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Old 07-10-2018, 18:09   #1
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Manta Catamarans

Any input on build quality etc on these cats?

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Old 07-10-2018, 19:35   #2
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Re: Manta Catamarans

They are built well, well thought out and very easy to handle. About the only down side is that they were originally a 38' then the stern was stretched to 40' and then a 42'. The 42' look good but they are only a 38' inside. I think most or all of them are built of vinylester which is a big plus over most cats of the era.

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Old 07-10-2018, 19:39   #3
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Re: Manta Catamarans

Ive sailed a number of Mantas and like them a lot. The quality of build overall is very good (with some variation I think based on who was builing them at the time...theyve been in and out of production/ownership a few times).

Very good owners layout for a cruising couple. Not a great charter layout...because it was not intended to be.

Only common issue I know of is T-ball fitting failures in some rigs.

There are some owners here and a very active owner's association (google up their web site)...posting there will likely get you a lot of detailed responses.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:06   #4
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Great bridgedeck clearance, I went to buy one that had delamination in the hull, I passed.
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Old 12-10-2018, 17:51   #5
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Re: Manta Catamarans

I own a 42 and love it, the build quality is excellant, the down side is trying to find one for sail.
If you're serious about finding one talk to Pat Reischmen, he's one of the original owners and a very user friendly guy to work with.
he works out of the Fl west coast but keeps an eye out for all the Mantas that hit the market.
if you're interested just PM me and i'd be happy to help.
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Old 12-10-2018, 18:27   #6
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Re: Manta Catamarans

Love our Manta! Agree that they are well built and a great platform for a cruising couple. All lines lead back to a single electric winch. Love the self tacking jib!

The owner's group online is not really public oropen to non-owners, so you'll have to ask your questions here. We've only owned ours for a year now but are very pleased. Previous FP Tobago owner. Very comfortable layout and great storage. Galley/fridge/freezer are nice. Most are very well equiped. Ours has generator/water maker/air conditioning/washer dryer.

If you're in the market for a Lagoon or Leopard, this is not really the cat for you.

We've met several other Manta owners and they're all very happy with their boats and very active in the online group. Lots of sharing of technical info on both the website and the FB group.

Feel free to PM me for more info.
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Old 12-10-2018, 19:04   #7
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Thanks for all the feedback. It sounds like the Manta is well worth considering.

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