Sailing Vessel Makai is a 50ft Voyage catamaran built in South Africa in 1997. The vintage characteristic ambiance of this catamaran is a mixture of sportive performance and style while offering comfortable luxuries that make life onboard pleasant, easy, and playful at the same time. Adventurous by nature! Yes, she was designed and created for ocean crossings and has outstanding stability on the sea.
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We'll do a live ZOOM tour on the boat with you so you always see the current ambiance!
ACCESSIBILITY NOTE Please keep in mind when you book that all participants to your trip have the mobility and fitness to move around the boat. Exceptions can be made but only after discussing the situation.
Yes, let's minimize our footprint. And also let's respect nature around us. Pollution is not just oil and chemicals - even the shampoo going down the drain or the sunscreen you use, etc-, it's also noise. We aim to keep the decibels low but enjoy ourselves just the same. We also tend to avoid places where other boaters do not respect this. We avoid jet ski areas, and boat booze partying full anchorages. although sometimes it's not all in our hands...
SAILING is taking it easy, enjoying the breeze, the water sounds, and the movements of the boat. RELAX!
Sailing is not like going from A to B like driving a car. Sailing requires navigation sometimes adjusting the course to keep using the wind to get to the desired destination and sometimes we can stick to the course and just trim the sails. Trimming sails means setting the sails in a different position to keep catching the wind flow to make the boat move forward.
Remember that sailing is all about calming down, letting go, relaxing and unwinding. If there is a hurry, well, let's not go there... charter a power boat!
We discuss the passage with you when we get ready for your trip. We determine the strategy for the day, with the captain having the final call at all times because conditions can also change while we are on our way. Captain's call is based on more than 32000NM ocean sailing and a Yachtmaster license. It is to keep the vessel safe to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. A captain's request is a command to abide by all individuals on the boat.
MOTOR-SAILING is using the engines to support speed when winds are low. Only in case we really have to we 'motor sail' supporting the speed when winds are light, we have two 39HP Yanmar inboard diesel engines on each side of the boat; they are extremely economic and we use them only for moderate speeds. We mainly use the engines to maneuver the boat, for instance getting in and out of the dock slip, exiting and entering the marina, hoisting and lowering the main sail, anchoring, and other specific actions.
The two aft cabins (back of the boat)and the starboard bow cabin (left front of the boat) are available for guests staying overnight. Access is via steps leading down into the hulls from the salon and galley area.
A comfortable couch around a table in the salon makes for a cozy hang-out spot. The galley bar divides the galley from the seating area and has three bar stools.
The galley (the kitchen) itself is spacious and fully equipped. There is a fridge, cooler, and freezer. We also have a 65 L Yeti in the cockpit for ice and drinks.
A 4-burner stove with oven that works on propane gas. And a variety of electric appliances, pots and pans, and utensils provide for making the menus creative and healthy.
The covered cockpit is the outside seating area where you'll be enjoying your meals. BTW, No food is allowed in the cabins.! It is shielded from the sun and not all but most rain. Here also a long enclosed cushioned seating area around a large outside table gives comfort during sailing.
Sliding doors open the salon area fully to the cockpit.
The aft deck holds our tender (dinghy) and when in the water this teak deck gives lots of space to hang out and swim from when we are anchored.
The side platforms in the cockpit area are great for relaxing and enjoying the trip and the view
Of course, the catamaran has a beautiful set of colourful bow nets that are so comfortable to lay back on that you never want to get up.. NapTime!! ;)
Lots of space on the front deck where we also do Yoga sessions and even two bow seats on the tip of each bow to enjoy the ride or your coffee in the morning...
length 50 ft | 15,24 m
beam 27 ft | 8.23 m
draft 4.1 ft | 1.25 m
mast height 68.22 ft | 20.80 m
AB 12 ft with a 15 HP Yamaha outboard engine