Freebird 50 HUMMINGBIRD is a superb yacht, built in the great tradition of sturdy, British oceangoing cats. The quality of construction is outstanding both inside and out. The interior accommodation is fashioned of beautiful wood joinery that you no longer find on the "plastic fantastic" production cats of today.

The cat is handled entirely from the safety of the cockpit with a bulkhead wheel to port, under a full hard-top bimini and behind a generous dodger that gives you commanding views forward. Oversized winches and hardware provide total reliability of sail handling in all conditions. The mast is robustly stayed with double shrouds, inner forestay and split backstay and is just under 65 feet making the boat ICW friendly.

HUMMINGBIRD is full of design innovations and common sense ergonomics. She offers a spacious three cabin, owner version layout. The owner's hull features a queen-sized island bed, numerous hanging lockers, a large vanity, a walk-in closet (literally) and a bathroom forward with a vast shower stall. The comfortable salon is ventilated by no less than 12 opening Lewmar hatches. The galley's countertops are long and wide; a gourmet chef's delight.

She is equipped with generator, large solar array, watermaker, two fridges and a freezer, washer/dryer to name some of the highlights. Water and fuel capacity are a whopping 216 gls and 210 gls respectively.

If you are a serious bluewater voyager and have plans to travel far, this cat is a must see. The 50 foot waterline and high bridge-deck clearance will take you anywhere swiftly and comfortably. Please review the very complete inventory and photos attached for more.

Some wise words from the owners below:

The most important characteristics of a cruising sailboat are safety and comfort...

Safety because you may have to face extreme weather and need the assurance that your boat will look after you in all conditions.
Comfort because most cruising boaters actually spend more than 90 percent of their time relaxing at anchor, rather than at sea.
Hummingbird was a new boat when we bought her 20 years ago and since then we have lived on her for 9 months of every year. We have crossed oceans and sailed in storm force conditions. At all times the well protected cockpit has provided everything needed for our safety. We have also lived outdoors in the Caribbean for 15 years and loved the comfort, space and stability which can only be found in a well built catamaran.

Our boat has many more years of wonderful experience to provide for her owners, but we are showing more signs of wear and tear, so for us, the time has come to sell.

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LOA: 50'
YEAR: 1997
USD: $295,000
LYING: St. Maarten/St. Martin
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Alexis de Boucaud

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: YANMAR
Engine Model: 3JH2CE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Starboard
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Sail drive
Engine Power: 38 HP

Engine 2:
Engine Brand: YANMAR
Engine Model: 3JH2CE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Port
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Sail drive
Engine Power: 38 HP

  • British flagged
  • VAT paid
  • Brand:  Northshore
  • Model:  Freebird 50
  • Owner Version:  Semi-custom
  • Designer:  Toby Richardson
  • Year:  1997
  • Hull material:  GRP
  • LOA:  50'
  • LWL:  48'
  • Beam:  25'
  • Draft:  3 1/2'
  • Bridge clearance:  64'-10"
  • Displacement:  12,500 lbs +
  • Bridge deck clearance:  3'
  • Cruising speed:  6.5 kts
  • Max speed:  7.5 kts
  • Fuel capacity:  216 gallons 
  • Water capacity:  210 gallons
  • Mainsail area:  610 square feet
  • Genoa area:  720 square feet, High cut Yankee

  • Monocoque shell of multi-axial GRP over cores of polymer sealed balsa and PVC foam.
  • Composite beams transmit rig loads to the main hull structures and these, plus all high stress areas are reinforced with carbon fibre. In particular, the main beam which takes the mast loadings, has additional carbon fibre reinforcement.
  • The keels have single skin laminate to withstand grounding and are independent of the hull structures. They form grey water and bilge tanks which are interconnected with high baffles.
  • The rudders are semi balanced with stocks of 3 inch diameter thick walled stainless steel tube.
  • The  steering system is by Whitlock with rudders connected by drag links and driven by a torque tube and bevel gearbox system from the single cockpit mounted wheel. A wheel brake is incorporated and emergency steering access is available in each hull.
  • Before launching, the underside of each hull was given a full application of Coppercoat and this was renewed 6 years ago. Therefore, no underwater treatment is necessary other than occasional scraping although the aluminium sail drive legs do need antifouling from time to time.


