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2013 Dix Harvey DH 55

  • 55 ft
  • Catamaran
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, US

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Taika is a custom designed performance catamaran that offers speed, safety and a contemporary Interior. This DH 550 was designed and built by Phil Harvey of Gunboat to be his personal boat to sail the world with his family. The present owners purchased Taika in 2017 and improved her for their cruising needs.

Paul Harvey started the initial build process in 2006 however, the final construction of the hull and all other components wasn't started until early 2012 and finally completed in 2013.


Advanced co brokerage Florida Sail is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by The Catamaran Company.



Basic Information

Dix Harvey
DH 55
Fort Lauderdale, FL, US
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Dimensions & Weight

55 ft - 16.76 meter
55 ft - 16.76 meter
28 ft 5 in - 8.66 meter
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Fuel Tank:
264 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
132 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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Taika is a custom-designed performance catamaran that offers speed, safety, and a contemporary Interior. This DH 550 was designed and built-in Trinidad by Dudley Dix of Morelli and Melvin, by Phil Harvey of Gunboat to be his personal boat to sail the world with his family. The present owners purchased Taika in 2017 and improved her for their cruising needs. Improvements included repainting the entire exterior of the vessel with Awlgrip, new watermaker, new salon upholstery, new solar, high output chargers, high output alternators, lithium batteries, new freshwater plumbing, all-electric kitchen, adding a combination washer/dryer, as well as new running and standing rigging. Taika was cruised from Massachusetts to Grenada by a family of two adults and two teens. She transported them comfortably, safely and quickly in gale-force winds and large seas on several long passages, including non-stop runs from Ft Lauderdale FL to Block
Island RI, Norfolk VA to St. John USVI, Puerto Rico to Grenada, Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale. In optimal conditions, Taika saw speeds in excess of 18 knots in the trade winds. The setup of this DH 550 is optimized around a shorthanded crew of one or two. Her rig is easy to manage and the layout provides great comfort while "living on the hook" for extended periods of time. Lightweight construction, which is 1/2 to 2/3's the weight
of current production catamarans of her size, allows Taika to achieve high
cruising speeds with a smaller sail plan, which greatly increases the safety of the boat, yet she comfortably averages more than 200 nm per day, and if the
conditions are right, over 300 nm! Daggerboards allow her to point high and give her minimal draft of 2 feet boards up, allowing her to
cruise shallow areas (Bahamas) and anchor apart from other vessels. Should the winds die, she still has over 1,500 nm motoring range with full fuel (265 gals). View the video to see more details.

Layout & Accommodations

A luxurious, performance, blue water cruiser with accommodations for eight, in four cabins, and two large roomy heads.
SALON - Large contemporary spacious, airy salon features beautiful panoramic views in all directions through large windows and includes a large portside dining area, starboard side lounge area, helm station center forward, with adjacent large navigation station. Custom overhead LED
lighting with floor courtesy lights. Alpine stereo - with speakers in salon and aft deck. A door to the port of the helm station leads to a protected, forward working cockpit. New 2018 salon upholstery.
MASTER STATEROOMS - (Two Aft Cabins) 2 Queen size berths, two hanging lockers, with an integral desk and settee with storage and custom LED lighting as well as LED reading lights and mood lights for master berth Large overhead hatch with screen, and side portlights two aft-facing hatches above the master berth.
FORWARD STATEROOMS - (Two Forward Cabins) 2 Full-size berths, with desk and storage, Custom LED lighting, Individual A/C Controls, Twin Fans, and custom LED reading lights, Large overhead hatch with screen and two porthole side windows.
HEAD AND SHOWER - 2 Spacious heads shared between forward and aft cabins in each hull have a separate shower compartment with C Head composting toilets.


Large galley up layout has expansive Corian countertops for workspace allows the cook to interact with all guests and crew, and includes: a double sink, front loading refrigerator (2018 Dometic), front loading Freezer (Isotherm, CR130) and a combination washer/dryer 110V, New 2018. Included are a two
burner induction cooktop and Cuisinart convection oven.

Deck & Equipment

AFT DECK - exiting aft through large double doors from the salon provides you direct access to the
rear deck lounging and dining area covered by an extended hardtop for comfort and protection.
Custom LED lighting and speakers, Isotherm ice maker make this the perfect spot to relax and
FORWARD DECK AND TRAMPOLINE - accessible safely from the interior helm or via two wide nonskid
side decks. Two large trampolines are connected by a wide stable bridge give easy access to
the sails and two seating areas on each of the bow's
All Harken deck gear
2 x Electric Harken 48winches in forward cockpit controlled by Hella LED push buttons electric motors
just rebuilt and buttons changed 2020.
(12) Vetus Deck Hatches
(2) Vetus Escape Hatches replaced and rebedded February 2019
(10) Side Port lights
Diamond SeaGlaze fore and aft opening windows in salon and Diamond SeaGlaze forward cockpit
All blocks are Harken Air blocks
All sail control lines lead to forward working cockpit with line bins
All Lewmar clutches
Lewmar bulkhead steerer with Chain and sprocket to Dynema steering cables
Tiller arms linked with Dynema loop with autopilot ram connected to starboard tiller arm.
Anchor Windlass LOFRANS 1200watt operable from helm station
New in 2018, 100 metres of galvanized chain with 85 pound Spade Anchor 2018
Backup FORTRESS 85 danforth anchor included.
Kevlar/carbonfibre, racing style stanchions, with Spectra lifelines. Spectra replaced 2018.
Eight (8) Deck cleats
Two (2) SS boarding ladders on each transom
Shower on transom Fresh water deck wash-down system in center
Custom dinghy davits, with electric winch including AB Aluminum bottomed rib with 20 HP Yamaha outboard new December 2018
Hull painted with Awlgrip in 2018.

