Quick Look: Nexus 600

This catamaran is built for adventure and extended liveaboard cruising. "Boat Review" from our January 2012 issue.

Nexus 600

Billy Black

The specification sheet for the Nexus 600, built in South Africa, puts its size and power in perspective. The mainsail alone measures 1,350 square feet, the beam is just short of 30 feet, and the mast towers 77 feet above the water. Simply put, it’s a lot of boat, one built for adventure and extended liveaboard cruising.

For all its size, the Nexus was designed to be sailed by one competent couple. All the essential sailing functions lead to a single, well-protected steering station. The winches and hardware reflect the boat’s heavy-duty mission. The deck ergonomics afford easy movement, good work stations, and several recreational areas. The interior is large and functional, yet surprisingly elegant. The full-service galley must rank as best in class. The saloon table comfortably sits eight, as does the covered cockpit table. The multiple living spaces are at once accessible, open, bright, and beautiful.

At great expense, the entire boat is constructed with epoxy resin and varying thicknesses of vacuum-bagged Corecell reinforced with carbon fiber. It should prove robust and durable. The Nexus is not only a capable getaway vehicle; it’s also the ultimate stay-away vehicle.

LOA 60' 0"
LWL 52' 6"
Beam 28' 6"
Draft 4' 5"
Sail Area 2,180 sq. ft.
Displacement 36,000 lb.
Water 528 gal.
Fuel 634 gal.
Engine 110-hp. Yanmar
Designer Anthony Key
Price $1,400,000
Nexus Yachts C C
(+27) (042) 294-0321
www.nexuscatamarans.com