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“Whitebird” is a Nimbus 43 cruising catamaran designed by well-known UK catamaran designer Richard Woods. She was built in the UK in fiberglass foam sandwich by two Air Force engineers. The original design was extended by two feet, creating additional space in the bridge deck salon.

She was initially launched in 1998, although she was unrigged and interior, engine and instrumentation work was incomplete. The project languished afloat until purchase by the current owners in 2002. The new owners stepped the mast and completed the interior, instrumentation and engine installation from 2002 to 2005.

“Whitebird” is a spacious and comfortable live-aboard cat. She has three sleeping cabins fitted with 2 x full-size double berth, one queen-size berth and two single bathrooms. The galley, the dinette area, and the navigation station are in the bridge deck salon.

“Whitebird” is a strongly built and capable cruising catamaran by Richard Woods, UK


Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 42 ft. = 12,8 metre TanksFuel: 215L (engine) + 60L (Gen)
Beam: 25 ft. = 7,62 metre TanksFresh Water: 134 Gallons (620 litre) + Holding Tank 39 Gallons (177 litre) Total: 800 litre
LWL: 38 ft. = 11,6 metre Mast: 56 ft. (17 metre) aluminium
Maximum Draft: 4 ft. = 1,22 Bridge deck clearance: 1’8”
Displacement: 19842 lbs = 9 t. Cruising Speed: 6 mph / 
Maximum Speed: 8 mph
Bridge Clearance: 67 ft. = 20,5 metre Total Power: 2 x 42  hp


“Whitebird” sleeps up to 6 x persons in 3 sleeping cabins. The interior is finished with a combination of painted and varnished timber surfaces and trim. Seats and berths are upholstered in foam with fabric coverings. Cabin soles are Teak faced plywood with Rosewood inlay.

Bridgedeck Salon

  • Pantry
  • Navigation station in port forward corner
  • Dinette with U-shaped seating to starboard
  • Steps down to hulls port and starboard

Port Hull

  • Forward cabins with single berth in bow area, full-size double berth and storage lockers
  • Head compartment amidships with W.C. and sink
  • Hanging locker aft of head compartment
  • Aft cabin with full-size double berth and storage lockers

Starboard Hull

  • Forward cabin with queen-size berth, large storage area in bow (could be converted to additional single berth) and storage lockers
  • Galley amidships
  • Large head compartment aft with sink and shower

Galley Equipment

  •  Waeco 140 liter refrigerator
  • Large sink
  • Manual saltwater pump

Design and Construction

  • Very strong fiberglass foam sandwich construction
  • Low aspect keel on each hull
  • Spade rudder on each hull
  • Trampoline foredeck

Rig and Sails

  •  Sloop rig
  • Zspars 56 ft. aluminum mast
  • 10mm 1 x 19 stainless steel standing rigging
  • Lazy jacks
  • Mainsail, full-batten,
  • Roller-furling 100% genoa with Zspars furler
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker, 1400 sq. ft., needs repair (120 m2)
  • Mainsail cover, blue

Deck and Hull Equipment

  • 10 x Gebo hatches
  • 2 x Vetus hatches
  • 2 x Lewmarr 44 winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 40 winches
  • Lewmar full width mainsail traveler
  • 12mm running rigging
  • 6 x 25cm deck cleats
  • 4 x 35cm deck cleats
  • CQR 20kg anchor with 80 m x 10mm x 28mm chain
  • Lofrans X2 electric anchor windlass
  • Custom trampoline
  • Assorted bumpers
  • Stainless steel stern arch with davits


  • Saildrive on each hull

Electrical System

  • 12 VDC electrical system
  • 220 VAC electrical system
  • Dolphin 5kVA 220 VAC generator
  • 500 ampere-hour house battery bank
  • 220 VAC 50m shore power cord
  • Mobitronic 45 ampere battery charger
  • High output alternator on each engine,
  • 2 x 130 watt solar panels
  • 12 volt interior lighting


  • Sestrel compass
  • Furuno GP31
  • NASA depth sounder
  • Raymarine 60 wind speed/AWI
  • Icom M601 VHF with remote handset
  • Raymarine RL70 radar

Safety Equipment

  • Life raft, 6-man, offshore
  • Assorted flares
  • 2 x electric bilge pumps
  • Horn and hailer (function of VHF radio)