The Dean Oceancomber 33 was built in Saldanha Bay, Cape, South Africa.
This design, without question changed the face of yachting in South Africa. It was the first production cruising catamaran and despite all the negative comments regarding it's safety and stability, it proved to be a most safe, comfortable to live on and reasonably comfortable to sail on, as long as it was downwind or on a beam to broad reach. It was a touch uncomfortable beating into the sea but was nonetheless an easy-to-sail yacht.
It was built extremely strongly which resulted in an above average weight yacht for its size.
We sailed many thousands of miles on Ali-Cat and other Dean cats, never once did we feel unsafe or in a threatening situation, despite winds in excess of 55 knots and very large seas.
We did a trip from Langebaan, on the west coast of the Cape, to Cape Town, then to Durban, around Cape Agulhas. Other trips were Durban to Port Elizabeth and from Durban to Maputo in Mozambique, where, in the shallow waters around Portuguese Island she proved herself over and over.
Many parties were held on her enormous flat decks and we really enjoyed living on her full time for nearly 2 years.
If I was ever to buy another yacht, would I buy a catamaran? Absolutely!
The "business" position
The heads, with bath on right
Saloon, with sailing covers over seats
Launching Ali-Cat, 1990
Dean Oceancomber 33
2 x Yanmar 20HP, saildrive
8 in 4 double cabins