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 🙂
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.
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