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Welcome to your Dazcat News


We hope you enjoy your new look newsletter! We've packed in quite a lot as it's been a busy summer and there's plenty to tell you about.
In this edition you will find updates on this season's
racing news, catch up with our latest launch, boats in design and build and news from the yard and team. The summer's cruising news will be brought to you in a separate edition.

Enjoy the read and please get back to us with any comments, suggestions or feedback.
Kit boat D1195 ‘Merlin’
was launched on September 7th. She has now left the lake and is in her new home on the River Rance near St. Malo France. She's the first Dazcat to go to France so we're delighted that owner Michel chose to come to us. Full fit out on Merlin will be completed by Michel in time for his 60th birthday – what a great birthday present to himself!

We hope to bring you updates of Merlin's progress over the coming months. 

In the meantime,
catch up on Merlin’s journey so far with the video below.
Why a kit boat?

Merlin is the 5th kit we have supplied. Customer feedback tells us it’s a great approach as it can reduce the finishing costs and enable the owner to spread these appropriately, depending on personal circumstances. Finishing your own kit boat  also allows for an even greater level of personalisation, both in terms of aesthetics and choice of supplier and products.

Remember though, you do need to be a practical type, and have enough time to dedicate to the project!

We work with each customer individually to decide the level of finish they require from us, as well as any post-production support they might need.

All kits are handed over with 2d drawings, which owners may choose to follow for the internal layout. We are also happy to provide other advice, as required and of course you could always complete your project onsite at The Multihull Centre yard.

In the design office we have been looking at 3 new sailing designs:

1. The Dazcat 1100 tiller boat is a replacement for the 995 design and offers, among other things, brilliant performance and agility, wider berths and increased freeboard. We have also lowered the bridge deck canopy roof for vision and internally it features standing head room in the companionway and sitting headroom in the saloon. We have dropped the outboards and fitted twin 10hp inboards. In order to give on board charging an electric drive system will also be available on this design. The boat is primarily aimed at exhilarating racing but, like all our Dazcats, it will also make for exceptionally comfortable cruising as well.

2. The Dazcat 1295 is a development of our existing 1195 design. At 42 feet it has also had freeboard increased by 150mm which gives extra head room in the hulls. Comfort has also been further improved through inclusion of new reverse wave piercing bows, wider aft berths and centralised systems and engines. We have also lifted the performance ratio, closer to that of the 1495, this will keep class racing tight and exciting! Our aim is to build this boat at a similar weight to the 1195 which is around 4 tones.

3. The new Dazcat 1900 blue water cruiser is a back burner project and is designed for global cruising. It will feature both internal and external helm positions, 4 double cabins with two head compartments. Other internal features include a massive saloon, retracting canopy roof and carbon mast. The weight will be approximately 13 tonnes, so this will be a real performance boat for its size.

In BUILD - our latest wheelchair accessible cat.

Our next launch, in spring 2017, will be the Artemis Project. Our new wheelchair accessible Tomcat build is progressing well and a full size mock up has been fitted to the interior so Tom was able to check everything works well for him in the chair when he visited earlier this week. It was such a pleasure to see his enormous grin as he whizzed around the boat!

Tom’s expedition plans are now online and it looks like he has a truly fantastic itinerary for his circumnavigation. He will stop at some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting spots, using Artemis as an expeditionary dive platform. Find out more about Tom, his boat and his inspirational plans on the website: 

You can also view designer Darren Newton talking about the boat and the build so far in the video below.

Race News and Updates
We've had such a great season, with Hissy Fit now really getting into her stride through her second race season as Dazcat's flagship. The 1495s, Hissy Fit and Apollo, have definitely been busy proving yet again that Dazcats are both fast and comfortable, not to mention beautifully sleek and stylish.

It's been a pleasure racing with so many other Dazcats this year, our team is steadily growing. We hope you enjoy the race summaries below and that if you haven't previously taken part, you might feel inspired to join us on some next year. The PASAB is our favorite for providing a mix of social fun and great sailing in a stunning location, every type of sailing boat takes part, with some serious racers among them and some out for the pleasure alone. We'd love to see you there next year (28th - 31st July), if you can make it.
Watch the video of this year's PASAB race below.

----> The race update is very much in note form in an effort to keep text as brief as possible, but we will be putting together videos of each of the races over the winter so you'll be able to get a feel for them all.
Saltash Sailing Club Spring Series
2nd,10th,17th & 23rd April
A gentle Saturday afternoon start to the season followed by refreshment’s and Musical entertainment at the club. 5 Mocra Multihulls entered
Series results
Hissy Fit 1495 1st
Apollo 1495 2nd
Bare Necessities 1150 3rd

RWYC Pantanius Triangle. Plymouth-Falmouth-Fowey-Plymouth
30th April-2nd May, 3 separate races to make a series.
5 Dazcats out of 11 Mocra boats
Hissy Fit 1495 1st
Suenos 1195 2nd
Bare Necessities 1150 3rd
Easy Tiger 995 8th
Belladonna 10m 11th

You can watch some clips from Days 1 & 2 in the video box below, or by clicking these links:
Day 1
Day 2

