Quick Look: Discovery 50

Carol Vernon reviews this cruising cat that is trimmed out with back up systems and practical cruising features for our 2010 CW Sailboat Show.

Discovery Yachts

Discovery Yachts has added a sleek catamaran to its lineup of luxury yachts that are designed to be a home away from home for friends and family. Unlike catamarans designed for the charter industry that are laden with beds, the 50 focuses on speed, comfort and safety for a lucky few. For speed, this Bill Dixon design has been kept light by High Modulus carefully engineering the structure and well proven features such as a galley foot pump and optional salt water outlet for saving water on long distance voyages. Other feature for cruising independence are back-up systems on more than just the critical gear, designated spaces for safety gear, more than ample storage and a well protected cockpit. Interior layout can be customized but there is one proposed layout with a full width owner's cabin that maybe hard to beat.

One of the design objectives is that the Spirit 50 should be sailed by two people, so electric winches provide muscle at the helm station, to which all sail control lines lead. The forward-facing nav desk in the saloon also contributes toward that goal.

Below, the layout is open to customization, and as presented lends itself to three or four staterooms within the hulls and forward bridgedeck, while the galley and lounge occupy the saloon.

Cockpit and saloon are on one level, and changes between levels on deck have been kept to a minimum.