Cruising Sail Plan
The Multichine 28 was designed with the intention of being a cruising sailboat capable of crossing oceans with a high level of comfort and safety. The outstanding characteristic of the project is the fact that it is classified as Category A, according to the standards established by the European Union for stability of monohull sailboats (STIX), which complies being able to sail in force 10 wind speeds in seven metres high average wave patterns and being capable of enduring eventual fourteen metres high waves. This is the top category for monohulls of all sizes and since the rule penalizes light displacement and favours waterline length, it is very unusual that a twenty-eight foot sailboat conforms to cat. A, so this special conformity is a feature to be praised.
Nevertheless, what contributes for the good reputation of the project is the MC28 good overall performance for a cruising sailboat. The polar velocities curves shown below demonstrate this good performance.
Cruiser-Racer Sail Plan
Until 2009 the MC28 had only the cruising version sail plan. As a rule, all owners of boats of the class are happy with the performance of their boats, including winning ocean races with them, as we reported in our news: Makay, the flying Multichine 28, after her victory in class E at the competitive “2008 Recife to Fernando de Noronha Race”, in a repetition of what had happened in previous years in the same race with the MC28 Fiu, and earlier still, with the then just launched MC28 Tatuamunha.
On all those occasions the MC28 completed the three hundred miles of the race in less than forty-eight hours, (Fiu made it in forty-five hours) meaning daily runs above 150 miles, good enough for a short rigged 28 foot cruising design. When cruising, MC28 owners have only reasons to praise their boats for their behaviour, be it for their balanced tillers or for their forgiveness when sailing in bad weather and simplicity of manoeuvre in any conditions. However, some clients of ours who are more interested in competing in local club-racing than having any intention of cruising to overseas, demanded us about the possibility of an eminently racing oriented sail plan. Behind their demand were the taller rigs of the fleet in their regions, which also are also renowned for their prevailing light winds.
For those sailors we developed the MC28 cruiser-racer sail plan. In this case the boat is no more Cat . A, according to the norms of the European Union for monohull sailboats stability index (STIX), but complies as Cat . B, as is the case with almost the totality of boats smaller than thirty feet. Even though in this case the boats are no more considered of non- restrict scope for offshore sailing, they still are capable of performing ocean crossings, if not required to perform under extremely demanding conditions. The European Union does not forbid cat. B yachts to cross oceans, however boats of this class are more adequate for coastal sailing
For those who prefer the more racing oriented sail plan, this is already available and is part of the package contained in the list of plans, with no extra cost.