Doing it better

Goodall Design is a second generation family business built on a foundation of doing better. Our products are the result of trying, testing and developing for more than 40 years!

It is our commitment to bring to you the fastest, best quality boats possible. Our boats are the whole package. They arrive ready to race, with the same systems and gear that the world champions use to win. Boasting a fully qualified design team and the latest in design and engineering software, Goodall Design is one of the few brands to keep all our design work in-house.

With Goodall Design you know the guys who designed, engineered and built your boat. We want you to enjoy sailing as much as we do and through active support and training programs, we are sure your questions will never go un-answered. 

Over the last 40 years, Goodall Design boats and rigs have won major championships on almost every continent; including over a dozen World Championships in open design classes, such as A-class, F18 and F16.

Clearly driven by the passion of sailing, we put thousands of hours into our development and commitment to the sport, but where does this passion come from? How do we build the best catamarans in the world? To understand this you have to understand the Goodall legacy.

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Greg Goodall

Greg’s father passed away when he was just 6 months old; leaving he and his two brothers to be raised by his mother, Nance. In the 1950’s there was very little assistance for single mothers; Nance worked to support her three boys but there was never any excess money to splurge on luxuries. Nance’s parents, Ernie and Ida Campbell, played a very important part in the boys’ life, and it was Ernie (Pa) who introduced the boys to sailing.

     

Pa was not a sailor - in fact, he had never sailed before – but he thought it would be a good sport for the three boys (then aged between 9 and 12) to get into.  He joined the yacht club and bought an old worn out dingy - which he and the boys restored together and learned to sail on.

As the boys grew into teenagers, their love for sailing grew - but they could not afford to buy boats.  So - they built them. When Greg was only 14 years old, he bought a kit and built his first Boat; a “Red Wing” designed Moth.  Three years later he built his second moth, where he modified an existing design.

Greg's need for speed meant that it didn’t take long for him to see the light and graduate to catamarans. He built his first catamaran – Mosquito Catamaran – in 1973.  It had now become the annual winter project to build “next season’s boat”.

Goodall Yacht Sails

Buying new sails was always an expensive exercise, and those who know Greg, know how competitive he is - and also know that he would not be happy with any old sail, It had to be the best. How could he manage to keep himself in the best sails?

In 1975 he decided to buy a second hand sewing machine and a roll of cloth for the same price as a new sail -  hence the start of GOODALL YACHT SAILS.

He used this sewing machine, not only to make himself sails, but also to make his friends' sails. Goodall Sails soon became well-known by their high-performance and the 'G logo'. He marked and cut out the sails in the local Sunday school hall (and the spike marks are still in the hall floor today). Not only did this provide him with sails, but also gave him the means to earn a small income, while finishing his tertiary education.

In 1976 he deferred his post-grad, in Computer Science, and decided to give full-time sail making a two year trial. Almost 40 years later and he is still at it. With the help of a $9,000 loan from his grandfather, he set up his first official sail loft and ship chandlery in Bendigo.

Into the Open Designs: First of the World Championships

In 1979, with the dream to compete internationally, Greg moved to the A-Class.  He and a friend, Bill Hughes, designed and built two A-Classes.  This design was called the “Raven”.  He remembers this as a great “learning experience” and notes that it was “not one of my better designs”.  He learnt a lot about what worked, but more importantly, what did not work.

1980 was a big year. Using what he had learnt with the Raven project, Greg designed and built a totally new design of A-Class Catamarans.  This was probably the first of many A-Class catamaran designs that would eventually become internationally known as the “AUSCAT” A-Class. It was also in 1980 that he had his first taste of international competition, when the A-Class World Championships came to Sydney.  He finished 3rd. This was the year the aluminum wing mast had made its debut on the A-Class scene.

The following year Greg put a wing mast onto this same boat and won the A-Class National titles. The same boat accompanied Greg on his first overseas experience in 1982; when he traveled to Cesenatico, Italy, for the A-Class World Titles.  He finished 3rd - again.

Also in 1980, with the help of a government decentralisation grant, he built the first part of the existing factory in Long Gully, Bendigo. This was extended in 1988 and again in 2002 to the current structure.

In 1981, Jim Boyer shifted to Bendigo and  very good friends with Greg. Over the next three to four years, they spent many hours sharing their dream of designing and building the “ultimate” cat.   Many a bottle of port was consumed as they discussed the pros and cons of various hull and foil shapes and construction techniques (often into the early hours). 

