UK-based Shuttleworth Design has teamed up Cape Town boatbuilder Two Oceans Marine with a view to producing their Shuttle 39 high-performance trimaran in South Africa.

The move represents a partial homecoming for South African-born John Shuttleworth, who emigrated to the UK in his 20s where he has designed some of the world's premier racing boats and superyachts. He has since joined forces with his son, Orion, who this week confirmed the company was hoping to make inroads into the South African market.

“We are encouraging clients to use Two Oceans because we have been working with them for over 10 years, they have provided a very competitive for cost estimate for construction, and offer excellent build quality and customer relations,” Shuttleworth says.

The Shuttle 39 is designed for offshore sailing and fast cruising, and a prototype was recently constructed in the Philippines.

A key selling point is the boat's ability to fit inside two standard 40ft shipping containers for ease of transportation. “Her 18.6m canting and rotating wing mast supports a total sail area of 190sq m and the entire vessel is engineered from full carbon/foam construction to achieve an exceptionally light weight of 2,200kg. The outrigger volume is close to 300% of the displacement, providing increased reserve buoyancy and an optimised hull shape for flying the main hull,” the company says.

“The deck layout has been designed for shorthanded sailing and the beam configuration maximises interior accommodation boasting a comfortable double cabin aft, galley, navigation station and saloon with twin births mid-ships and a cosy double berth in the forepeak.”