Multichine 28. A sailboat designed around a galley
It was in the year of 1989 that in a trip to the Southern Ocean aboard the thirty-foot double-ender Maitairoa, during chilly night watches, that along interminable cockpit chats, the sketchy layout for a new B & G Yacht Design stock plan had been defined.
The MC 28 galley counter is large enough to leave owners of much larger boats with their mouths watering.
The crew on that occasion consisted of Roberto and Eileen Barros, their daughter Astrid and a family’s friend, Roberto Allan Fuchs. The whole crew was unanimous in considering Maitairoa’s saloon as cosy as a London pub, however its one burner stove left a strange feeling that something was missing aboard that otherwise outstanding cruising sailboat to give her the status of an authentic floating home. It was then, with the enthusiastic collaboration of Eileen Barros, the wizard capable of preparing three or more hot dishes every meal on that small stove, including baking delicious cakes in a special pot with a lid that fitted on the pot like a shoe-box cover, having holes that coincided with others on the pot wall, allowing them to be opened or shut by just turning the lid in one direction, a clever way for substituting a proper oven, that the concept of the interior layout of the Multichine 28 was born.
Two galleys, one stock plan. The first one is that of Fiu, the galley that Eileen Barros helped to create and that she organized according to her long time experience in cooking in compact sailboats. The other is more casual. It is the one that globe-girdler Flavio Bezerra built in his MC 28 Access, and is using intensively for the last ten years. This is the perfect example on how men, especially single-handed sailors, use to deal with this issue.
One of the most interesting aspects of home building is the opportunity of choosing the finishing to fit one’s taste. These MC 28 owners went for an exquisite cuisine sophistication. Courtesy: Antonio and Ivana Piqueres.
However calling the MC 28 a galley surrounded by a boat is quite a crude simplification. The boat is much more than that. The solutions developed in the design were intended to provide a degree of comfort to allow a family to live aboard without losing in quality of life, if compared with when living ashore. The galley is just one example of the model functionality. The 120 litres fridge is huge for a twenty-eight footer, and is large enough to store supplies for the duration of long passages. The 420 litres fresh water tanks capacity is a reason for pride of any MC 28 owner. The trash bin installed in the front wall of the galley’s counter is big enough to allow the usage of commercial garbage plastic bags sold in supermarkets. But these are only a few points in the design detailing. Each compartment of the boat rivals with the galley in spaciousness and functionality, and it is not by chance that the design is one of our most successful ones.
But, unquestionably, if there is a hallmark in comparing the MC 28 with the good old Maitairoa is its two burners stove with oven.
This will be the galley of the MC 28 that is being built in Seattle, State of Washington, by the amateur builder Dave Cross. Since he intends to participate in club racing, he opted for a single sink in order to save some weight. Courtesy: David Cross
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