In 1983, while he was still working as a teacher, Jim started building the A-Class hulls in a shed in his backyard. It was in this shed that Jim started experimenting with various construction techniques.

One of the boats Jim built was for Greg’s brother, Allan, who took the boat to the world titles in New Zealand in February 1984, and won. Of course, Greg came 3rd again. In 1985, Jim resigned from teaching and commenced building boats as a full time business – Boyer Fibercraft.

By mid-1985 Jim had built a number of AUSCAT A-Class catamarans and a number of these boats made it across to the world titles held at Long Beach, USA. Greg, Jim and Allan (Greg’s brother) were amongst the Australian competitors that made the 24 hour flight to compete.  Allan again won the title, with Greg this time in second place. Greg remembers the flight over as the time that he and Jim designed the "ultimate 16’ catamaran".

Australian High Performance Catamarans

The Boyer-Goodall boats were well sort after by the Americans, and as a result, most did not make it back to Australia. This was the start of the annual pilgrimage of heading overseas to compete and returning boat-less. The export business had commenced.

At this stage, the two businesses, Boyer Fibrecraft and Goodall Yacht Sails, were two separate companies. But as the demand for the Boyer Hulls with the Goodall Rig grew, Jim and Greg set up a consolidated company – Australian High Performance Catamarans Pty Ltd – to act as the marketing arm for the two businesses.  The main catamarans built at that time were the AUSCAT A and the MOSQUITO.

In early 1988, with the knowledge they had learnt from the A-Class and Mosquito Catamarans, they finally built their “Ultimate” 16’ Catamaran – The TAIPAN 4.9. This Taipan was way ahead of any other 16’ Catamaran at this time and still is a very successful sailing class in Australia.  However, Greg and Jim were boat builders and designers, and lacked the marketing expertise to get this boat accepted internationally.  Only a small number of boats were sold into the US and Europe.

Over the next 19 years, the duo  successfully designed, built and marketed numerous models of catamarans.  Their most successful were the AUSCAT A-Classes (5 models in all) which were sold throughout the world.  On the domestic market, they sold both the 4.9 and 5.7 Taipan Catamarans.

F18 Evolution: The Capricorn

In 2004, Greg was contacted by Martin Fischer to develop a rig for his Capricorn catamaran. During this development process, Greg and Martin modified the original hull design (to become what they released in 2005). The Capricorn was a gigantic technological leap for the F18 and single handedly changed the F18 market forever, leaving the other manufacturers playing catch-up for over a decade.

This lead to many successful tours of Europe with the F18 and Aclass, where AHPC begun to firmly grasp its position as one of the top Catamaran design and manufacturing companies in the world. 

Moving with the Times

In 2006, the cost of fiberglass manufacturing in Australia became such that it was no longer viable to build the fiberglass components in Australia.  The manufacture of the hulls and other fiberglass components was taken off-shore to Indonesia and Thailand. Eventually Boyer Fibrecraft closed its doors and in October 2006, Greg bought Jim’s share of Australian High Performance Catamarans.

In 2006, Greg moved the hull design into the digital world by designing the VIPER completely on Catia; the same program used by Boeing, Airbus and Bell. The design was the culmination on lessons learned over 30 years and it is still without a doubt the fastest 16 foot catamaran around.

In 2009, after finishing a degree in industrial design and mechanical engineering, Greg’s eldest son joined the family business and his first duty was to CAD model Greg’s newest F18 creation - the C2. After sailing the Capricorn for almost 5 years, Greg had a long list of improvements, so the platform was designed from the beginning and the rig improvements were carried over from the Capricorn.

Goodall Design

After many years of discussion and almost 12 months' research and development, the decision was made to return to Goodall branding - but now they did more that sails. They designed everything. So Goodall Design was the perfect fit.

With over 40 years’ experience in the field, Goodall Design, is able to design every element of their products in-house. This ensures we are 100% confident that we can provide our customers with the most up to date and best product possible.

Today, Goodall designed and built boats are consistently showing their supremacy internationally, with the C2 winning the 2011 World F18 titles and the VIPER blitzing absolutely everything in its category.

 

Goodall Design has an amazing team at their main production plant in Long Gully, Bendigo, where all sails and rigging are manufactured and boat fit-out is completed. Hulls and other fiberglass components are now manufactured by two companies in Indonesia and Thailand.

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