Good afternoon, I am glad to have stumbled onto the forum. We are the proud new owners of a MANTA
122 which is being splashed on the FEB 11th . I have read some comments here and would like to contribute. The new 42 mkIV Mantas have a 21 foot beam. While this is narrower then some of the others it allows you to take a normal slip in a marina and not a double wide which costs twice as much. Also many boat yards have a hard time hauling out boats with larger then a 22 foot beam. It doesn't sound like a big deal until you have to move your boat 100 miles to get something done. The narrow beam in our situation is a space trade
off which we felt was well worth it. The beam can be the difference of taking a dock
in bad weather
out. When my wife Jen is happy i am happy
off is well worth it! The small cabin
forward of the head
will be be more of a utility room with a laundry
. For us i cant see it being used much as a bunk. These are built to be owner cruisers and not so much made for the charter
folks who need large head
counts. I thinks its a good idea to have the head (toilet) in-between the staterooms. Is it better crossing someone's room to to use the head? It also gives a bit of space if someone snores. It will be the out of sight junk/landry room for us. I am sure there are others that need the bunk as a bunk. A sailing school
exists called Rum
Line out of Florida
. The boat used is a Manta called storyteller. We took a one week class that allows you to live and sail on the boat for a week. BTW Manta paid for us to take the class. We learned about the class after months after we ordered the boat and they still paid. That should say-something about the management. The ease of use is amazing. My wife never has been sailing before. By the 3rd day she operated the boat up to 10 knots in around 15 knot
with higher gusts. She had a perma grin on her face. The captain
said he had seen the boat as high as 14 knots. There were 5 people on board with full gear fuel
. The boat costs a bit more then posted in this forum when fully outfitted. I think they cost around $460,000 US fully outfitted. We were one of the last folks to order the boat as a semi custom. Before we had put our order in we were able to tour many of the French built boats. It was easy for us. We live in the Virgin Islands
( there are huge charter
fleets here) I want to point out that there is a big difference from the photos from say the Lagoons for example to the real thing. I found in reality the finish to be quite lacking for my taste, interior
decks that squeaked when walked on, exposed fasteners, when you look in the hatch
compartments they look rather unfinished. When we toured the Manta the boat showed much better then in the photos. The wiring
was unbelievably clean and well laid out. The finish work with only a couple of exceptions was top notch both on the surface and under hatches and bilges.
This boat is simple to operate with a smooth ride and easy steering
. There are bigger cruisers out there but that isn't always better. We intend on doing crossings with this boat. They are built SALTY. There are no big sliding glass door on this boat. high quality hatches and fittings are used. The volvos were quiet but they will be getting airseps installed to keep everything clean. By the way the bunk lifts up to access the engines. I weigh 240 pounds and can easily get all the way around these engines. It will be nice to no longer work in a hole servicing engines.
I liked the Manta so much after seeing one I dug into my pockets an extra 50K to get an new one after vowing to NEVER buy another NEW boat again.
CHEERS I hope this helps.
Adam & Jen, Hull