I have sailed the M36 since 1987 most days and have cruised for two weeks to Martha Vineyard and the islands.  My longest trip was 400 miles.  

Wave Magic Macgregor 36’  

Interview with the Captain – Joseph Maletz  

About the Boat  

Why did you choose to buy a Macgregor?
The Macgregor 36 (M36) is a fast and fun racer/cruiser.  

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
All kinds of catamarans and trimarans of similar size and price point. 

How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
A workmate, who was first owner for two years but wanted an upgrade for his new young child, offered me the M36 at a price I could not turn down in 1987.  

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
NEW engine, mast boom, sails, roller furler, bow sprit, electronics (GPS, VHF, sailing instruments), trampoline, running and standing rigging, and winches.  

What are the features you like most about your boat? 
Comfort and speed 

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
I was a sailing counselor/instructor when I was 15 years old at Camp Frank A Day (YMCA camp)  

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
Marblehead Power Squadron and New England Multihull Association (past member of NEMA)  

What boats have you previously owned?
Grady White Marlin 300 sport fishing boat (500 HP) and Hobie 16 and Hobie 21  

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
I have sailed the M36 since 1987 most days and have cruised for two weeks to Martha Vineyard and the islands.  My longest trip was 400 miles.  

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Due to its beam of 18’, finding a travel lift that is wide enough.  Now at Hills Yacht Yard in Beverly.  

Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
I am considered the world expert on the 220 M36 that were built.  

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a boat like yours?
Talk to me first.  My M36 is FOR SALE now, due to my health issues. 

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
The original owner called her “Mirror Image” and requested that I rename her.  I worked out a name that was of similar size and meaning and decided on “Wave Magic” 


This 1982 36’ MacGregor Catamaran has been superbly restored, and is in great condition! This sailboat is ready for racing and winning, but if racing is not a focus, then this Catamaran is a fabulous day cruiser. Whether day cruising or racing, either one, this Catamaran is a rare find! Owning this sailboat is owning a part of history within the sailing industry. This particular MacGregor was custom built for Roger MacGregor, the founder of MacGregor Yacht Co. MacGregor Yacht Co. resulted as part of a Stanford University MBA class project in the early 1960’s. This sailboat is Hull Number 216 of 225 ever built.  Last complete Yacht Inspection was done in 2007 (copy available to review).  

This boat is Federally Documented and this can be easily transferred.  

The current owner restored and rebuilt this unique vessel. It now has a Charleston Spar NG70 x41’ cross section anodized and power coated black mast and new boom both with internal rigging, center wood console with storage and supports for a mid-boat mounted 25 hp gas engine. Dual jibbing dagger boards, a new bow sprit, new custom polypropylene trampoline, a full width jib sail traveler track, new standing and running rigging, and all composite full battened sails. It also had two large deck boxes on each side just inside of the cabins.  There are new electrical panels and full sailing instruments, VHF, and GPS.  There is a new false fiberglass floor in each hull with sump pumps that forms the bilge, which means it is dry inside.  Clearly, the 12” draft is a great feature of this sailboat! 

The new mast design allowed to completely eliminate the original baby stay, making tacking and jibing easy.  The boat is dry to sail under 15kts of speed.  Over 15kts of boat speed, it depends of the sea state but is generally dry aft.  The boat starts to plane above 10 kts of boat speed.  This boat can be sailed reefed conservatively and aggressively as fast as the skipper is willing up to about 30 kts true.  There is no sail boat of any size or design in Marblehead that this M36 does not pass and leave in its wake.  It is a great feeling to sit back in the deck chair with your feet up relaxed, while you fly by a mega racer with 12 guys hiking out and just wave.  The sound of their grunts in frustration is worth every moment.  On the other hand, you could take family and friends out for a slow cruise.  

The new Calvert sails include: 1) Blade Jib of Bainbridge Mylar CL-65 full battens, 2) Screecher of Bainbridge SMP 180L Laminate, and 3) Main Sail of Dimension CX7 Cruise Mylar Triradial cut full battens.  

This MacGregor is a usual sailboat because it combines the features of very easy to sail and maneuver, plus it is and very fast yet stable vessel.   Its customizations make is standalone from the standard stock M36.  

The owner’s comment that there is nothing that needs repaired or replaced on this sailboat! This vessel is ready to go racing or ready to go cruising! The MacGregor can take 12 plus passengers out for a day of sailing fun! The passenger feature makes this boat great for a large family who wants to include their extended family on excursions. It is also perfect for hosting that special teenage birthday party or including lots of couples for a wedding anniversary party.  

Sailors who are fond of the MacGregor brand will definitely acquire a unique boat with this 1982 MacGregor 36’. Sailors who enjoy history will appreciate the opportunity to buy a sailboat that is connected in this unique way to the founder of the MacGregor Yacht Co. 

