Multichine 28 - Two new stories in 2015

MC 28 Access, the globetrotter of the class, arrives in New Zealand

Flavio Bezerra is one of the wackiest clients/friends 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 crown it all, a whale collided with his boat breaking the rudder with the impact. In spite of all these handicaps, he managed to take his boat to Antigua without asking any outside assistance, where 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 eight years ago. He is an awesome boat builder. 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. Courtesy: Flavio Bezzerra

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 Nuku-Hiva. By then he already had installed a diesel inboard, self-steering and all else he was missing when he started his journey. Selfie: Flavio Bezzerra.

I had been in Tahiti last 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 my friend`s boat among hundreds of yachts 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 was 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.

A prominent couple of the Tongan society paid Access a visit. Access cockpit is fit for living aboard in the tropics, having the solar panel gantry linked to a permanent Bimini. Photo: Flávio Bezzerra

It is not clear yet for us exactly what course he took after departing from French Polynesia. We know for sure he made a stopover in Tonga, since he published incredibly beautiful photos in Face Book, and his next reappearance in the social media was already with his boat anchored in a safe haven in Bay of Islands.

Access, the representative of the MC28 class which went farther yet. Here she is safely anchored in one of the many coves that make Bay of Islands the favourite cruising ground for international yachts that call in New Zealand. Photo: Flávio Bezzerra.

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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Marimbondo conquers her majority. The first thousand miles sailed in a boat built with your own hands you never forget.

Another of our MC28 builders is commemorating a milestone in his enterprise. He is Andre Ferraz, a university teacher, who have a passion for sailing and all other matters related to this sport. He sent us a kind e-mail wishing to share with us the pleasure of having completed the first thousand miles sailed aboard his beloved Marimbondo:

Dear friends from B & G Yacht Design.

I was willing for long to send you an e-mail telling about the wanderings of my MC28 Marimbondo. Today when I saw the news aboat the Samoa 28 class where you report the folks who built Terrius, I realized that Terrius and Marimbondo had shared anchorages in Almada Beach, Ubatuba, State of São Paulo.

It is quite rewarding for an amateur to construct his own boat in his home lawn and then go out sailing on her. It is the prize for the hard work accomplished. Now Andre is toasting the first thousand miles sailed. Photo: Andre Ferraz

I`m attaching two photos. The first one shows our log registering the first thousand miles sailed. This happened on December, 27, exactly two years after Marimbondo had been launched. The second one shows Marimbondo anchored on a secluded cove in the region of Paraty and Angra.

Marimbondo anchored in one of the many coves in the Ubatuba/Paraty region. Photo André Ferraz

As I already had informed you, the boat has only proportioned moments of pure happiness. She sails well and is very cosy. The fresh water and fuel tanks are unmatched in capacity for a twenty-eight foot sailboat. Just to give figures to this claim, my wife Elaine and I left Ubatuba in 27/12 and sailed back in 07/01. We never refilled the tanks, and while the heads tank was empty when we returned, the galley ones still had water for a few days more. The heads' tank besides holding less water, it still provided pressurised fresh water showers in the platform scoop whenever we came from a dive and in the heads compartment shower nozzle as well.

Marimbondo being launched two years ago. A lot of water went under the keel since then. Now Elaine and Andre can say they know how good is the boat they built. Courtesy: André Ferraz

The boat transmits a stunning safety feeling. We had to face some bad weather already but we never felt like being out of control. We also took part in a few races and the boat didn`t disappoint us. When we joined in windward, leeward races our chances were smaller since we didn`t buy a gennaker yet. However in one of those trials, we enrolled in the 2013 Ubatuba Sailing Festival. They were four races in two weekends. The first one was a seventeen miles long offshore race rounding Vitória Island and back. The wind blew hard that day, the gusts surpassing 25 knots. We were racing against seven other boats for line honours. All of them did not finish, and Elaine and I, the only crew on board, boasted a first place in that event. For lack of knowledge we didn`t reef the main, having the wind on the nose and the boat heeled to the point of the seas washing her decks. The speed reached 8.7 knots in the leeward leg and we completed the 34 miles course in seven hours and a half. We were third place in two of the remaining races and fourth in the last one, becoming vice-champions. Very positive test!

During the season`s holidays we decided not to use the engine in a trip to Paraty, turning it on in case of absolute necessity only. We had to endure drifting in three/ four knots winds with the boat barely doing two knots. The return trip we left Joatinga Point fifteen miles to leeward, and then it was a dead run to Ubatuba, swaying a little, but nothing that the auto-pilot couldn`t cope with.

There is no point in keeping telling more, she is a super-boat!

I thank you from B & G for the project and for the assistance you gave me during the construction. Happy new year and we wish you good winds there in Australia. Now it is more difficult to take the boat for you knowing her:)

Andre and Elaine

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Some MC28 owners are quite excited about Access arrival in New Zealand. There are comments in Face Book of owners teasing other builders, asking what is missing for their promised departures, since after Access had made the landfall in Bay of Islands, there is no more excuse for those who said they would sail to overseas, for not going. We love this "esprit de corps" which prevails among the members of the class. Somehow they are all friends! In our latest report about the class one of the builders called us boot-lickers of another builder for not choosing his boat to refer on the article giving preference to somebody else. This time we will try and correct the blunder, but we are affraid the complaint will be the other way around.

Safo is a MC28 built with the utmost care by Claudine Franco. Claudine intends to travel from Santos to the Mediterranean, his port of destination being Capri. The photo shows Claudine and family enjoying the cosy cabin of his brand new boat. Courtesy: Claudine Franco.

Our friend Claudine Franco built a lovely MC28 with which he intends to sail from Santos, Brazil, to Capri in the Adriatic Sea.. We wish Claudine bon voyage.

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