Design Services




We Specialise in Finding Solutions for all your Multihull Project Challenges

Decades of experience combine with the latest in design software and technological skills to bring an exceptional level of expertise to your project.

 Services we offer include:

  • Full custom, multihull design: sail & power
  • Tayloring of existing boat
  • Wheelchair & accessibility specialists
  • Conversions
  • Systems design
  • Bespoke carbon components
  • Refits
  • Upgrades
  • Boat repurposing

Whatever your project, our design team are always happy to talk with you about how they can help.

The team are highly responsive to both your requirements and any communications. Detailed drawings are  provided and for more complex projects a virtual reality mock up can be made to give you a fully immersive ‘real-world’ experience. This has proven invaluable in the decision making process and ensures you will be happy with the end result.

We also enjoy collaboration with other designers. In the past we have worked with well known figures such as Nigel Irens, Nic Bailey and Adrian Thompson. Some of our past projects can be seen here.

Talk to us about your project and ask any questions you want.

We are always happy to talk to you.

Relationship building and getting to know you is perhaps the most important part of the design process as we begin to understand your needs. Whatever your project it’s likely the first response from us will include a number of questions so feel free to give as much detail as you want when you first contact us. It is through getting to know you and  your requirements that we are able to make sure all your project criteria can be met. If we don’t think we are your best match, we will tell you.

If we do work together you will discover that our customer service is exceptional, as is the attention to detail and our ability to meet and surpass all your expectations. /

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Dazcats make up our core range and are highly tailorable

Designer Darren Newton and design team member Luca discuss the core principles informing their design choices.

The Dazcat design principles remain the same whether your boat is a home-from-home or a cruiser-racer. Key to that is the integrity that links aesthetic with practicality and thouroughness to the last detail. This ensures that every Dazcat is the right fit for how its owner wants to use it while maintaining the signature Dazcat benefits of strengh, speed, saftey and a sensational on-the-water experience every time.

What informs our design principles? ++

Here at Dazcat we pride ourselves on only designing boats that perform, often beyond their owners’ expectations. We aim for high average speeds relative to all conditions.

We always design features into the boat that will improve its stiffness, lighten the structure and enhance performance. Our full structural analysis procedure during the primary design phase informs this process.

Plumb bows to increase the boat’s waterline length to beam hull ratio are a standard feature to maximise boat speed. The headroom needed is incorporated within a reverse sheer deck line and hull surfaces are designed to form three-dimensional, elliptical curves for increased stiffness and reduced weight. In our larger boats, chines increase hull stiffness by dividing the hull sides into two panels. This reduces weight, expands accommodation and avoids the un-aesthetic slab-sided look.

Volume and performance are a good evaluation of a boat’s cost. By increasing volume you increase surface area, which pushes up the cost of the boat by increasing the materials and time needed to build; the trade-off is more internal living space and hence greater value. The interior volume of most cruising Dazcats is maximised for comfortable cruising. A high freeboard gives plenty of headroom all round, increases bridgedeck clearance, prevents bridgedeck slamming and creates a much drier working platform.

Performance is partly determined by the power-to-weight ratio of a boat. Extra power can be generated by increasing either the sail area or the lift coefficient by using different rig formats. There are many combinations of rig, ranging in performance and cost, but increasing rig or sail capacity has its limits, and depends on the individual client’s ability to be responsible with the increased power.

Part of the discussion process is to establish clients’ levels of ability and experience in order to recommend the right boat to fit both helm and crew, in order to ensure safe sailing. We can also offer training with qualified skippers where needed; our boats are great fun but they are not toys and need to be sailed with good seamanship. When they are, they really fly!

Another option for improving performance can be reducing overall boat weight by simplifying the design. One can do this and not compromise the internal volumes; remember length is a good thing but filling it all up with accommodation may not be. Bridge decks offer fantastic space and are especially useful in our chilly UK waters, but they also add to cost, weight and windage. A longer boat without a bridgedeck could be similar in cost to a shorter one with a bridgedeck.

There are several considerations that need to be factored into every element of any design: what level of performance you want; the type of sailing; and how much money you want to spend. Once you have made these decisions you are ready to talk to us and we can make a start on realising your dreams.

We are always happy to talk through any modifications you may want to make on our established designs. It is always great fun being involved in helping design and build a dream boat, and it will be our pleasure to help make your dreams come true.