Helios at dock in Bradenton

Helios is a Manta MkIV Catamaran built in 2008 by Manta Catamarans in Sarasota, Florida. We spent three years looking and researching catamarans before we broke out the check book. I would suggest that anyone interested in purchasing a boat and especially a catamaran visit the Miami Boatshow during President’s Weekend in February. We were there in 2003, 2005 and 2006. We made the decision to have Helios built and went to the factory in January 2007 to pay a deposit and get our place in line. The boat was started in October 2007 and completed the end of March 2008. I flew down the first week of April to complete the commissioning and familiarization process. The picture shown above is from that time.

 Interior Layout

The picture shown above displays the interior layout. The owners ama is on the port side with the guest side amenities in the starboard hull. The bridge deck has the galley, salon table and navigation area. The two aft berths are queen size, while the guest forward is a full size berth. Our only major addition to the vessel has been an Espar hydronic heating system installed by Bob Schwartz of Classic Marine Services. His business is located on the North end of Lake Union in Seattle and he has been there since 1981. He did a wonderful job (click here and scroll down) and I would recommend him. He works with Boat Electric of Seattle.

The picture following has the exterior and shows the lines being lead to the captain’s chair and a two speed electric winch. All sails can be raised, lowered and reefed from the cockpit. The hatch port forward opens to a 5.5 kw generator.

 Deck Layout

Salon Table      Galley  Wetlocker

Nav Table - Reefer - Freezer   Electrical Panel 

The four photos show the bridge deck. ( please note that the pictures above and below can be seen in a larger format by clicking on them.)On the bottom left you can see the navigation table off to the left and the refrigerator and freezer with their digital temperature gauges below. The electrical panel, below right, opens like a door with all wiring labeled.

Main sail and spinnaker  Spinnaker and Jib

Cockpit Bench Seat  Cockpit starboard side  Cockpit port side

Helm station  Raymarine instruments  Submarine door for cockpit

Dual anchors & windlass controls  Windlass  Dinghy - 10'6" AB

The pictures displayed above show the code zero, main and jib. The jib is self tacking. The bench seat in the rear of the cockpit gives 360 degree visibility. The lines are lead to the captain’s seat, where the instrumentation is all Raymarine. The dinghy is a RIB with an aluminum hull. There are twin anchors and a horizontal windlass from Maxwell, with all chain to starboard and chain & rode to port.

I have listed the standard features and options, and the ones that we decided we would like to have on our boat. I used the cost of the wind generator and applied that to upgrade the chartplotter at the helm station. Since we were not going offshore for a few years, I decided not to purchase the Offshore safety pac.

Brochure and Specifications - Click Here

Modifications - Zincs Saildrive - Click Here Boom Tailpiece - Click Here

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