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!

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..

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.

A real sailing boat

The deck layout of the Nutshell 26 is also flexible. The simple Uni-rig means the deck is not cluttered and this leaves lots of side deck and trampoline areas to play

  1. Main solar panels 4 x 350W – these are glass fronted and framed panels out of the way of everything
  2. Additional optional solar panels on the pull-out roof panels. Two of these add a further 4 x 240W for a total of 2,36KW (theoretical)
  3. A standard SUP board fits over the foredeck – together with space along the deck-edges you get to take a lot of toys with you
  4. The optional Code0 sheets to the side-deck, right aft, and from there down to a deck-block and onto the winch at the mast. This sail is flown loose from the upper-most halyard
  5. The standard Genoa sheets feed aft around the back of the roof and down to a deck-block. It is completely self-tacking and rolls away onto a furling forestay
  6. Trampoline material fills the foredeck and keeps everybody safe. A great place to sun-bathe
  7. Deck hatches allow storage of more toys. Below these are sealed buoyancy compartments that make the boat unsinkable
  8. The deck shower can be used to rinse-off with hot fresh water
  9. The roller furler rope runs along the starboard side. It can be lead to the winch but mostly will be pulled by hand
  10. A passarel or gang-plank stores over the rope bins aft and is hoisted up to the spreaders. A tie-off system raises it above reach and it can be locked in that position. Great for stern-to moorings in the Med.
  11. Fenders drop-down to come alongside low walls or floating docks. In the stored position they still protect the boat from damage and allow other boats to raft-up alongside