The Discovery 50 Catamaran has a prestigious pedigree. The power, sail and superyachts of Dixon Yacht Designs are famous the world over. This stunning yacht is a result of the 25 years experience of this design studio. The structural engineering is by High Modulus the company behind many of the world's greatest racing multi-hulls.
Discovery Yachts has gained a reputation with its Discovery 55 monohull for building one of the most sought after blue water cruising yachts in the world. Now the Discovery 50 Catamaran brings you the finest blue-water cruising - on the level!
Latest news. Hull #1 has started production. You can see in the picture below the hull mould. We have completed the gelwork and the first layers of laminate. The hull is being constructed in a composite format and you can see the core being laid onto the starboard hull mould (lying on floor). The core is also vacuum bagged for complete integrity.
The whole process is taking place in our recently completed factory unit.
Please do contact us if you would like further information about the Discovery 50 catamaran. We would be delighted to hear from you.
|Beam||25 ft 2 in||Dry Weight||29762 lb Displacement|
|Hull Material||Fiberglass||Hull Shape||Catamaran|
|Horsepower (total)||108.00 hp||Fuel Capacity||238 gal|
|Length Overall||50 ft||Water Capacity||211 gal|
|Designer||Bill Dixon||Number of Engines||2|
The cockpit is self-draining with large cockpit
drains. All drains have slotted stainless covers
to prevent small items being lost overboard.
The port side of the cockpit provides a spacious, comfortable seating area, with carefully sculptured seat bases and well angled, deep seat backs for maximum comfort and safety. A substantial table provides for great outdoor living.
The starboard part of the cockpit gives additional seating/sunbathing areas, whilst the helmsman station provides a complete control area. The comfortable helm seat folds away if you prefer to stand at the wheel. The custom designed instrument panel gives clear instrument visibility. The leather covered wheel is mounted on the fascia, with instruments, controls and single-lever throttles immediately to hand.
A pair of water-resistant cockpit speakers are fitted. There is cockpit lighting positioned on the underside of the boom or fixed Bimini option for evening dining.
(Optional) Bimini Tops
A full sun awning to cover half or all of the boat is also available as an option. This not only provides shade, but also shields open hatches.
There are several interior layouts available,
with a number of variations possible within
those. The main difference in the layouts is in
the Owners cabin versions.
"A" Three Cabin Layout with Owner's
"B" Four Cabin Layout
"C" 'Owner's Hull' Version
"D" - Custom Layouts
The standard flooring throughout is teak and holly laminate with a non-slip finish. However, if an owner prefers carpet in the cabins, this is available as an option.
The engines are 12v start. The main engine is fitted with a 80 amp/hour 12v alternator. Both the main engine and the generator have their own 120 amp/hour start batteries.
The domestic batteries are industrial heavy duty, deep cycle, Rolls batteries totalling 1000 amp/hour capacity at 12v. These batteries, under normal use, should have a ten year plus operational life, and are the best conventional marine batteries available. They are almost maintenance free and are fully secured.
All wiring is tinned multi-strand marine grade cable, sized to ABS voltage loss regulations.
Heavy-duty battery switches isolate all circuits except bilge pumps which are independent. The boat uses the latest LAN-Bus two wire control systems for reliability and ease of use with all circuits protected by circuit breakers. There are manual override controls available. All wiring is clearly labelled and numbered or colour coded throughout. Wiring is fed in conduits wherever appropriate.
The control panel provides full power management information (both D.C. and A.C.).
The chain plates, skin fittings and mast are grounded to an external earthing plate for lightning protection.
The Saildrive and rudder are electrically bonded and linked to a common earth system.
A.C. Electrical System
A 3 core double insulated 16 amp PVC dockside power cable (20m) with appropriate sockets is provided.
The galley has been designed for easy use
both at sea and in harbour. The general
layout is as shown on the plan. There is a
double stainless steel sink. Since water from
washing up and food preparation seems to
have a mind of its own at sea, the whole of
this worktop is a lightweight stone with stone
finish fiddles to contain any spillages and
protect the cherry fiddle trim. Hot and
cold pressured water is fed to a mixer tap.
There is a separate foot-operated fresh water pump. A saltwater tap is available as an option. A large draining sink is built in beside the sinks, so that dishes can be left to dry securely. This is also a useful place to put things down and know that they will be secure. A handy chute leads to a pull-out garbage container under the worktop. There is ample stowage in lockers and drawers and there are fiddles and grab handles throughout.
Halogen down lights provide good working light. Side windows and an opening port in the coachroof provide light and ventilation. The sliding door giving total access to the cockpit. A 230v (110v) extractor fan is fitted over the cooker.
There is a three or four burner cooker. It is fitted with fiddles/pan holders and has flame failure devices. The oven and grill are set under the worktop. A safety switch is provided to the remote gas supply solenoid shut off valve. A 230v (110v) microwave oven is also fitted as standard, and there is enough space for an optional front-loading dishwasher.
