MC-42 Motor Cruiser
We have owned our boat for six years now. The lack of history about the boat has always bugged me. The electric panel says MC-42 built by Overseas Company. When we bought it they sold it as a Monk. There isn't anything on the boat that says its a Monk. Well the last few weeks I have been playing detective and come up with some information on these boats. I tracked down a dealer in Midland Ontario that sold the boats in the late 80s. His recollection were that the Canadian importer brought both 36 and 42 Monks to Canada from the Taiwan Overseas boat yard in Kaohsiung , Taiwan. The USA importer was Al Smith owner of North Sea Yachts. He eventually brought the 36 mold to Nova Scotia.
The designer was Todd Harris. I exchanged emails with him.
"The MC 42 was his design for Taiwan Overseas Yachts in south Taiwan. There was a predecessor, a more displacement-hull version called the MMC 41, built by Miracle Marine in north Taiwan. The MMC 41 may have been a Taiwan design, originally. Not sure. The MC 42 design was an attempt to maintain the many positive features of the MMC 41 (especially her layout, and character) while improving the hull to semi-displacement performance and speeds.
There was a companion design in that line that I believe was a Monk design, the "Monk 36," also built in the 80's by Taiwan Overseas, and earlier I think by MM in North Taiwan.
In the early 90's, the molds for the MC42 were bought by Ricker Yachts and moved to Guatemala and then to Florida. Ricker Yachts is not building boats anymore, I believe. Not sure how many MC42's were built in all. Probably over 30."
When asked how the MC 42 got labeled as a Monk he surmised that the dealers did it because the boats came off the same line as the Monk 36 and that they guessed the designer.
I now think I know a little more about the boats. I will probably continue to call her a Monk. She looks like a Monk 36 stretched out and the interior fit out is very much alike. If anyone has more information, please add it.