Note: all images are current – taken by Berthon July 2016 and 2017
KIWI SPIRIT was originally named DISCOVERY MAGIC and built for the Chairman of Discovery Yachts Ltd who planned a 2-year live-aboard sabbatical. In this ownership she completed an Atlantic circuit from the UK taking in the San Blas, Caribbean and East coast USA. She was kept in tip top condition because she was stopping off at various boat shows and exhibitions to be shown off to the world. This vessel received much acclaim in the yachting press.
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She comes with a voluminous master cabin or “owners” cabin which features his and her bathrooms each with stall showers. One would be hard pressed to find such commodious owners accommodation in a much larger monohull.
The current owner is a very experienced multihull owner and has spent a lot of time and money getting her up to his fastidious standards ready to cruise the world. She is sparkling and is equipped with everything you need to go long (or short) distance cruising and live aboard. New and recent sails, new batteries, new paint job and new bits everywhere with most of it having little or no use since commissioning. The only reason for sale is a change in circumstances due a terminal illness. Consequently since purchase she has had exceptionally little use.
KIWI SPIRIT is configured with the Discovery Yachts philosophy of a vessel for short-handed world girdling in both style and comfort and with effortless handling. This is a cat that really sails but is easily handled. KIWI SPIRIT is set up for short-handed sailing and with a sail plan that gets the best out of the boat in all sailing conditions. The DY 50/Bluewater cat is probably alone in the cat market offering in-mast furling mainsail as standard – with obvious advantages for short-handed sailing and easy variable reefing.
KIWI SPIRIT is the only used Discovery 50 Cat available for sale worldwide. A discerning buyer who appreciates the superior build quality and comprehensive specification of the Discovery 50 Bluewater Cat has the choice of a new build with the associated lead time or they can save around 40 percent on the new price by purchase if Kiwi Spirit and taking immediate delivery. She is ready to go and could be in the Caribbean for Christmas. She comes fully sorted and with full cruising inventory right down to the corkscrew as well as a comprehensive spares inventory.
KIWI SPIRIT is fully equipped and truly ready for “the off”. She is essentially a turn-key proposition. All the re-fitting and expense has been carried out. The high specification speaks for itself.
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Having completed a 5-year circumnavigation in a 65ft monohull I reached the conclusion that the ideal vessel for live-board long distance cruising has to be a catamaran. One spends a lot of time at anchor so stability, good visibility and an inside-outside flow are all desirable characteristics. A good dingy is essential – preferably a RIB. A cat provides an excellent platform for a good RIB kept on davits. This makes for quick easy dinghy drop and retrieval. The transom steps on a catamaran provide ease of boarding or swimming. All essential attributes for live aboard cruising.
Before purchasing Discovery Magic and transforming her into KIWI SPIRIT, I looked at and tried all the well-known production Catamarans in the size range 45ft to 55ft (and some lesser known designs). All were found lacking in one respect or another – until we came across the Discovery 50. By Catamaran standards KIWI SPIRIT has to be one of the best looking cats afloat. She is much admired wherever we go. The design, fit-out and build quality put her in a different league to all others that we looked at. By any standards, with all the upgrades and improvements that I have since carried out she would be hard to beat and needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Ease of handling by a retired husband and wife combination was an important consideration. Sail handling is a doddle with twin furling headsails, self-tacking jib and in mast-furling along with electric winches. Good off-wind performance is achieved by an A3, asymmetrical reaching spinnaker, a Parasail downwind spinnaker (Wow, does it work! Who says cats don’t sail fast downwind?) and a self-furling storable Code Zero. Upwind performance is the Achilles heel of most Catamarans but thanks to a narrow sheeting angle and a large overlapping Genoa KIWI SPIRIT will go to windward, like a monohull, at a sailing angle of just 35 degree apparent! This sets her apart from the majority of cruising catamarans.
Reliable engines and a good range under power are also important attributes for a long distance cruising yacht. With her twin 75Hp Yanmar engines there is worldwide service back-up. With her optional long range fuel tanks KIWI SPIRIT has a range of around 1,750nm under power.
Put simply, this Discovery 50 Cat redefines luxury live-aboard short-handed long distance cruising!
Available for immediate delivery offering a significant saving on a new build to comparable specification.