The Legacy was at the top of my list for the last 12 months, until the Mahe replaced it. I spent a lot of time on the new Legacy 2013 and 2014 models at Miami
, then Annapolis
and back again in Miami
. Would suggest anyone interested look at 2014 models as there are important refinements done to the head and cockpit regarding height. I am 6' and the 2013 was too short in both areas. They fixed this for the next model year. After spending more time looking at other cats in comparison (Leapord 39, Lagoon
, Tomkat), I finally stepped on board an older Mahe at Miami Yacht Club and discovered why Cotemar fell in love with this boat.
Mahe is a perfect go-between fit in comparison to Legacy/Tomkat and Leapord/Lagoon 39.
A few weeks after my latest Miami Strictly Sail experience, I recollect my time on board the Legacy feels as if I "wear" the boat like an article of clothing
due to its small size. Narrow hulls, limited saloon
space, having to twist myself steping into the hulls from the salon
, a small weatherdeck, and a short cockpit. Smaller external dimensions are still attractive but the tradeoffs don't work for me (seaworthiness, load sensitivity, etc.). Still, the 2014 Legacy is a great boat for its size if your only into short cruise
, weekend stays, limited coastal hops. That master queensize bed
in the forward cabin
with massive windows overhead is a fantastic feature. Besides the poor fit for my frame, the price
for a new boat creeps into lower end bigger cats. 2013 was $242,000 US barley fitted out. 2014 is closer to $260K. That fact alone made me keep looking.
In comparison, Tomkat kept my attention for about two hours. Canadian owners (two bothers continuing what their father created) were very easy to interact with and generous with their time. Tomkat's wider than the Legacy but shorter. I like the outboard power for its simplicity and lack of drag. Hey, if its good enough for Seawind
... The Tomkat interior--while a better personal fit--struck me as a college dormitory vs. a refined hotel
room compared to the Legacy. Barebones, spartan. It was raining all day at Annapolis
and I was kind of stunned to see rivulets of water
from the deck
fitings not well sealed pouring into the cabin
. For a brand new boat, this did not make me confident about the quality of build. I did like the engineering of the single centerboard
that drops down from bridgedeck bottom to give the Tomkat a good pointing capability while keeping draft
to a minimum. Tomkat pricing was almost as high as the Legacy.
I moved on to view the Leapords and Lagoons while still seeing a few mono hulls at the three shows. Lamenting the fact that FP did not bring a Mahe to any of these shows, I finally arranged a walk through a few weeks ago while in Miami via a helpful broker I was introduced to here on CF. So, that's where I am at now; my timeline is still 3 years out so I think its just about the most perfect way for my wife and I to spend our time shopping
for our dream cat. A charter
designed boat from a well known builder
, still in production, with extensive owner documentation
, we will seek an Evolution model that's preferably one owner, not chartered, 3 to 5 years old. Seems doable.