Siminoe: the preparation is already part of the voyage!

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“We had read ‘Un temps pour un rêve’ by Geoffroy de Bouillane, and one thing was certain – our boat would be a catamaran. There remained however some question marks – the size, the model... We therefore checked the forums, looking for information. We wanted a cat which was fast, preferably with daggerboards. We then started our ‘budget’ evenings: what we had, and above all, the coming expenses: the purchase of the boat, its preparation, the cost of living aboard during the voyage, and the cost of our return ashore, so we made no mistakes. Fortunately, there is a lot of information to be found on the internet. We discovered an Outremer 45 for sale at Saint Nazaire; on visiting it for the first time in April 2013, we liked it immediately! The children even chose their cabins. The selling price was a bit too high, but negotiable, and it was still too early. Six months later, we had reached an agreement; the sales agreement was signed! On a chilly November morning, we went sailing. Wow, how the boat slipped through the water; we were sailing at 8 knots incredibly peacefully; there were 11 of us aboard, but we didn't get in each other's way. So Mephisto was to become our boat. All that remained was to find it a name - it was to be Siminoé, from the ...

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