Twin Boats : two families in warm seas

Published on 01 december 2014 at 0h00

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It was in the fall of 2012 that Marine sent a text to her brother: "I'm on the train going to Paris. Proposition: we set off as two families (two boats) and sail around the world. You'll be Squadron Leader and repair man, Laurent the doctor, Christel looks after the kids' education and I'll be in charge of supplies. More reassuring with two families and more enjoyable for the kids. We only live once!" Samuel didn't want to commit too soon, and responded pithily: "Sounds quite interesting. We'll talk at Christmas," obviously assuming that by then it would be forgotten. But at Christmas Marine was still going on about it, and Christel spent a few sleepless nights ruminating on the idea. When we looked at all the angles in the cold light of day, we quickly realized that juggling the availability of four adults would mean that the voyage could be no longer than 6 or 7 months long. That would be too short a trip to merit buying two boats and preparing them, especially as we lived a long way from the sea. We therefore decided to look at a long term rental. It's generally accepted that catamarans are ideally adapted to families sailing in sunny ...

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