Multichine 28 Class international news

The MC28 class is spreading its presence in the nautical communities of different countries, being recognized as a proper boat to attempt offshore adventures. Not too far from completing two hundred sales and with dozens of boats sailing, the class has already a cleared reputation. However this recognition didn`t come out of the blue. The class has an interesting history, especially in relation on how it was born. It is told in our site that the boat`s concept was developed aboard my thirty-foot L.O.A. double-ended cruising sailboat Maitairoa in a trip to the Falkland Islands we accomplished in 1989, when I and my crewmember Roberto Fuchs had interminable cockpit chats on how to introduce a new design which shortened the time of construction, while being a superior offshore cruising sailboat.
Maitairoa, a round bilge single skin double-ender, was an excellent sailboat, actually she still is, having sailed some thirty thousand miles, or more, never showing any sign of weakness. However she had been expensive and laborious to build and that fact caused me quite a strain. The MC28 had to be a different story. It had to be equally reliable, but should be a piece of cake to be made.

MC28, the boat that opened the door of blue water sailing to many amateur builders with a tight budget. To start with, the super-detailed plans cost AUD500,00 only, and one doesn`t need spending more than AUD30.000,00 in raw materials to build it with one`s own hands. Equipment is expensive, we know, but this part of the cost is the same for any boat of about the same size. Photoshop: Murilo Almeida

And what would be the secret that would differentiate it?
In the first place the MC28 was defined as a multi-chine, plywood epoxy construction, the deck being flush with a small cabin trunk abaft the mast, and, last but not least, the transom would be flat and vertical with the rudder hung abaft it, connected to the transom by super-dimensioned gudgeons and pintles. The boat would be assembled over eleven bulkheads, or semi-bulkheads, that would do the transverse walls of the interior layout, and its outside surface would be sheathed with fibreglass, while internally it was specified to be saturated with two coats of epoxy. Not that the art of the MC28 resided in only those specifications, since the boat has an unique interior layout which differentiates it from all other projects of about the same length; its interior was designed around a huge galley, bigger than many thirty-two footers available in the market.

The MC28 interior layout design has fascinated cruising sailors since the introduction of the plans. I lived with my wife Eileen aboard our home-built MC28 Fiu for two years and this time was unforgettable in our lives, so much we enjoyed it. Render: Murilo Almeida

The resulting project became one of the office`s blockbuster, and our clients, almost as a rule, really love their boats, many of them becoming good friends of ours.

Every so often we write articles about the class most recent launchings, as well as major achievements performed by members of the MC28 community. This article intends to praise the launching of Bella, the MC28 built in Tacoma, State of Washington, USA, and also other constructions, launchings and overseas crossovers.

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Bella, the brand new MC 28 built by Dave Cross

The construction of Bella was a rewarding event for us from B & G Yacht Design. We had other clients from the US who bought the MC 28 plans, but Dave Cross, from Tacoma, State of Washington, was the only one who kept contact with us after the acquisition of the project. Even though being a low profile person, something we also like to be, when he had doubts about any detail in the plans, he asked us information, which we promptly replied. But since he is a skilled craftsman, his construction progressed flawlessly, his boat becoming one of the best built MC28 of the fleet. When his boat was almost finished he asked us if it was possible to improve the design`s potential speed by enlarging the sail area drawing a taller mast-rig and redesigning the fin-keel, making it deeper and thinner, this way becoming hydro-dynamically more efficient, for this matter being cast in lead, instead of iron, as specified in the stock plans, all this resulting in a lower centre of gravity. We accepted the challenge in a blink and provided the modifications Dave had asked. Now his boat is already sailing and he is very pleased with the result. We gained from this challenge, since now we have two versions of the plans, the original, the blue water cruising sailboat that is doing an astonishing career as the super-cruising machine among our line of stock plans, and this new one, adequate for club racing, even though the boat stills keeps its offshore characteristics untouched, only requiring more effort from the crew to handle her.

