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Old 27-04-2014, 19:48   #16
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Re: New 2014 Manta 42 and OceanCat 49!

The Canadian molds were lost in hurricane Andrew, new molds were built off of one of the two Canadian boats in Florida, after that Endeavour was subcontracted to build them. The 48-49 was an extended Lerouge 44. Henry wanted to offer kit boats, which had no chance for success in either case and was demonstrated so with the Ocean Cat project.
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Old 27-04-2014, 20:02   #17
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Your memory is better than mine and thats how i heard it from Henry, i was very impressed with the performance of the design especially in light air, too bad its been such a drama and business fiasco for the last 20 odd years.
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was not one of the two boats in Florida that was splashed for new moulds Henry's ?
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Old 28-04-2014, 02:50   #19
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was not one of the two boats in Florida that was splashed for new moulds Henry's ?

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Old 28-04-2014, 11:00   #20
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Re: New 2014 Manta 42 and OceanCat 49!

I don't think it was a fiasco, it was quite profitable for the first seven years, it changed ownership twice after that, a power cat was developed, 127 sail cats and 15 power cats were built, the name and brand is one of the strongest to this day, and the second and third generation owners are as excited or more so about the design and concept as the original owners. For a privately owned small builder that is a lot better than the norm in what can be and is a very challenging business.
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Re: New 2014 Manta 42 and OceanCat 49!

I've been interested the Manta Power Cat. With only 15 built, see previous, is there an owners forum that lists all?
I toured a 2006 Manta Power Cat. Lots of storage, easy engine access, lots of refrigeration. Owner indicated 2.5 gallons at 15 knots, real???? He had the Volvo 210s on board.
Are parts readily accessible?
From what I am reading, current attempts to restart the Manta brand appear to have been over by "possibly" less than favorable/reputable characters.
A comparable Lagoon 43 Power Cat is considerably less.
Any way, I seem to be rambling.
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Re: New 2014 Manta 42 and OceanCat 49!

There is a Manta owner's group, but it doesn't list all of the boats. I have a list of all of the sailcats, but none of the powercats. I don't know how many they made, but there is someone in the group that has powercat #11, so they made at least that many of them.

I don't know what you mean by parts - for the Volvo or for the Manta? I suspect both are easy - the Volvo is still a current engine and Manta used a lot of common, standard parts sourced mostly in the US.

There is a legit attempt to restart the Manta brand by one of the original people involved in the company. I wrote about it in another thread and have since learned that a design brief has been published in water sailing">Blue Water Sailing, but I don't have a subscription to that magazine. Perhaps someone here does and can post it?

I do have some drawings from the Facebook page. The naval architect is the same as for the Manta powercat, so you may see some design cue similarity.

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