The boat is still being built by the orginal builders and was nominated for one of the 3 best blue water
crusing cats under 40 feet.
The 380 is the next iteration of the 370 which started as a 35(we met the orginal plug builder
in st Mikes, MD). The 380 added more length on the transom which improved the angle of the steps. The hull
also seems to taper a little more at the stern. The last of the 370's were the first ones with the arch which was a vast improvment in sail handling and cockpit
One one the ways Voyage and Maxim have been able to keep cost down was a modular and little or no customization. Though we know of an early 580 that had some work done at the factory, but that is a different story.
The eraly boats under the Voyage name were exclusively built for voyage and carried their name, but they were built by maxim under Voyage's oversight. As I mentioned earlier in the thread was Voyage determined that a 38 was to small for charter and released maxim to sell worldwide under their own name. We actually contracted makai through Voyage yachts but dealt directly with the factory. They took great care of us and even offered to fly over and put us up for the build and if we could take any or all of the legs of the delivery
. Couldn't do that.
Things to look for: That is tough. After 15,000 miles in the last 4 years there hasn't been much major. The has been some gel coat issues, but all cosmetic. Its dry no leaks
, no equipment
failure. Though we changed out the CQR's because we don't like them, though I see Maxim has changed to the Delta
anyway. (we carry a Spade and a Delta).
used, look at the keels for excessive damage as the 380 is designed to be beached and watch the sail drive leg. It is aluminum
If you are buying
new they come ready to sail around the world standard. Ours only need food
, crew, and life boat to sail ffrom SA. Don't buy the solar panels
and be careful of other options. For the price
of 2 80 watt panels
we bought and install 4 kyrocea 120 and MPPT
controller, heck of a difference.
They are clean and neat and well organized construction and to date have found nothing but top brand parts
no matter where Ihave stuck my head. They even gray coated the inside of the stearing tunnel side to side rudder
I can go on and am always happy to chat about Makai. No I don't get anything nor am I an owner of the company. I just love the boat.