VENTURA

VENTURA SPORT BOATS


Malbec 18
Built by Venture Sport Boats

A Fun, Affordable Pocket Cruiser

The Malbec 18 has been hailed as a modern classic by the sailing press and small boat aficionados alike. Nominated as a Best Boat for 2018 by SAIL Magazine and praised as “charming…fun and responsive” by Cruising World, the Malbec 18 blends performance with comfort, stability, and versatility. It has twice appeared on CBS’ “The Price is Right.”

GREAT PERFORMANCE

This lightweight, beachable cruiser offers a huge six-foot cockpit with seating for six adults, and features a spacious, airy cabin that sleeps a family of four. That makes the Malbec 18 the perfect boat for experienced sailors looking to right-size from larger or smaller boats, and its safe, forgiving sailing characteristics make it ideal for newbies, too.

As a spritely performer, the Malbec 18 would make a superb one-design club racer. As a first family boat, it’s easy to handle for the youngest hands. A great camping boat for some fun extended cruises.

Created by a leading marine architect and the former manufacturer of the wildly-popular West Wight Potter and Voyager 20, the Malbec 18 hull design features hard chines for great aquadynamics at heel, and semi-planning at higher speeds. The most experienced sailors will appreciate its excellent pointing ability, and zippy off-the-wind performance.

CONTROL AND SAFETY

Stability, control, and modern ergonomics are crucial to a good pocket cruising experience. The ballasted swing centerboard can be controlled from the cockpit for simple singlehanding, beaching, and trailering. An adjustable backstay enables performance tuning, and because most of the ballast is not in the centerboard, the boat offers high a stability ratio under all circumstances. Note having all the ballast in the centerboard mean easier pulling it up.

You can confidently take the Malbec 18 on any lake, wide river, or bay—then out onto the ocean for adventure coastal cruising.

COMFORTABLE AND AIRY CABIN

Decades of experience in designing pocket cruisers have gone into laying out a cabin which is surprisingly roomy for a compact, 18-foot boat. The oversized companionway hatch opens much of the cabin roof to standing room, the V-berth is bright and comfortable, and two additional sleeping berths double as cushioned bench seating for the convertible dinette table. A hideaway portable head comes standard, and a slide-away galley is available as an option. You will find lots of storage both fore and aft. The aft storage is blocked off from the cabin with a bulkhead, allowing one to store fuel their without the small/vapors entering the cabin.

EASY TRAILERING AND SETUP

Trailering the Malbec 18 is a breeze with a four-cylinder automobile. The optional, custom trailer rides low into the water, and the boat draws just 14 inches with the swing centerboard raised. The mast-raising  and brand-name rigging systems can be handled in minutes by a single person, which is a big plus to bring the fun factor into your sailing experience. On the road, you can use the Malbec 18 as your own easily handled and easily parked RV!

CUSTOM TAILORED FOR YOU!

The Malbec 18 is entirely manufactured in the USA at our Oxnard, California factory, and each boat is tailored specifically to your needs, with a wide range of options. To make ordering easy, three options packages are available to suit any budget—making the Malbec 18 the new, affordable pocket cruising standard for easy “fun in the sun, Fun To SAIL.”

Discover or re-discover the simple joy of sailing when wind fills the sails of this beautifully-designed and responsive boat. Find new adventures wherever a boat ramp awaits!

Contact us for pricing and more info at funtosail@gmail.com or text us at 208-704-4454

Malbec 18 Features Summary

Lightweight, beachable cruiser with sleeping accommodations for a family of four.

Modern classic design features hard chines, aquadynamic, semi-planing hull shape

High stability ratio

Positive flotation

High performance sailing characteristics

Excellent pointing ability and off-the-wind boat speed

Ballasted swing centerboard with cockpit controls

Easy, ergonomic sailing controls

Simple one person mast-raising system

Adjustable backstay for performance sailing

Spacious six-foot cockpit seats six adults

Open and airy cabin with V-berth for two and two quarter berths

Built-in, hideaway porta potty

Optional slide-out galley with sink, stove, 15-gallon water capacity

Forward opening Lewmar hatch

Optional Adjustable motor mount

Optional Transom Boarding Ladder (Really not option for safe sailing)

Optional Bow Pulpit

Optional Cockpit Rails

Premium marine vinyl-covered cabin cushions

Ample storage below

Malbec 18  2021 MSRP  “Sail Away” From: $25,995.00  

Beachable Pocket Cruiser with sleeping accommodations for four

Positive Floatation in Aft and Forward Area

Sloop Rig

Complete Sail Control fittings, Halyards and Lines

Featured Ronstan Hardware

5oz White Mainsail and 100% Jib with Malbec Logo

Swing Ballasted Centerboard with Cockpit Mounted Lifting Control

Removable Rudder and Tiller

Spacious 6 Foot Cockpit with Room for Six Adults

13×23 Transom Mounted Storage Hatch

Open and Airy Cabin with V Berth for Two and Two Quarter Berths

Forward Opening Hatch by Bomar

Premium Marine Vinyl Covered Cabin Cushions

Ample Storage Below

Optional Slide-out Porta-Potty tucks away for storage

Optional Slide-out Ice Chest tucks away

Make Your Boat Special, With Options from Trailer to Spinnaker!

