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Pacific Seacraft Mariah
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Description: Pacific Seacraft Mariah
Keywords: Pacific Seacraft Mariah
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun February 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

This is a heavy displacement, double ended, cutter rigged sloop with outboard rudder and bowsprit. 31' on deck. 2 or 3 cyl. Yanmar diesel is standard. The bad points first:
Jib and staysail are too close together, can not raise both without interference. Handling jib without roller furling is dangerous, means going into bow pulpit to lower sail, bad place to be. Weight makes boat relatively slow. 2 cyl. Yanmar has high vibration, not enough power for boat. Staysail stay interferes with tacking jib.

Good points: Cutter rig makes many sail combinations possible, so it's easy to get good balance while fully reefed. Hull is very strong. Boat is beautifully appointed, heavy bronze fittings, cabinetry second to none.
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri June 16, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Heavy boat, but perfectly balanced. This makes for great light air and heavy air sailing. Don't be in too much of a hurry because it takes a good blow to get this boat rolling (25-30 knts.). I've found the best sailing is during small craft advisories. The boat is so sturdy and well balanced, it makes for great sailing. I recommend modifying the rig so the inner stay can be removed in lighter winds, it makes the handeling of the jib easier.

Inside the boat has a traditional layout, which lacks sufficient storage space. With some creativity the aft can be redesigned for additional storage and a temporary 1 person ("on-watch") bunk.

No doubt this boat is a tank, but it's performance under sail is surprising. (This from someone who does a lot of racing on other boats). The engine is underpowered and I suggest upgrading to a newer Yanmar in the 37 hp range if your budget allows.
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Review Date: Tue July 1, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I have a Mariah MK II which is 31 ft LOD and 36 ft LOA. I'm told the MK II has a longer bowsprit. This is a very well built heavy cruiser. The hull doesn't noticably flex under the most demanding sea conditions. Her cutter rig makes for easy balancing in all conditions. As other Mariah owners report, the space between the Jib and Staysail stays makes for difficult tacking of the Jib. Roller Furling is a must. I find that taking is much easier completed by rolling in the Jib quite a bit, then tack, and unroll the Jib. Yes, it's not efficient, but who races a Mariah. I have the 3 cylinder Yanmar 3GM30F (27 HP) and still feel the boat needs more power. But it does get me in and out of the slip allright. Motoring against a strong head sea may prove difficult. The best part, I can sail in 30 kts + winds under properly reefed sails and feel confident and comfortable. It's like comparing the ride of a Cadillac to that of a VW. I love this boat!
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wstrange
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Registered: August 2002
Review Date: Tue July 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Quality construction. Very comfortable. Lots of interior room since rigging abeam is external to the hull.
Cons: Very poorly balanced with 115% jib. Extremely slow.

Very pretty lines for a rugged ocean going vessel.
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jdglasse
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Registered: October 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 5
Review Date: Fri December 11, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Beautiful lines, stout, almost overbuilt vessel
Cons: slower than modern designs

A sturdy design that could take you anywhere, after the right modifications. It doesn't hurt that she tends to turn heads, either.

I'm in the process up updating a Mariah I just purchased, and would be happy to email specifics about refitting etc.
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