Performance, luxury and effortless
Now it has added to its range a 15.4 meter
(50 ft.) state-of-the-art, Bill Dixon
designed catamaran for luxury bluewater
The Discovery 50 Cat embraces the
hallmarks of Discovery Yachts: performance,
luxury and effortless handling.
She is a blue-water thoroughbred
for exhilarating sailing across oceans
yet, with a beam of 7.8 meters (25 ft.),
has all the quality and comforts to give
real pleasure when living on board – including
the fact that she can be easily
handled by just two people.
High performance through composites
In order to produce a high performance boat, Discovery Yachts went for a lightweight sandwich composite based on high density. Diab cores are the principle materials used for both the hulls and decks.
This results in a hull and deck with
exceptional stiffness and ‘built-in’ thermal
and sound insulation, important
when cruising and living aboard for
long periods. Vinylester resins are used
throughout for higher laminate performance
and to resist osmosis problems.
Although woven e-glass is the
principle reinforcement, carbon fiber is
used in specific high-load areas of the
vessel, and woven Kevlar provides additional
impact resistance throughout the forward part of the hulls.
Both the hull and central bridge are
moulded as one complete unit, using
female molds. The deck is also moulded
as a single piece moulding. Diab cores
are used for the internal lightweight
bulkheads, along with carbon fiber. This
means that, when the deck is secured to
the hull, the whole structure is very strong
and stiff, providing a high degree of
security and safety – a prerequisite when
sailing offshore. All laminates are vacuum
bagged for optimum quality and to
ensure excellent core-to-skin bonding.