Just for information for all prospective Mahe 36
owners I went to the Multihull Boat show
yesterday at Gosport opposite side to Portsmouth in the UK and had a test sail on the Mahe, I wanted to try the Lavezzi
but she wasn't there so I thought I 'd go in the Mahe and be disappointed, how wrong I could be!!!!
We motored out of the marina towards the Solent and the Isle of Wight with twin 20hp Volvos at about 2400 rpm
we were doing 7.2 knots, at 3000 rpm
8.4 knots but using a 1/3 more diesel
so keep the 7.2 knots if you have to use the engines.
There was very little wind
only about 8/9 knots so it would be a good test to see how she performed in light airs which I think is always a good measure of her performance.
As we got out of the harbour we turned west, turned off the engines and set off at about 5.5knots at 60 degs off the wind
The wind slowly increased to about 10/11 knots (true) and we were averaging about 7.5 knots sometimes touching 8.5 knots - very impressive especially as we were between 45/55 degrees to the wind.
The sea state was the normal 2 ft chop which she sliced her way through as if it were not there, no hobby horsing or slamming.
Off the wind (120 degrees) she slowed down to about 4/5 knots and the main slapped around a bit in the chop, but add a gennaker
and she would go a lot better.
At one stage there was a very large car and passenger ferry
coming in the opposite direction creating a nasty 3 ft (trough to peak) close plus wake so I decided to keep the boat side on to the wash - didn't feel a thing, she handled it as if it was barely there.
I had a great sail and was hugely impressed with this boat although there were a few things I would change or add to her if I bought one.