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I had occasion to see a couple of used ones in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago. I think they held up remarkably well. Of course, how could a long skinny non cored boat like that not flex a little? Ripping the chainplates right out of the deck? This is the first I have heard about that. Any pictures?

My biggest concern is the extremely unprotected cockpit. Otherwise, the boat seems like quite the value.
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The boat did have its problems. Some had their chainplates rip right out while being sailed. Others were typical of the poor quality control at the plant.

The boat absolutely screams on a run. Have an acquaintance who delivered one from the Bay area to Marina Del Rey a few years ago. Said it was a pretty scary experience. Mentioned that it was really blowing during part of the trip and could actually see the deck flexing around the chainplates.
I was intrigued by this design until I spoke with a delivery skipper in Annapolis that had brought one up from the Caribbean. He said that at times the bow of the boat was markedly twisted in the opposite direction from the stern/cockpit, and that the hull and interior flexed, groaned, and worked horrifically while underway. This was in moderate conditions. He said he never felt so grateful as he did upon making landfall in that boat, and he would refuse to deliver one again.
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With regard to the flexing Mac 65, are we talking the orignal or the pilothouse versions? I heard the original was way lighter...
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With regard to the flexing Mac 65, are we talking the orignal or the pilothouse versions? I heard the original was way lighter...
I can't say. My conversation with the delivery skipper took place in the mid-late-90's. I was standing at a dock to which a pilothouse version was tied alongside. As he was walking past he saw me looking it over and paused to chat.
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