The Builders Behind the Boats

John Robertson and the late Jerry Caine founded Roberston and Caine LTD, South Africa’s largest boat builder, in 1991. With over 30 years of boat building history, they have launched over 1000 boats, and are currently one of the top competitors in the international catamaran market and South Africa’s largest boat-builder manufacturing for the export market.

Originally, the company created custom sailing yachts, ranging from 36ft fiberglass monohulls to 70ft state-of-the-art carbon-fibre racing boats. The latest innovative offerings include the 39ft, 44ft and recently launched 48ft and 58ft sailing catamarans as well as the 39ft Powercat. These models are destined for the world’s exotic sailing grounds, including the US East Coast, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, the Mediterranean, Asia and the South Pacific.

As a result of continued innovation and quality, Robertson & Caine remains a serious competitor in the international catamaran market and continues to enjoy a dominant position in the significant North American market. Robertson and Caine’s Leopard Catamarans are currently the #1 Selling brand of catamaran in North America. The company has produced an impressive list of racers and cruisers, including international winners adding remarkable credits to its name over the past decade including Boat of the Year 1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Robertson and Caine’s production facility is head quartered in Woodstock, a few kilometers from the Cape Town city centre and the harbour. The company is currently producing and launching approximately three boats a week and there are several new exciting projects currently in the pipeline.

View Robertson and Caine's Corporate video to learn more about their history and their production facilities.