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[Secondhand] Mahé 36: Semi-ocean cruising on a tight budget

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With the Mahe 36, Fountaine-Pajot has succeeded in offering a compact catamaran which is however treated as a much bigger model! A model which is particularly present on the second-hand market.

Launched in 2006, the Mahe 36 remained Fountaine-Pajot’s smallest model until 2013, with 195 boats built. A nice success for this catamaran, built in just one piece thanks to injection techniques - no less than 80m² came out of the mold! In 2011, the 36 benefitted from a revamp, thus becoming the 36 Evolution. The builder was then offering a rigid bimini, a redesigned maneuvering station – with an electric winch on request – and slightly modified accommodation with better finishing.

This model’s main interesting feature is its size…although in the 90s and early 2000s multihulls of 35 to 40 feet flourished – the Antigua 37 then Tobago35 for Fountaine Pajot, Aventura 36, Edel 38, Broadblue 385, Lagoon 380 – the following decade clearly focused on models of 40 feet and over. The builders can’t be reproached for this: it’s true that 40 feet is considered to be the minimum size for long distance cruising with all the comfort desired, and…in complete safety, of course. Given that most catamarans of this size bought second-hand are intended for long-term cruising, we can legitimately ask the question: is the Mahe 36 suitable for an ocean crossing? The answer is yes, if we judge by the...

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