The Builders Behind the Boats
John Robertson and the late Jerry Caine founded Roberston and Caine LTD, South Africa’s largest boat builder, in 1991. With over 30 years of boat building history, they have launched over 800 boats, and are currently one of the top competitors in the international catamaran market and South Africa’s largest boat-builder manufacturing for the export market.
Originally, the company created custom sailing yachts, ranging from 36 ft fibre-glass mono-hulls to 70ft state-of-the-art carbon-fibre racing boats. The latest innovative offerings include the 39ft, 44ft, 48ft and recently launched 48ft sailing catamarans as well as the 39ft Powercat and all-new 51ft Powercat. These models are destined for the world’s exotic sailing grounds, including the US East Coast, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, the Mediterranean, Asia and the South Pacific.
As a result of continued innovation and quality, Robertson & Caine remains a serious competitor in the international catamaran market and continues to enjoy a dominant position in the significant North American market. Robertson and Caine’s Leopard Catamarans are currently the #1 Selling brand of catamaran in North America. The company has produced an impressive list of racers and cruisers, including international winners adding remarkable credits to its name over the past decade including Boat of the Year 1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2012.
Robertson and Caine’s production facility is headquartered in Woodstock, a few kilometers from the Cape Town city centre and the harbour. The company is currently producing and launching approximately three boats a week and there are several new exciting projects currently in the pipeline.