MAYRIK P214 – A 21-foot mini-trawler that crossed the Atlantic!

Since it’s successful Atlantic crossing in the summer of 2008, the Mayrik P214 has faded from the public eye and consciousness. I found only a few savvy marine buffs who’d followed the spunky 21-foot trawler since its well-publicized development and trans-Atlantic adventure. Most didn’t register the boat’s name at all. I thought a brief article was in order, though, as the men and the boat who crossed ‘the pond’ were remarkably fearless (the boat was just 21’ long!) and it’s no accident that there was no accident and that the boat did everything its designer sail it would.
If you go to the Mayrik website … and if you don’t speak French … you’ll be frustrated by the web designer’s efforts to express himself in English. I sure was. That doesn’t make the vessel less remarkable. The Mayrik P214 is a French boat manufactured in St. Maarten, (the Caribbean Island that is roughly half French and half Dutch) by French and local boat makers. The boat builders would do themselves a great service to hire an American writer to rework their American website. I think that the Mayrik would have found a foothold in the U.S. by now if they had. But, like so many boat builders, these guys are really good at the boat design and fabrication end of the business, and ‘so-so’ at the business of promoting their vessel.
The Mayrik P214 is no lightweight yacht. Weighing in at about 5 tons (10,000 lbs.), it’s deep cockpit and commercial grade features make one think of tough seas and rough passages. And that is just what it’s made for, although it’s equally at home on calm inter-island voyages or a weekend on the coast (there are no rivers on St. Maarten).  Naval architect Yves Kinard designed this boat to go anywhere, and to comfortably withstand the sea conditions one might encounter.
Perhaps it was the hesitance of the yachting community to accept that a 21-foot vessel was good for anything but calm-water day cruising that brought about the Atlantic crossing idea. The idea of taking the Mayrick north to Bermuda, across to the Azores and on to France gained popularity, though, and in the summer of 2008, Kinard and a friend (who had participated in the building of the boat) did just that, completing their voyage in July of that year in Saint Martin De Re, France.

Kinard did a masterful job of reaching his goal with the mini-trawler: that of creating an ocean-capable trawler that could handle any waters, but that had trawler features, comforts and conveniences, and was economical enough to cruise solo for long distances. The Mayrick features a Perkins M92B, a naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder diesel that makes 86hp at 2400rpm. That gives the boat a comfortable cruising speed of just under 6 knots, and a maximum speed (empty) of 10 knots. The choice of the Perkins speaks highly of the builder’s dedication to economy. The engine, proven in every ocean, is small, light and extremely stingy on fuel. The resulting (between fill-ups) range of the Mayrik is about 825 miles at 5.5 knots.
Old salts will be surprised to find a bulbous bow on the Mayrick. This design addition, commonly thought to useful on bows of 60’ or longer boats, is in place on this boat for one reason only:  to soften head seas and reduce roll. It does its job well, and doesn’t suffer from the other symptoms of inclusion on a small boat because of the Mayrik’s slow cruising speed.
The Mayrik’s all-business cockpit (good access to cleats, etc. for line handling) offers deep gunwhales against the seas. A full-beam swim platform and starboard-aft gate makes entry easy (no climbing over the high sidewalls). Moving forward through a sliding off-center door to the saloon, you’ll find an enclosed fiberglass head with sink and shower to port. Forward, in the cabin lined with rich woods, is a compact but sufficient galley with sink, stove, oven and refrigerator and a Corian counter top. To starboard, the convertible 4-person dinette, with storage underneath, is just abaft of the well-thought-out helm. Proceed through the center opening of the helm bulkhead and three steps down and you’ll find your choice of two sleeping compartment layouts. The twin V-berths don’t allow for the hanging locker that the double bed (to starboard) does, so many couples will opt for the latter. In either case, there is ample storage (the boat is deep) beneath the beds and seating. The double bed option at the dinette brings sleeping capacity to four.
The helm, which had to laid out well in order to achieve an ocean crossing, was engineered to include all critical instruments within easy reach of the skipper. Forward of the large destroyer-type wheel are engine monitoring instruments, and the throttle lever is next to the window on your right. On a riser that is nicely integrated into the helm you’ll find autopilot and electronic charting instruments, with a compass built in to the top (away from magnetic interference). There’s room over the door (to the sleeper) for a charting computer, and there is ample chart space to the left, though there is no navigator station (seat) here. Of course this is all subject to the owner’s preferences if you’re buying a new boat. I think the finishing touch at the helm (remember, we’re talking about a 21-foot boat) is the sliding door that lets space and light in and allows the sea breeze and the environment to be part of the helmsman’s world. From a practical standpoint, the door aids a single-handed skipper with deck tasks including line handling and ground tackle management.
Ship-like quality marks the heavy-duty features of the boat. The cleats and railings are all oversized and made of stainless steel, the hull is weighted and substantially deep, the electrical panel and associated wiring is top-grade and properly installed, the cabinetry doors (especially the doors to the propulsion spaces) are heavy and well-insulated and exterior doors (lacquered wood) are heavy-duty and substantial. The freeboard in the cockpit is ship-like (deep!) because the boat is built with a deep hull for ocean-going comfort, and the depth of the inside spaces is impressive as well.

In summary, Yves Kinard designed and built (and sailed across the Atlantic) an exemplary compact yacht. There aren’t many more convincing ways to express your confidence in the boat and builder (even if the builder was one’s self!) than crossing one of the world’s most tempestuous oceans. The Mayrik P214 is offered in its original form, in a fishing model (for commercial fisherman), in an open-cabin lobster yacht model called the Bermudan, and (my favorite) an aft-cabin model called P214 After Cabin that features a roomy aft cabin and a raised cockpit in the rear.

The price of this yacht is based on the West Indies dollar, which is typically devalued against the U.S. and Canadian currency. This can make the Mayrik P214, and the portfolio of other fine seagoing vessels Yves Kinard designs, very attractive to the North American buyer. One thing’s for certain … the Mayrik P214 designs are worth your consideration, and your respect.

Photos courtesy of mftrs. website: www.mayrik.com
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