Bremen-based Maine Cat Catamarans’ new MC 38 high-performance cruising catamaran was awarded 2018 Best Boats for Cruising Multihull under 40 feet by a group of Sail Magazine judges following the recent U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.
The judges made special note of the company’s premier construction process utilizing an infrared oven to thermo-form the rigid sheets of Core-Cell PH foam prior to infusing with 100 percent vinylester resin. By thermo-forming the core material, Maine Cat is able to eliminate the excess resin found in typical infusion laminates using PVC or balsa “saw-cut” cores.
In addition to saving weight, the company’s process yields a laminate with better mechanical properties and a tighter, more accurate laminate fit, free of any potential voids. Combining this lighter weight structure with slender hulls at the waterline (12-to-1 length-to-beam ratio) Maine Cat is achieving performance of the carbon-skinned “super yachts” at a fraction of their cost.
In the December issue of Sail Magazine, Adam Cort’s article noted that “as the wind dropped to 9 knots, we hardened up to 35 degrees to the apparent wind, where the MC 38 walked along at 5.5 knots. Yes, 5.5 knots at 35 degrees.”
Maine Cat is very proud of this award and encourages sailors looking to purchase a new cruising catamaran to come sail this amazing machine and experience what sailing the MC 38 is all about. She will make one smile. One will be amazed at how the MC 38 moves through the water and keeps the captain and crew comfortable in any kind of weather from the superbly sheltered helm and huge cockpit with excellent visibility for everyone aboard.
This link goes to the 2018 Best Boats article and video by Cort: sailmagazine.com/boats/best-boats-2018-maine-cat-38.