"On edit, something else comes to mind. The mac only weighs 2550 lbs (advertised) so how strong of rigging is required? I see six lug nuts holding the wheels onto my Trailblazer yet I only see four lug nuts on a small car wheels, everything is relative."
Yes, it is relative but the analogy doesn't work well.. The rigging has to be stong enough to handle the conditions at hand. I don't know many people that would take a Sunfish out in 20kts winds, but that regularly happens on a mac. (oh, I'm not saying a sunfish has the same or stronger rigging, I'm using the size anaolgy)
I agree, it is lightly built, heels excessively & pitches too much, but I have gotten used to it and understand the limitations. I may not like the limitations and spelled them out earlier but I have learned to deal with them and they are influencing my next boat purchase decision.
Its obvious to me that you've had some sailing/boating experience before the Mac, and I commend you on knowing the limitations. As stated before however, the boat is marketed to first-timers and newer buyers to the boating public. Imagine if you will (can't you just hear Rod Serling?) laying out 10k for one, buying a couple of Mae Wests dropping the boat in the water, rigging and motoring out into the middle of the lake, raising sails, and having it heel over 25-30 degree's in 20kt winds without having any experience? I don't know about you, but thats not what makes a boater safe. Thats not what makes a new boater feel too good. Thats not condusive to getting the Cuban to want to go out on it again. It does make the endorphins raise just a bit....
"The boat hull you deflected at will, was it an X or newer M? I have heard owners mention that the hull is so thin in places that light penetrates the hull."
One "C", 2 "X's" and one "M"
Look, the boats serve a purpose, The boat you have won't kill you, Ralph Nadar isn't going to make you buy a liferaft. You have fun on it, and it works for you. Please note however, that they aren't for everyone, the same way a Hylas has its detracters as well.
That being said, the way these things are marketed just bothers me somewhat. The "Oh, honey lookie here, we can do both, sail, and ski, all in one fell swoop" works until Honey has her thong sucked up her butt by a 20kt gust.
Many people on here have decades of experience on everthing from Sea-Rays to Lasers, to Sunfish to Hobies to Tayanas, Valiants, Nauticats, (jeez, I know I left somebody out.) So this is a liitle food for thought. Before you get your wanker in a twist, consider that you may be viewed as a Chevy Vega owner talking tech to Roger Penske.
Now, I have to sign off to jump on the "squirrel cage o'death" cardiac stress machine run by lesbian nazi's, then the Cuban and I will be sailing this afternoon.
life don't suck.
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Last edited by cardiacpaul; 12-15-2006 at 09:34 AM.