Multichine 28 - Ipe’s maiden sea trial

The MC28 Ipe is the youngest member of the class fleet. She was launched in March 2014 and was already tested in a day-sail. Vitor Moura and Luciana Alt are two civil architects living in the inland city of Belo Horizonte, some four hundred km away from the sea. Despite being so far from a boat’s natural element, this didn’t really represent a handicap for the builders. On the contrary, being far away from their ultimate goal only increased their desire of concluding the construction, this without ever jeopardizing the ultimate quality of their accomplishment.
The e-mail Vitor sent us demonstrates how happy the couple is with the result of their odyssey:

Last Saturday was a great day for us. We managed to go sailing with Ipe!!!
We left the Jurujuba Marina under engine at 15:30 bound for Icarai. Next we hoisted the Mainsail and then unrolled the Genoa. The manoeuvre was a piece of cake. We cut off the engine and then the Genius left the bottle!!!The boat started to glide in absolute silence in twelve knots wind (we don’t have wind meter yet...). What a delicious sensation is to stay with no noise!!! Our speed was five knots in the GPS. We tacked for the first time. No difficulty at all! Then we followed that tack sailing to the bay’s bar. Then the wind speed was rising. We trimmed the sails accordingly. The boat heeled a bit more, the compass inclinometer showing 15° of heeling angle, our speed reaching seven knots. It was exhilarating! Ipe was running like a hare, the tiller absolutely light as if we were sailing a laser. We approached the Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro’s landmark, crossing the marked shipping lane. Since it was getting close to twilight, we decide to return to the Marina, feeling the ocean swell pushing the boat from abaft for the first time. The boat was sailing at an amazing speed. We were craving for going to the open sea, but for precaution this was left for the next sailing.

We reached the club’s waters still under sail. Luciana was at the tiller finding the exact time to tack in the wind shifts with absolute precision. No surprise, she is a Laser sailor since she was seven years old! We doused sails when we were close to the marina, turning on the engine after that. After a few minutes the temperature alarm sounded. We turned off the engine and went to investigate what was going on. The raw water intake hose had melted and the pump was smouldering. It seems a plastic bag clogged the raw water intake through-hull flange...We were deprived of auxiliary propulsion; however the jetty was a stone throw from us. We dropped the16kg hook using the windlass for the first time!!! The boat halted instantly giving us an incredible feeling of safety.

Yesterday we turned the engine on one more time, and it worked properly, however the impeller kaput, since the alarm sounded again. The good functioning of the alarm prevented us from having any other consequences, saving the water-lock and the whole escape system from any trouble.

Off course we didn’t insist in using the engine. Instead we called the club’s commuter to give us a tow to our parking place in the Marina jetty. Back to our finger we felt that our boat had sent a message to us, that we still have to prove we are good sailors with the wisdom to take the right decisions and that we must respect the power of the mighty Ocean...I believe we didn’t flunk in this first trial. It seems Ipe has already its own identity, like others already sailing, and is willing to show us that.

It was the first sailing day in Ipe’s career. Our hearts are on cloud nine and we would like to thank you for your work!!! Ipe is strong, light and fast!

Ipe is one of the most well built MC28 among an already large collection. Vitor and Luciana followed strictly the building instructions, a decision which is good for the office. The fact that they are happy with their boat is recognition that the design has its merits.

Our reply to their e-mail was affectionate. After all we feel we have the right to be considered members of the MC28 brotherhood, since we also built one of the pioneers of the class, the MC28 Fiu, aboard which we lived for two and a half years and sailed about six thousand miles on her in offshore passages:

Wow! Few persons have the notion of what this means to you. So many years of work and dedication! We know quite well what is this, since we passed by this same experience when we built Fiu. It is a relief to learn that the confidence you entrusted in us was worth your expectations. To know that the boat is operating smoothly is no surprise to us since your construction was excellent and the design has been already tested. However it is like being introduced to somebody from whom we had received good references and later having close relationship with that person; it makes such a difference!

Honestly we consider you the builders who took more care in following the details suggested in the plans. Ipe became a show boat for the class.

However, in spite of being the designers, we are eager to learn from you what you are going to discover about the characteristics of the project when dealing with adverse conditions. This will add your experiences to the ones we already have. We are quite sure, knowing your spirit of adventure that plenty of water will flow under Ipe’s fin keel. We believe that the MC28 is the right size of boat, neither too big, nor too small and that Ipe will fit you as a glove. However this is what we want to learn sometime ahead in the future if you will arrive to the same conclusion. One day we will have this answer!

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Wherever there is a MC28 in a sailing community, this boat is becoming popular among offshore cruising sailors. This prestige is being consolidated along the years and is firmly supported by the boat owners, for that matter being improbable to find a boat of the class for sale. Actually the class is expanding in numbers and geographically. We are frequently receiving news of MC 28 being launched in different places, Ipe being the most recent one. Other MC28 launched a short time ago are becoming references as cruising sailboats on the localities where they are stationed. Next we show some of them:

Vagamundo, (globetrotter in Portuguese) is another MC28 with the hull painted in yellow. She is a good example of how the design is suitable for cruising and living aboard. Her owner Ricardo Santos lives aboard in the company of his family and uses the boat for giving sailing classes.

Bagual is a brand new MC28. This photo was taken in the launching day, and her owner Fabio Fabris Fabris is stepping aboard with his boat in the water for the first time.

De Capitani is also a recent MC 28 to be inaugurated. The hull’s painting job is a work of art. It is hard to notice that she is a multi-chine hull. De Capitani and Bagual share the same anchorage in Ubatuba, State of Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Dave Cross is building a MC28 in Tacoma, State of Washington, with such diligence that we are expecting his boat to do a roaring trade when being launched.

The floorboards already installed where they belong. The hinged door at portside is the dust bin pivoting door.

This MC 28 is called Safo. Claudine Franco, her owner, built the boat in the city of Sao Paulo. He intends to sail with her to the Mediterranean, having as personal goal visiting the Island of Capri

The MC28 design concept intends to offer an adequate offshore cruising sailboat within the reach of an amateur to build it, having in mind those who can’t afford buying a series production boat of equivalent size in a boat show

Click here to know more about the Multichine 28.