Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
the helm, trimmer and backstay tension with huge gains in VMG. Winding on the backstay as the breeze increases will flatten the mainsail and jib, trading the excess power for height as it bends the rig aft, increasing the forestay and jib halyard tension as well as flattening the main. Easing the runner in lulls will have the opposite effect and provide more power for a go-fast mode. ROUND ROUND GET AROUND To assist with travelling to events in different locations around the globe, McConaghy’s made special provision to maximise owners' options for transporting the boats. Owners can purchase a multipurpose cradle in which the boat lies on its side at a 45 degree angle. In this position, it will fit into an open-top, 40-foot container, 40-foot flat rack bed or on a low-bed semi trailer. Using the same cradle but with the side-posts removed, the boat can be laid flat for hardstand storage with the keel on or off. To reduce height on a trailer when transporting in this mode, it is possible to undo the keel-bolts and lower the boat down so that the keel fin pokes up through the main companionway. Cheaper options are the standard cradle, which will support the boat when laid flat and would be sufficient for owners who do not wish to transport their boat on an angle. It is also possible to have an angled shipping frame, which holds the boat at an angle so it will fit into a 40ft container space, but is more designed for one-off shipping than regular trips. For countries where the road maximum trailerable width is under three metres, there is another angled cradle that allows the boat to be transported on a slight angle without going over the height restrictions by having the keel transported flat in its cradle. This option can be used on a low bed truck or as modifications for an existing trailer. All around, the MC38 is a great fit for the NZ market. As a strict one-design, it eliminates the arms race that has long been a feature of our sailing scene, where owners need to continually modify their boats to keep up with the competition. In the words of the owner: "They are a lot cheaper than other boats of a similar size, so leave heaps of money for campaigning." The MC38 is great fun to sail and represents a huge amount of boat for the buck. It offers some interesting and close racing in NZ, with the world championships to be sailed here in at Akarana Yacht Club Novemeber – and, with a good fleet of around 10 boats in Australia, promises some exciting trips to compete across the Tasman. I am sold. ➤ loa 11.35m ➤ beam 3.5m ➤ draft approx 2.8m ➤ weight 3200kg (dry) ➤ construction carbon fibre foam sandwich ➤ mainsail area 68m2 ➤ jib area 33m2 ➤ gennaker area 185m2 ➤ bulb weight 1600kg ➤ designed crew weight 600kg ➤ price $310,000 ➤ manufactured by McConaghy Boats, China www.mcconaghyboats.com MC38 20 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Tested_Menace_March14.indd 20 19/02/2014 2:31:42 p.m.
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