So Im about 4 miles south of the Oceanside Harbor on a slow sail north, a mile off the coast line. Its about 6pm. Beer in one hand, looking straight ahead in meditation.
All of a sudden, on my starboard aft, 30 feet from meI hear a monster boat heading in my same direction.
Hes going 12 knots under WOT (thats what the Mac65 does). Im completely startled!
Who in the hull???
My o my, its Roger in the blue-hulled (fast) ANTHEM and a crew of 6 heading north from Ensenada after their big Newport to Ensenada race. Mike Inmon (Dealer) was aboard.
They laughed & waved politely, knowing they pulled a fast one on me. I waved back and watched as they continued north back to Newport Harbor.
20 minutes later I decided to motor in to Oceanside Harbor only to find the ANTHEM in front of the Jolly Roger restaurant. They had decided to stop for dinner.
I pulled in next to them, we chatted for a while. Fun stuff!
I tried to hide my Tohatsu 90 TLDI from Roger, afraid that he would reprimand me, but to no avail.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by his comments on the use of a larger motor for the Mac26-M/X.
That is, hes confident that the hull is strong enough to support a larger motor, told me a couple of stories to support his belief, and will probably increase the rating to a larger motor.
He didnt say when, or if it would be on this model (a 28 footer perhaps?).
On a side note, Mike Inmon shared with me that he just installed a 90 ETEC on an M and is very happy with the performance.
We can all discuss the juicy details at the gathering in Two Harbors the weekend of 5/19.
Both Roger (with ANTHEM) and Mike will be there.
'02X w/ '04 90-TLDI