See below picture at bottom of this page for the Complete Options List

MALBEC 18 SPECIFICATIONS

Length Overall………………………. 18’

Length at Waterline…………….. 16’

Beam……………………………………….. 7’2”

Draft………………………………………… 10” to 3’6”

Cabin Height………………………… 4’6”

Mast length………………………….. 23’

Mast height………………………….. 26’

Boat Weight……………………….. 1500 lbs

Centerboard Weight………… 90 lbs

Additional Lead Ballast……350 lbs

Main Sail…………………………….. 102 SqFt

Jib………………………………………….. 55 SqFt

Optional Genoa…………………..98 SqFt

Optional Spinnaker…………….120SqFt

Power…………………………………. Up to 9HP Outboard

Electrical……………………………..See available options





MAKE YOUR MALBEC SPECIAL WITH THESE OPTIONS! Learn more by contacting us at funtosail@gmail.com or text us at 208-704-4454

REFUNDS: No refunds allowed after date of purchase/date of payment.

Winter Production incentive available inquire for details and customized estimate

Malbec 18 Options List 2021 – Subject to Change Without Notice

Hull and Deck

102 Colored Hull ( 32 Colors Available )

103 Colored Deck ( 32 Colors Available )

Sails and Rigging

104 Upgrade to Colored Sails, Main and Lapper ( 8 Colors )

105 Upgrade to Colored Main

106 Upgrade to Colored Lapper

107 CDI FF2@Roller Furling System

108 Selden Top Down Spinnaker Furler with  Double Block and Hardware

109 UV Protected Leech Cover for Roller Furling Sail Colored Sunbrella

110 Additional Set of Reefing Points

111 Stern Pulpit

112 Singlehanders Package, includes:

113 Halyards Led to Cockpit, Jib Downhaul, and Tiller Tamer;

Main Halyard Led to Cockpit and Tiller Tamer

114 Safety harness Attachment Points, 1pair

115 Windex Wind Vane

116 Safety Mooring Package Includes Fenders Flares Dock Line

117 Anchor System

118 Upgrade Standard Lapper to White 140% Genoa

119 Asymmetrical Spinnaker with Gear

120 Genoa Tracks and Blocks

121 #6Genoa Winches and Crank  and Wooden Pad

123 Genoa Whisker Pole with mast attachement

124 Mast Raising System

Interior Options

125 Upgrade to Sunbrella Covered Cabin Cushions

Choice of Sunbrella Color

126 V Berth Adjustable Filler Dinette Table and Cushion

Exterior Options

127 Bimini Top (Choice of Sunbrella Colors)

128 Sail Cover (Choice of Sunbrella Color)

129 Cockpit Cushions (Choice of Sunbrella Colors)

130 Full Boat Cover, Mast Up or Down (Choice of Sunbrella Color)

131 Companionway  Screens

132 Transom Mounted Swim Ladder 4 Step

133 Adjustable Motor Mount with Backing Plate

134 Stainless Steel Cockpit Rails Per Pair

135 Stainless Steel Bow Pulpit

Electrical  Options

136 Electrical System Including Breaker Panel Navigation Lights

137 Lighted Compass with Cover

138 Deep Cycle Marine AGM Battery, Series 32

139 Single Battery Charger with Deck Plug

140 Additional Interior Cabin Lights, Each

141 Cabin Fans, Pair

142 12 Volt Outlet in Cockpit

143 ICOM ‘ Marine VHF Radio w/ Antenna

144 Digital Depth Sounder

145 AutoTiller (Auto Pilot)

146 AM/FM/CD with MP3  Player (Stereo System) 2 Speakers in Cabin

147 Exterior Grade Cockpit Speakers for Stereo

Trailer Options

148 Galvanized Drop Axle Trailer

149 Spare Wheel and Tire with Trailer Mount

150 Swing Tongue

151 Trailer Mounted Outboard Motor Bracket

Engine Options

152 Sailpro 6Hp Tohatsu 4 Stroke with Alternator and Marinco Plug

153 Propeller Guard

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