Performance Cruising Inc.
- 7364 Edgewood Road
- +1 410 626 2720
Performance Cruising Inc. was founded by Tony Smith in Maryland in 1980 to manufacture his sporty Telstar trimarans, which he had previously successfully built and sold in the UK. In the early stages of setting up in the US, a fire disastrously destroyed the Telstar moulds. Tony Smith bounced back into business with a design aimed at a somewhat different market than the Telstar - a family cruiser.
The Gemini Phoenix 31 was launched in May 1981. The success of the series that followed made the Gemini the highest volume cruising catamaran produced in the US.
In 2003 a new version of the Telstar (Telstar 28) was introduced, more than 20 years after production on the earlier version was curtailed. The new Telstar is a complete redesign with floats that fold for docking and hulls formed through vacuum infusion.
Performance Cruising builds these two boats  in a widely praised and streamlined manufacturing process that has been progressively improved over years of operation. In 1997, the company moved to a new, custom-built factory in Annapolis enabling further improvements in moulding techniques so that stiffer, more weight-efficient boats could be made. Both the Gemini and Telstar are moulded in large sections with integrated internal structures. This avoids heavier secondary bonds that many manufacturers need to attach to, for instance, bulkheads and centreboard cases.
The production rate in 2002 was one per week.