UK. Discovery Yachts launches Spirit 50 catamaran & announces expansion plans

Thursday, 18 January 2007

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Discovery Yachts, one of the most coveted brands in British boat building, unveiling details of its future direction with news of a new 50 ft luxury catamaran to sit alongside the award-winning Discovery 55.

The south coast company is set to build on its growing reputation in the blue-water cruising market by adding a multihull to its successful monohull with the first Discovery Spirit 50 catamaran launched at the London Boat Show.

Discovery Yachts chairman John Charnley said that interest from prospective buyers around the world had prompted expansion for the company.

“We have already had tremendous interest in the Discovery Spirit 50 from blue-water cruising enthusiasts and those looking to switch from powerboats to sail,’’ said John. “There is a definite trend towards catamarans in the blue-water cruising market and we will be looking to build on the success of our Discovery 55 as we expand into the multihull market.’’

Comfort and safety together with bespoke interiors and the ultimate in quality finishes will be carried over into the catamaran which has come from the drawing board of world renowned designer Bill Dixon.

John said he was delighted to be able to widen the Discovery range with the addition of a catamaran which will play an integral role in the expansion of Discovery and of boat-building in the UK.

“There is no doubt that the Discovery 55 has really set the benchmark when it comes to blue-water cruising and with the increased demand for catamarans we believe that this is the right time to launch the Discovery Spirit 50,’’ said John.

Set to be available with either three or four double cabins, Discovery believes the new catamaran will repeat its monohull success and draw a wide range of new buyers to the Discovery brand.

“This new design will have all the comfort and the stability offered by a catamaran, the raised saloon seating we introduced on the monohull and the forward facing navigation station which has proved so central in ensuring that our yachts can be sailed effortlessly by two people,’’ said John.

Features in the new Discovery Spirit 50 also include a vast saloon with galley, dining area and deep comfortable armchairs. Buyers will be able to customise their layouts. Also important in the design has been trademark performance and ease of handling – something which Discovery aims to ensure is always at the heart of its products.

“What we have done with the catamaran is to concentrate on a really fine hull shape to ensure good performance. Since keeping weight down is so important to performance, the hull and deck will be resin-infused composite construction with extensive use of Kevlar and carbon fibre.  The interior furniture will also use composite materials for strength and light weight.

“By keeping the structure strong, light and stiff we can incorporate all the features that most people want on a long distance cruising boat, such as good quality fridges, freezers and air conditioning, and still deliver in terms of luxury and performance.’’

The new boat is also very much designed to be sailed effortlessly by two people. Electric winches are standard, and all the controls come back to the helm station which means that one person can sail the catamaran.

The Discovery Spirit 50 is expected to set the benchmark in cruising catamarans just as the Discovery 55 has done for blue water cruising yachts.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 January 2007 )