  • The saloon measures approximately 15 ft by 14 ft and contains a six seat dining table with L- shaped settee, two armchairs, sideboard, chest of drawers and full size chart table. 
  • The main electrical control panels and radios are also built in.
  • All surfaces are either solid wood or veneered marine grade plywood in cherry and maple.
  • The owners suite occupies the whole of the port hull other than the engine room and watertight bow space. It is 34 ft long, 7 ft wide and the spacious heads compartment adds another 6 ft to the overall length of  the suite.
  • The standard double bed is fore and aft with side access. There are 3 full length wardrobes, 11 drawers, a 5 ft 6 in settee, an 8 ft long dressing table and ample additional locker and shelf space.
  • The heads contains a shower, washbasin and electric toilet.
  • The galley is situated amidships in the starboard hull and measures 11 ft 6 in by 6 ft. It has 25 square feet of GRP work surfaces, with ample cupboard and shelf space above and below.
  • There is a double sink unit with strainer sink, 2 Waeco 110 litre refrigerators fitted in 2015. Cooking is by a 4 burner propane / butane hob with a separate oven / grill.
  • Guest cabins - There is a spacious double cabin forward of the galley on the starboard side. It has a large double berth, full length hanging locker, dressing table and ample further locker and shelf space. The large attached heads contains a manually operated large bowl toilet, with wash basin and shower.
  • There is a twin berth cabin with en-suite heads aft of the galley. This has limited storage space ad is generally used as single berth accommodation.

  • The cockpit is the centre of life on Hummingbird. It measures 13 ft by 9 ft and is protected by a hard bimini measuring 12 ft by 8 ft.
  • The windscreen is 12 ft wide and slopes forward to a height of 3 ft with 2 opening panels. It provides a perfect combination of ventilation and protection.
  • The other sides of the bimini are fitted with roll down screens for further weather / sun protection as needed.
  • Access from the cockpit to the saloon is through a pair of heavy teak doors fitted with armoured glass.
  • In the middle of the cockpit is a flush mounted hatch 4 ft by 3 ft giving access to a dry locker measuring approximately 10 ft by 5 ft 6 in by 1 ft 3 in deep.
  • This huge space houses the sails when not rigged and is also used, when at sea, for stowing a folding teak dining table and folding aluminium reclining chairs.
  • Hummingbird is sailed entirely from within the cockpit. 6 winches are installed and an electric Lewmar #40 hoists the main and furls the genoa.
  • All reefing and sail trimming operations are handled without needing to leave the cockpit. Therefore, regardless of weather conditions, the crew remain in a secure and protected location. The boat was designed for ease of sailing and this objective has been achieved spectacularly well.


  • The Freebird 50 is almost unique in the world of catamarans in that it is fitted with a divided backstay and therefore has a masthead rig . This ensures an unusually strong rig with a 16 mm forestay, 14 mm shrouds and 2 x 10 mm backstays.
  • There is a Furlex roller reefing system fitted to the forestay and 3 in-boom single line reefing systems are led back to the cockpit from the mainsail.
  • The mainsail is controlled through a 14 ft track supporting a Lewmar size 3 Triple Block car system. The genoa sheets are led through Lewmar size 3 cars wth stainless steel stirrups and are controlled by 2 Lewmar 66ST winches. Other winches are Lewmar #54, #48 and #44 all self-tailing.
  • Guard rails are 6 mm Dyneema supported by 2 ft 4 in stanchions, with midship and stern gates.



Sails, (by North Sails):

  • Main: 610 sq ft, fully battened with lazy jacks. Selden  recirculating ball car system.
  • Genoa: 720 sq ft, mast head 130 % high cut yankee.
  • Sail bag: Fully zipped and battened , replaced 2015.


