Had a long look at the Mahe at the Cape Town boat show
over the last 2 days. She had a rough ride from France
, got hammered in the BofBiscay, when around the Atlantic high to Southern Brazil
and from there across to Cape Town
, just north of the forties (36degrees south). Skipper
reckons she handled it all no problem. Only slammed a few times with a big confused side on swell. The boat looks abolutely brand new after the trip...apart from one of the port side shrouds which started fraying at the crimp. Over the past week I looked at various Wildcats (Mark 1,11) (great layout=great boat at the price), a 99 Nose Be (same hulls, forerunner to the Admiral 38), a 2003 Parlay 40 (=Norseman) which has awesome layout but bad reputation for nose diving
, 2001 Island Spirit 37 (my 2nd choice after the Mahe), Dean 360 (no ways), new St Francis 50 (I wish), 2005 Knysna 440 (maybe: trying hard too get the finances to work: most boat for the money), new Admiral 40 (to much fancy woodwork on the one I saw) and a new Leopard 40
(good looking boat, none 2nd hand yet).
In the under 40ft range the Mahe comes out tops w.r.t. cabin
width and layout, alround vision in the saloon
(awesome), 1 big head
with big shower
etc (3 cabin
is in own compartments, dedicated nav station within line of sight from steering
bench etc etc. Also awesome bridge deck
clearance. Also the construction is injection molded = lighter and stronger they say? However, compared to most SA built boats the Mahe's fittings generally look VERY lightweight, almost Mickey mouse excuse my French. Things like mast
, winches, windlass
, shrouds, tiny battery
banks, 500watt invertor just enough to run a toothbrush, poor quality fridge/freezer, very lightweight and small hatches....not to mention the prices they charge for all the "essential extras". But then again in SA a lot of the fittings on the SA boats are probably overdesigned, erring on the side of caution.
The Mahe certainly looks like it will be easy to singlehand, looks like a light boat, relatively small sail area, easy to handle for hubby whilst mom is down below handling the two toddlers...but a lot of the fittings don't look like they will last past a year...Anyway, all things being equal I am probably going to order one soon! Would love to hear from guys who have had their mahe's for a while...I will probably pick it up in France
, does anyone have experience in fitting extras in La Rochelle or nearby after receiving the boat from FP?