We've had our Mac65 since 2002. We're quite happy with her. INDEPENDENCE is correct-- the engine in the aft cabin
is sweet and the only way to go if you can. We have the pilot house which is very nice. I can sit up there, see what's going on and navigate my heart out. Some of the "ammeneties" that I wish she had: a bow thruster, electric
reefing from the cockpit
, and a full enclosed cockpit
(Impossible to fix, says my DH, because of the low boom and the traveller located in the middle of the cockpit. Of course, I say that could certainly be fixed with lots of money
. DH does not like that.)
She has always handled quite nicely in the Chesapeake, which is where we sail. The boat has been through the Panama Canal
, to Bermuda
, New England
, the Caribbean
with her prior owner and we are taking her to the Virgin Islands
this fall. It will be our first off-shore passage
with her so I can tell you more how she handles out there after we arrive in mid-November. As far as I know, no structural problems, but will know better after the insurance survey
next month. I'll report back.
When she was new back in the early 90s she only cost $250k fully loaded, so I guess that's partly why the boats are so inexpensive at resale-- that and the fact that all boats are depreciating assets. JZK is right-- she really is a stretched out 45 as far as living conditions are concerned.