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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

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