Hello Sara, thought I'd share my response to your PM with the group.
MaineCats are head
& shoulders above any other production cats even close to our price
range. (Okay, so I would like a Gunboat 48 but the Admiral says she's not interested...)
One of our primary requirements was the ability to see where we're going while comfortably seated. The MC does that very well the Seawind
1000 also did it well but had no forward facing seats (dinette only) The 360 view is unlike all the competition. One of the other benny's is that the helmperson is a part of the conversation, not perched somewhere up above and away from everyone else. The bridgedeck is all one level. Great for the knees and ankles and much nicer than having to hop up or down to/from the helm
, seat, etc.
No, the MC doesn't evoke the aft cabin
of an 18th century squarerigger with wood trim and all but it's easy to keep clean, comfy when hot, and doesn't make you a slave to boat projects that you never really wanted to do anyway. The practical reality and simplicity technically outweighs the presence of finely crafted wood work but your friend's won't be as 'impressed' with technical, simple reality. Oh well, so what if they walk away and say "I could never live on/like that". But you'll appreciate sailing and napping instead of sanding
I've always called it our cottage or 'sun porch', it's a great place to curl up on a coolish or breezy day, snug in the sunshine....
Self tacking jib
.... sort of. You end up having to adjust the jib
traveler controls on each tack and it helps to slack the jib sheet 6 inches to do it easily. The sheet geometry isn't identical on both tacks and the tension is a bit more when pulling the traveler back one way. It's waaay simpler than a genoa
Sailing qualities... Having chartered a 30 in the Bahamas
, I can authoritatively say that the 41 handles much better than the 30. I did like sailing the 30 in the Bahamas
with the board up and just relying on the stub keel
for leeway resistance. But with the 41, you can sail with both boards sticking just a foot down which protects the prop and rudder
and still perform better than most cats to weather
. We did it all our time in the Bahamas on our 41, no prob and no sacrifice.
I singlehand all the time, (my wife is along, but usually working at her computer or napping) I also anchor
under sail and get underway undersail from anchoring
without any difficulty. I take the boat into a lot of places and close proximity to things that go bump (boats and rocks, etc) with complete confidence in having the boat respond positively and smartly. It also heaves to very well and comfortably. Something I couldn't get my J 105 to do!
and accessability for repairs
is a snap. Just hauled out this week for bottom paint
, zince replacement, prop maintenance
.... all easy and simple to do. I also love having engine
rooms with full headroom
. I havent' seen that except on a 67' Nordhaven trawler! MaineCat owners don't suffer doing lots of 'boat repairs
in exotic places' while cruising.
Yup, I do like my MC 41....
When do you get yours?