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Discovery 50 showcases at Multihull Show

Discovery 50 CatamaranSouthampton, UK based Discovery Yachts will showcase its recently launched and much heralded Discovery 50 Cat at the Salon Atlantique du Multicoque (Atlantic Multihull Boat Show) set to take place in Lorient, France from 15th to 18th April 2010. Designed by the renowned Bill Dixon, with an interior styled by superyacht specialist Ken Freivokh, the Discovery 50 Cat is the first multihull from this highly respected British yard which has gained an enviable reputation for its 55 and 67 foot ocean going monohulls.

Dixon Yacht Design has produced a really stylish yacht with a very fine bow, sweeping deck profile and stunningly shaped windows which together provide an elegant and sleek profile, unique in its class. The hull configuration has been developed to ensure a comfortable sea motion and rapid passage making capability.

The Discovery 50 Cat follows the concept of the company's other yachts, being developed for effortless sailing by just two people with complete safety and comfort. The deck layout is designed for easy handing for two, while the forward facing navigation seat in the main saloon allows an all round view for passage watches from below.  The Discovery 50 Cat is capable of cruising the world's oceans in total luxury, certified to the European Recreational Craft Directive Category A (Ocean).

The mainsail includes electric in-mast reefing with the option of a fully battened slab reefed main. The foresail configuration offers jib, genoa, code zero and asymmetric options. With all winches electrically operated the yacht can be sailed, reefed and sails stowed without helm or crew leaving the cockpit - important for shorthanded cruising. 

Discovery Yachts is known for its high quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail and the Discovery 50 Cat displays all of these qualities. The superb interior has a choice of layouts proving comfortable sleeping arrangements for up to eight in four cabins each with en suite heads and showers or six people in three cabins featuring a massive owners suite forward, with "his and hers" heads and showers. The main saloon, and galley area is sumptuous in its fittings and enjoys panoramic views around the yacht. The outside area is ideal for entertaining many guests in outstanding comfort. The foredeck has an inbuilt hot tub for further enjoyment of the time at anchor.

The 'Salon Atlantique du Multicoque' is the first event of its kind in the world dedicated to multihull craft and associated equipment.  The Discovery 50 Cat will be making its first appearance after its world launch at the London International Boat Show and this latest design from Discovery is sure to make an impact on visitors.

Design Specifications

Length Overall - 15.4m (50' 0")
Beam - 7.8m (25' 2")
Draft - 1.3m (4' 6")
Displacement (half tanks) - 13,500kgs (29,700lbs)
Fuel - 900 litres (238 US gallons)
Water - 800 litres (211 US gallons)
Price - From £795,000 ex vat

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