Robertson and Caine Corporate Video 2016
Robertson and Caine is South Africa's largest boat builder
Robertson and Caine was founded by John Robertson and the late Jerry Caine in 1991.
The founders have a proud 35-year history of boat building with more than 1300 boats launched.
Robertson and Caine is South Africa's largest boat-builder, manufacturing for the export market, and has delivered hundreds of boats globally.
Head Office in Woodstock, Cape Town >
Our sailing (40ft, 45ft, 48ft and 58ft) and power (43ft and 51ft) catamarans are destined
for the world's exotic sailing grounds; including the US East Coast, the Caribbean,
Seychelles, Mediterranean, Asia and South Pacific.
Robertson and Caine remains a serious competitor in the international
catamaran market and continues to enjoy a dominant position in the significant North American market.
Initially, the business involved custom sailing-yacht building and over the years it has
built boats of various types and size, from basic 36ft fiberglass mono-hulls to
state-of-the-art carbon-fiber racing boats up to 70ft.
Impressive list of racers and cruisers
The company has produced an impressive list of racers and cruisers,
including international winners – all hand-built by master craftsmen in the Cape-based boatyard.
It has some remarkable credits to its name: "Best Overall Import Boat in the USA 2005",
"Best Multihull 40 feet and Under", Sail Magazine's "Best Boats 2005" and Cruising World magazine's
"Charter Yacht of the Year 1998" for the Leopard 45 Catamaran. The Leopard 39 was named the
"Best Multihull Cruiser" as well as the "Import of the Year" in the 2010 Boat of the Year awards.
The Leopard 39 / Sunsail 384 won the "Sail Best Boats 2010" Cruising Multihull award. More recently,
the Leopard 44 won the "SAIL Best Boats 2012" Award for Cruising Multihull, Cruising World
"2012 Import Boat of the Year" Award and Cruising World’s "2012 Best Multihull Boat of the Year"
Award and the Leopard 48 won “Cruising World 2013 best full size multihull Boat of the Year Award.
In 2017 the new Leopard 45 won the Cruising World Boat of the Year Award for best Charter Boat.
The 70ft maxi, Broomstick, won the Cape to Rio International Yacht Race in 1993 and Orion Express
impressed international racing enthusiasts. This interest enabled the company to be awarded the license
to manufacture the Mumm 36 racer, designed by one of the world's leading naval architects, Bruce Farr,
and to be one of only five boat builders in the world to obtain such a license.
This international exposure drew the attention of The Moorings,
which entered into an agreement with Robertson and Caine to manufacture superbly
designed sailing catamarans for its global charter fleet.
In the 20-year relationship the South African yard has enjoyed with Tui Marine - which encompasses the two
largest yacht charter companies in the world, The Moorings and Sunsail - it has supplied more than 1300 catamarans.
The advances in design of the different models have seen the catamarans winning numerous international awards.
Leopard Catamarans are also bought privately through Tui Marine's Private Leopard Sales divisions,
who have agents worldwide.
Robertson and Caine Inc, based in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, USA, is a subsidiary company of Robertson and Caine in South Africa.
This USA office brings the company closer to its market in order to enhance sales and after-sales service.
Other functions of this office include a purchasing department for all components and equipment bought from suppliers in the USA,
and the facilitation of spare part purchases for boat owners. It also has an in-house technical and design department.
These award-winning catamarans are highly sought-after and enjoyed by the world's discerning sailing
community due to the combination of the lifestyle experiences of the charter industry, the functional
design by renowned naval architects and the hand craftsmanship of Robertson and Caine boat building.
In excess of three boats launched per week
The company's production facility is headquartered in Woodstock, a few kilometers from the Cape Town city
center and the harbor. Robertson and Caine currently employ over 1 350 staff and produce and launch approximately
three boats per week. There are several new exciting projects in the pipeline.