KAPTEN BOAT COLLARS
WHERE IT STARTED
In 2009, while crossing a QLD harbour entrance in a 4.5m tinny, Pat Jones had a near fatal mishap. After that, Pat looked for a stabilizer that would improve his boats performance, and when he found nothing, he used his years of boat building experience and hydrofoil experiments to trial ideas. Finally, he invented the Kapten Boat Collar - a wide reverse chine made of marine foam, that attaches to the sides of tinnies, improving many aspects.
The performance and comfort now experienced in tinnies was so dramatically improved, the customers frequently said Pat should make tinnies with aluminium collars. Passionately curious, Pat designed and built the first Waverider. Even as a first prototype (below), the 490 outperformed his highest expectations, and he knew he had something very special to contribute to the marine industry.
HOW WAVERIDERS HAVE BUILT-IN HYDROFOILS
In this video, Pat explains how his love of hydrofoils started, and how his research and development (including his failures) have led to the design and shape of the current Waveriders.
2016: Partnered with Aus Ships
Pat took the Waverider designs to Tommy Ericson, naval architect and owner of Aus Ships, for cut file plans for the 4th prototype, a 450 tiller. Tommy said he could already see how well it was going to perform, but it was the flood test (during the assessment for level flotation) that first really impressed him. He was amazed that so much stability could be given to such a small boat when full of water.
On completion, Tommy and the guys from Aus Ships test drove the 450 and noted its performance and fuel-to-speed ratio, etc.
Keen to be a part of such a radically different design with so much to offer the marine industry, Tommy entered into talks with Pat on how Waveriders could be produced by Aus Ships in Brisbane.
Not only was Pat impressed with the quality of workmanship and luxe finish of Aus Ships projects, but they have many bays available for Waveriders in their world class facilities.
An in-house project manager oversees each Waverider build, and because they're naval architects, they're set for commercial builds.
2018: SUBMERGED HYDROFOILS FITTED TO WAVERIDERS
Why not make an incredibly safe boat even safer, if it's possible? That was Pat's thinking when he realised he could install Submerged Hydrofoils, or Ultrafoils, to the Waveriders, and still maintain the boat's easy launch & retrieval features on a trailer, as well as not have the Ultrafoils interfere with fishing lines etc.
The Ultrafoils soften the ride through really rough swell and chop, making it smoother, more comfortable, and ultimately safer, for you to get home safe when the weather turns foul.
In this video, Pat explains just how The Ultrafoils work, as well as how they turn bad weather into a fairweather day!