I had the opportunity to visit the Petecraft Boats factory at their new premises in the Marsa industrial estate, just round the corner from Bortex.
Well what can I say!! A big well done to Petecraft who have invested in premises that should truly enhance their boat production capacity, allowing them to work on more boats at the same time. The factory has excellent access and a large open area directly infront of their production floor that has an incredible frontage allowing boats to be lined up side by side for installation and finishing.
Behind this line of boats are the various models under production, whilst the offices and stores are also located on site and it was a pleasure to see around 8-10 boats being produced with a large percentage of them being their excellent new 20 foot model.
Petecraft informed me that they are continuing to invest in new equipment that will further enhance the factory, whilst there are also plans to start working on some new deck layouts for their boats this winter which will allow them to offer various layout options.
They had a custom 20 foot Open boat being produced for a customer that uses the hull of their Fast Fisher 20, with a custom top deck built and made the 20 footer look massive complete with the engine mounted on a rear platform extension. I understand that there are future plans to create a dedicated 20 Open Centre Console dedicated for fishing.
I also had the opportunity to check out their new 16 Open as the first hull was out of the mold and this looks to be an extremely attractive boat that will complement various enhancements to their existing range.
The factory is completely ventilated and extremely well laid out, and if anyone is passing through the area do stop by to check out all the boats under production. These are exciting albeit challenging times for Petecraft, however their constant innovation and dedication to not only produce new models but enhance existing ones, explains why these guys are considered to be one of Malta's top boat builders.
Petecraft also recently appointed their first overseas dealer in Sweden; CBS Trading AB are their authorized dealer for the Nordic Area a fine example of the level of interest shown in the high quality boats they produce.
If you're interested in having one built, I advise you plan well ahead! These guys have an extremely full order book and they build each boat with care and dedication so plan well in advance to avoid disappointment especially if you're after a Fast Fisher 20.
MRA 13B Industrial Estate Marsa