Fusion Cats Cruise the World with Yanmar Saildrive
There’s a new wind blowing through the cruising cat market with manufacturers looking to new business models to bring quality products to market. Amongst the brands that are enjoying great success is the Fusion Cat, a high calibre cat which specifies Yanmar
The latest offering is the Fusion 40XT. The first 40 Fusion units were built at Airlie Beach, but about five years ago all manufacturing was relocated to a shipyard in Thailand.
According to Ian Smith of Fusion Cats in Mackay, the new Fusion business structure and new Australian ownership under Steve Smith and Peter Firkins is responsible for a solid order book.
“The process for us begins when we receive a Fusion hull and deck, manufactured in It is shipped to our yard in Mackay for us to fit out to the customers specification ”
“It’s a great arrangement and one which offers the very best of efficient manufacturing. Every fit out on a Fusion cruising cat of this calibre is performed to a custom specification, ” Supplying a global market from their Far North Queensland base, the production of Fusion cats has never been stronger. There is a steady flow of mouldings being shipped to Mackay and a solid order book for customers throughout Australia and overseas too.
Powering the Fusion 40XT is a Yanmar 3YM30C-Saildrive package. This is a compact yet robust marine diesel engine, boasting a three cylinder in-line block, which is rated to a maximum output of 29 mhp at 3600 rpm.
In the classic Yanmar diesel engine genre, the 3YM30C is a purpose built marine engine and with every component in the 3YM built in-house by Yanmar, tolerances are tighter and quality is significantly higher than competitive manufacturers.
The Yanmar drive leg is a superbly engineered through the hull unit which eliminates noise and vibration often associated with conventional stern tube shaft drives. Every Saildrive unit from Yanmar is fitted with a dual diaphragm that virtually eliminates leakage of water into the hull.
“As most of our boats travel through the Pacific and other remote parts of their world, it’s important for our customers to have global access to parts and service. Yanmar is the ”
With a pair of the Yanmar 3YM30C Saildrive engines fitted to the Fusion 40XT, the hull is good for 9 knots under power with the engine spinning at 3600 RPM. At a more sedate 2200 RPM, the Fusion still makes a comfortable 6.5 knots. Fusion also specifies Gori three blade folding props combined with a big 300 litre fuel tank ensures that the cruising range under Yanmar power is extensive.
Fusion cat owners come from all walks of life, but they share the common bond of sailing their yachts to the Pacific and beyond. This is a hull that performs exceptionally well, yet has a high level of live aboard comfort. By any measure this is a roomy boat.