Expert training by the current owner, on the water, can be provided local to Marblehead  

This M36 although could be dismantled and trailered (no trailer included), due to the many customizations, it is not recommended.  Everything needed is onboard and included with price.  This is a list of those items:  

  • Full battened main and blade sails
  • Jiffy reefing for two points
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Screecher with Fancor continuous line roller furler
  • All dock lines and fenders
  • Mooring bridle and shackle
  • Anchor and long rode
  • All interior cushions
  • Sail covers for main and jib
  • Seven winches and three rope clutches
  • Outside speaker and inclinometer
  • Two Richie compasses
  • Deck seats
  • Inside cabin cushions forward and aft, each hull
  • Electronics, including Raymarine Chartplotter with new outside antenna, 25W digital VHF radio, depth/wind speed/boat speed instruments, and autohelm
  • Portable head
  • Two large batteries with fixed panel solar charger and controller
  • Two 8’ beams to replace the 18’ beams for trailering (never used and as stated before, due to customizations, not recommended to trailer boat)
  • Full set of Self-Rescue Capsize Recovery Gear
  • Complete tool box with spare parts
  • Safety equipment, including First Aid Kit/ flares/ 12 life preservers/ Misc. emergency gear
  • 25 Hp Mercury Mariner outboard plus two 6-gal fuel tanks
  • Four boat stands  

This M36 is 100% ready to sail as is for a reasonable price of $79,000. 

Joe Maletz

78 Pitman Road
Marblehead, MA 01945
Cell: 781-820-9706
Home: 781-631-3423
Email: [email protected]
Website for more info and pictures: https://joemaletz.com  

WAVE MAGIC – (36’ Macgregor Catamaran) Details  


Length= 36’, Beam” 18’, Draft (boards up) = 18”, Mast Height = 44’, Weight (bare boat) = 3000#


White hull with blue boot stripe and blue stripe at deck line

Dagger Boards

Two jibbing type dagger boards (8’ long) [one in each hull]


Two rebuilt rudders with new 316SS rudder posts in each hull]

Auxiliary Power

25 HP outboard (gas-2 stroke Mariner with 3 extensions) mounted midships and 5’ forward of aft beam, fixed angle (steer with rudders), tilted back and up to clear water for sailing.  Cavitation plate is 10” below surface. NOTE: The engine is NOT mounted on the hull, as originally. The engine is mounted mid ship on custom mounting bracket allowing much better motoring forward and backing.


Two 12V batteries, running/masthead/anchor/windex/deck/cabin lights, sump pump in each hull


VHF, GPS, depth, speed, apparent wind speed/angle, autohelm


Main Sail

332 sq. ft, Dimension CX7 Cruise Mylar (I-42’, J= 14.7’, P= 38.8’, E= 14.7’; includes 2 sets of reef points, Triradial cut and sail #s (216), Tel-Tales, 5 Round Glass full length battens, Mgr. by Calvert Sails.

Blade Jib

270 sq. ft, Dimension CX7 Cruise Mylar, Hank-On, 4 Full length Round Glass Battens, Tel-Tale window, Tel-Tales, Mgr. by Calvert Sails.


546 sq. ft, Dimension PX15 Mylar, for 9′ bowsprit, roller furl, Tel-Tales, Mgr. by Calvert Sails.

Bow Sprit

Custom built 9 ft attached to forward beam for Screecher roller furl


Primary=single 2-speed #40, Main=1-speed #16, Secondary=-two 1-speed #16, Screecher/Blade Halyard=#28 2-speed with double rope clutch, Main Halyard=#28 2-speed, Capsize recovery=single 1-speed #16


Mast=44 ft long, constant taper non-rotating aluminum; Boom= 18 ft long. The original mast/boom were destroyed in a microburst. The new mast completely changed the stability and no more bending to overpower the sails. The new mast and boom are worth $20K with all new rigging and total elimination of the baby stay. Now the jib can almost self-tack with the new jib track mounted on the mast beam.


Double fixed backstay, forestay, upper and lower shrouds, one spreader


Max sailing speed

28 kts (typically 1.5-2 times true wind speed)

Max motoring speed

12 kts

Max pointing angle

30 degrees


Registration/Hull Number

Federally Documented #655853, Hull No. 216. The documentation is easily transferred.


Sleeps 2 forward and 2 aft in each hull, portable head in port hull, Galley in starboard hull

Hard Deck

Full width, 2 ft wide hard deck forward of console


Custom built, full width, 3 ft wide console for seating, storage, and support for engine and fuel tanks

Deck Boxes

Custom built, two 7′ long x 2′ wide deck boxes on each side of main deck for storage and seating


New custom built, Polypropylene solid mesh aft of mast to aft beam


Custom built, Polypropylene rope forward and intermediate netting, forward of mast to bow

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