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

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.