Pics from before the intro

The Nutshell prototype is nearing completion. The hulls, deck, bridgedeck and coachroof are from female moulds. Also hatches, transoms, liner, space-frame and ceiling beams.

Looking good.

Canvas enclosures

Tents! Well you either love em or you’ve actually been camping.

But marine awnings? A whole different thing. They are so good nowadays they’re pretty much a standard on any boat. Strung between a coachroof-lid and a bulwark, they stop wind and rain from ruining your evening, while still giving you that terrific view of the cute bay or harbour that you chose to stop the night in.

So given the option of enclosing a space for the times when the weather’s a bit dodgy or living within three walls when every cell in your body screams “I wanna be outside on this perfect evening”!What do you do?

Well I overstated it a wee bit, but you get the picture? Having a nice wide aft deck, on a boat designed for barmy weather, I’d rather have it open and close it up when needed.

A boat with the mast at the back will always face into the wind
Close up the sides, the back and the doors separately to get the right combination of protection, ventilation and view.
The roof panel also slides away opening up one side completely, independently of the other – ta-dahh! A verandah..

Picture gallery of the accommodation

True getaway for a couple (plus one)

The Nutshell 26 is designed for a couple and the layout reflects this. There aren’t many catamarans designed in this way and the usual problem is you end up with tiny little cabins and squashed bathrooms. With our route you get a queen-size island berth with wrap-around views, an en-suite shower and a separate loo, outside the cabin – so no noises or smell…
The rest of the boat is dedicated to fun. Big couch (that can sleep an extra at a pinch) full-on galley, braai and great access to the sea. All this can be completely open, covered or enclosed. The seating and trampoline up front is another sociable area. If you want to sail with a bunch of friends they need to buy their own 🙂

The layout really suits a couple

Solar panels keep the batteries topped up. The hulls house all the systems, two electric pod motors, plus storage for bikes and toys. All fresh water starts off in big tanks in both hulls and all waste water returns here. There’s plenty of room to do this and it makes the boat super eco-friendly, opening up many more attractive cruising grounds.
Also they’re unsinkable.


The hulls disconnect so the boat can be trailered or loaded into a 40’ container and sent anywhere.

It’s a big boat to trailer

OK it is not suitable for rough crossings but it will sail well with the Uni-rig and 4 hours of motoring will get you to the next bay, and back, easily. If you need to travel further you can add up to 4 additional batteries, plug in to shore power, charge via regenerative props while sailing or power slowly or motor-sail on one engine only.

Everything on a boat is a compromise.

The Nutshell 26 is big enough for two comfortably, but it makes trailering a mission. It manoeuvres well, turning on a dime, but range is limited. The pod is high off the water, giving good wave clearance (and a sense of importance), but it increases windage. At full width you could just tow it (but the cops wouldn’t be happy) and the side decks open up the living space hugely. Narrowing the boat involves a complex road trailer and at least 90 minutes of your time.

It’s a brand new concept and a brand new boat. We launch our prototype in December, in time for Christmas. Later build slots are filling up fast.

Next year we will be promoting the boat to fleet owners in the hotel, rental, charter and managed or fractional ownership industries. These boats open up a wealth of opportunities for all waterfront and adventure businesses.

That’s it, in a nutshell

Towing a Nutshell

While towing the Nutshell 26 is possible behind an SUV it is not an exercise to be taken lightly. Experienced drivers won’t have problems (it’s the same as towing a similar size centre console boat). Height is an issue but the weight is similar.

The complexity is with narrowing the boat. The trailer is designed to take care of this, but the boat has to be prepared before-hand. I suggest that this may not be an ‘every weekend’ exercise.

The height may be an issue when towing

If you want to day-sail the boat, and leave off all the liveaboard kit, then the boat becomes a great water-sport base. You can load canoes, SUPs etc into the back of the boat and, once launched, you have a big aft deck, fridge and storage, plus a day-bed.

All the toys…

There will be two types of trailer. The standard one will tow the boat in the wider position. The split-back will additionally enable the narrowing of the hulls. This would be particularly useful for a yard managing multiple boats – that needs to access public roads to launch or recover. Or any business that stores the boats undercover – the space-saving for narrow boats is considerable.

Charter and rental options

The brochure outlining opportunities in the adventure tourism and hospitality industries is now available. As a business situated near sheltered waters, be it lagoon, river, canal, bay, island or lake consider exploring this option for when travel starts up again. As a private owner, placing your Nutshell in a managed fleet can generate income and significantly reduce the hassle of ownership.

In 2022 we intend to introduce a scheme whereby you can own shares in multiple destinations, or exchange usage with other owners for a more rounded sailing experience.

A real sailing boat

The deck layout of the Nutshell 26 is also flexible. The simple Uni-rig means the deck is not cluttered and this leaves lots of side deck and trampoline areas to play

  1. Main solar panels 4 x 350W – these are glass fronted and framed panels out of the way of everything
  2. Additional optional solar panels on the pull-out roof panels. Two of these add a further 4 x 240W for a total of 2,36KW (theoretical)
  3. A standard SUP board fits over the foredeck – together with space along the deck-edges you get to take a lot of toys with you
  4. The optional Code0 sheets to the side-deck, right aft, and from there down to a deck-block and onto the winch at the mast. This sail is flown loose from the upper-most halyard
  5. The standard Genoa sheets feed aft around the back of the roof and down to a deck-block. It is completely self-tacking and rolls away onto a furling forestay
  6. Trampoline material fills the foredeck and keeps everybody safe. A great place to sun-bathe
  7. Deck hatches allow storage of more toys. Below these are sealed buoyancy compartments that make the boat unsinkable
  8. The deck shower can be used to rinse-off with hot fresh water
  9. The roller furler rope runs along the starboard side. It can be lead to the winch but mostly will be pulled by hand
  10. A passarel or gang-plank stores over the rope bins aft and is hoisted up to the spreaders. A tie-off system raises it above reach and it can be locked in that position. Great for stern-to moorings in the Med.
  11. Fenders drop-down to come alongside low walls or floating docks. In the stored position they still protect the boat from damage and allow other boats to raft-up alongside

Further Composites

Builders & Engineers

Further composites are a high tech builder of FRP boats. With good engineering skills they can complete turn-key projects.

Dylan runs the show and his many years in the business are reflected in the attention to detail he displays.