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North Channel CabinBoat Company Launches with Unique Catamaran Cruisers

By: BoatBlurb Staff

The North Channel CabinBoat Company has announced Henley Boats in Manitowaning, on Manitoulin Island, the only boat manufacturer in the world that builds roll-form aluminum lapstrake hulls, will be constructing the company's unique 10’ x 30’ catamaran coastal cruisers.

The use of roll-form lapstraking provides increased strength and allows for lighter aluminum panels, as well as increased weight savings. The concept also provides a more attractive aesthetic than slabsided boats, as well as deflect water away from the interior.

The Thirty was designed from the keels up with an older demographic in mind, specifically for bareboat chartering in the North Channel of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The Thirty will be an easy boat to drive with a single Suzuki 115 hp outboard, and easy to dock with proportional bow and stern thrusters controlled by a joystick. It's also equipped with a safe and secure ladder system for reboarding swimmers from the water. The Thirty will be eco-friendly and energy-efficient with up to 3,000 watts of solar power on the roof, combined with Victron lithium-ion batteries, all designed by Jason Blier of FSA Solar and Graham Morfitt of Modern Outpost, and Michael Murray.

On-board equipment will include an onboard fridge with bottom freezer, a diesel-fired tankless on-demand water heater with fan-driven space-heating outlets, a two-burner propane cooktop with a BBQ on the foredeck, a microwave-convection oven, plus ample galley counter space with a double stainless steel sink. The generously sized head has a bidet electric toilet and a 30” x 32” stand-up shower stall — all the comforts of home.

The unique Muskoka room in the bow has 4-track sliding and stackable vinyl windows, with patio-style marine doors on both sides to let in lots of light and a refreshing breeze. Screens on every opening window, hatch or doorway prevent bugs from entering. The unique concept offers a pleasant and comfortable environment to spend an idyllic summer evening in The Benjamin Islands of the North Channel listening to the loons or watching a thunderstorm roll by. Sleeping accommodations provide room for four to six passengers. Although the boat was created for bareboat chartering in the North Channel, where six boats are already in planning by the North Channel CabinBoat Company, it will also be offered for sale to the general public on a semi-custom basis. Financing is available for full or fractional ownership. The project has been partially funded by ELNOS — the Elliot Lake and North Shore Corporation for Business Development.

For more information email the North Channel CabinBoat Company at

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