Electronics & Navigation

All Instrumentation and Electronics New June 2016
Raymarine Axiom color chartplotter
Raymarine GS125 12.1" Glass Bridge
Raymarine system control keypad
Raymarine Radar 24" HD
Raymarine Downvision Sonar
Raymarine GPS
Raymarine Evolution (EV400 Sailpilot) Autopilot and p70 Control head
Raymarine Type 2 Linear Autopilot Drive
2 x Raymarine 1-70 Displays (one at helm, one at Nav station)
Raymarine Speed/Temp/Depth Transducer
Man Overboard System EPIRB ACR 406
VHF Radio standard Horizon handheld VHF HX810

Electrical, Power & Plumbing

Taika was run all electric, cruising away from marinas, for a year from the northeast to Grenada, running the water maker enough for two adults and two teenage girls, and allowing all electrical consumption for said individuals including cooking, cleaning, fans and hot water. They were able to limit generator use to two hours every 2 or 3 days.
48,000 BTU Air conditioning throughout - (2) 16K BTU Dometic units for Salon
and aft cabins; (2) 8K BTU Dometic units for each forward cabin.
10KW Phasor Marine generator (New 2015 with approximately 435 hours)
3 Shore power 50 amp 220v and 30 amp 110v plugs
11 110v outlets - 9 in the salon area and 2 in Master cabins
NEW 2018 4 RB300 Lithium Relion 8D batteries. These lithium batteries are much ligher, much faster charging and maintenance free. They may be run through a complete charge cycle from 100-0 much more safely than a lead acid battery.
(6) LG Solar Panels, totalling 1980 Watts new in February 2019.
4 Victron Charge Controllers for Solar new 2018 Victron energy color controller at Nav station.
3 Victron Chargers/inverters new 2018- The high amp chargers all run at once so the generator can be run around half load to take advantage of the power absorbing ability of the lithium batteries.
Victron inverter new 2018
Balmar High Output Alternators new 2018 with All LED lighting throughout - including Tri-color, anchor, navigation, steaming
lights, two (s) spreader lights and bright LED rear deck light. All LED cabin,
salon and bimini lights.
Four (4) automatic bilge pumps 2 (800 GPH w/ USS float switches in engine
compartment), 2 (1,800 GPH automatic bilge pumps in each hull)
Two (2) 250 liter (136 Gallons total) Fresh water tanks
Little Village 12volt Watermaker new 2017.
Hot and cold pressure water system; all new 2020 fresh water plumbing.
Isothem SS 11 gallon hot water heater (Electric and Generator coolant loop)
Fresh water shower on port transom

Engine & Mechanical

Engine hours are approximately 2000
Two (2) Yanmar 47H4E 54hp Diesel marine engines
Two (2) 3 blade, (Flex-o-Fold) - folding props
Shaft drive with Vetus dripless shaft seals (2)
Two (2) 500 liter (264 gallon total) fuel tanks; New Aug 2018, New Feb 2019
Racor filers with pressure gauges and fuel shutoff valves
Two (2) New 2019 high output Balmar alternators

Sails & Rigging

Mast,67ft. anodized aluminum, by Sparcraft
Boom, anodized aluminum, by Sparcraft
Aluminum Boom Vang Rope-clutches for all halyards, furling, sheets and reefing lines Internal halyards (Spectra) led to forward cockpit
Standing rigging, Dynemma replaced 2018
Roller Furling (Profurl) for Jib w/ Harken Blocks and track
Two (2) Harken 48, two speed electric winches
Harken Main & Jib Track, Travelers (2x mainsheet cars) and Harken Blocks throughout.
Dyneema standing rigging - stronger and lighter than stainless steel, New 2019

Mack Sails fully battened mainsail 11 oz Dacron - 902 sq ft (84 sq m) , New 2020 with Harken sliding Bat-Car system, and New Stackpack purchased from Mac Sails (New 2020). Three
(3) reef points in mainsail with all reefing lines led to forward cockpit.
Self-tacking Barrow Sails Spectra Jib, 491 sq. ft. on a Pacnor roller furler with UV strip with a harken self-tacking track and car also controlled from the forward cockpit.
Code Zero on infinite roller was added in 2018. This has allowed Taika to sail on a beam reach in much lighter winds and off the wind easily and very fast.

Additional Information

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION - The DH 550 utilizes a powerful, easily handled rig, daggerboards and
high bridge deck clearance, to produce a boat designed for fast long-distance passage making.
Modern, cold molded wood/epoxy saturation is a construction process that produces a stronger,
stiffer and MUCH lighter structure than fiberglass (1/2 to 2/3 the weight of similar sized sailing
catamarans). This build method is more durable, more easily maintained, and much easier to repair
if needed.
Micron 66 bottom painted in September 2018, still shows in good condition.
Engel fridge and freezer in salon NOT included.

Paul Harvey started the initial build process in 2006 however, the final construction of the hull and all other components wasn't started until early 2012 and finally completed in 2013.


The 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 desired validated. Photos may not properly reflect the current condition of the actual vessel offered for sale. In some cases stock photographs may have been used.


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