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.

New Partnership

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is whb-horizontal-cgm.png

Imagine this is the view from your apartment bedroom

Now imagine you could take your apartment for a spin

In association with Waterfront Houseboats we are about to catch up with your imagination.

The Waterfront Houseboat company operate funky sleep onboard houseboats in the Cape Grace Marina and the brand new Nutshell 26 can be your home-from-home there.

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to Waterfront House Boats. Situated at the Cape Grace Marina adjacent to the 5 star Cape Grace Hotel, at the very heart of the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. This unique experience offers you the opportunity of “living on the water” with frolicking seals, fish and bird life to keep you entertained and all that the Waterfront and Cape Town has to offer on your doorstep.

Wake up with the sound of water lapping against the hull. Take an early morning stroll to buy your fresh croissants and eat them on board with a lovely cup of Nespresso coffee while enjoying expansive mountain and city views. With everything in easy and safe walking distance the entire V & A Waterfront is an extraordinary experience.

Eat out an any of the more than 80 restaurants and eateries. Ride bicycles or jog to the Sea Point promenade. Stroll across the swing bridge to the award winning Zeitz Mocca Museum or take a ride on the Cape Wheel. Visit the Watershed and OZCF markets selling produce, clothing, accessories and jewellery all of which is locally produced.

Or chat to us about our exclusive offerings such as a tour through the canals, a private dinner while moored off Quay 4 or even a trip to Granger Bay to enjoy the festival atmosphere created by The Grand.

Certainly a unique experience not to be missed.