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Re: Manitou 32?
OK, I've got four young boys I need to fit on a boat so our search for the first family's first non-dinghy has a few space considerations that makes our search more difficult than it might otherwise be. If she doesn't sleep at least four, she's not going to work for the family, much as I really just want a Top Hat 25...
Anyhow, whilst browsing a few boat sale sites last night, the missus noticed and sort of fell in love with a Manitou 32. I, personally, have never heard of these boats and was hoping some people around here could give me some info on them.
The thing that tweaked my internal alarm is that they are quite reasonably priced, especially compared to other 32' boats on the market. Whilst one can often find a bargain, when the first four boats I encounter all seem underpriced compared to other boats of similar LOA, I get worried.
I've never been a fan but they have their adherents. Young bloke a few moorings up river from us has one that he lived on for some time.
Styling is interesting to say the least but doesn't work for me. They look as if they sit on top of the water, not in it. Interior promises more than it delivers and while no M32 had a 'standard' interior most only sleep two (in the aft cabin) plus two on fold down dinette. Forward cabin is taken up by the head which is cramped and up there would be a mongrel at sea.
If I was looking for a boat of that length I'd be looking at other possibilities even something like a Compass 30 would be preferable imho.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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