DVS Marine Design - New Zealand specialists in Aluminium Boat Design

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Length Hull 16.00 m (52' 6")
Length WL 15.98 m (52' 5")
Beam OA 7.70 m (25' 7")
Draught hull 0.66 m (2' 2")
Draught fixed keels 1.20 m (3' 11")
Sail area - up wind 152 sqm (1693 sqft)
Displacement 14700 kg (32408 lbs)
Bridge deck clearance 0.845 m (2’ 9”)
Material Aluminum 5083
Engine Power Twin 50 Hp inboard diesels
Fuel Tank Capacity 2x 400 Ltr (211 USGallons)
Water Tank Capacity 2x 440 Ltr (232 USGallons)
CE-category A (Ocean)
STUDY PLANS See stockplan info
BUILDING PLANS & KIT See stockplan info

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DVS 52 foot Aluminium Cruising Catamaran - Design #163

This newly completed design is the smallest in our range of Aluminium Sailing Cats. The philosophy and basic features of this design are firmly rooted in our earlier, successful 62ft Alloy Ketch Cat design which has covered over 50000 nautical miles as an expedition charter boat and is currently (January 2018) well into the next 50000 miles, with original owners and still taking guests aboard on shorter legs of a full circumnavigation.
The 525 Cat is obviously smaller and more manageable than the 62ft older sister. Still the ketch rig prevails but we have a sloop rig option available as well. Earlier published articles for this design contained preliminary specifications and numbers which reflect a more performance-oriented optimisation for the design. In developing the full construction plans we have chosen to accentuate capacities and features which will have more mainstream appeal to a broader spectrum of cruising sailors.

Make no mistake this design is still well above average in terms of sailing performance and the cruising sailor will be delighted by the speeds achievable. However, we believe that scintillating performance will be achievable for the sailor willing to compromise in some areas and therefore we welcome enquiries from those wishing to maximise the possibilities for this design.
Having said all that what we have here is a durable, rugged alloy cruising boat with inherent safety features (6 watertight compartments, exceptional underwing clearance, low heeling moment and easily-managed ketch rig etc) which will appeal to most anyone wanting to cruise far and wide.

Our plansets are carefully detailed and together with the comprehensive build kit information (assembly drawings and nested CNC cutting files) no yard in any corner of this planet should have any trouble putting together your perfect cruising home.

Please contact us for further information on this design. For example we have worked with alloy boatbuilders just about everywhere (except South America) and we can certainly offer advice in this area. Study and stock plan set prices are on our Stock Plans page.


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Curious how this design looks
with a ketch rig?

Watch the animation video
on YouTube

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Curious how this design looks
with a sloop rig?

Watch the animation video
on YouTube

Article in Austalian Multihull World Magazine #141 Nov/Dec 2016

Read the article in Australian Multihull World
Issue #141 Nov/Dec 2016