  • Main engines - 2 Yanmar 3JH 2CE rated at 38 hp each driving 17 in Flex-o-Fold propellers through Yanmar SD31 saildrive legs. The engines have run for approximately 6000 hours and have been serviced in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.
  • Generator - Northern Lights M735k producing 6 Kw at 220 volts. It has run for approximately 6000 hours and has also been serviced in line with the manufacturers recommendations.


  • Seafresh watermaker, 22 gallons per hour to starboard tank;
  • Bimini catchment system, connects directly to the starboard tank via a fine strainer.
  • Transfer pump, starboard to port tanks;
  • Pressurised water is provided by Whale or Jabsco pumps and each engine room contains a 25 litre calorifier for the provision of hot water from the engine. 220 volt immersion heaters are also fitted;
  • Grey water drains into tanks in the keels which also contain bilge tanks . Each tank has a separate discharge pump and there is an overflow system between adjacent tanks;
  • The owners suite toilet has a 20 gallon holding tank which is discharged by a macerator pump. There is a 12 gallon tank serving the forward guest cabin and this is discharged by a manual pump. The holding tank serving the twin cabin has been disconnected


  • Batteries: 8 x Duracell AGM Gp 27 92 amp , installed 2015;
  • Alternators: 2 x Balmar model 80 / 90 amp with Balmar ARS 4/5 regulators;
  • Battery chargers: ProNautic C series 60 amps.  Xantrex Truecharge 2 60 amps;
  • Inverters: Sinergex PureSine2 2000 watts at 220 volts and  two Xantrex 300 watt at 220 volts;
  • Solar panels : 6 at total 730 watts output. Mounted on top of the cockpit bimini;
  • Wind generator : Eclectic Energy D400;


  • 2 x Waeco 110 litre refrigerators;
  • 1 Waeco 85 litre freezer;
  • Lighting throughout the boat divided equally between halogen and LED sources;
  • 2 x Hella ventilation fans fitted over double berths;


  • Watermaker;
  • Washing machine, standard domestic, front loading;
  • 220 volt ring main powering : vacuum cleaner, iron, bread maker, hair dryer,heat gun, hot knife, soldering iron, ventilation fan, hand food blender and food processor.


  • Plastimo 5" magnetic compass;
  • Silva magnetic bearing compass;
  • Raymarine Seatalk system - Type 300 course computer, type 50 wind and depth instruments, i70 multifunction instrument, e7 hybrid touch chart plotter, ST7002 and p70 autopilots;
  • Raytheon R20XX radar;
  • Full set of Imray charts of Eastern Caribbean;
  • 406 EPIRB;

  • Anchor capstan - Lewmar V5 capstan / windlass, installed 2016;
  • 230 ft ACCO BBB 0.5 in chain;
  • 32  ft  ACCO BBB. 0.5 in chain with 100 metres  32mm anchor plait rope;
  • 100 metres. 25 mm anchorplait rope;
  • 65 lb Spade anchor;
  • 35 lb Spade anchor, same size as above, but aluminium;
  • Fortress FX 55 anchor;
  • Fortress FX 37 anchor;
  • Fortress FX 11 anchor;
  • Bridle with 2 x 20 ft 16 mm ropes to 0.75 in chain hook;


  • Lifesling, inflatable dan buoy and horse shoe buoy;
  • Galley fire blanket;
  • 5 fire extinguishers;
  • Firdell Blipper, a very effective radar reflecter;

There are watertight bulkheads in each bow. The first 8 ft of each hull is behind a bulkhead and the space is similarly sub-divided horizontally. This creates a very substantial degree of buoyancy and the bows have never been submerged.

The presence of the backstay gives a high level of additional confidence.

