I'm the owner of Walking On Water
, MC #10. We've lived aboard for a year now and just had her shipped to the PNW. Many folks talk about how this boat is only good in the tropics. Let me tell you that I fully expect to be living aboard
this winter in Friday Harbor,WA. This boat excells in cool weather
and the only problem you'll have is needing to seek counselling for that 'guilty' feeling you'll get when you see all those folks bundled up behind their dodgers when the breeze is a tad bit coolish. I strongly and highly recommend having a hydronic heating
system install at build time. It'll be well worth the investment and I am also very happy with ITR's Hurricane
We've easily survived without the heat turned on at night in temps down to 32 degrees. As you've observed, the greenhouse effect is very noticeable on the MaineCat and even solar
radiation on overcast days contributes significantly. (but you need the heat once the sun goes down at least here in the PNW) My wife's a SoCal girl and doesn't like to be cold but has no issues on board WOW.
Sailing is a snap and ridiculously easy singlehanded. Performance is great and the boat is a joy to sail. Can't say that I've seen 17 knots yet but she'll go to weather
at 8.5 very easily in 17-20 knots of wind
. I'm abandoning my screecher for here in the PNW so might be willing to sell it to you for below market price
if your'e interested. Contact me via the MaineCat Owners Speak web page for more details about it and the boat in general.