Brix Marine designed and delivered the newest installment of its PAXCAT portfolio, a 32'x12' catamaran, Goat 1, to the Qathen Xwegus Management Corp. (QXMC) in September 2021. QXMC is the business arm of the Klahoose First Nation, located on Cortes Island, B.C., Canada. The corporation, whose activities include forestry, aquaculture, tourism, and retail, operates the 12-passenger vessel as a water taxi.

A traditional cedar brushing ceremony marked the vessel’s arrival at Klahoose Wilderness Resort. “This process took more than a year going from design to delivery, but we couldn’t be happier. We were looking for a quality, custom build and working with Charlie Crane and the Brix team allowed us to make our vision happen. Our new water-taxi business could not start on a better foot,” QXMC general manager Bruno Pereira said in a statement announcing the delivery.

Chief Kevin Peacey added, “I couldn’t be prouder to own this new vessel and operate this new business. It’s exciting to see our team establishing strategic foundations for future generations of the Klahoose Nation.”

Powered by twin Volvo Penta D4 270-hp engines with Aquamatic DPI outdrives, Goat 1 is designed to provide quick and efficient transport throughout Desolation Sound. Electrical service includes a 12VDC system, eight dual USB ports for passengers, and 30 amps of shore power at the dock.

The 3212-CTC model’s full walk around configuration with interior overhead grab rails along the centerline, combined with two side boarding doors port and starboard, allows for safe passenger access from stem to stern. An 18,750 BTU diesel heated cabin, exterior-accessed head with an electric marine toilet, and 12 individual passenger seats ensure comfort. Also, on deck are six 11" tie up cleats, a hinged anchor storage locker at the bow, walk through transom with hinged aluminum gate, handrails and grab rails throughout, folding radar and antenna mast, and a roof access ladder.

Tankage includes two 150-gal. fuel tanks and a 25-gal. fresh-water tank.

The electronics suite includes a Garmin 12" GPSMAP 8612 MFD/sonar; VHF radio, hailer, and antenna; 18 HD+ 4 kW radar; 600-watt transducer; and NMEA 2000 networking system.

Brix Marine’s PAXCAT portfolio is a line of aluminum catamarans up to 52' that can be custom designed to each owner’s requirements.


Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.

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