The first strong emotion happens when the hull is turned over. When we received this photo we were pretty sure that the boat would be very well made, since the plastering and fairing of the fibreglass sheathing was simply perfect. Photo: Dave Cross

When it came the finishing phase of the construction, then Dave surpassed our expectations. I had worked for a while in the Pacific Northwest, and I know how fancy is the woodwork done on the boats built in the region. However amateurs attaining this level of quality, this is unique in our office`s files. Photo: Dave Cross

Wow, what a gloss!!! An amateur builder must feel immense sense of accomplishment seeing a job like this being done with his own hands. Photo: Dave Cross

The lead casted fin-keel is deeper, thinner and has its centre of gravity lower than the original one, however its weight is the same. Designing the new keel in this way allowed better stability in higher heeling angles without jeopardizing performance in light winds. However, when cruising is the goal. the original keel is superior, since the boat can reach shallower cruising grounds and the flat-bottomed bulb in its tip works like a sledge in case of accidental grounding. Photo Dave Cross

The MC28 cruising fin-keel might not be as efficient when sailing close-hauled as the new performance oriented lead keel, but it is amazing how good it is when going aground by accident, since the flat bottomed bulb works like a sledge, not allowing its tip to be buried in the mud or sand.

Building job almost competed, just missing to install the fin-keel and rudder. Photo: Dave Cross

Plenty of bedding compound so to make a perfect sealing of the fin-keel root. Dave is a good shipwright. His boat will be trouble-free for ages. Photo: Dave Cross

The rudder already installed. When making this piece of the project, he followed the plans strictly. Now he knows that it is a good rudder. Photo: Dave Cross

The MC28 Bella is one of the most well built boats from our line of stock plans since we started our business in 1987. Photo: Dave Cross

Mount Rainier reins absolute in the Rocky Mountains landscape. Dave`s photo brings me fond memories of when I stayed there. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places that I know. Photo: Dave Cross.

Bella sailing with the wind on her nose in the Puget Sound Region. It is interesting to notice that Dave didn`t install the life-line yet. During these first steps of his just born boat he probably doesn`t want to add a single pound he considers can be spared by now. Photo: Dave Cross

Dave Cross built the most performance oriented MC 28 launched yet.

We are reproducing below the last e-mail he sent us. We like his sense of humour.
"What a great sailing boat you designed. She does everything I ask and more. I was wondering if you could send me a pdf. of sheet 9B. I seemed to have lost mine and I would like to get the pulpits on so my wife will go sailing with me".

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Lobo Estepario, the MC28 being built in Argentina

Lobo Estepario (means "the steppe wolf" in Spanish) is in its first stages of construction. It is being built by Angel Queti, in the city of Rosario, Argentina. He is an amateur who has great dreams, but never built an offshore sailboat before. We are including his saga in this article not because the work is already in an advanced stage of construction, but because he is brimming over with enthusiasm. He has a page in Face Book which we follow regularly, and a site written in Spanish linked to our site - www.proyectolobo.com.ar, both with heaps of followers and friends.

Quite a beautiful piece of art to decorate a living room! You must have a consenting wife to manage to do that without dire consequences. Photo: Angel Queti.

Angel fairing the edges of the bulkheads prior to installing the chine logs. There are various others MC28 being built in Argentina, but Angel, as far as we know, is the only one who has a blog to be followed.

At this stage of construction the builder can see how his hull will look like. Joining the bulkheads with chine logs and sheer clamps is quite straight forward, since the bulkhead notches where already opened at the work bench.

When Angel named his boat Lobo Estepario, he was showing his intentions of roaming long distances with her when the construction is concluded. This seems to be the rule among MC28 builders. This is quite rewarding for us, since our intention when developing the project was exactly that; opening the doors of overseas sailing to middle class people who otherwise wouldn`t find a way to make their dreams come true.