  • These are commensurate with the style and quality of Hummingbird. Cleats, mooring ropes, fenders etc are, if anything, oversize and this is reflects the builders underlying approach to safety.
  • A large locker on the port side of the foredeck holds mooring ropes, spare sheets and anchors. The matching space on the starboard side is used for fender storage


  • The dinghy is a well worn AB Lammina 10, lightweight with aluminium hull. It stows between the hulls from stainless steel davits.
  • The engine is a new Yamaha Enduro 15hp.

  • Hummingbird is equipped with a comprehensive tool kit which, in addition to the power tools mentioned above, includes a cordless drill and a tethered dive kit. This has a 12 volt compressor and a tethered range of 60 feet to a depth of 23 feet.
  • The range of spares is also extensive, from fan belts to hatch and window seals to pump service kits, hoses and electrical wiring.



Hummingbird was a new boat, fitted out on a semi custom basis, when the
owners took delivery in 1997.  Five months were spent in English, French and
Irish coastal waters before the boat was displayed in the Southampton Boat
Show. Immediately afterwards  she sailed for Spain, Portugal and the Canary
Islands for the winter.

The following spring the owners returned to Southern Spain and then into the
Mediterranean for three years, sailing as far east as the Aegean Sea each
time. These seas have a reputation for light and variable winds, but on at
least two occasions the boat had to weather Force Ten Storm conditions. At
the end of 2000 Hummingbird returned to the Canaries and cruised between
those islands for the next year.

At the beginning of 2002 the owners brought their boat across the Atlantic
to Grenada and have remained on this side of the ocean since then. Most of
their cruising has been between Tobago and Puerto Rico, but there have been
two major detours, the first to the East Coast of the USA via the ICW to
Washington DC and Annapolis and the second to Jamaica.

In recent years the owners have gradually reduced the distances sailed each
year and now concentrate on visiting a limited number of favourite islands
and especially , favourite anchorages


Hummingbirds engines, mechanical and electrical eqipment, and running gear
have all been either serviced regularly in accordance with manufacturers
advice, or replaced as necessary. For example, the port engine was removed
early in 2017, rebored and fitted with new pistons etc., and is being run in
as a new engine. The other engine has also undergone a major refit and the
capstan / windlass was replaced in 2016.

With the exception of one unit all electronic navigation equipment has been
replaced  since 2014. Within the last year new grey water and holding tank
discharge pumps have been fitted and the genoa and mainsail sheets have been

Hummingbird has no need for antifouling to be replaced each year because a
coat of Coppercoat was applied before she was first launched, This was
renewed in 2011 and the only maintenance needed is a light scrape at three
to four month intervals. For this the owner uses a tethered dive kit
supplied from a battery driven compressor. However, the aluminium sail drive
legs do need repainting every two to three years and this is done during a
three to four day haulout.

In the summer of 2015 Hummingbird was hauled out for six weeks while the
owners returned to UK and the opportunity was taken to rectify a minor
problem which was effecting a moulding that covered the bridge to hull
joint. This was done in accordance with detailed recommendations from the
designer as a result of which a very strong boat was strengthened further.
At the same time the port heads holding tank was removed, modified and
fitted with a monitor system and new discharge pump.

Accidents and Mishaps

In 2004 Hummingbird was moored in a well protected south coast bay on
Grenada when Hurricane Ivan passed directly over the island. The boat was
struck on the port quarter by a drifting catamaran causing surface
delamination and the bows were badly scraped by the anchor cable of another
catamaran. All three vessels were then blown into a mangrove swamp from
which Hummingbird was subsequently dragged by a salvage vessel.  This
operation bent the rudder stock and delaminated the rudder.

The insurance company surveyor decided that the damage was mostly
superficial and the boat was sailed three hundred miles north for repair in
Antigua. The delaminated area was ground out, repaired with GRP and
resurfaced with gel coat, the bows were similarly repaired and a new rudder
and stock were fitted. Structurally the boat was and is as sound as when
built, but there remains an area on the port quarter where  the difficulty
of matching white gel sometimes apparent.

Disclaimer: The Multihull Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Alexis de Boucaud

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