Armen Race
Delivery from Plymouth to La Trinitie Sur Mer 260nm
Armen race 5th-7th May
Three Dazcats: Bare Necessities, Hissy Fit & Suenos. First British boats to take part in this new French Classic in its 5 edition.
Pete Middleton, Chriss Briggs, Matt Theobald, Malric Leborgne & Simon Baker, Armen race completed, many thanks to the Hosting club, SNT La Trinite-Sur-Mer, for an excellent race. We hope to come back next year to try and better!
Hissy Fit 3rd
Suenos 4th
Bare Necessities 5th.
Interestingly under the Mocra rating system Suenos would have beaten Hissy Fit. Big thanks to Rupert and Bruce for deciding to make the trip as well. Hissy Fit's crew of Pete Middleton, Matt Theobald, Chris Briggs and Malric, did an excellent job.
Now for the trip back to Cornwall.
3rd  Hissy Fit, Dazcat 1495
4th Suenos, Dazcat 1195
5th Bare Necessities, Dazcat 1150

Delivery back to Plymouth, 260 nm in 25 hours

Mocra Nationals 28th-30th May part of Poole International Paints Regatta
Delivery from Plymouth to Poole 100nm
Richard Bickford, Ellie Draper, Pete Middleton, Robin Russell, Andrew Fennell & Simon Baker
3 days inshore windward Leeward short courses 0.8-1m windward legs.
Sailing with, 6 crew, got us round the corners and holding our own against the smaller more nimble Trimarans.
In the lead going into the final day against Matt Baker and Wombat, It came down to the last race, congratulations on being Mocra National champion Matt Baker on “Wombat”.
Hissy Fit 2nd.

Delivery back to Plymouth, Pizza from the oven and Ice Creams out of the freezer for the trip home with Richard Bickford and Pete Middleton.  20-25 kts 1st reef in in to Lyme Bay, before having to motor home the last 40 miles towing baby brother in Wombat.

9th June, Taking German 'Yacht' Magazine journalists out for a photo shoot with Hissy Fit's sistership Apollo. You will be able to see the video they shot in January on their Yacht TV page. In the meantime, you can watch our interview with them  below.

Race News and Updates continued...
Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race 701nm 18th June
Delivery trip from Plymouth to Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, 270nm.
Mod 70 Concise 10, came and gave us a fly past with fastest sailor on the planet Paul Larson on board. He even bought us a pint of Guinness in the Royal Irish Yacht Club!
All new crew joining Simon Baker for this race:
Andy Carr, Jess Houlgrave, Dan Drew, Amy  McCarthy
Under 50’ Multihull Class
1st Hissy Fit
2nd Bare Necessities
3rd  Suenos

Delivery back to Plymouth 270nm, 28 hours
Matt Theobald form Dazcat 1150 Bare Neccessities, Dan Drew
This was the first time multihulls have been able to enter this race and we are looking forward to the next time.

Round the Island race, JP Morgan & ISC. 2nd July
Delivery trip Plymouth to Cowes 130nm, stopped off at Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight  for breakfast following a 12 hour overnight passage for Matt Baker, Richard Bickford, Chris Briggs, Robin Russell, Brendan Seaward & Simon Baker

A challenging forecast, with racing for Mocra boats under 9.15m cancelled, due to reports of 45kts at St Catherine’s and 30kts + forecast for the race.
Iconic photos showing Dazcats can fly at the Needles taken by Rick Tomlinson, can be seen on our Facebook page by clicking here.
We decided to leave the wreck of the Varsses  to our Port side before setting the screecher. Sailing at 13-15 kts, a little under gassed and heading high of St Cat’s we opted to peel to the A3 kite and the speed build hitting 20 kts on the short confused overfalls. It seemed that lots of Monohulls had spinnaker trouble as many of the boats were sailing with Genoas having blown out their kites.
Down to Bembridge Ledge bouy and a we were running out of scalps ahead, only Team Consice 2 and fellow Plymouth boat Kerr 40 Kerronimo in sight. Concise was the first to drop back just past Horse Sands Fort. Now hard on the wind and some tacking to do. Kerronimo looked unstoppable, Matt Baker now at the helm kept plugging away and by Wooton Creek Hissy Fit was ahead and charging to the finish, a couple more tacks and we were “Across the Line”.
13th boat to finish out of nearly 1000 starters, 5th Multihull overall  and 2nd in Class.

Next, we took Hissy Fit over to Ocean Village marina Southampton for 5 days before the Cowes St Malo

RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo race 8th July,  151mn
Dave Barden, Dave Young, Daryl Morgan, Adam Littlejohn, Mick Flanagan & Simon Baker.
Small rip in main sail, by bottom batten car whilst 1st reef was in. Otherwise an enjoyable race.
Delivery back to Plymouth, 130nm in 12 hours.

Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) Autumn Series
is still going on, each weekend until October 23rd. We will give updates on this in the next newsletter. So far Hissy Fit, Apollo, Bear Necessities and Belladonna have been taking part with weather ranging from very fresh and breezy to absolute calm.