The standard refrigeration and freezer are 12v Frigomatic systems, with sea-water keel cooled heat exchangers. Both the fridge boxes and freezer are constructed with 80mm to 150mm closed cell insulation to provide maximum efficiency which saves on power consumption. Vapour barriers are fitted around the doors which prevents the door from freezing and condensation building up on the outside. Both fridge and freezer are specified for full tropical use.
We offer a choice of two engines.
The standard is the YANMAR 54hp. This is a 4-cylinder, turbo charged engine, which develops 54hp (40kW) at 3,300RPM. It is fitted with a Saildrive unit and folding prop. Each engine is fitted with dual alternators. (See electrical specification for more details). The alternative engine is the same engine turbocharged with intercooler. This offers 75hp (56kW). Each of the 75hp engines is 20kg heavier. Yanmar provide a good worldwide service network. We would be pleased to discuss the merits of each engine with prospective owners.
The hull is laid up in female moulds. The
immensely strong lay up specified by the
Designer and Structural Engineers meets or
exceeds the highest level of the European
Recreational Craft Directive Category A
(Ocean). The hull has two coats of isothalic
gelcoat. This is non-pigmented below the
waterline. This is followed by powder-bound
mat. Both the quality of the gelcoat and the
use of non-pigmented gelcoat below the
waterline make for an impervious hull
surface that is highly resistant to osmosis.
The hull carries a five year written guarantee
Vinylester resin is used throughout the hull, which gives superior strength over more traditional polyester resins and a far higher resistance to water ingress again helping to prevent osmosis. The lay-up incorporates a high density core, which provides exceptional stiffness and insulation. This is laid-up with e-glass and locally reinforced with Carbon fibre and consolidated using vacuum technology to ensure complete structural integrity. Woven mat is used extensively for optimum strength to weight ratio, and this is further stiffened by a layer of woven Kevlar throughout the forward part of the hulls. Extensive stringers and bulkheads give massive stiffness and strength.
Both hulls and the central bridge are moulded as one complete unit. The deck is also moulded as one complete unit, which means when the deck is secured to the hull the whole structure is very strong and stiff providing you with security and safety, especially when sailing offshore.
There are watertight bulkheads forward of the forward cabins. In the section forward of these bulkheads there is a horizontal watertight bulkhead to protect the boat in the unfortunate event of severe bow damage below the water line. The engine rooms aft are contained in their own watertight compartments.
The hull below the waterline is epoxy painted and given two coats of anti-fouling before the boat is launched. A double boot top line is sprayed or moulded in.
Deck and Hull
The deck is moulded in GRP with a foam
core to provide strength and insulation.
Wherever there are load bearing areas
plywood replaces the foam core. All high
load bearing fittings have reinforced backing
plates. The deck incorporates two massive
lockers forward accessed by large hatches.
There is a large self-draining gas locker by the
helm position, and a liferaft stowage position
amidships on the aft face of the bridgedeck.
Since anchoring easily is a major consideration when cruising, there is a self-draining chain and anchor locker in the central pod. Here the anchor is deployed from a self launching roller system by the electric windlass.
The port transom is fitted with a bathing ladder, with option for a second one to starboard. A useful grab handle is provided when coming alongside in a dinghy. A bathing shower with hot and cold supply is standard.
The engine rooms and the forward deck accessible compartments are fitted with lights.
The transom steps and main cockpit sole are teak laid as standard, using finest quarter sawn teak, with no visible fastenings. As an alternative, synthetic teak options are available or a textured non-slip finish can be applied to the GRP.
Instruments by Raymarine. ST60+ boat speed, wind speed and direction, and depth systems. Instruments are mounted at the forward end of the cockpit by the helmsman. A multi-function repeater is incorporated in the optional plotter.
Mast & Rig Options
The standard oval section mast is deck
stepped, with swept back spreaders.
The standard finish is extruded silver anodised aluminium alloy. White finish spars are available as an option. The standard rig is electric in-mast reefing. Push button control from the cockpit allows one person to reef and furl away the sail. There is a manual over-ride of the electric motor. The mast is fitted with internal halyards. A conventional horizontal battened main is available as an option. Spars are from Marechal or Selden.
The standard sail plan arrangement offers a vertical battened mainsail with a 130% rolling reefing Genoa OR a 100% selftacking roller reefing Jib. The latter is often then supplemented by an optional furling screacher or gennaker sail if desired.
As an option all the deck gear may be fitted to allow the flying of either a self-tacking Jib or the larger Genoa, with either sail set to the forestay furler.
Each of these rigs has its own advantages. We would be delighted to talk through your own preferences.
Sails and Rigging
All standing rigging is of 1 x 19 stainless steel wire terminating in Norseman Gibb or swaged terminals with chromed bronze rigging screws and stainless steel toggles at the lower ends.
Running Rigging (According to Sailplan Chosen)
Sails (According to Rig)
Mainsail cut for in-mast reefing.
Furling crosscut Blade Jib in Dacron with luff pad and UV protective strip, or
Furling crosscut Genoa in Dacron (130%) with luff pad and UV protective strip.
Vectran cloth or laminate sails are available as an option.