Blue water cruising

Long-term voyage: a question of preparation

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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The boat

First of all, it’s a good idea to remember our chief editor’s favorite saying: ‘the right boat is the one you set off in!’ And we have to admit, the boss is not (never?) wrong... The proof: many of the magazine’s readers set off each year in a variety of different multihulls, trimarans with not much more accommodation than a monohull, ex-charter catamarans, amateur-built boats or even superb private owner’s boats of over 60 feet... There really is something to suit all tastes and all budgets. To convince yourself, all you have to do is read our ‘Postcards’ column regularly. The choice of boat will therefore be dictated by your budget and your personal motivations concerning the essential questions of comfort/performance ratio (on this subject, see the Multihulls Match in this edition of Multihulls World - an instructive article about each person’s choices!).
Once the choice of boat has been confirmed, you will have to turn it into an ocean cruiser. And if you want your cruise to go smoothly, there are a few rules to be respected.

Long-term voyage a question of preparation

A blue-water cruising boat must be reliable...to sail far!

Reliability

The n°1 aim of preparation is to have a reliable boat! On a long-term cruising program in a boat (and even more so on a sabbatical year), we dream of idyllic anchorages, not spending three weeks in a port waiting for a new windlass to replace the one that has broken... And although d-i-y and maintenance are part of the ...

This article appeared in issue 146. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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