The fittings were fine, although some so quirky as to be useless. Problem as I see it is down to build quality, the boats dont measure. If that isnt bad enough by the end of the worlds the hull on the boat we used was cracked in places that caused me grave concern, for instance the port chain plate area had a nasty split as did the stbd floor/hull joint. The foredeck had to be seen to be believed, although it was like this before we borrowed the boat. The boat vibrated and the tiller mount had been cut and welded at an angle so that it appeared to sit in the correct position!!!!! We broke good gear because, I think, too much force was required due to badly positioned fittings. For instance we could not fully sheet in the jib without both of us hauling it on stbd and we pulled blocks off/apart for the same reason.It was impossible to uncleat the jib whilst out on the wire most of the time, which added to the lack of grip on the sides made for a very unpleasant time. The spinnaker was an absolute nightmare, not just because of the lack of a tube and we snapped a pole in one race. I always thought I was a reasonable kite flier but I really hated this. There are many other gripes, some of which seem comical now but at the time they made racing miserable. Lest you think this is just the sad moaning of a total loser just blaming his tools( but hey I've always been a sad loser and I've always liked a good moan) I can assure you that we both worked at it like there was no tomorrow but a lot of the time we were fighting the boat and it shouldn't be like that. Albert and Alain had a 1991 Mader and ran rings round the other local boats, that they are good sailors there is no doubt but the results speak for themselves! If all the Tempests were French ones it wouldn't matter a jot, but they are not....there is great room for improvement. (I exclude Patrice from the above his latest boat goes well!) I stress that my opinions on just about anything, except possibly whether its day or night(and even then there are doubts) are rubbish: and the fact that I have had to run away and live on a small island, miles from nowhere, suggests that I am in fact the dangerous idiot that anyone who has ever met me knows only too well!
OK well that's the first time I've heard someone articulate the reasons why the boat is rubbish and why the build quality of the hull itself is poor. I believe that I will only get a Mader now. Whether second hand or new, I won't waste my money on the Boatique. It will take another twenty builds for me to come back to the idea. Hopefully by then the production quality will have improved.
I only sail a MK 1 but I in Austria we have a lot of MK II Maders and they are all ok. My MK 1 Mader is from 1982 and its in perfect conditions. The deck is still stiff and I do not weak in any spot. As fare as I know the MKII's from Mader are all great and indeed the guys sailing them are doing really well. I do not think that one has even thought of buying a frech one.
Good news indeed.....but check it's race history, rumour has it that after the first batch of amazing mk 2's they got complacent and made some very slow boats. As a consequence they had to pull their socks up and the later boats were back up to speed. hope this helps. Mery Christmas Jon
johnonkeowee: Hi, I am purchasing a 1967 Tempest this Saturday. Am looking forward to learning how to race it. Own a Catalina 22 now for 6 years. Know very little about it except that there will be 5 in our club including mine. John
Aug 4, 2016 1:38:08 GMT
grahamt: anyone out there?
Jul 1, 2018 20:34:59 GMT