|Founded||1935Canvey Island, United Kingdomin|
|Founders||Geoffrey Prout, Roland, and Francis Prout,|
|Products||Initially folding dinghies, canoes and kayaks, then sailing catamarans|
G. Prout and Sons of Canvey Island, Essex, in the United Kingdom, was initially a builder of folding dinghies, canoes and kayaks founded in 1935. In the 1950s, the company moved to the construction of small sailing catamarans with Shearwater I and later Shearwater III, which the National Maritime Museum describes as the first production catamaran in the world. The company then developed from small catamarans to larger cruising vessels. G. Prout & Sons was dissolved in 2002.
Geoffrey Prout, a boating expert, writer, and World War I veteran, founded the company in 1935 after receiving a patent for his folding boat (collapsible canoe) in January 1935. Brothers Francis and Roland Prout were canoeists who took part in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. They worked in the family firm G. Prout & Sons Ltd, with their father, making folding canoes and dingies. They developed their first catamaran, the Shearwater I in the early 1950s. Initiallly they experimentally lashed together two K1 kayaks and added a bamboo platform and a mast and sail, and after the success of this went on to build the Shearwater I, in which they participated in local regattas. They then developed the Shearwater III.
In 1975 the brothers became directors of a new company, Prout Catamarans, while Frank's son and Roland's daughter continued to make catamarans as G. Prout & Sons Ltd. Prout Catamarans changed its name to 199 AB Limited in 2001 and went into administration the same year. In 1989 G. Prout & Sons Ltd was renamed Prout Holdings Ltd, and on 22 April 2020 the decision was made to wind up the company and a liquidator was appointed.
Prouts built a large range of catamarans. The table is sorted initially by length of vessel, and is composed of those built in the company's heyday.
|Prout Ranger 27||1962|
|Prout Ranger 45||1965|
|Prout Scirocco 26||1982|
|Prout Quest 31||1978|
|Prout Quest 33||1985|
|Prout Event 34||1993|
|Prout Snowgoose 35||1970|
|Prout Snowgoose 37||1978|
|Prout Snowgoose Elite||1986|
|Prout Escale 39||1991|
|Prout 46 Ken Freivokh Design||1998|
|Prout Quasar 50||1980|
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