The next phase Angel will have to face is fairing the structure so the plywood sheathing contacts the edges of the structural members without leaving gaps. This is simple to be accomplished but is a bit tiresome. However applying the plywood sheathing on the structure is quick and very rewarding, since once completed this operation the builder feels he already has a boat.

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MC 28 Access, the globetrotter of the class

Flavio Bezerra is one of the wackiest clients/friends that we have. He built his MC28 Access in a place in Rio de Janeiro where there were gun fires regularly at night, and he slept in a small room next to the boat shed where the walls were pierced by bullets. When the work was finished he sailed single-handed bound for the Caribbean where he lived for a few years. Since he was bust when the boat was launched, he had no engine, no way to charge his battery bank, much less any means of self-steering. To make things worse, a whale collided with his boat breaking the rudder with the impact. In spite of all these handicaps he managed to take his boat safe and sound to Antigua without asking any outside assistance, and there he built a new rudder, this taking place only after he found a job to equalize his finances. In the mean time, being a licensed captain, he made a couple of delivery trips to the UK, improving his wallet a bit more.

Flavio Bezerra when he began to live aboard some six years ago. He is an awesome boatbuilder. Every part of the construction was made with his own hands. His proficiency also extends to seamanship and endurance. Up to now he is who went farther with a MC28, and his adventures are just beginning.

Flavio is Jack of many trades. It is hard to find a challenge that he doesn`t overcome. He caught this mahi-mahi when crossing the Pacific, between Panama and Nucu-Hiva. By then he already had installed a diesel inboard, self-steering and all else he was missing when he started his journey.

I had been in Tahiti this November, and one of my curiosities was if I could find the whereabouts of Access. I went to the huge marina in Punauia, a district of Tahiti, but found no trace of Access among hundreds of boat I saw there. Then Flavio published this photo of Moorea in Face Book, proving that I was incredibly close to find the cove where he is hiding his floating home. Good for him; who is living in French Polynesia doesn`t care to get involved with mortals from the rest of world.

Flavio is a surfing aficionado and no matter where he goes he takes his surfboard with him. If he invites a crew to do some cruising aboard Access, he or she will have to share the bunk with a surfboard, for sure. This merry spirit of his is what makes him a loved person, no matter where Access drops the hook. What is difficult to know is when the round the world trip will end. We bet not even he knows, and, from our part, we couldn`t care less in which direction he will point Access bows to, as long as he keeps reporting the stories about his adventures.

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Ipezin, a MC 28 built in the mountains 400 km from the sea

The couple of civil architects and spelunkers Vitor Moura and Luciana Alt have a taste for radical adventures. Being successful professionals in their trade, they don`t allow to let their lives getting entangle with the rat race. Being well known speleologists, they use to publish papers about their findings in cave exploration, for that matter being assiduous participants in congresses worldwide about this field of knowledge.

Notwithstanding their rich way of life, one day they took a sharp decision. They decided to add one more spice in their already exciting existence; to add salt water into their existence. They acquired the MC28 plans and, even though being total landlubbers in all matters concerning yachting, decided to build the boat in the city where they live, Belo Horizonte, the capital of a state with no seashore, being placed in hills 800m above sea level and 400km away from the sea.

Their saga was published in an exciting blog, made with much art and competence, which unfortunately, after the conclusion of the work, had been neglected. But who can blame them for abandoning their blog? Now the invest their spare time in something much more exciting, getting prepared for the overseas adventures they are intending to do in the near future.

Ipezin is a charming cruising boat built to accomplish great adventures. The care involved in the construction was amazing. No effort was spared to make this MC28 a well built, long lasting, cruising machine.

When Eileen and I were getting ready to fly to Perth, we invited the young couple to have supper in our apartment in Rio de Janeiro, as a farewell meeting. Eileen had bought a copper walled oil lamp to be used aboard a new boat that we might happen to build in the new address, whenever we will wish to create a romantic atmosphere to the event. Not knowing if this will happen, Eileen preferred to give to Luciana this small souvenir as a symbol of our affinities and friendship. Then Luciana sent us this photo...

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