Multichine 23 - Sollazzo
We reported a few months ago the launching of the beautiful MC 23MK IV Sollazzo. Now, her builder Flavio Traiano sent us an e-mail relating the first cruise aboard his home-built cruising sail boat.
We were particularly pleased in receiving this e-mail, considering we developed these plans having in mind young families like his.
The fact that he and his family had a great time during the holidays is a reward for our work, since our intention was to provide to the amateur the plans of a cheap and easy to build twenty-three foot sail boat capable of taking a small family in a coastal cruise in comfort and safety. His report about the trip say a lot about how pleased he was with the new experience. His words sound like music and are very gratifying for us.
Finally we completed our first cruise with Sollazzo, our home-built MC 23 MK IV.
A few months passed after Sollazzo’s launching, but that was the time required to complete the boat, when important details of the interior construction were performed. During this preparation phase we only used the boat in day-sailing, just to test her in the open sea, when we eventually experienced tough weather, giving us the necessary confidence to go further out.
We left Rio in the beginning of April 2008. The trip was eventless and we managed to keep five knots speed average along the way, pushed by a light southeast, sometimes with the assistance of our auxiliary.
We spent, my two and a half years old daughter, my wife and I, five marvelous days gunkholing between Ilha Grande and Angra. We slept and cooked aboard during all these days, and this included two delicious barbecues grilled in our marine kettle.
I was delighted about my crew's enthusiasm with this life-style during these hollidays. Our pocket cruiser accommodated us comfortably during the whole trip. We managed to store neatly our food supply, cooking utensils, diving and fishing equipment, tool kit, sailing hardware, etc, besides an incredible amount of personal gear. It wasn’t even necessary to refill the water and fuel tanks during the cruise, in spite of daily fresh water bathes and plenty of motor-sailing. We used the engine for about one hour daily, enough to ensure full-charged bateries, even though there was no worry about energy saving. We used regularly our stereo and watched films in our notebook, never experiencing lack of power aboard.
The photos attached give a good idea on how wonderful our cruise was. The first trial couldn’t be more pleasant. Sollazzo proved to be an excellent boat for her size. There are still other small things to be done, however, from now on I consider to have concluded the construction, and that the boat is ready to go anywhere.