The Shuttle 47 Sailing Catamaran

The design brief for this project was simple,– Produce a high performance,spacious, liveaboard catamaran, that could safely sail around the world.

The owner, no newcomer to the yachting world, had previously crossed an ocean with a friend and fellow sailor, who was to become one of the worlds most highly respected designers, of high performance ocean sail boats, John Shuttleworth.

With the selection of the designer as a given, it was down to the requirements list and final drawings for a special one-off.

Speed and light weight were always a critical element of everything that pertained to this boat .

There were no disappointments when the  first sea trial,held in 30 knots of Cape Towns South East Doctor wind, produced 22 knots speed over ground, with very little effort.

The boat, “Lifes A Dream”, has had some interesting passages on her way around the world via the Panama canal, to Hawai, and recently via the South Pacific to Australia where she is currently receiving some tender loving care prior to a passage back to Durban via Mauritius.



Principal Characteristics

L.O.A.: 14.4m

Beam: 9.0m

Draft: 0.6m

Displacement: 9000kg

Height above DWL: 22m

Main Sail: 76.13sqm

Furling Genoa: 40.5sqm

Screacher: 82.2sqm

Symmetric spinnaker: 211sqm

Asymmetric Spinnaker : 179sqm


Hull & Topdeck

1 x 47 ft Catamaran Hull designed by Mr. John Shuttleworth

Constructed to designer specifications utilising:

CE Approved Isothalic Polyester Resins

Corecell A500 – sandwich construction vacuum bagged onto glass layers

Stitched quad-axil Matt

Kevlar Re-inforced below waterline

Carbon, Aft, Mid-ships & Forward beams.



Single Bow Roller

Electric Windlass

50m x 10mm Galvanised Chain

50m x 16mm Polyester Rope

1 x 60lb CQR Anchor

1 x 21lb Folding Anchor

6 x Fenders

6 x 16mm Mooring Lines

6 x Mooring Cleats with Fairleads


2 x Yanmar 40 HP Sail drives

Wet Muffler exhaust with waterlock

1 x Exhaust blower

Propellors (3 Blade – feathering)

2 x Integral Diesel tanks – total volume 1470L – with piping, filters & valves



Furuno Navnet System with Wind and multi-displays

Furuno Navpilot 500

Icom M402 VHF Radio




Veneer Counter tops

Side panels – painted finish to clients specification

Doors and trimmings in timber (Beach, Maple / Cherry)

Force 10 Gas Stove with Oven and rotisserie

90L built in fridge

90L built in freezer

1 x Stainless steel double sink

1 x Drop-in Dirt bin




1 x 65 Amp start battery per engine

6 x Deep Cycle Probe Batteries – total of 660 amps

1 x Battery switch per engine

1 x Main isolator battery switch

2000 Amp Inverter charger with battery management gauge

Navigation lights

Spreader light on mast

1 x Fan in each cabin, 2 x Fans in saloon / galley

12 x Downlighters in saloon

6 x Downlighters in cockpit

1 x Flourescent light in each Cabin

2 x Reading light in each cabin

1 x Fluorescent Light in each engine room

1 x Fluorescent in each Head and passage way

1 x DC Switch panel in navigation station

1 x 12V Outlet at navigation station

2 x 220V Plug points in galley

1 x 220V Plug point at navigation station

Marine Grade wiring



Total Fresh water volume 2350 litres

3 x Black water tanks  +/- 45L each

3 x Grey water tanks +/- 100L each

Pressurized Fresh water pump system

Pressurized Hot water system to galley and heads

2 x 40 Litre Calirofiers

All piping valves and skin-fittings



3 x Heads complete with manual toilets

3 x Showers and basins with mixer taps

Mirrors in each head

Doors to be timber outside, Formica inside



2 x Forward Double cabins including Mattresses

1 x Aft Queen size cabin including Mattress on suite

Cabin doors to be timber

1 x hanging cupboard in each cabin

1 x Storage cupboard in each cabin

1 x Set of drawers in each aft cabin

1 x Vanity top in each cabin



Large U-shaped upholstered seating with timber table

Drinks cabinet below table

Book shelf and TV Cabinet with Timber edgings


Port  Mid-ships

2 x Single Berths

Large storage locker with hanging space

Shelving with storage space below berths

Head with toilet and shower


Starboard Mid-ships 

Navigation Station on port and Stbd sides of passageway

Storage shelving and cupboards

2 x Draws


Stainless Steel – Grade 316

2 x Push-pits

1 x Boarding Ladder

Swim platform rails

2 x Chain plates

1 x Life ring holder

1 x Dan buoy holder

Various hand / grab rails in cabin

Aft deck canopy supports

Skippers chair



The hull exterior is to be faired and painted with non-skid on top-deck walking areas

Epoxy Barrier to be applied prior to antifouling

2 x Coats of Anti-foul

The hull interior will have a smooth gloss finish

All edgings and hatches to have timber framing (maple / beach / cherry)

Cabin flooring to be imitation teak holly on plywood


Helm Stations

Morse Electronic Controls on both helm stations

Engine start panels – B-type

Compass & Electronics

Edson Steering system with stainless steel wheels



Loose Cockpit cushions

Wrap-around seating

Day bed

Storage lockers

Dive bottle storage – 8 x cylinders

Gas bottle storage x 2 cylinders


Safety Gear

Semi-rigid 3.6m Tender

15 HP Yamaha Outboard

8-Pax Life raft


Life jackets

Full safety equipment as per SAMSA Category A regulations


Deck Hardware

2 x Lewmar 64 – 12V Electric Winch

2 x Lewmar 44 – 2-speed Manual winch

4 x Lewmar 54 – 2-speed Manual winch

All control lines, sheets and Halyards

750mm High stantions

Main Sheet, Genoa, Furler System – all to have Lewmar / Spin-lock equipment


Hatches and Port Lights

1 x Size 70 Hatch

3 x Size 30 Hatches

12 x Size 60 Hatches

1 x Size 77 Hatch

2 x Size 44 Escape Hatches

12 x Size Thirty Port lights for ventilation



Standard Spar-craft aluminium section – anodised with Radar, Antennae & lights

Anodised Boom

Tender lift in boom


Sails & Running Rigging

1 x 3-Reef Full Batten Main-sail

1 x Non-overlapping Furling Genoa

1 x Screacher

1 x Jib

1 x Fractional Symmetric Spinnaker

1 x Boom Cover

1 x Full set of running rigging