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At Dazcat we strive to provide the best product and service possible and part of this is the Dazcat Community.
The community is a diverse bunch of customers, sailors, boat builders and families, all with one thing in common, sailing multihulls and Dazcat "even if you don’t currently own one".
Plymouth is host to a number of local and international racing events were Dazcat's continue to participate, such as the Plymouth Race Week, Falmouth - Fowey Triangle and the Round Britain & Ireland Race to name a few.
Dazcat's participated in one of the largest International events the Rolex 2013 Fastnet Race which finished in Plymouth, with Dazcat's managing to take 5th, 6th, 8th & 9th place in the MOCRA Class.
As the Dazcat fleet continues to grow with yachts all around the UK's coastline, Europe and now the USA, we are looking forward to here about the race events you are and would like to enter.
Situated in Millbrook, a sheltered tidal estuary close to Plymouth Sound, the Multihull Centre is the ideal base for cruising the UK’s beautiful South West coastlines, with easy access to the whole of the length and breadth of Devon and Cornwall. The sub-tropical Isles of Scilly, the South West Approaches and the Atlantic Ocean are also close by if you are feeling more adventurous.
Dazcats are made for cruising so we would love to arrange an annual cruising event perhaps a round trip from Plymouth to Isles of Scilly and back, with some stop overs along the way to take in the beautiful coastline and some wonderful pubs?
There’s nothing better on a sunny day than a number of Dazcat's and like minded Multihullist's sailing and exploring the local coastline, rafting-up at Cawsand for a drink and some food, watch the International Fireworks Competition in Plymouth Sound or lend support as a spectator to events held in Plymouth Sound like the America's Cup World Series.
Dazcat's have raced around Britain, Ireland and Scotland in style. Crossed and endured the highs and lows of the Atlantic, cruised the Norwegian Fjord's, the majestic coastline of Maine and basked in the sun of the Mediterranean.
Dazcat's have helped to inspire children and adults regardless of their ability or disability from all around the UK and the US, and this is just to name a few great adventures Dazcat's have had. We would love to here from you and about your adventures so please let us know what you are up-to and send us lots of pictures and videos so we can all watch in envy. To this end we have set up a Dazcat Facebook account, so feel free to post to your adventures and comments.
As a leading design company we have helped set up a number of educational projects with local schools and collages and invited design students from all over Europe to join us to gain work experience. One of the biggest projects to-date was a class of young students learning about hydrodynamics and hull design based on the VSV MarySlim. They were able to join the Multimarine's construction team and gain some hands on experience by helping at the yard and working on a project to build a hull model to be tank tested. Pics: Launch and media event for MarySlim @ the Royal William Yard with the students attending
Founded by Darren Newton (Daz) in 1988, Dazcat began life in Totnes, Devon. Daz had come to sailing via surfing, canoeing and dinghy sailing; at the age of 15 he started sailing a Hobie 16 and that was it. Even feeling that thrill for the first time he knew he was totally hooked!
Knowing his life was going to be spent in and on boats he studied boat building and design in Falmouth, and after college worked and sailed on a variety of racing trimarans and cruising cats. Inspired to build a boat for himself, wanting something fast and very sexy looking, he decided to design and build an F28 catamaran.
Once finished she won a series of races, including the Round the Isle of Wight Race which she won outright in 1989, setting a record that remained unbroken for the next four years! Impressed with this success, Bob Beggs from Performance Yachting approached Daz and his team to build a Dazcat 8m to enter in the 1994 Two-Handed Transatlantic Race. Sponsored by Clarks Shoes to promote a new range of deck shoes, Bob and Daz raced Clarks Active Air to win their class, experiencing a variety of extreme conditions including a Force 9 on the Grand Banks.
The experience of sailing in these sorts of conditions, and of pushing a boat to its limits – and finding out what those are – is essential for the development of robust designs. As well as being a great adventure! For the Dazcat team – owners, builders and sailors – it is building and then sailing the boats which inspires them, and which informs the development of their designs, a philosophy that still holds true today.
Dazcat had moved to Millbrook, Cornwall in 1993, which gave scope for expansion. Since then a range of Dazcat designs have been built for private owners. Interestingly, many of our clients have an engineering background. Tom Bligh was head of Cambridge University's Faculty of Engineering when he and his wife Nigel commissioned a 14m Dazcat, Lady Bounty. They chose to get involved with the project, contributing some great ideas and making some fantastic parts for the boat. Another, Tony Cotton, retired from flying jets for BA. When he commissioned his Dazcat 10m he told us he was a cruising man. All the cruising kit was fitted, and then he got the racing bug, entered the Round Britain Race and won his class! In the lap of luxury!
