Used Dart 18 Catamaran Price Guide
Graphs (last refresh: 1 Sep 2009) show prices of Dart 18 Catamarans advertised in sailable condition:
Dart 18 Catamaran Used Boat Prices by Year Built
Dart 18 Catamaran Used Boat Prices by Sail Number
Graphs show prices of Dart 18 Catamarans advertised in sailable condition:
Dart 18 Catamaran Age
Graph shows Dart 18 Catamaran Year Built vs Sail Number According to individual advertisers versus the authoratitive data from UK International Dart 18 Catamaran Association.
About the Dart 18 Catamaran
The Dart 18 is a one-design 18-foot (5.5 m) long glassfibre sailing catamaran. It is designed to be sailed by two people and can achieve speeds of up to 20 knots.
The Dart 18 was designed in 1975 as a One Design Class by Rodney March, who was also responsible for the design of the Olympic Tornado class catamaran. Up to the present, a number of improvements have been made, but the original concept was preserved though strict class rules. More than 7970 boats have been built up to 2007, which are sailed in more than 16 nations on 4 continents.
The hulls of the Dart 18 are similar to the Tornado catamaran, but without daggerboards. Instead, the lower part of the hulls have skegs typical for a beach catamaran. The hull material is glassfibre. Both hulls are filled with flotation inserts to preserve buoyancy in case of damage. The inside of each hull can be reached through a hatch cover located at the rear of each hull. The boat is assembled by attaching the main and rear beams to the hulls with spring-loaded retaining clips, and lacing the trampoline to the beams. The two rudders are removable without tools, retract on impact with the beach, and can be locked in the up position.
The rigging consists of a rotating mast held by a forestay and two shroud wires. The shrouds can be adjusted by simply moving the bolts in the chainplates. The Dart 18 does not have spreaders. There is a trapeze for the crew.
The mainsail does not have a boom, has 9 full battens, and is controlled by a main sheet with a 7:1 mechanical advantage. The jib sail has 2 short battens, and is controlled by a jib sheet with a 2:1 mechanical advantage. The main sheet block and both jib sheet blocks have a ratchet and a cleat.
A gennaker sail can be added, but is not legal for racing. This is usually combined with a jib furling system.
Dart 18 Features and Specifications (340KB PDF)
Dart 18 Parts Guide (790KB PDF)
Dart 18 Rigging Guide (11MB PDF)
Dart 18 Catamaran Specifications, Facts & Figures
|Length Overall||18.04||5480 mm|
|Hull weight (with fittings)|| ||130 kg|
|Mast height (above deck)|| ||8 m|
|Mainsail area||139.07||12.92 m2|
|Jib area||34.01||3.16 m2|
|Spinnaker area|| ||15.5 m2, not legal for racing|
Dart 18 Catamaran Class Association
The UK Dart 18 Catamaran Association:
- Organises Dart18 Open Meetings for many weekends in the spring, summer and autumn, with an enviable social scene.
- Organises the Teach-In and Race Training.
- Publishes "The Art of Dart", a high-quality magazine, targeted specifically at Dart sailors.
- Represents the interests of Dart18 sailors in the UK.
- Publishes this Guide to buying a used Dart 18.
Dart 18 Catamarans and Accessories For Sale
Bryher Mouldings Ltd. was formed circa 1976 and holds the worldwide copyright and licensing rights to the Dart range of catamarans.
At time of Writing (Aug '09), there is currently no licensee for building new Dart 18's for the UK, although work is in progress to secure the aftermarket and get the supply of new Darts back on track (See this posting (Jan '09) and this statement (Apr '09) in the Dart UK Class Association forum for more information).
Update May 2010: A new Dart 18 was exhibited in March 2010 at the Alexandra Palace Dinghy Show by Windsport International. However, we can't find any information on where/how to buy new boats for the UK. See this posting in the UKIDA forum.
