The company’s founder, Doyle Heckaman first began boat pattern making in 1972. Over the years Doyle has made just about everything possible out of fiberglass such as steeples, fan housings, running boards, van tops, and of course, boats. He use to tool boat hulls for other major boat builders, but when he developed a new hull idea in 1989, a new page in history was written. He came up with a revolutionary, catamaran design. Along with his engineering team, the hull was perfected to a level in which it would not require two engines to perform exceptionally well. This design significantly lowered the cost associated with owning a luxury boat in this class. Splendor Boats was officially born. The company is now in the hands of its 3rd generation of Heckaman’s. They continue their family’s legacy as they work side by side with their employees each day so that we can continually provide better, more innovative products and services to their customers.
How The Splendor Catamaran Works
Splendor’s unique catamaran hull is the unique driving force behind what makes Splendor boats so special. The hull design compacts air and water as they travel through the inside of the boat’s tunnel. The result is water and air pushing up on the hull at takeoff, thus forcing the craft up on plane very quickly with minimal bow rise. The constant flow of air through the tunnel is one of the attributes that allows Splendor boats to eliminate the pounding other boats experience in rough waters. Dividing the hull into a catamaran allows the boat to cut through chop, and thanks to years of improving our design, turns are tight and smooth with very little power loss. Splendor’s catamaran hull drafts just 12″ of water, providing a much more shallow hull draft than traditional vee-bottom boats.