The Mark Marine
23 was designed by Dr. John Letcher and were built by Mark Marine
101, Raymond, New Hampshire. It was featured in the Sail, February 1979. I believe only a handful were ever built.
He wanted to design a bluewater coastal cruiser. I believe Dr. Letcher is still connected with the design industry through Aerohydro (I base this on internet
search, not actual confirmation).
We purchased a 1979 version in 1994 and sailed it in the North Channel of the Great Lakes
and in Lake Nipissing. It had previously been used in Florida
, I acquired it at a very low cost due to the acute blistering which was subsequently repaired. We sold it in 1999 as the family
outgrew it. I now see that it is up for sale
in Barrie, Ontario
. Our version was the OMC Saildrive
What we liked:
- the sturdy construction (stays, mast
all were oversized compared to other trailerables of same length)
- V-Berth access
- table which could be moved into the cockpit
- OMC Saildrive
(once we got it running (year one) it was reliable in the larger waves of Lake Huron and Nipissing.
- 26" draft
What we did not like:
- OMC Saildrive ate up a lot of usable space and had a certain marine 2 stroke odor
- Extremely shallow bilge
which required mopping (though after a few years we can really plugged the ingress points and it was less of an issue)
thumping in light seas (would not stay down all the time)
- flat bottom pounded if motoring into the seas (avoided this)
Improvements we made (other than maintenance
- Whisker pole helped downwind performance tremendously
- Replaced V-berth with Posturpedic mattress
- Foot pump for galley
behind port and starbord settee (wasted space)
- rear swim ladder
I have kept three pages which may be of interest to you which I have attached.
1) Original Manufacturer's Specification Sheet
2) Sail Magazine article mentioned above
3) Niagara-on-the-Lake Yacht Brokers listing sheet (from whom we acquired).
Best regards and good luck with your Mark Marine.