I found this thread and thought I might add my question on the subject. (Let me know if this is inappropriate.)
I'm looking for a "low-budget" cruising cat that I can take from Hawaii
to the South Pacific
with 2-3 adults, and island hop along the way. (It would be ultra-light cruising.)
I have considered just about every multi-hull option (tri-marans and other cats) and I keep coming back to the Mac 36, given it's size, low maintenance
, accommodations, build materials and price
I realize the berths are tight, but I have slept in a Cat berth in the tropics and it's not very comfortable (heat-wise), so it seems to me you're better off with an open deck
cat where you can sleep on the deck
. I would want a light core
deck with at least a bimini
of some sort that would double as a rain catchment system. I really like the "beachable" capability, too.
I've been checking out the Iroquois cats, but again, I think for the tropics, you're better off with the open deck Mac 36. Plus the Mac 36 doesn't have any balsa-core decking, and with an open deck, it doesn't have the headroom
limit in the "bridgedeck cabin".
I've done some research
on the Mac 36's and spoken to Todd & Cheryl at BW Yachts, who advise strongly against the idea due to the "performance nature" of the Mac 36.
I have had other people say that the hulls are not thick enough to endure offshore
sailing, but she is rated Category B. Apparently there are a number of spots on the hulls that oil
can, and one particular person was not comfortable with that.
I understand that the earlier models (single dagger board models) were heavier than the later models. Could this be because they trimmed down the hull
thickness to reduce weight? Maybe I would be better off with an older version because it might have thicker hulls?
There's one here in Hawaii
that had the rigging
fail and the mast
bent, so it's currently configured as a power boat
. Assuming there was no other damage when the mast
came down, maybe this would be a reasonable option, since I could put a more conservative rig
on her. I don't need super performance, but wouldn't I be able to put a rig
on there that would not make her so "temperamental", but still provide above average performance, including decent performance in light air (read: Doldrums)?
Any feedback/guidance would be greatly appreciated!