A word from the Captain

John Fletcher Is Angry! The multihull rebellion!

Published on 23 november 2017 at 0h00

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It all started with a simple suggestion for an article made by two long-standing readers who have since become friends who dreamed of setting out on that big adventure. As is the case between friends, we speak openly, yet what they said knocked me for six. OK, I know I can be a bit tetchy. And with hindsight it’s true that some questions are legitimate, but I couldn’t help being taken aback: “What about security:  should we fit cameras on the boat?”!   

Surveillance cameras on board a sailing boat? Now I’ve seen everything! I’d already heard of alarms like in offices of course! And I have to control myself when I hear mention of metal bars over the portholes. Are they there to stop people getting in or out? Worse still, I despair when people talk of having arms on board… R.I.P. Peter Blake! Yet the worst case of idiocy that I have heard was that of the owner of a nice 45’ catamaran who wanted to electrify the guardrails so that “savages” couldn’t get on board at night. I’m maybe overdoing it here but so what!  This story comes straight from the sail company where I used to work! My colleagues had put me in a bad mood for the evening with this story so I retorted: “Are you transporting gold ingots or original Gauguins?” For pity’s sake, if you are setting off on your boat, please make the most of it to leave your neuroses on dry land! I think that they got the message.   

Without proselytizing too much on this subject, I really can’t stand all of ...

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