We spent several years researching first monos, then cats, and actually sailed on many (St. Francis, Royal Cape Cat, Lagoon
, FP, Manta).. In the end we realized that for a cruising couple (or solo sailor) the best was (and still is) a Manta
42. (Manta 38 and 40 are not quite as good balance wise, but still great boats.) We bought ours new in 2006 and sailed her 14,000 miles in 3.5 years from Florida
, through the Bahamas
and most of the Eastern Caribbean
down to Trinidad and back. They have all the comforts and safety
features, they're fast, solid in bad seas and the cockpit
layout, sling seat and hardtop are amazing. They do have Volvo
engines, but we've had no problem getting good service
when we've needed it (rare I'm happy to say) in US, Bahamas
or Carib. They're diesels after all. Best of all, the Manta
Users Forum (ONLY open to Manta Owners) is amazingly active with helpful advice from all over the world within minutes - whether it's ways to trim your custom spinnaker
, or where to find a 10 year old part for generator
. The company may be gone, but thanks to their excellent build and dedicated owners, the boats will thrive for many years to come....
If you'd like to see all the Mantas for sale
or sold in the last couple of years, checkout Home
. Lots of specs and fun pics, too.
Whichever cat you end up with - the cat-cruising lifestyle in the Caribbean
is AWESOME.... we miss it...