Ultra-light, comfortable live aboard 2012 river cruiser with flat bottom


Berowra Waters

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“NUTSHELL” (it’s all in a)
PRICE – $89,000 ono
SIZE – 12m x 2.5m DRAFT – 120mm Launched 2012
Built by cat designer, John Hitch for his own use, using vacuum bonded epoxy glass fibre on plastic honeycomb core (sandwich construction). Can’t rot, absorb water or delaminate. Unsinkable, transportable by road on semi-trailer if required. Amazing economy – 4nm/litre at 6kts or can plane at 15kts.
Total of 250W solar panels controlled by 30A MPPT charging 120 AH LIPO Battery. Outboard starter batteries also LIPO and linked to main battery by VSR, also emergency link switch.
7” GPS Plotter screen with satellite overlay (Garmin).
Forward looking sounder.
Backup 700W (Atomic) inverter generator and 40A charger.
Waeco fridge with freezer compartment 12V.
LED lighting throughout most of boat.
2 x 12v Cafrano fans.
170w inverter to charge electronics or run 240v fans or other equipment eg TV.
Tap activated freshwater pump to galley sink and bathroom sink, also connected to solar camping hot water shower ie plumbed in.
Saltwater deck wash type pump to wash anchor chain if muddy. Hose fixed under anchor roller. 2-way switch for hosing elsewhere.
5 x 12v and 3 x 240v outlets wired in.
From aft going forward:- lazarette under cockpit floor – two side by side floor hatches.
Fuel tank under cockpit floor, baffled, approx. 100L feeding motor via filter separator and fuel cock.
Cockpit seats at least 5, plus helm seat. Plenty of storage under seats including stern anchor and rope locker.
One step down companionway to cabin floor, full headroom virtually throughout.
Galley with double sink to port, 2 burner Maxie metho stove starboard.
Plenty of bench space both sides and loads of stowage space over and under with sliding doors. Foot operated drinking water faucet supplied by 80L stainless steel tank via potable water hose and Aqua Filter.
Going forward is settee berth to port and opposite a 4 person raised dinette seating with table. Plenty of storage space underneath dinette floor and seats. Under the settee is the main water tank, approx 200L, a gauge for which is visible from inside the galley locker.
Going forward to port is the wide office bench with drawers on one side and portable seat. Bookshelves above. To starboard, is the head (porta potty) and shower recess with curtain. Shower water can be mostly drained via a small bilge pump with switch.
Going forward are wardrobes (large) either side, and clothes lockers above.
Going forward, are large single berths either side, with custom made inner spring mattresses (very comfortable) and large stowage spaces under.
From the companionway one can walk right forward to the anchor locker which has a separate place for rope and chain and a hatch above a standing space between the bunk area and the anchor locker, from where the anchoring is done via an up-down switch to the rope/chain electric windlass. The anchor self-stows on a short sprit. Other equipment includes portable VHF, mobile phone aerial, fenders, mooring lines, etc.
Boat is fully mossie screened inside.
Cockpit clears front and sides can roll up, sunscreen aft, seat cushions for cockpit. Condition all around excellent.

SURVEY 2018– all good.
Currently insured for $87,540 agreed value with NRMA.
“NUTSHELL” is an exceptional boat ideally suited to an elderly couple for example, due to its ability to anchor on sand flats at high tide, swim over clean waist deep water, and be able to step off the boat easily and go for walks at low tide whilst high and dry.

Being so light, Nutshell is easy to push or pull when in shallow water, if required. It is capable of going up shallow creeks where only tinnies and kayaks can otherwise go and be in complete isolation. To do this it is best to reverse in so that you can see the depth easily and find a suitable spot to anchor fore and aft over a sand bank. As most bays in the Pittwater/Cowan/Hawkesbury/Brisbane Waters, have these sand flats and creeks, it is ideally suited to this area. Alternatively, it could be trucked to do the Murray River, for example. It could also be used as a temporary, comfortable home, on a land site, due to its flat bottom and self-contained systems.
The boat is fitted with 4 lifting points which are bonded into the structure with unidirectional carbon fibre, so that it can be easily lifted by a truck crane.


Boat type power
Make John Hitch Custom Design
Model River Cruiser (with flat bottom)
Length 12
Condition used
Year manufactured 2012
Hull type mono
Registration number AGY852N
Registration expiry 25/7/2021
HIN number AUWWA172972E12