During 2005 research focused on the African marine market was concluded to determine our potential end user's exact needs.
We established that most boating outlets predominantly supplied Glass Fibre vessels and that many of these had been damaged by rapids, fluctuating water levels, hippos, hidden underwater snags and obstacles etc.
The poor road conditions, availability and access to other means of transport, often left residents with waterborne travel as the only alternative.
A robust and stable boat was needed to operate efficiently on meagre horsepower and still provide high payload capacity, reduced fuel and maintenance costs as well as having extended range capabilities.
The initial vessels designed were the T-Craft mono-hull series which were launched as boats manufactured with virtually double the plate thickness of the existing boats available.
The Kingfisher 430 Tinny and Kingfisher 430 Surf master were introduced.
These fast vessels, with their semi deep V hull configuration and longitudinal chines are ideal for use on shallow, choppy windswept waters.
As demand grew, we have added additional designs and these boats are now available from 4.3 metres up to 9.5 metres.
Whilst the Kingfisher range was being developed it became apparent that a requirement existed for vessels of similar lengths, which offered more deck space and payload capability, which brought about the evolution of the Ally-Gator range.
These shallow V boats are ideal for use on sheltered inland waters and are available in lengths from 3.5 metres up to 9.5 metres.
During 2006 we set out to achieve improvements to optimize the performance of our V hull configurations.
This resulted in the development of our Reverse Chine Design and the birth of our Vertical Tunnel, optimization and lift technology, (VTOL), which offers exceptional manoeuvrability, reducing the wetted areas of the hull when planing.
These vessels with their improved efficiency are acknowledged as the premier shallow draft workhorses across Africa.
To enhance stability and lift characteristics our Reverse Chine "Gull-wings were incorporated into our designs". These generally offer 25% more deck space and 30% more payload capacity with marginal increases in horsepower, requirements and fuel usage.
HIPPO MODULAR CATS
As the Ally-Gator was being introduced into the Continent, feedback from the market was that even more deck space was required.
During 2006, the modular Hippo 600 Symmetrical catamaran was launched into the market.
HIPPO 900 & 1200 MODULES
As the HIPPO 600 SD gained popularity, the requirement for additional deck space grew and the HIPPO 900 and 1200 sponson hulls were conceptualised and constructed.
KINGFISHER – ALLY-GATOR - KFX - MOD-BARGE
During 2014, T-Craft is restructured and starts offering three distinct mono-hull product offerings as their designs become standardized and certified.
The initial Mod-barge platforms are designed and constructed in conjunction with the new Modcat sponson development program.
T-Craft, has designed, manufactured and delivered over 500 vessels ranging in size since commencing operations in 2004 and is building its reputation as a relative newcomer providing innovative solutions to age old problems in the marine industry.
LANDING CRAFT & LEGACY CAT RESEARCH VESSEL
2016 saw the launching of a new 16.5m Research vessel based on our Legacy cat hull design which was commissioned by a prestigeous Marine Research Institute and the establishment of the Legacy Marine Group structure designed to develop the Maritime industry in Africa through a centralized Campus manufacturing facility.
We also piloted and launched our first Pacific Workboat LC Contracts and received the OFT Gold standard award for Quality and Technology development.
Our yard is also currently preparing to release two new Incat Crowther designed Dive Support Vessels to accomodate the growing demand for quality mid range offshore vessels during 2017.