In 1989 Terry Searle saw a gap in the market and decided to develop the first GRP commercial catamaran of its kind in the UK. The Blyth 33 was born.
Gradually the traditional commercial workboat sector began to appreciate the benefits of the catamaran when compared to the established mono-hull; these include a significantly reduced surface area which offers the all important low fuel consumption. The design also offers an exceptional working deck area which can be developed to meet a wide range of uses. The greater stability provided by the catamaran was quickly identified, resulting in longer working potential in worsening weather conditions.
Also, there is also the ‘security’ of the second engine, not often possible with mono-hulls of 10-12m.
Years have now passed and it is testimony to both the design and construction that the original model “Jo Jo” (now renamed “Taurus”) is still operating. This vessel has been joined by over 200 Blyth Catamarans in service across the world working as dive boats, anglers, potters, netters, passenger, survey and wind farm support vessels.