In 2002 Bennett-Worrallo SeaCat was formed, in order to take the original design of Keith Bennett forward to a wider market, and over the next two years the original ‘Classic 915’ demonstration vessel was built in Cornwall. Keith was a pioneer in the British Powercat field and produced these first designs for sale in the mid 1960’s, well before others recognised the benefit of the catamaran hull form.
After this vessel had her debut at the Seawork show in 2004, an order was taken for a survey vessel and further investment was brought to the company by a new business partner. At this time BWSeaCat became a limited company and moved to a site in Millbrook Southampton where the survey vessel was completed, along with the design of a small commercial catamaran the ‘Signature 595’. Several of these smaller vessels were completed at the Millbrook site. This design along with other Mark 1 vessels is no longer in production.
In 2006, the company moved again to its current 5500 square foot premises in Portchester, boasting its own slipway and a large overhead gantry, ideal for production. Since moving to this location, the company has gone from strength to strength with a further model the ‘Revolution 795’ ( now the S.P.E.E.D. Eight) being added to the range.
The Autumn of 2008 saw the design of the ‘Mark II’ hull, which subsequently became the S.P.E.E.D. Eleven series range. The demonstrator was first shown at Seawork 2009.
At Bennett-Worrallo SeaCat Ltd we pride ourselves on the manufacture of commercial power catamarans based on a full displacement hull design, the heritage of which can be traced back over 40 years. These hulls can achieve speeds of 30Kn or more with either inboard or outboard power.
Having a very fine entry, coupled with full aft sections, the motion on board is steady and predictable, whilst the high bridge deck remains clear of the water even in steep head seas, increasing comfort and inspiring confidence.