Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
TINY TP From the shore, the most eye- catching feature of the MC38 is its low freeboard, but this is forgotten when you step aboard and experience its resemblance to a modern TP52. The more time I spent on Menace, the more it felt like a mini TP52: from the skateboard-style non-skid, to the completely flat decks, and the long, shiny, carbon tiller, it feels like a grand prix racer. The boat feels uncluttered, and for a boat of 38 feet there is an enormous amount of open space in the cockpit and on deck. This is largely due to running the majority of the lines and controls below decks. In the pit, where normally there would be dozens of lines with jammers and cleats, there are only a few lines appearing above deck. The rest run through concealed cleats and appear through the cockpit coamings. The limited deck gear makes the boat look sleek and, with smooth decks and no coach roof, it’s easy to move bodies and sails around the boat. For me, the standout feature of the MC38 is the layout. Once again, this reflects serious thinking into the way people sail racing yachts. For example, when running hard with a gennaker, it’s not ideal to have someone grinding on the leeward side. So, the designers have the kite sheets exiting the side of the cockpit FROM LEFT: The interior of the MC38 is minimalistic. Large displays on the mast make it easy to see vital information. The vang controls emerge from the cockpit sole and the kite dropline through the cockpit side. Concealed lines make the pit and cockpit much tidier. 16 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Tested_Menace_March14.indd 16 19/02/2014 2:29:01 p.m.
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