Who We Are
Today, Catamaran Guru™ is the number one go-to company for the catamaran buyers, sellers and owners. We are completely independent and will give you an honest insight into boat ownership. As experienced yacht brokers and live-aboard catamaran owners ourselves, we help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining more of your investment. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you. We have countless happy owners in our community and would love to welcome you too!
The Catamaran Guru Story
After much encouragement from friends, clients and colleagues, we took the plunge and created this website. We hope to tell our story as a way to not only entertain, but also to encourage and educate all the sailing dreamers and planners out there. We have owned six yachts (monohulls and catamarans) during our sailing career and have sailed 60,000+ miles in different parts of the world. Our story starts in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa. With the same feeling of ‘wanderlust’ and a dream of traveling around the world, there was only one thing for us to do…make the dream a reality!
our founders: Stephen & Estelle
We are Stephen & Estelle. 25+ years ago in a friend’s backyard in Cape Town, South Africa, we built our first boat and then sailed the world. Discovering new places, meeting extraordinary people, and enjoying unique experiences was fun, not work! We’ve co-owned a catamaran manufacturer, consulted with catamaran manufacturers, managed charter companies, and taught sailing. These experiences and living aboard for 22+ years have taught us important lessons that we happily share with fellow sailors and yacht owners like you. Read about our own story and boats!
Being successful catamaran broker-consultants isn’t just business, it’s our lifestyle.
Stephen Cockcroft has been sailing since 1975. For more than 25 years, he has influenced and consulted in many aspects of the sailing industry. He is formerly from South Africa where he built his first ocean-going yacht in his backyard. This DIY sailboat project set him on a course to sail it 30,000 NM ending up in the USA where he now resides and is a proud citizen.
Estelle Cockcroft is known to her friends as the yacht gypsy…the girl with the crazy hair and even crazier personality, who is always on the move. A South African native, she has for 20+ years been traveling the globe as a contemporary “yachty” combining her love for the freedom of boating and travel with adventure, travel writing, cooking, fashion design, and catamaran sales.
- Are boat owners themselves and have lived aboard or have done extensive sailing.
- They have a broad technical knowledge of catamarans in general and do sail training and train new boat owners on their own catamarans.
- Are a highly experienced and enthusiastic team!