Dart 18 Catamaran Specialist Suppliers
|Cat Bitz||Dart 18 Parts and Accessories.|
|Fluid Boat Services||Fluid Boats Services specialises in offering the Dart 18 sailor a comprehensive, efficient and effortless solution to their composite repairs and boat servicing requirements.|
|Steve Sawford Marine Ltd||Dart 18 reconditioning, renovation, repair, replacement, parts and accessories..|
|Windsport International CatParts||Dart 18 Replacement Parts. Licensed replacement parts stockists. Mainsails, jibs, tiller bars etc + all the usual required parts.|
Where are Dart 18 Catamarans sailed?
This is a list of UK Sailing Clubs with an interest in the Dart 18 class (Information sourced and compiled from the Websites of individual Sailing Clubs and the Club list at the Class Association Website).
This table can be sorted by clicking the column headers.
|Angmering Open Dinghy Club||West Sussex - East Preston|
|Bala Catamaran Club||Gwynedd - Bala|
|Ballyholme Yacht Club||County Down - Bangor|
|Bexhill Sailing Club||East Sussex - Bexhill|
|Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club||Lancashire - Thornton-Cleveleys|
|Bognor Regis Yacht Club||West Sussex - Bognor Regis|
|Calshot Catamaran Club||Hampshire - Calshot|
|Cardiff Bay Yacht Club||South Glamorgan - Cardiff|
|Carsington Sailing Club||Derbyshire - Ashbourne|
|Chapman Sands Sailing Club||Essex - Canvey Island|
|Datchet Water Sailing Club||Berkshire - Horton|
|Dee Sailing Club||Merseyside - Wirral|
|Draycote Water Sailing Club||Warwickshire - Rugby|
|Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club||East Sussex - Eastbourne|
|Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club||Suffolk - Felixstowe|
|Grafham Water Sailing Club||Cambridgeshire - Huntingdon|
|Hastings and St Leonards Sailing Club||East Sussex - St Leonards On Sea|
|Hayling Ferry Sailing Club||Hampshire - Hayling Island|
|Helensburgh Sailing Club||Argyll and Bute - Helensburgh|
|Highcliffe Sailing Club||Dorset - Christchurch|
|Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club||Kent - Sheerness|
|Marconi Sailing Club||Essex - Southminster|
|Mayflower Sailing Club||Devon - Plymouth|
|Mumbles Yacht Club||Glamorgan - Swansea|
|Netley Sailing Club A.S.A.||Hampshire - Southampton|
|Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club||East Sussex - Seaford|
|North Devon Yacht Club||Devon - Bideford|
|Oxford Sailing Club||Oxfordshire - Oxford|
|Pagham Yacht Club||West Sussex - Pagham|
|Paignton Sailing Club||Devon - Paignton|
|Parkstone Yacht Club||Dorset - Poole|
|Pentewan Sands Sailing Club||Cornwall - St Austell|
|Red Wharf Bay Sailing and Watersports Club||Anglesey - Pentraeth|
|Restronguet Sailing Club||Cornwall - Falmouth|
|Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club||Inverclyde - Greenock|
|Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club||East Yorkshire - Bridlington|
|Runswick Bay Beach and Sailing Club||North Yorkshire - Saltburn-by-the-Sea|
|Rutland Sailing Club||Leicestershire - Oakham|
|Seasalter Sailing Club||Kent - Whitstable|
|Snettisham Beach Sailing Club (Dart Fleet)||Norfolk - Kings Lynn|
|South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club||Gwynedd - Abersoch|
|Starcross Yacht Club||Devon - Exeter|
|Stokes Bay Sailing Club||Hampshire - Gosport|
|Swanage Sailing Club||Dorset - Swanage|
|Thornbury Sailing Club||South Gloucestershire - Oldbury-on-Severn|
|Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Essex - Thorpe Bay|
|Weston Sailing Club||Hampshire - Southampton|
|Whitstable Yacht Club||Kent - Whitstable|
|Worthing Sailing Club||West Sussex - Worthing|
|Yaverland Sailing and Boating Club||Isle of Wight - Sandown|