the New Nutshell 38 kit-cat

Plenty of room in a performance catamaran

The concept

A simple, affordable, fast sailing catamaran with the Nutshell innovative touch.

The platform is extremely flexible, offering 2,3 or 4 cabin layouts, with a systems room that is also a partial or complete forward cockpit. Wheel or tiller steering. And the uniquely simple Uni-rig. Designed in Cape Town

The Kit


The entire boat, including pre-built hulls and all the surfaces, frames and joinery fits into a single 40’ container.

Build process

Either build yourself in half the time of a flat-panel boat, or have a local professional put the boat together for you and stay local. All build manuals are included and the step by step process matches pre-cut and marked foam-core panels to frames and mouldings.

The Nutshell 38

Sub-mouldings (in red) form the framework with frames (not shown) and pre-cut flat panels (in blue). Other options are covered by detailed shop-drawings (metalwork, glazing, backing plates, systems) or can be purchased from an option list and sent in a second 20’ container.
Layout is highly flexible 2, 3 or 4 cabin layouts can be customised further. One heads per hull with separate shower.
The saloon / aft deck areas are huge and can be fully enclosed in canvas. Forward there is an optional systems room (generator, plumbing, electrics and water maker) or a fwd cockpit with a step-through opening window into the interior.
Dagger boards use the same foils as the kick-up rudders. Tiller or wheel steering connect the transom-hung rudders. Solar panels cover the entire coachroof lid and the Uni-rig requires only two sheets and two halyards. Two electric winches and one manual on deck manage all sail handling, including an optional Code0 heads’l

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