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Selection of the Boat

Selecting to go with a catamaran vs. mono hull and then how we ended up with our Manta.

A few projects prior to leaving

The boat was in good shape but we never seem to leave it alone and we felt a few improvements were needed.


Our boat is a 1994 Manta catamaran,  hull number 7.  Manta built 8 of the 38 foot boats and then stretched the bow by 1 foot and the stern by 1 foot for the 40.  After several years Manta then went ahead and stretched the 40 by adding 2 feet on the stern and made the Manta 42.  There are more Manta 42s than either the 38s or 40s combines.  There is a great group of Manta owners out cruising and a chat site on Yahoo groups who will offer ideas and opinions on all issues.

Builder: Endeavor Yachts


LOA: 38

Beam: 21

LWL: 37

Draft: 3’ 9”

Displacement: 15,000

Sail Area: 757

Hull Speed: 14 knots

Engine: (2) 29 HP

Cruising Speed: 7 knots


Fuel: 100 gallons

Water: 100 gallons

Waste: 30 gallons


Manta History:

The original concept of the Manta Catamaran was to offer the best catamaran for serious live aboard, and/or extended cruisers, manufactured to a very high standard on a limited production basis, while still offering excellent value.


The Manta 38 was designed in 1993 and went into production in St. Petersburg Florida in 1996. The Manta 38 incorporated many unique and desirable features for her time such as molded cross beam and strut, one piece hull and deck molds, cambered bridge deck and decks, and high efficiency keel and rudder designs.


The interior layout was also very unique including, one hull dedicated to owner’s cabin, large shower stalls, and galley up. Additionally the Manta had the distinction of being the first production catamaran in her size range designed to be single handed, incorporating, self-tacking jib, and all sail handling accomplished at the helm with the aid of an electric winch

Manta 40 Catamaran Sales Video




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