Originally Posted by smj
Have you sailed a Mainecat 30 before? They point and sail very well and have a really nice motion for being 30' long.
I've been on one for an afternoon. The owner said that it was "ok" in light air, but like many cats the greater wetted surface area resulted in monos being faster and pointing higher in very light conditions. Here in So Cal
, many summer days have a high windspeed in the afternoon of ~8 knots, so while I understand that some owners have had their boats over 10+ in a stiff breeze, that's not a normal day around here. The owners group confirm that they are a bit underpowered for light air, some owners remove the stub keels, upgrade to a square top main, one even built a longer dagger board.
Like I said, I think the 30 is a fine boat and am looking for a used one, but that doesn't say there isn't room for improvement.
I see you have have the Seawind
1000, the boat I was on, the owner actually preferred the seawind
, but since the MaineCat was US built it was better for his charter
business. I haven't been on the seawind yet, need to find one for charter
or that is in the daysail business...seems like it has a lot of nice features, but I like the open bridge deck
of the Maine Cat