In 2010 experienced racer Rupert Kidd took his 1195 Sueños across the start line of the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race three weeks after launch. He was one of four Dazcat contestants that year and did very well, with Darren as co-skipper. Also competing was Multimarine director Simon Baker with his 1150 Drama Queen - no one can say that Dazcat don’t put their boats on the line to prove their seaworthiness. Despite some horrendous weather out of Lerwick none of the boats showed any signs of strain and 10RT Paradox won the multihull class with DQ coming 2nd.
If you are looking for your own dream boat and can’t find what you want, why not look at having one designed. It is not as expensive as you might think - unless you go insane with gadgets that will weigh the boat down and spoil performance - and you end up with the boat of your dreams that will stand out from the crowd.
You can contract the build or do it yourself from a kit of mouldings. Over the years we have experimented with most forms of construction and will specify the one that suits your project best. If you need some technical help we can offer that too.
Dazcat Designs include all kinds of different boats for racing, cruising, sail or power. Existing designs can be modified to suit your needs, or we can draw up something specially for you, capable of going where other cats fear to get their feet wet.
The Multuhull Centre - Dazcat's sister company, responsible for marketing the Dazcat range of production multihulls and to provide full boatyard and brokerage services
Multimarine Composites - Dazcat's sister company, responsible for building our multis as well as many other interesting projects, including wheelchair accessible Impossible Dream (which took Geoff Holt across the Atlantic in 2010 - see below) and the wave-piercing Very Slender Vessel MarySlim
Powercats - bought by Multimarine at the start of 2009 after the company went to receivers. The Powercat 525 and 695 come in both open and cuddy versions and make fantastic work and play boats. Also recently added to the range - Dazcat powercats and the Ecocat range of work boats
Voyager Catamarans - manufacturers of the first ever production Dazcat, the Voyager 10 family cruiser. Click through to see pictures and video and download a pdf brochure
VSV Powerboat - The award winning "Very Slender Vessel" Mary Slim, designed by Nic Bailey, Adrian Thompson and Dazcat Designs
Robin Feloy Multihull Surveys - an independent marine surveyor and a fund of good advice
Multihull Offshore Cruising and Racing Association - (MOCRA) was formed in 1969 to encourage and foster sailing of cruising and racing multihulls and to help promote their use in the UK.
Media & Press
Multihull Maven - unbiased information on all aspects of multihulls, and good information on hull theory
Sail-the-Net.com - worldwide guide to marinas, harbours, ports, yacht clubs, moorings & anchorages
Multihulls World/Multicocques Magazine - the only European publication dedicated to multihulls. Specifications sheets, tests and used catamarans and trimarans, and an annual and very comprehensive Buyer’s Guide
Tony and Ann Montgomery-Smith; adventures on Dazcat 920 - sailing the Bay of Biscay
Small Trimarans - an online community for small trimaran enthusiasts ... with an interview with Darren about the D8RT
RYA Sailability - was set up by the RYA to bring boating to people with disabilities, both sailing and power
Boatability - provide RIB, cruiser and powerboat charter and training for people with disabilities
Disabled Sailors' Association (RoRo) - provide information, support and sailing opportunities for people with disabilities
Hilary Lister - inspired the world when she crossed the Channel in 2006, using sip+puff to control her open boat. Hilary is quadriplegic due to a degenerative muscular disorder and came to sailing after becoming paralysed because it gave her the freedom she missed. The Dazcat SP14 was designed for her and, one day, we hope to have the budget to build it. An inspiration to all, she circumnavigated Britain in the summer of 2009 and in 2010 sailed round Bahrain to help support Bahrain Mobility International
Geoff Holt - completed his own successful circumnavigation of Britain in the summer of 2007, making 51 stops around the coast. Geoff was already a keen sailor before becoming paralysed from the chest down in 1984, and has competed for Britain in many regattas since his accident. He made a solo crossing of the Atlantic late in 2009, aboard Impossible Dream, the sailing catamaran designed by Nic Bailey and built by Multimarine. As well as the link to his website, above, you can watch his video blog here
Shake-A-Leg Miami, the International Adaptive Sailing Program, is South Florida's première Community Boating Center that has partnered with the City of Miami for more than two decades.
Sail Training & School's:
The Multuhull Centre - Dazcat's sister company, responsible for marketing the Dazcat Designs can also provide sail training and motorboat handling courses