Multichine 28 - Two boats, two purposes

What sailors most praise when being onboard an offshore cruising sailboat is to feel like being ashore, as if profiting from the cosiness of their homes. To produce a project of a boat with this characteristic is a great challenge for any yacht designer. The equation to obtain this goal is quite complex. The larger boats are more comfortable internally, but on the other hand they are more difficult to be manoeuvred. The boats too small are exactly the opposite. The MC28 is our stock plan that perhaps is the best compromise between these two worlds. Since we from B & G Yacht Design built together with Roberto Ceppas, a friend of ours, two boats of the class, and then I lived aboard in the company of my wife Eileen for two and a half years, sailing six thousand miles in offshore passages on the boat belonging to us, we feel like having the authority to stand that the MC28 is this boat: a super-dwelling of the seas, be it in the open, or in port.

That the MC28 is suited for living aboard and is fantastic for cruising offshore, about this we have the experience to ascertain. However that she can be exciting in club racing, if competing with production series similar boats, this is still to be proven. This article tells two different stories covering the amateur construction of two MC28, one of them intended for offshore cruising and the other for cooler-box style club racing, the first one being already sailing, while the other is getting close to do so.

The MC 28 interior layout is as complete for living aboard in comfort as a boat of this length can be. There is perfect balance among compartments to provide the same feeling of well being throughout the interior.

The example of uncompromised cruising commitment is the MC28 Vagamundo (means globetrotter in Portuguese). This MC28 was built by Ricardo Costa Campos, a deep water diver, in Vitória, a city placed about 280nm north of Rio de Janeiro. Being an amateur in boat building, but also being absolutely engaged with high standards of workmanship, he built his boat as if having extensive knowledge about the subject. Perhaps the prolonged stretches he had to be submitted to accomplish the hyperbaric decompression required at each dive had been dedicated in studying yacht building. The result was simply stunning. Vagamundo is one of the most well built sailboats from our design, comparing to the best professional built yachts of her class.

The cruising rig ensures excellent stability and easy manoeuvrability

The important turn in Ricardo’s life was his decision to abandon his profession when the boat was launched, and to dedicate his time to the charter business and to teach sailing. His move was so radical that he became permanent dweller aboard Vagamundo. In this mean time he got married and had a son, little Joao, a fish onboard, the happiest child one can find, and the family is doing a roaring trade with the new business, making friendships for life with his charterers at each new commission. Ricardo has a page in Face Book: Veleiro Vagamundo. Besides chartering, he is also running a very popular sailing school. His working area complies a large stretch of the Brazilian coast, extending from Vitória to Parati, in the western side of the State of Rio de Janeiro, some 400nm apart, which Vagamundo criss-crosses regularly in great style.

Ricardo’s son using the navigation table as playground is match for my grandchild Juliana being bathed in the MC 28 Fiu’s galley sink. Children seem to feel good in MC28 interiors. Courtesy: Ricardo Costa Campos

Our granddaughter Juliana being bathed in Fiu’s galley sink. For toddlers and babies the MC28 must resemble a cruise-ship.

Full-canvassed Vagamundo coming out of the mist. One of the best features of the boat for cruising in comfort is its excellent stability. Courtesy: Ricardo Costa Campos

Vagamundo is unequivocally suited for ocean cruising. The dodger being connected to a bimini that ends just next to the solar panel gantry is the ultimate arrangement for crew comfort. Courtesy: Ricardo Campos

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The other MC28 story reported in this article is taking place in Tacoma, State of Washington, USA. Our client, Dave Cross, while being familiar with amateur boat building, he is also a keen local racer. Not being particularly interested in offshore passages, he asked us about the possibility of having a more performance oriented version of the project. We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity, and collaborated with him with great enthusiasm to develop the club-racing version of the project.

The performance oriented rig is ideal for the Pudget Sound area, where light winds prevail. We hope Dave wins the share of club-races he deserves. His effort in building a lighter and faster boat was flawless.

We designed a taller rig with considerably more sail area and also redefined the fin keel, now in cast lead, with different foil, weight, depth and aspect ratio. Dave made his part with maximum commitment and now it remains to be seen the result of such effort. The West Coast, (or it would be the Wet Coast?) is a region of prevailing light winds, so everything contributes for a successful result. Now we are confident we don’t need to wait for too long to learn about how well the rabbit of the MC28 family will perform.

The varnished teak-and-holly floorboards are a show apart. The boat will be fantastic when finished. Courtesy: Dave Cross

The MC28 is an almost round-bilge hull. Dave did not build the transom platform, which made sense in providing a racier style to the boat. Instead he prolonged the hull’s lines a little, improving the floatation aft, a smart measure to improve performance. Courtesy: Dave Cross

The aft cabin suffered no major alterations. Its double berth is as comfortable as any aft cabin berth can be. The profusion of lockers is also trade mark of the project. Courtesy: Dave Cross

The boat’s saloon in Dave’s version is suited for chewing the fat sipping an ice-cold, either to toast a win, or to blame a rotten tack during the race. Courtesy: Dave Cross

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NJust in time: one more MC28 had been launched. This time the boat in question is De Capitani, built in Ubatuba, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The class is constantly surprising us with beautiful boats built from the plans.

De Capitani is the newest MC28 to be launched. It is remarkable the stunning finishing of the construction

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