Multichine 28 Bagual - Fábio Fabbris Fabbris sends us an e-mail
We received this friendly e-mail from our client Fábio Fabbris Fabbris, who built the MC 28 Bagual, one of the most well built boats of her class:
“Bagual brings me only good remembrances. I sailed her in Pataty Bay, spent the new year in Ilha Grande and have been sharing good moments with friends on board. When I am on board it seems that the world stops its path in the universe, showing a new facet of life, a feeling of peace and serenity I can’t find anywhere else.
It’s hard to believe how good is the boat’s trim, a perfect balance between sails and rudder, something I guessed it was a difficult challenge to get acquainted with, but in the MC 28 is duck soup to be accomplished. It is a source of pride to host other sailors, some of them having their boats in neighbouring moorings, who come on board to ask if this is a MC 28, or if she is the next larger model, the MC31, a comparison that flatters my ego. However this is an easy quest to understand, since my boat alongside others of the same length seems to be huge in comparison. Many folks who aren’t my acquaintances come on board just out of curiosity to learn how the interior layout is. It is unanimity to praise the windowed cabin trunk with 360° visibility.
The first test after launching, Saco da Ribeira Cove, Ubatuba, State of São Paulo.
I’m still working in the last touches of interior finishing, like the wooden trims around the trunk windows, which I didn’t install yet. Except for fine tuning and small glitches typical of amateur construction, like having used PVC in the galley sink draining flange, which split, probably for tightening the locking nut excessively with the wrench...otherwise everything is working as smoothly as a Swiss watch.
I have a brand new sail inventory, plus a spare mainsail which was given to me by a couple of Italian friends of mine, Paola and Luigi of the boat Santavacaza. This sail is requiring a refit to comply with the MC 28 dimensions. It will make a fine trysail, since it’s made of thick canvas.
Bagual is luxurious if compared to Sea Bird, the boat you and your wife went sailing from Rio de Janeiro to French Polynesia. I praise your wife’s courage and determination to go offshore in a boat without inboard engine, running water and standing headroom and how things can be accomplished when there is willing force. In my case. In Bagual we have auxiliary diesel engine, hot and cold running water in the galley and shower facilities inside the heads and in the scoop platform. The “Vitifrigo” fridge is electric and is supplied by 140W solar panels which produce the “juice” necessary to run it, stored in two 100Amp/h batteries, one of them placed under the galley counter and the other under the navigation table. In short, everything I envisaged to be necessary to provide well being on board.
I installed a radar, which I just turned on twice, and actually don’t know yet how to operate it, and this magic device, the GPS chart plotter. However, as I don’t feel safe in keeping all eggs in the same basket, I intend to improve my knowledge of the English language and, last but not least, to learn astronomical navigation. My apprenticeship will be done in short leaps along the coast until I feel confident enough to sail offshore. What pleases me most about Bagual is to know how sturdy she is, having the whole interior layout contributing for the structural integrity of the boat. I think this is a clever way of designing cruising sailboats and I compliment you for that. Whenever I felt insecure along the construction I remembered the many hurdles you had to overcome when developing the plans and this syllogism comforted me.
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