MaYo 637, now the racer you do at home


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What do you do when you are not sailing in gold, have a passion for racing and a passion for DIY? You build your own racer
: thus was born The Hasty Lover, first specimen of MaYo 637 (we had also told you about it here, when the boat was under construction, now sailing!), performance daysailer in marine plywood. The main protagonists of this story are two: Nicholas Pirani, a 37-year-old sales agent from Ferrara, and Paul Bua (, a 34-year-old yacht designer.

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“I’ve always raced in the Free Class and on monotypes,” Pirani began, “but I’ve always had a dream in the drawer. Making with my own hands a wooden boat that can run. So I contacted Paolo Bua, whose designs I had come to appreciate, to commission him for the MaYo: that is, as I like to call it, a boat for self-builders. You do it in the winter, and you have fun with it in the summer.”. Bua set to work to best meet Nicola’s requests, “I wanted a boat that was light and fast, but not a classic lake daysailer. I sail in the Upper Adriatic, where there is often little wind but when the ‘rump’ comes, the wave mounts, so I needed a good compromise between performance and seaworthiness.”

The result is a 6.37-meter hull characterized by a higher-than-normal freeboard (by eye you can see how the inverted bow is much higher than the stern) and by more than prominent edges, “A solution dictated by the material, marine plywood (which forms the heart of the boat, covered with fiberglass and with some carbon grafts and reinforcements), but which ended up translating into great stability when the boat heeled over.”

Screenshot 2016-02-10 at 5:29:30 p.m.Another constraint placed by Nicholas was the presence of a small, perfectly habitable below deck (one berth), particularly useful if going out with the family, and a sail cove. The fully liftable keel (pulled up peach 35 cm!) and removable bayonet rudder, housed in a box that mounts on the stern, make the MaYo easy to cart around.

12238132_10207004086414153_6879430090447007868_oYOU CAN BUILD IT TOO
“It took me three months to build the boat,” Pirani continues, “including 15 days of painting. I was amazed at the simplicity with which I made it, really a piece of cake. Once launched, the MaYo 637 gave me great satisfaction. Upwind tight she can reach 5.7-5.8 knots (in 6- to 12-knot winds), and the first regattas I participated in gave me positive feedback.” So much so that interest around the ‘do-it-yourselfer’s boat’ has increased. Nicola, like a good business agent, sells on the necessary to build it: with 1,200 euros + VAT you take home plans and license, with 5,000 the hull kit (plans and license included). Keel and rudder cost 2,800 euros and 2,000 euros are needed for fiberglass. You make your boat (excluding mast and sails) with less than 10,000 euros. “I have already sold two abroad, now we will draw up class rules,” Pirani concludes.


Length. overall 6.37 m
Beam max. 2,50 m
Pesc. lifting keel 1 .75/0.35 m
Displacement: 400.00 kg
Sail Sup.: 29.50 sqm
Gennaker: 50.00 sq. m.
Project: Paolo Bua
Construction: Nicola Pirani



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