Best bluewater multihulls: Discovery Bluewater 50


As multihulls increasingly become the boats of choice for offshore sailing, Toby Hodges and François Tregouet have selected the best designs. Here they take a look at the Discovery Bluewater 50

The luxurious Discovery Bluewater 50 designed by Bill Dixon may be ten years old now and in its third iteration, but the concept behind its original appeal remains.

For those who are used to sailing on high-end thoroughbred monohulls, here is an option to consider for a comparative level of build quality and layout when switching to a multihull.

We presented the full test of the Mk2 version last September, and noted that once you see the comfort offered and experience its good movement at sea, you start to wonder how much you really need to speed.

Since our test, it has received another big slice of updates for an Mk3 version, which modernizes the design in many ways.

She is now 1.5 tonnes lighter with a wider mainsail of 10m2, so performance should be significantly better. Elsewhere, there are new windows that increase natural light throughout, new bow designs including a bowsprit, new bimini tops, and options for interior forward or aft galley layouts.

Bluewater 50 Discovery Prize

excluding VAT : £ 1,555,000

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