Around the yard at the Multihull Centre
We have been very busy at the Multihull Centre and are delighted to be able to announce that our service team has grown. This is in direct response to demand and all the refit work we now have on the books .
Nick, our yard manager, is happy as he has a new Manatee Teleifter replacing our classic fork lift. We have also invested in 15 shipping containers for storage or small workshops and added a new electrical supply across the yard leaving only one more section to do.
Brokerage sales are up this year but we are still able to accommodate more used boats on our books. We will offer you a great deal, especially if you bring it to the Multihull Centre yard, so if you are thinking about selling give us a ring to arrange listing your boat.
Contact: 01752 823900 or email:

New to the Team
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Oriel Butcher and I've recently started a part time marketing role with Dazcat. As one part of this role I will be putting together the newsletters for you and managing the social media.

I've been so impressed by the Dazcat 'family' feeling that I'd like to be able to share more of your stories and news with other Dazcat owners and friends. With this in mind, I may contact you to ask if you would be willing to be interviewed and for updates on your Dazcat. I would also like to invite all of you to send me in any photos or stories, however brief, of you and your Dazcat. These may be used in the newsletters, on our social media or the website.

Do also keep an eye out for a small aluminium dory chasing you if you happen to be sailing around Plymouth - it will be me and my partner Steve trying to grab some video footage of your Dazcat sailing!
You can contact me by email:

Brief bio
I have been sailing all my life and although I was brought up moving around the world, we somehow always ended up near water and my dad, who was from Plymouth, built a boat in every place we lived! My first was an Optimist, which he built for me in Indonesia when I was seven. I soon progressed to an American built Lido and by the time I was doing my apprenticeship in Jakarta as a teenager, I was spending all my weekends and free time sailing around the 'Thousand Islands' in my Lido. This was in the good company of the Indonesian National Sailing Team, who put out into open water in a varied collection of Fireballs, Lasers and other dingys.

During my summer holidays while at College back in the UK, i worked at the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe, living and working on board M/V Egremont, their floating centre. But as soon as I could, I headed back abroad and worked first on charter yachts in the Mediterranean and then on an archaological excavation dive ship in the South China Seas.

During my time in the Philippines I was lucky enough to be involved in both the 1989 & 1990 "Raid Mer De Chine' races. These races were organised by the well known French adventurers, the D'Aboville brothers, Gerard and Hubert. This race brought Hobie Cats from around the world, to race to a different island on each day of the 14 day race, covering around 400 miles through the race. Among the sailors wer the likes of the young Loick Peyron, Daniel Pradel, Eric Bruneel (famous at the time for having crossed the Atlantic in a Hobie Cat in 1986 - click their names for a read about that) and Australian Tony Laurent. News snippet from the Raid Mer de Chine can be seen by clicking here, if you are interested.

After many years of this lifestyle I moved into a new career of teaching English as a foreign language, initially based in Spain and then back in the UK. But, after just five years of this, the sailing bug got me again and I headed back to the Med first, cruising the south of France, Italy and Croatia then crossing to the Caribbean, all in beautiful, private and charter sailing yachts, though never in a multihull.

In 2001 I made the decision to settle in the UK for family reasons and bought a Twister 28 which I lived aboard for several years. This is how I first came to Millbrook, where I discovered, to my delight, that my old school mate Darren Newton was designing and building beautiful yachts just along the beach. By that time I was Director of Teacher Training at a Plymouth based organisation and as part of that role began to learn about marketing, organisation development and business strategies. When I resigned from that post early last summer I was delighted to be offered the chance to work with Dazcat and Multimarine and am now totally besotted with catamarans over monohulls!

I am however, no marketing guru or expert and will be very happy to take any feedback, comments or suggestions that you may feel moved to offer.

I very much look forward to getting to know you all a bit better in the coming months.
Member Organisation 'Cornwall Marine Network' Milestone Reached
As a long standing member of Cornwall Marine Network we are happy to share this news from their recent press release:
3,000 people have been supported into employment since 2005 thanks to Cornwall Marine Network (CMN). The not-for-profit Cornish marine trade organisation is celebrating reaching the milestone as its £1.86 million Cornwall Marine Capital Fund programme nears completion with beneficiary businesses creating 158 new jobs. ‘Since 2005 our specialist business support team has attracted more than £19 million of investment into Cornwall and as a direct result we’re very proud and delighted to announce that we have assisted 3,000 people into employment through our activities and job creation programmes.’ said Paul Wickes, Chief Executive of CMN.
‘The added value to Cornwall’s economy that results from the 3,000 people gaining jobs has added more than £200 million of value to the local economy in eleven years and this figure grows by more than £30 million every year CMN exists.’
‘CMN is an excellent example of how business support should work. I would like to congratulate Paul Wickes and his team on this important milestone and to their overall contribution to supporting business growth and employment in the County.’ said Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
Next editions
We plan to bring you more regular updates in the future with more focused 'bite-sized' articles, as well as the less regular larger editions such as this one.

Look out for our summer cruising special, coming out soon. this will be followed up with more detailed articles about some of the racing this year and the events calendar for next year.

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