The Fusion Alternative
By Jim Gard
We are so fortunate in Australia to have
such a wonderful choice of multihulls, designed by some of the
best designers in the world. Not only are these vessels available
as production craft, but our designers have made them available
to all who dare to dream.
The home handyman can choose designs from
basic ply construction through strip planking, and pre-routered
kits up to the latest in Infusion moulded, gelcoat finished fibreglass
kits such as the Fusion 40, built by Fusion Catamarans in Airlie
This particular Kit is produced for those
builders who do not want to have the hassle of sawdust, fairing
and painting, and have the added benefit of owning a modern production
craft with its added asset value.
The Fusion 40 Kit is also very appealing
to the shipwright/boatbuilder looking to develop a business around
a production design. Without all of the setup, planking, glassing,
fairing, sanding, painting etc. it enables him to invest his
time in the creative fitout stage, rather than hull construction,
allowing him to double his annual through-put.
The moulds for the kits were produced on
a 5 axis router, showing incredible accuracy (2mm in 12 metres),
with 50mm overlapping joggles the kit components are easily aligned
without the necessity for costly jigs.
Shipping has always been a problem when
it comes to catamarans, to overcome this Fusion manufacture the
40s in sections up to 165kg in weight and of a size that will
fit into 40ft containers.
The International Export market is where this kit is aimed, and
2 x 40ft containers will house all the necessary pieces including
steering, engines, tanks, windows, doors etc.
The Factory has produced 10 motoraway Fusions
in its 1st 10 months and has orders for a further 17 as well
as its Kit orders (1 owner has already ordered his second), 2
charter Fusions will be available for hire in the Whitsundays
after July this year.
Following the success of the Fusion 40s
sailing down south, it can definitely be called a true performance
cruising cat, and allows another alternative to the already large
choice of multihulls.