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About

Our Story

At Funcats, we’ve been committed to customer satisfaction since the moment we opened in 1975.  Originally the business was started to provide midweek Sail Training Classes for school children, but the popularity of our catamarans took off with the public, and in no time we had moved to opening 7 days a week.

Over many years the business grew in size and popularity to the point where it has become the largest catamaran hire business in Australia. It is not uncommon to have the entire fleet of 40 catamarans sailing on the Swan River right in front of the City. 

Today Funcats has evolved into a true Watersports business with Catamarans, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks. Our customers include Locals, Visitors, Parties, School and Corporate groups.

Funcats really has something for everyone and all are welcome!

 
 

Our Team

The People Behind Our Business

Great service begins with great people. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to rentals.

We’re a team of dedicated professionals with a genuine desire to ensure that your experience with us is easy, convenient, and satisfying. Learn more about the people on our all-star team below.

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Andrew

Owner

This crusty old sailor has been involved in boating his whole life. As a child his family were involved in water skiing, so he learnt to ski at age 5, and by 9 years of age he was already barefoot skiing. He went on to represent Western Australia 5 times, held a state record for ski jumping, and won a silver medal at a national championship in Slalom skiing.

 

In 2011 Andrew and Jane purchased a cruising catamaran in La Rochelle,  France, and sailed it back to Australia. Sixteen countries, including Spain, Portugal, Antigua, Aruba, Panama, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Andrew claims that if people are suffering insomnia he has the cure, just ask him about his travels!!

 

Andrew LOVES boats and will go out of his way to help people love them too….but be warned if you mistreat his boats he will tell you!

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Rob

Sailing Expert

Rob has worked at Funcats since 2012 and has helped thousands of people enjoy a day out on the Swan River.

When he's not at Funcats, Rob works as a pharmacist! He chooses to work shifts at Funcats because he loves it, and it shows in his enthusiasm and dedication to helping our guests.

As a sailor, Rob has logged over 4000 nautical miles. He has sailed through the Caribbean Sea, Panama, French Polynesia, Tonga, The Cook Islands & New Caledonia. 

 

Rob, like all of our staff, is happy to share his knowledge and experience…..just ask him!

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Sally

Paddle Board Instructor /  Sailing

Instructor

Meet Sally, another of our awesome staff members, who has worked at Funcats for eight seasons. She has helped introduce thousands of people to the joy of watersports, and she does it with a HUGE smile.

She provides 1:1 instruction for our structured Paddle Board lessons. But, this isn’t her only role, she also teaches sailing, kayaking, and there's every chance you might see also her out on the water assisting people in one of our rescue dinghies!

 

Away from work Sally is a former state representative tennis player, and still plays for Royal King’s Park Tennis Club in the State League. She is also working hard at completing a degree in Physiotherapy at Curtin University!

 

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This crusty old sailor has been involved in boating his whole life. As a child his family were involved in water skiing, so he learnt to ski at age 5, and by 9 years of age he was already barefoot skiing. He went on to represent Western Australia 5 times, held a state record for ski jumping, and won a silver medal at a national championship in Slalom skiing.

His love of sailing came through his ownership of a catamaran business in Albany, which he owned for five years as a 21 year old. 

In his twenties he was a footballer with both Claremont and Swan Districts. A series of injuries led him to a career in Physiotherapy. He and his wife Jane owned a successful practice in

 

Albany for twelve years before the lure of sailing returned.

In 2011 Andrew and Jane purchased a cruising catamaran in La Rochelle,  France, and sailed it back to Australia. Sixteen countries, including Spain, Portugal, Antigua, Aruba, Panama, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Andrew claims that if people are suffering insomnia he has the cure, just ask him about his travels!!

 

Andrew LOVES boats and will go out of his way to help people love them too….but be warned if you mistreat his boats he will tell you!

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Rob has worked at Funcats since 2012 and in that time has helped thousands of people enjoy a day out on the Swan River.

 

What most people won't know is that he is also a qualified pharmacist, who can still be found working regular shifts at Brentwood pharmacy. He chooses to work shifts at Funcats because he loves it, and it shows in his enthusiasm and dedication to helping our guests.

 

As a sailor Rob has logged in excess of 4000 nautical miles. He has sailed through the Caribbean Sea, Panama, French Polynesia, Tonga, The Cook Islands and New Caledonia. He is also a regular participant in our weekly social racing programme, which keeps him on top of his urge to go sailing!

 

Rob, like all of our staff, is happy to share his knowledge and experience…..just ask him!

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If you have ever visited Funcats you will almost certainly have met Jane. She handles all of the bookings and allocation of boats, boards and kayaks.

 

Like everyone at Funcats Jane is a boatie.  She has personally owned four yachts, and has logged over 4000 nautical miles of ocean sailing, including a Pacific Crossing!

 

Even though Jane is full time at Funcats she is still a registered physiotherapist, and has been since 1992. For twelve years Jane and her husband Andrew owned a successful physiotherapy practice in Albany. Such was the lure of sailing they eventually sold their practice to buy Funcats in 2012.

 

When we let her escape from behind the desk you can often find her paddle boarding or blasting around the river on a Hobie Wave catamaran.

 

It is widely accepted by our staff that handling the booking desk is the toughest job at Funcats. Jane handles this difficult, stressful, job with a smile, so please be nice to her...she deserves it!

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Meet Sally, another of our awesome staff members, who has worked at Funcats for eight seasons. 

 

In her time with us she has helped introduce thousands of people to the joy of watersports, and she does it with a smile. She has helped us by providing one-to-one instruction for our structured Paddle Board lessons. That said, Paddle Boarding isn’t her only role, she is just as comfortable teaching Sailing and Kayaking. There’s every chance you might see also her out running around assisting people in one of our rescue dinghies!

 

Away from work Sally is a former state representative tennis player, and still plays for Royal King’s Park Tennis Club in the State League. She is also working hard at completing a degree in Physiotherapy at Curtin University!

Ready to make a start? Get in touch with one of our amazing team members.

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