Maine Cat 38


General Design Theory – lightweight – high performance – simple to sail and maintain

Open bridgedeck – better visibility, better looking and great air flow

High Fineness ratio – length to beam ratio close to 12:1 when kept light. 

Flared hulls with protective “shoulder” – drier ride and huge interior volume

Retractable daggerboards and engines – beachable, higher pointing angles and less drag off the wind.  Gunkholers delight – 29” draft

Very simple layout – lightweight interior wood furniture cabinetry, easily added and deleted components to fit requirements of our racers, day-sailors or live-aboards.

Modular build – ship components inexpensively anywhere in the world and do final assembly near home waters.

High speeds – Under sail or power our goal is averaging 10 knots

Auxiliary power – Twin 15 hp lightweight 4-stroke outboards, high thrust, 25" extra long shaft, power trim and tilt.  Easy deck accessibility under port and starboard bench seats for servicing. Added safety from having redundant twin engines. 

General Design Parameters:

Design to be single-handed.  Fun to sail and out-perform all current cruising catamarans on the market.  Comfortable, safe, easy to sail and affordable.

Build the lightest structural components possible by thermo-forming Core-Cell PH core and resin infusing 100% vinyl ester resin in female molds.  Finished boat is 2 hull and deck units, capped bridgedeck platform, rig and roof and you are ready to go sailing in an ocean capable, high performance cat.  We are offering a very simply equipped package to keep the price as affordable as possible.  We offer a host of options you can add yourself in time or we can install at the shop during the initial build.  Our goal is to get you out on the water sailing as economically as possible, before you start adding “stuff” you might be able to live more comfortably without.  Every piece of equipment you add requires maintenance and time taken away from sailing.

Hull Shapes are designed to maximize the interior volume, minimize the waterline beam and keep spray down and off the deck and windscreen.  The nicely radiused chine and “shoulders” we designed provides almost 6 feet at the maximum beam of each hull, yet the waterline maximum beam is only 38” when she is fully loaded to 12,400 lbs.  Our chine is over 12 inches above the DWL and will provide very little resistance or interference for our racer owners and huge additional buoyancy for our loaded-up live aboard cruisers in large seas.

Our approach to the rig design is also going to offer our owners a number of choices to fit their skill level and cruising area.  Our standard rig will be a Selden fixed fractional rig with furling self-tacking jib and fully batten main similar to our MC 41 setup.  Options available will include pole mounted free furling screacher, flat top mainsail, jib boom, and rotating aluminum mast.

Our solution for economical, lightweight and inexpensive auxiliary power which is easy to access, eliminate drag while sailing and avoid lower leg corrosion will be outboard engines.  Our design includes twin 15 hp 4-stroke fuel efficient outboard engines housed in nicely faired twin nacelles port and starboard.  The engines have power tilt and fully retract clear of the water.  

Maine Cat 30 owners have been using outboard auxiliary power since 1996 and it works.


Advantages of Thermoforming the Structural Core in NEW MC 38

 Thermoforming is a process of heating the Core-Cell coring to a point where the mechanical rigidity in the foam is temporarily broken down to a level which makes it flexible, allowing it to be shaped and “formed”. This temporary flexibility is reversed by the cooling of the foam where full mechanical properties are restored.  This method of construction can reduce the weight of the structure by removing any excess resin in the typical PVC core with saw-cuts and also allows a tighter and more accurate fit of the core. This leads to weight savings in core bonding and kerf filling during the build process. 

There are many reasons why thermoforming is a good idea in composite sandwich components. 

• Thermoforming core eliminates the need to have any core cuts or grooves to increase shaping capability, and as a direct result a thermoformed core will not have the additional weight of the resin or adhesive required to fill these grooves.  By eliminating resin in the saw cuts, the Maine Cat 38 has superior cosmetics and no “print” through. 

• Thermoforming allows a tighter fit tolerance to the skins (more time can be taken to ensure the fit is correct). This allows the core to fit with much less filling compound and adhesive – both of which can add significant weight to a component when fitting poorly shaped core. 

• Thermoformed core will demonstrate the exact mechanical properties indicated by the data sheet and product information. The addition of cuts and grooves to the core materials can have large impacts on the mechanical properties which should be accounted for during the design process when specifying core materials in sandwich construction.  The end result is we achieve stronger and lighter composite assemblies that are better engineered for a superior finish product. 

