Happy 2022! Hulls are complete

The hulls of the prototype are now complete and ready to receive the bridge-deck. They’re looking good in pure white.

Further finishing is required and the moulds will be polished for the first production hull. In the meantime we will start installing systems and testing the de-mounting system.

No transom as yet
Fair and accurate. Looking good!

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

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.

Flexible layout

Good use of space is essential in compact cats. Yachts offer probably the most efficient use of space. Vast experience in designing charter catamarans – where you get 6 double en-suite cabins in less than half the size of a tennis court – allows extreme efficiency without compromising the feeling of roominess.

  1. The galley counter converts to a dining table by sliding it inboard. In the centre position it hides the sink and cooker.
  2. The queen-size berth is also a comfy couch for watching the scenery slide by
  3. The loose seating converts to single upright chairs, a couch and an occasional extra berth
  4. The shower unit is behind a door that, when opened, expands the cubicle into a full size, private shower. Steam escapes outside and the drain goes straight into a holding tank. Using this to wash off with fresh water after a swim, the waste water can run overboard.
  5. The heads do not open into the cabin, keeping all smells outside. If you’re away from people you can enjoy a ‘loo with a view’
  6. The 12V fridge is top-opening and slides out from under the cooker. A deep cool box in the hull adds extra capacity.
  7. The tillers lift up when not in use allowing the entire aft deck to be enclosed. When manoeuvring under engines alone they drop-down to lock the rudders
  8. The large, flat windscreen in front opens to give proper ventilation in mild weather
  9. Access to the sea is down one transom. Garbage stowage is in the other. Folding bikes and other toys go forward
  10. Suitcases and large items go under the berth. A hanging locker and shelves takes the rest of your stuff.
  11. Tablet / phone / camera / drone charging in a dedicated station at the inside helm
Living area – bigger than you’d think

New Partnership

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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.