Malbec 18

A Fun, Affordable Pocket Cruiser

Hailed as a Modern Classic

The Malbec 18 has been hailed as a modern classic by the sailing press and small boat aficionados alike. Nominated as a Best Boat for 2018 by SAIL Magazine and praised as “charming…fun and responsive” by Cruising World, the Malbec 18 blends performance with comfort, stability, and versatility. It has twice appeared on CBS’ “The Price is Right.”

Great Performance

This lightweight, beachable cruiser offers a huge six-foot cockpit with seating for six adults, and features a spacious, airy cabin that sleeps a family of four. That makes the Malbec 18 the perfect boat for experienced sailors looking to right-size from larger or smaller boats, and its safe, forgiving sailing characteristics make it ideal for newbies, too.

As a spritely performer, the Malbec 18 would make a superb one-design club racer. As a first family boat, it’s easy to handle for the youngest hands.

Created by a leading marine architect and the former manufacturer of the wildly-popular West Wight Potter and Voyager 20, the Malbec 18 hull design features hard chines for great aquadynamics at heel, and semi-planing at higher speeds. The most experienced sailors will appreciate its excellent pointing ability, and zippy off-the-wind performance.

Control and Safety

Stability, control, and modern ergonomics are crucial to a good pocket cruising experience. The ballasted swing centerboard can be controlled from the cockpit for simple singlehanding, beaching, and trailering. An adjustable backstay enables performance tuning, and because most of the ballast is not in the centerboard, the boat offers high a stability ratio under all circumstances.

You can confidently take the Malbec 18 on any lake, wide river, or bay—then out onto the ocean for coastal cruising.

Comfortable and Airy Cabin

Decades of experience in designing pocket cruisers have gone into laying out a cabin which is surprisingly roomy for a compact, 18-foot boat. The oversized companionway hatch opens much of the cabin roof to standing room, the V-berth is bright and comfortable, and two additional sleeping berths double as cushioned bench seating for the convertible dinette table. A hideaway portable head comes standard, and a slide-away galley is available as an option. You will find lots of storage both fore and aft.

Easy Trailering and Setup

Trailering the Malbec 18 is a breeze with a four-cylinder automobile. The optional, custom trailer rides low into the water, and the boat draws just 10 inches with the swing centerboard raised. The mast-raising  and brand-name rigging systems can be handled in minutes by a single person. On the road, you can use the Malbec 18 as your own easily handled and easily parked RV!

Custom Tailored for You!

The Malbec 18 is entirely manufactured in the USA at our Oxnard, California factory, and each boat is tailored specifically to your needs, with a wide range of options. To make ordering easy, three options packages are available to suit any budget—making the Malbec 18 the new, affordable pocket cruising standard for easy “fun in the sun.”

Discover or re-discover the simple joy of sailing when wind fills the sails of this beautifully-designed and responsive boat. Find new adventures wherever a boat ramp awaits!

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Malbec 18 Features Summary

  • Lightweight, beachable cruiser with sleeping accommodations for a family of four
  • Modern classic design features hard chines, aquadynamic, semi-planing hull shape
  • High stability ratio
  • Positive flotation
  • High performance sailing characteristics
  • Excellent pointing ability and off-the-wind boat speed
  • Ballasted swing centerboard with cockpit controls
  • Easy, ergonomic sailing controls
  • Simple one person mast-raising system
  • Adjustable backstay for performance sailing
  • Spacious six-foot cockpit seats six adults
  • Open and airy cabin with V-berth for two and two quarter berths
  • Built-in, hideaway porta potty
  • Optional slide-out galley with sink, stove, 15-gallon water capacity
  • Forward opening Lewmar hatch
  • Adjustable motor mount comes standard
  • Premium marine vinyl-covered cabin cushions
  • Ample storage below

Malbec 18   MSRP  “Sail Away” From:  $19,795.00  

  • Beachable Pocket Cruiser with sleeping accommodations for four
  • Positive Floatation in Aft and Forward Area
  • Sloop Rig
  • Complete  Sail Control fittings, Halyards and Lines
  • Featured Ronstan Hardware
  • 5oz White Mainsail and 100% Jib with Malbec Logo
  • Swing Ballasted Centerboard with Cockpit Mounted Lifting Control
  • Removable Rudder and Tiller
  • Spacious 6 Foot Cockpit with Room for Six Adults
  • 13×23 Transom Mounted Storage Hatch
  • Open and Airy Cabin with V Berth for Two and Two Quarter Berths
  • Forward Opening Hatch by Bomar
  • Premium Marine Vinyl Covered Cabin Cushions
  • Ample Storage Below
  • Slide-out Porta-Potty, tucks away for storage
  • Slide-out  36 qt Ice Chest, tucks away and serves as a companionway step

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Malbec 18 Specifications

Length Overall………………………. 18’

Length at Waterline…………….. 16’

Beam……………………………………….. 7’2”

Draft………………………………………… 10” to 3’6”

Cabin Height………………………… 4’6”

Mast length………………………….. 23’

Mast height………………………….. 26’

 

Boat Weight……………………….. 1500 lbs

Centerboard Weight………… 90 lbs

Ballast…………………………………… 450 lbs

 

Main Sail…………………………….. 102 SqFt

Jib………………………………………….. 55 SqFt

Optional Genoa…………………..98 SqFt

Optional Spinnaker…………….120SqFt

 

Power…………………………………. Up to 9HP Outboard

Electrical……………………………..See available options