a one-on-one service to its owners; they quickly become a part of the rapidly expanding extended family, and love nothing more than to share their tales of exploration and adventure on the open seas.
Maverick Yachts is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where competing with other world-class yacht builders helps keep them at the forefront of bluewater cruising yet they still remain small enough to ensure that their passion and dedication to sailing remains at the core of everything they do. Their attention to detail and inherent understanding of yacht design guarantees the owner superb handling and performance from the Maverick 400, an ultra-deluxe home on the sea.
Phil Southwell established Southwell Yacht Design in 1989. The first boat off the drawing board -
Get More Fun Telefunken - broke the record set for the Durban to Mauritius run on her maiden voyage.
Immediately thereafter, she took line honours in the 1989 Crystic Beachcomber crossing from
Mauritius to Durban in the incredible time of six days, knocking more than two days off the previous
Next from SYD came the highly successful Sovereign 54, flagship of John Robertson Yachts and until
recently, the largest and most excitingly versatile boat to go into production in Southern Africa. The
yard stopped taking orders after the fourteenth was placed, as this represented two years of production,
generating an income in excess of R20 million. More production boats followed, including the
Sovereign 40, the Islander 48, Jevan 32 and Sovereign 51.
Amongst others, SYD has on their books a 51' pilot-house cruiser and three fast 60' blue-water cruisers,
commissioned by overseas clients and constructed in aluminium by the Jacobs Brothers, who
built "Get More Fun" and "Hulett Aluminium."
The latest in the 60' range, the Richleigh 63, later went into production. At the time she was the largest
production yacht manufactured in the Southern hemisphere - a major coup for the South African
boat building industry. The Richleigh 63 was commissioned by an off-shore company to charter in
the Mediterranean and Caribbean and is considered to be the ultimate skippered charter yacht.
The Maverick 400 is the third production catamaran from SYD. The first being the Island Spirit 380
(50 built) and the radical Falcon 26, a hot micro-multi designed for the "Need for speed" syndicate.
Phil Southwell sailed into Cape Town in 1981 and has been in South Africa on-and-off ever since.
Prior to forming his own company, Phil designed with Lavranos & Associates for approximately
seven years, gaining the required experience after completing his degree for membership of the Royal
Institute of Naval Architects. During this time he took a BSc at the University of Cape Town to
complement the CDip in Yacht & Boat Design from Southampton UK.
He designs exclusively in 3D and works with production builders, other stylists and 3D sculpting
factories; focusing on marine and land vehicles and industrial design.
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