The major disadvantage of thermoforming is the time requirement. The process of thermoforming core is one that requires considerable care and time, making it difficult to integrate into a production build scenario unless additional tooling and operations are available. 

Maine Cat has made this investment in additional tooling and all our thermoforming is performed inside female production molds.  Maine Cat is the only production catamaran builder in the world utilizing Core-Cell thermoforming coupled with vinylester resin infusion. 

         The NEW Maine Cat 38 is stronger, lighter, and a blast to sail. 






Exterior premium ISO-NPG gelcoat

Composite thermoformed VIC Core Cell SAN closed cell coring

Resin infused vinyl ester resin with quadraxial E-glass knit fabrics

Built to ABS and IOS scantlings

Hull to deck joint bonded with Plexus structural adhesive and thru-bolted

Hull to deck joint glassed on interior with 1708 biaxial tapes multiple layers

PVC rub rail with stainless steel insert cap exterior

Three (3) coats of SeaHawk bottom epoxy barrier system, two (2) coats BioCopTF



Exterior premium ISO-NPG gelcoat with light gray non-skid two tone

Composite thermoformed VIC Core Cell SAN closed cell coring

Resin infused vinyl ester resin with quadraxial E-glass knit fabrics

Composite hardtop roof with two horizontal sliding windows forward sections

316 L stainless horses fore and aft linked to 26” double wire lifeline system

Large flush scuppers aft cockpit for self-bailing bridgedeck drainage

Bridgedeck flooring to be MarineDeck 2000 9 mm thick composite cork

Two (2) large self-draining storage lockers in forward beam

Four (4) 12” and two (2) 10” SST 316 mooring cleats and four (4) chocks at bows

Total two (2) flush hatches and four (4) portlights, all opening and with screens

Two (2) large inboard facing companionway hatches with lockable boards

Custom stainless steel stern rail Compoiste davits and inboard side rails

Two (2) vinyl coated polyester trampolines forward with centerline plank

Stainless steel anchor roller, chain gate, Rocna 20 kg and 200’ of rode

Lofrans Project 1000 electric windlass, deck mount, foot switches and helm switch




High aspect ratio 12 % NACA composite foils, daggerboards fully retract

Balanced high aspect ratio fixed under-body rudders in Tides Marine bearing tubes

Center Console mounted wheel steering with 360 degree visibility Edson cable and chain custom designed system with separate autopilot tiller arm at port rudder







49’ Selden anodized aluminum mast fractionally rigged with double spreaders Includes spinnaker and screacher halyards and single line reefs at two points 

Gull Striker “A”-frame with compression beam and screacher pole

Self-tacking headsail furling system, curved track and car with controls

Block and tackle 4:1 cap shroud tensioners included port and starboard

Three (3) Harken Radial 46.2 STA two speed self-tailing winches, Lewmar clutches

One (1) Harken Radial 46.2 STEA electric self-tailing winch at winch pod halyards

Nine (9) foot mainsail traveler track, car and controls mounted on the aft beam

Outboard hull mounted chain plates, 316L standing rigging, all running rigging std.



Twin 9.9 hp, 4-cycle, outboard engines, high thrust, 25” extra-long shaft, power tilt

Twin single-lever engine controls on console and Mach Zero friction control cables

Twin 20-gallon fuel tank with filter/separator each.  Total 40 gallon fuel tankage



Electrical distribution panels with sixteen DC circuit breakers and four AC breakers. 

Two (2) 8D Absorbed Glass Mat maintenance-free deep cycle marine batteries 

Navigational lights including foredeck, anchor, steaming and mast top tricolor

All interior and bridgedeck 12 volt lighting is LED, total ten (10) fixtures

Protected 120-volt inlet shore power plug and three (3) 120-volt outlets

Victron 2 kW inverter with 80 amp battery charger, 50’ – 30 Amp shore cord

Three (3) 12-volt receptacles and ventilation fan at each berth

Solar array of two (2) premium 150-watt solar panels with MTTP charge controller

Output from engine alternators run to the house battery bank



Garmin GPS MAP 7612 chartplotter preloaded with BlueChart g2 coastal maps

Garmin GNX 20 display with gWind and depth transducers, all NEMA 2000 network

Garmin VHF 200 radio with Shakespeare masthead antenna

Garmin GHP autopilot with Jefa 150 KgM direct drive Type 1 planetary gearbox drive protected below deck installation w/ feedback



10 lb. Aluminum propane tank with leak test gauge, regulator and electric solenoid

