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I went from a motorboat to a sailing cat!

Published on 20 july 2017 at 0h00

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While the two large hulls of the catamaran were being lifted off the truck by the travelift, ready to put it in the water, Ludovic could feel his heart beating.  This moment had been eagerly awaited, particularly because the plan was to live on board. So it’s actually their new home which is hanging by a few ropes. The catamaran had actually arrived a few days earlier, but sorting out the mast, the rigging and other preparatory work such as installing all the covers and awnings as well as checking the electronics and other technical issues had taken longer than planned. The month of May also sees a lot of launches, but after the long winter wait, the important thing is that the boat is there. So the new owner is relieved, but now that the boat is in the water it’s time to tame the beast, which will be the owner’s new challenge.

Although Ludovic is a novice under sail (his only experience was on board a cat chartered by a friend and a few hours on an Optimist), he is far from a boating beginner. He is actually on his seventh boat. The holder of an offshore license, he began on a RIB, and then  upscaled, owning among others, a Fountaine Pajot motor catamaran, and then having decided to make his boat his home he ended up buying an Azimut 58. While the equipment and comfort of a motor yacht were appealing initially, there were soon some aspects which he felt were not particularly pleasant or even outdated.  The first thing to crop up was the impression of being in ...

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