Robertson and Caine are South Africa's largest boat builder manufacturing for export, the largest builder of catamarans in the Southern Hemisphere and the third-largest globally. They also manufacture the most power catamarans, globally.
Robertson and Caine was founded by John Robertson and the late Jerry Caine in 1991. The founders have a proud 37-year history of boat building with more than 2400 boats launched.
Our Sailing (42ft, 45ft and 50ft ) and Power (46ft and 53ft) catamarans are destined for the world's exotic sailing grounds; including the US East Coast, the Caribbean, Seychelles, Mediterranean, Asia, South Pacific and South America.
Broomstick, the 70ft Simonis designed Maxi, won the Cape to Rio International Yacht Race in 1993 and Orion Express (Fast 42) impressed international racing enthusiasts on the world circuit.
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.
To date, Robertson and Caine has evolved to a serious competitor in the international catamaran market and continues to enjoy a market leader position in the significant North American market.
In the 29-year relationship the South African yard has enjoyed with THL Marine - which encompasses the two largest yacht charter companies in the world, The Moorings and Sunsail - it has supplied more than 2400 catamarans. The advances in design of the different models have seen the catamarans winning numerous international awards.
Leopard Catamarans are also bought privately through THL 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.
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 50 was awarded “2019 Cruising World Boat of the Year Award: Best Charter Boat”. The Leopard 45, “2017 Cruising World Boat of the Year Award: Best Charter Boat” and the Leopard 43 Powercat was nominated for the European Power Boat of the Year.
In 2017 the new Leopard 45 won the Cruising World Boat of the Year Award for Best Charter Boat. 2019 the Leopard 50 awarded Cruising World Boat of the Year Award: Best Charter Boat. The Leopard 53 Power Cat awarded 2020 Multihull of the Year Award and in 2021 the Reader's Choice Award. 2022 The Leopard 42 was recognised by Boat of the Year Award as 2022 Best Cruising Catamaran Under 50' ∓ a winner of 2022 Multihull of the Year.
Our Mission is to offer private and charter catamaran customers in the world a unique, fully customer-focused and branded product in the sailing and power, medium to large size catamarans, that offer the optimal balance in:
Hand-crafted by a highly valued, motivated, skilled, appreciated, healthy and safe workforce, in a sustained environment that adds value to all business partners.
We have self-respect, we act respectfully towards others and we value other people’s respect in turn.
We act in a responsible manner in everything that we do and we are always reliable.
We are determined to serve our clients through innovation and continuous improvement.
Teamwork is working together as one team for a common purpose to achieve the Company goals.
Excellence is our benchmark.
Robertson and Caine is a Learning Organisation, that innovates in design and build, our Team are men and women, who take pride in their craft and are peer-evaluated.
A strong community spirit, resonates the core values of more than one hundred and fifty employees who have been with the yard since the beginning over 20 years ago. The belief in and pride of building globally recognised products on the southern tip of Africa.