Three (3) burner propane fired Force 10 cooktop with pot holder kit 

Custom 5 cu.ft. upright freezer/refrigerator w/ air cooled, 12 volt DC



Lavac vacuum marine head w/ 20-gal. gravity waste holding tank

Two (2) polyethylene fresh water tanks each 31 gallons

Two (2) electric automatic bilge pumps with float switches and fused test panels

Whale Gulper gray water pump for shower sump pan in head

Hot and cold pressure water at head sink, shower, galley sink and stern shower

Precision Temp ShowerMate M-550 propane fired hot water heater

Second 10 # Alum. propane tank w/ leak test gauge, regulator and electric solenoid

Salt water wash down thru-hull, pump and spigot in forward beam



Headroom minimum 6’-3” to maximum of 6’-10”, painted headliners

Berths for up to five (5), two (2) queen berths aft in each hull, 60” by 6’-8”

Large single in port hull forward is 50” wide at the head by 6’-8” long 

All cushions below decks (total 3 pieces) are 5” thick medium-density foam

All interior bulkheads are resin infused Core-Cell foam cored painted finish. 

Cherry-veneered Tricel cored plywood lockers and cabinets per plan March 1, 2014

Solid surface counter tops in galley ½” thick with back splash

MarineDeck 2000 composit cork no-maintenance flooring each hull, steps and bridgedeck flooring

Large (16’ long) tinted acrylic fixed portlights outboard each hull in cabin topsides

Two (2) large sealed air chambers forward each hull accessible from interior cabins

Fiberglass head starboard forward with sink, shower sump pump, marine head, storage cabinet and separate shower area with frameless glass door


USCG safety package including: 6 PFD’s, horn, 3 fire extinguishers, flare kit, four dock lines, Life Sling, and 3 fenders


Thank you for the opportunity to present this information on the beautiful and affordable Maine Cat 38 performance family cruising catamaran.


Last updated December 12, 2016 and specifications subject to change


LOA 38'-0"
LWL 36'-5"
Beam 21'-0"
Min. Draft 29"
Max. Draft 6'-6"
Beam to Length ratio 11.4 to 1
Lightship Weight 8,100 lbs.
DWL Displacement 12,400 lbs.
Mast Height above DWL 58'-0"
Headroom  6'-7"max.
Main Sail 620 sf
Self-tacking jib 224 sf
Screacher 510 sf
Assym. Spinn. 810 sf
Wing Clearance 30" at DWL
Engines Twin 9.9 hp 4-stroke, high thrust
Fuel Tankage 40 gals.
Water Tankage 82 gals.
Construction  Thermoformed Core-Cell infused vinylester resin
Motoring speed 8 knots
Sailing max. speed 20 knots





  • Maine Cat 38 Performance Cruiser Specifications dated 4/15/2016
  • Twin 9.9 HP four stroke outboards, high thrust, 25” extra-long shaft, power tilt
  • Lofrans Project 1000 electric windlass, foot switches & remote helm switch 
  • Thermoformed VIC Core-Cell vinylester resin infused composite hulls/deck
  • Selden 49 foot custom mast, single line reefing, gull striker and screacher pole
  • Dacron mainsail and jib including stack pack
  • Self-tacking jib with furler, curved track, clutches and Harken deck hardware
  • Composite hardtop with large fixed and opening windows forward
  • Fully retractable high aspect twin daggerboards, fixed underbody rudders
  • Two 150 watt solar panel array on hardtop with metered controller
  • Victron 2 kW inverter and 80 Amp battery charger, 50’ - 30 Amp shore cord
  • All interior, bridgedeck and navigation lighting to be LED fixtures    
  • Garmin NEMA 2000 system w/ depth, gWind, and fluxgate compass
  • Garmin GPSMAP 7612 touch screen chartplotter plotter with BlueChart loaded
  • Garmin GHP autopilot w/feedback, Jefa Type 1 planetary geared drive mounted below deck
  • Garmin 200 VHF radio with Metz masthead antenna
  • Force 10 three burner model 43334 propane cooktop with fiddles
  • Custom 5 cu.ft. freezer/refrigerator, air cooled, 12-V powered 
  • Precision Temp propane fired stainless steel hot water heater
  • Double wire 26-inch high lifelines, stern rail, horses and two gates
  • House bank two 8-D AGM batteries for a total of 510 amp hours

       NEW Maine Cat 38 Pricing      $395,900.00

                    Based on specifications dated December 12, 2016.