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Re: McGregor 36 Catamaran
I'm looking for a "low-budget" cruising cat that I can take from Hawaii to the South Pacific with 2-3 adults, and island hop along the way. (It would be ultra-light cruising.)
I have considered just about every multi-hull option (tri-marans and other cats) and I keep coming back to the Mac 36, given it's size, accommodations, build materials and price.
I realize the berths are tight, but I have slept in a Cat berth in the tropics and it's not very comfortable (heat-wise), so it seems to me you're better off with an open deck cat where you can sleep on the deck. I would want a light core deck with at least a bimini of some sort that would double as a rain catchment system.
I've been checking out the Iroquois cats, but again, I think for the tropics, you're better off with the open deck Mac 36. Plus the Mac 36 doesn't have any balsa-core decking and with an open deck, it doesn't have the headroom limit in the "bridgedeck cabin".
I've done some research on the Mac 36's and spoken to Todd & Cheryl at BW Yachts, who advise strongly against the idea due to the "performance nature" of the Mac 36.
I have had other people say that the hulls are not thick enough to endure offshore sailing, but she is rated Category B. Apparently there are a number of spots on the hulls that oil can, and one particular person was not comfortable with that.
I understand that the earlier models (single dagger board models) were heavier than the later models. Could this be because they trimmed down the hull thickness to reduce weight? Maybe I would be better off with an older version because it might have thicker hulls?
There's one here in Hawaii that had the rigging fail and the mast bent, so it's currently configured as a power boat. Assuming there was no other damage when the mast came down, maybe this would be a reasonable option, since I could put a more conservative rig on her. I don't need super performance, but wouldn't I be able to put a rig on there that would not make her so "temperamental", but still provide above average performance, including decent performance in light air (read: Doldrums)?
Any feedback/guidance would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by CraigDC; 08-10-2013 at 08:33 PM.