About this Sailboat:
Whitby Boatworks built more than 250 Whitby 42 ketches and 2 Whitby 42 single masted cutters. One of these sailed the Puget Sound for many years, regularly outsailing her ketch-rigged sisters. The other single-masted cutter is Malabar.
All Whitbys were built to order and when we contracted for Malabar in 1980, we insisted on a single-masted vessel because we wanted superior sailing qualities. When Brewer designed the boat, slab reefing had yet to be widely accepted: people would drop the main and go “under jib and jigger.” Today, by retaining the slot effect between jib and reefed main (no mizzen), boat speed can be maintained more efficiently and with better course keeping. On the Whitby, there is no space between the main and the mizzen. Consequently, the mizzen is blanketed by the main to windward and blankets the main downwind. More significantly, because of its excessive size, the mizzen generates fierce weather helm (though not on a run). Dropping the main moves the CE forward slightly, but not enough to affect the weather helm. Most Whitby owners cope with weather helm by applying constant correction at the helm. Lacking “feel,” the hydraulic steering does not transmit the weather helm to the helmsman, who is left to deplore instead what is incorrectly thought to be an inadequately sized rudder. As a corollary, when the helm is entrusted to the autopilot, there is a significant increase in power usage. Some owners matter-of-factly state that they always sail “under jib and jigger!!” Owners who understand the role of the mizzen rarely hoist it–a couple of owners have actually had it removed . By ordering Malabar as a single-masted cutter, we eliminated the perfunctory mizzen, along with the windage, deck clutter of its standing rigging and, of course, the weather helm. Instead, we obtained a larger, more efficient, more powerful main (without increasing mast height or raising the CE) and achieved our goal: a dramatically better performer.
Equipment on Board:
We sold Malabar in 1983 because the construction of an aluminum 53-footer which we had ordered from Kanter Yachts was nearing completion.
Some years later, we had sold our 53-footer and were looking for a boat more easily managed by a couple. We of course looked at Whitbys and, as Malabar had turned up on the market at that time, we had the opportunity to reacquire her. While we were looking at Whitbys on the market, we were able to identify, along with the well-known virtues, the problem areas to be found in the conception, construction, and the systems installed by the builder. Rudder construction; mast staying; mainsheet control; no mast
pulpit; staysail boom; deck lay-out; dinghy stowage and handling; dorade pipe diameter;
original wiring; keel tank; fuel tank vents; original refrigeration; battery location and
charging; salon table; salon size; no sea-berth; onboard heating.
An extensive refit was done in 1997 and 1998 to address the above problems and
completed in 2003. During the 17 years we’ve owned Malabar since reacquiring her in 1995, she’s been in the water just under one year. She is now available, offering her next owners an unusually capable voyaging vessel: a safer, more reliable and better performing