The only cats that are load friendly are dogs
by design or need more money
than god to buy. Load is always the killer with cats, but some handle it better than others. The Manta
has narrow beam hulls compared to most charter
production cats now and is not as load friendly by design. In a cat, load friendly is described by waterline length and hull
beam. In general, length is good and hull
beam is bad. Length is fixed for any given bracket of comparable boats. However Mantas are not as proportionately narrow as Outremer
, White, etc. It is a relatively small boat that is often loaded to the max by owners. The davit system can handle a humungous load - much more than most other cats - and as a result, a lot of owners put really nice comfortable dinghies on it. Because it was not sold into the charter
market, and its market niche was predominantly retired couples going cruising, the boats have a lot of amenities in them. Particularly for a 36' boat stretched out in the ends.
Technically, it has a PPI immersion of around 1,000 lbs - stick a 1,000 lbs in it and watch it go down an inch.
It floats on its design lines in factory trim, so it is not overloaded from the factory. However, it is loaded from the factory, and that point is often confused. You want a Manta
that will run circles around any production cat? Throw out the two 16,000BTU air conditioners, generator
, Boston Whaler dinghy
with 50hp motor
, full Corian counters up and down, large tankage, washer and dryer, water
maker, extra large battery
bank, solar panels
, inverter/charger and all the extra 4g-10g wiring
hooking these up. Keep the giant arch and bimini
- without them it will definitely be a lopsided matchup. Or put these amenities on an Outremer
or White and compare the difference.
As for the number of boats for sale
, I have noticed that the typical Manta ownership
is for 4-7 years. Given that the market niche for these boats have been retired couples going cruising with definitive plans, most cruises last 4-7 years. I have met several owners who have boats for sale
and it appears that the number of Mantas for sale
seems to correlate with a "hump" of owners that have completed their cruising objectives. Having been close to the Manta market for the past 6 years, I have noticed that there are either none on the market, or a bunch of them at any given time. The larger number for sale
now could be the economy (lord knows, it's effecting us), but I think it is just a coincidence.