The 18.7-metre Roger Hill designed Bajaca was launched on the Sunshine Coast on December 14 2015, with 200 people in attendance to witness. Commissioned by a Sunshine Coast businessman, the brief was for up-to-date styling above the waterline, self-contained facilities for extended cruising in remote areas, and the ability to run at 25 knots if required.
“We had seen Voodoo, another design by Roger Hill, at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show three years ago and were very impressed with it,” the client explained. “When we went to Auckland, we were lucky enough to go out on Voodoo with her owners, and Roger and his wife, Christine. They took us out for dinner across the Harbour. But the owners wouldn’t sell it to us, so we had to build our own.”
The client and his wife had previously owned smaller vessels and for their first bigger boat, they wanted a power cat. Intent on overseeing every stage of the build, they wanted local builders, and chose Julian Griffiths and his experienced team at Noosa Marine, who the client described as a premium company composed of experts “all passionate about boats and boat building”.
Because of previous project experience and construction successes, Roger based the design for construction with ATL Composites DuFLEX composite panels with structural DIAB Divinycell foam cores.
ATL’s Featherlight panels have been used for non-structural interior parts and finished with a combination of timber veneers, decorative fabrics and some painted sections.
Roger commented “Construction with DuFLEX ensured the required weight, stiffness and stability were achieved to optimise the performance and fuel consumption without sacrificing comfort or performance. Using the DIAB foam- cored DuFLEX option has saved approximately 2,000 kgs over more conventional building methods”
Read more detailed information on the materials used in this project, and view construction photographs, via this link http://atlcomposites.com.au/project/19/Bajaca