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

Insignia Dart 18
Crew 2-3
Optimal Weight309/353140/160
Length Overall18.045480 mm
Beam7.552280 mm
Draft1.64500 mm
Hull weight (with fittings) 130 kg
Mast height (above deck) 8 m
Mainsail area139.0712.92 m2
Jib area34.013.16 m2
Spinnaker area 15.5 m2, not legal for racing
DPN 76
Portsmouth 798
Dart 18

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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

New Boats

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

Supplier Link Notes
Cat BitzCat BitzDart 18 Parts and Accessories.
Fluid Boat ServicesFluid Boat ServicesFluid 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 LtdSteve Sawford Marine LtdDart 18 reconditioning, renovation, repair, replacement, parts and accessories..
Windsport International CatPartsWindsport International CatPartsDart 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.

Club Link Location
Angmering Open Dinghy ClubAngmering Open Dinghy ClubWest Sussex - East Preston
Bala Catamaran ClubBala Catamaran ClubGwynedd - Bala
Ballyholme Yacht ClubBallyholme Yacht ClubCounty Down - Bangor
Bexhill Sailing ClubBexhill Sailing ClubEast Sussex - Bexhill
Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht ClubBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht ClubLancashire - Thornton-Cleveleys
Bognor Regis Yacht ClubBognor Regis Yacht ClubWest Sussex - Bognor Regis
Calshot Catamaran ClubCalshot Catamaran ClubHampshire - Calshot
Cardiff Bay Yacht ClubCardiff Bay Yacht ClubSouth Glamorgan - Cardiff
Carsington Sailing ClubCarsington Sailing ClubDerbyshire - Ashbourne
Chapman Sands Sailing ClubChapman Sands Sailing ClubEssex - Canvey Island
Datchet Water Sailing ClubDatchet Water Sailing ClubBerkshire - Horton
Dee Sailing ClubDee Sailing ClubMerseyside - Wirral
Draycote Water Sailing ClubDraycote Water Sailing ClubWarwickshire - Rugby
Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing ClubEastbourne Sovereign Sailing ClubEast Sussex - Eastbourne
Felixstowe Ferry Sailing ClubFelixstowe Ferry Sailing ClubSuffolk - Felixstowe
Grafham Water Sailing ClubGrafham Water Sailing ClubCambridgeshire - Huntingdon
Hastings and St Leonards Sailing ClubHastings and St Leonards Sailing ClubEast Sussex - St Leonards On Sea
Hayling Ferry Sailing ClubHayling Ferry Sailing ClubHampshire - Hayling Island
Helensburgh Sailing ClubHelensburgh Sailing ClubArgyll and Bute - Helensburgh
Highcliffe Sailing ClubHighcliffe Sailing ClubDorset - Christchurch
Isle of Sheppey Sailing ClubIsle of Sheppey Sailing ClubKent - Sheerness
Marconi Sailing ClubMarconi Sailing ClubEssex - Southminster
Mayflower Sailing ClubMayflower Sailing ClubDevon - Plymouth
Mumbles Yacht ClubMumbles Yacht ClubGlamorgan - Swansea
Netley Sailing Club A.S.A.Netley Sailing Club A.S.A.Hampshire - Southampton
Newhaven and Seaford Sailing ClubNewhaven and Seaford Sailing ClubEast Sussex - Seaford
North Devon Yacht ClubNorth Devon Yacht ClubDevon - Bideford
Oxford Sailing ClubOxford Sailing ClubOxfordshire - Oxford
Pagham Yacht ClubPagham Yacht ClubWest Sussex - Pagham
Paignton Sailing ClubPaignton Sailing ClubDevon - Paignton
Parkstone Yacht ClubParkstone Yacht ClubDorset - Poole
Pentewan Sands Sailing ClubPentewan Sands Sailing ClubCornwall - St Austell
Red Wharf Bay Sailing and Watersports ClubRed Wharf Bay Sailing and Watersports ClubAnglesey - Pentraeth
Restronguet Sailing ClubRestronguet Sailing ClubCornwall - Falmouth
Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat ClubRoyal West of Scotland Amateur Boat ClubInverclyde - Greenock
Royal Yorkshire Yacht ClubRoyal Yorkshire Yacht ClubEast Yorkshire - Bridlington
Runswick Bay Beach and Sailing ClubRunswick Bay Beach and Sailing ClubNorth Yorkshire - Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Rutland Sailing ClubRutland Sailing ClubLeicestershire - Oakham
Seasalter Sailing ClubSeasalter Sailing ClubKent - Whitstable
Snettisham Beach Sailing Club (Dart Fleet)Snettisham Beach Sailing Club (Dart Fleet)Norfolk - Kings Lynn
South Caernarvonshire Yacht ClubSouth Caernarvonshire Yacht ClubGwynedd - Abersoch
Starcross Yacht ClubStarcross Yacht ClubDevon - Exeter
Stokes Bay Sailing ClubStokes Bay Sailing ClubHampshire - Gosport
Swanage Sailing ClubSwanage Sailing ClubDorset - Swanage
Thornbury Sailing ClubThornbury Sailing ClubSouth Gloucestershire - Oldbury-on-Severn
Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubThorpe Bay Yacht ClubEssex - Thorpe Bay
Weston Sailing ClubWeston Sailing ClubHampshire - Southampton
Whitstable Yacht ClubWhitstable Yacht ClubKent - Whitstable
Worthing Sailing ClubWorthing Sailing ClubWest Sussex - Worthing
Yaverland Sailing and Boating ClubYaverland Sailing and Boating ClubIsle of Wight - Sandown