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Update - New power cats ready for production

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Buzzards Bay builder’s 32-footer is being built by a Canadian company

A Cape Cod-based builder of cruising power catamarans is gearing up for its first production run, following the successful testing and sale of its prototype 32-footer in 2004.

Multihull Development’s Buzzards Bay 32cwd will be built by Bruckmann Yachts of Toronto. Russell Hunt, president of Multihull Development, says he admired the Bluestar line of boats — particularly the twin-diesel 29.9 — being built by Bruckmann. If the Canadian firm could build that boat for that price, he says, it could perform for Multihull Development. Other Bruckmann-built boats include a 50-foot motorsailor and a 56-foot motoryacht, Hunt says.

“As a company their abilities are more suited for bigger boats, so they weren’t the cheapest — but they’re the best,” he says. For its part, Bruckmann was interested in power cats and some of Multihull Development’s ideas about composites, Hunt adds.

Sea Glass Technologies of Bristol, R.I., is building the molds and tooling for the new cruising catamaran.

Owners can expect a high-quality, user-friendly boat outfitted with the best equipment available, from en-gines, batteries and wiring to hatches, hardware and fasteners, Hunt says.

The Buzzards Bay 32cwd starts at $215,000 and introductory pricing is available, Hunt says. It was designed by Chris White.

Hunt, who built the prototype 32 himself, now acts as a project manager. He is involved with the building of the tooling, the construction of the boats, and planning new projects for Multihull Development. Right now the company is looking into a larger boat for more adventurous passagemaking.

Hunt says he is moving his main office in Cape Cod to a new waterfront location, where he plans an “open-door policy” for in-water demonstrations.

“It’s really one of the best ways to show off what our boats do best,” Hunt says of the demos.

Hunt is also a salesman, and is laying out an extensive product support program.

“We’re selling boats, but then we’re staying with the client throughout his use of the boat,” says Hunt. “We’re really doing a cradle-to-grave support for our boats.”

Prospective owners will be able to get a good look at the Buzzards Bay 32cwd as production progresses.

“We anticipate doing quite a bit of sea-trialing [and] showing at Lake Ontario when Bruckmann is done with the first couple boats,” says Hunt.

Multihull Development, Buzzards Bay, Mass. Phone: (774) 313-8803. www.mdcats.com