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.
23 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 Workcats in service across the world working as dive boats, anglers, potters, netters, passenger, survey and in recent years, wind farm support vessels.
The undoubted commercial success of the company has been the result of a number of factors not least of which being a skilled and very experienced workforce many of whom have been with the company from the beginning.
Blyth Workcats are built entirely at our Essex 3.7 acre site from one piece tooling for exceptional strength. All engineering and electronics is installed by in-house engineers and stainless steel fittings are custom made within our own fabrication workshop, offering a completely bespoke service to our clients.
The company works closely with naval architects and surveyors of the highest professional standing and we take pride in our ability to construct vessels to meet or exceed the rigorous standards required for MCA Code of Practice, Seafish, Irish P5 and MCA P5&6.
The original Blyth 33 has now become the Blyth 10m, evolving and improving with time and experience, making her performance second to none.
In recent years, the company has developed 11, 12, and 14m catamarans and the introduction of the new Blyth 17 metre vessel continues to take the range from strength to strength, maintaining the company’s position as the leading supplier of bespoke catamaran-based workboats. The company recognizes the importance of continuous product development together with the improvement of management systems essential to support this and is proud to hold ISO 9001 accreditation.