Leaving; is it just a matter of daring to?

Published on 27 november 2008 at 0h00

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During the twenty years or more that Multihulls World has existed, many of our readers have taken the step. They left and came back. Often, these ‘adventurers’ confided in the magazine’s journalists, and our photo collection is full of their memories, immortalised in the world’s most beautiful places. From these thousands of experiences, each of them different according to the people involved, we can draw one conclusion: leaving for a sabbatical year (at least) really is worth it…


Yet before actually taking the step and casting off, there will be so many anxious, sleepless nights, and so many questions to ask… And above all, the feeling of guilt at wanting to take the family on an adventure which is often a childhood dream that the other members of the family do not necessarily share...
Amongst the main questions asked before leaving, one that is asked most often is about safety. Generally, your own anxieties are relayed by grandparents and friends, for whom boats are dangerous. Although the possibility shouldn’t be ignored – accidents can happen - they are very rare on a classic Atlantic circuit.  The two biggest dangers at sea are fire and falling overboard. The builders and safety standards have considerably limited the risk of fire; here at the magazine we have not been told of a cruising catamaran completely destroyed by fire in the last twenty years… the risk of falling overboard is a real one. But a few simple precautions limit the ...

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