U.K.-based Discovery Yachts, known for its Discovery 55, is now offering the popular cruising yacht in a smaller package. The Discovery 48 will come with a choice of a two- or three-cabin layout, twin- or single-helm steering and an oversized cockpit.
The new, smaller Discovery will retain the raised saloon and nav area.
The Discovery 48 will appeal to those who sail short-handed, but are unwilling to sacrifice the appointments of a live-aboard cruiser.
There are two variants of the new Discovery 48. The Ocean version offers single-wheel steering in a large center cockpit and two en suite cabins. The Discovery 48 Riviera version has been designed with twin wheels, a huge open cockpit and three double cabins — two aft and an owner’s cabin forward. Both yachts will feature a fold-down bathing platform and twin headsails.