SCAPE 51: New Performance Catamaran from Cape Town

Scape 51 under sail

Kevin Knight at Scape Yachts in South Africa just dropped me a line to let me know they’ve recently launched their biggest boat yet, a new 51-footer. This is a big sister to their Scape 39, a boat I delivered across the South Atlantic a few years back. Like most boats built by Scape, hull number 1 of this new design, dubbed Quality Time, will be used for day-charter work. It can also, however, be tricked out as a performance cruising boat.

Construction, as with the smaller boat, is pretty high-tech–epoxy resin, vaccum-bagged foam-cored laminate, carbon-fiber reinforcements–all for a relatively reasonable price (about $620K base, so Kevin tells me). With such a light hull, a nice high bridgedeck, and deep twin daggerboards this puppy should be fast and weatherly.

Scape 51 bow shot

Scape 51 at rest

Scape 51 under sail

Quality Time is currently en route from Cape Town to St. Maarten. She’ll be based in Philipsburg and will be competing in both the Heineken Regatta next month and at Antigua Sailing Week in April, in case you’re down there and want to check her out.



LOA: 51’3″

LWL: 51’0″

Beam: 26’0″

Draft: 3’6″

Displacement (light ship): 18,187 lbs.

Sail area (main & solent): 1,621 sq.ft.

D/L Ratio: 61.2

SA/D Ratio: 37.4

Engine: 54hp x 2

Fuel: 111 gal. x 2


PS: Meanwhile, Doubletime, the 39-footer I sailed, is still for sale in Florida and the asking price has come down a bit. Not quite where I’d want to see it, but it’s getting there.


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3 Responses
  1. Tom Chapman

    Big cats…eco disasters. Like paving all the parks and opening them to an endless line of ATVs. Bye bye coral.
    Guess they’ve saved the charter industry though?

    Tom Chapman
    Astoria, OR

  2. Charlie

    Hey Tom! I hear what you’re saying, to an extent. But why is a big glass cat any worse than a big glass monohull? Especially when it comes to coral? An anchor is an anchor, no matter what kind of boat is hanging off it. Even a skipper in wood boat can ruin a reef if he doesn’t watch where he drops his hook.

  3. Tom Chapman

    Good point Charlie. But the cats can get in and over and much closer to the coral. The market that the cats are targeted toward seems…how shall we say…a bit less concerned about the ecosystem. Perhaps I’m being judgmental. The cats have brought in a demographic that doesn’t (can’t?) want to hassle with the monohull concept. Where’s the sofa gonna go? The already fragile tropical environment is taking a bit hit from the cats….it simply can’t sustain that many more people. Hooks or no hooks.

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