Artnautica 58—Design Analysis

We continue our series on desirable offshore motorboats for those retiring from sailboats with a design analysis by AAC Technical Correspondent, Matt Marsh of the Artnautica LRC58 currently in-build in New Zealand, . Even if you are not interested in this particular boat, you will want to read Matts insightful analysis of hull form and cost considerations.

A Sailor’s Motorboat

Phyllis and I own a better motorboat, for our purposes, than most motorboats. Let me explain why I say that and why it matters. Let’s examine some real world numbers that I have compiled over 20 years of motoring close to 40% of the time in our 52,000 pound displacement McCurdy and Rhodes 56: (In [...]

Q & A—Why Double Pole Breakers?

Question: Do people always use double pole breakers on a floating DC 24 volt system, on the branch circuits? If so why? I understand they are now two ungrounded conductors, but the return path to the batteries is the same. This is for a steel boat. Answer: No, unfortunately people don't always use double pole [...]

One Tough Old Aluminum Boat

It is amazing how often people look surprised, and even mildly alarmed, when I tell them that we own an aluminum boat. The next tentative question(s) is almost always about electrolysis and the general longevity of the material. For some reason there seems to be many stories of disaster, particularly on this side of the [...]

It’s Painting Time Again

As the old saying goes, you pay for your pleasures, and that’s certainly true when it comes round to the annual re-fit. The many little jobs that were just too awkward afloat, added to the big ones like antifouling, can all back up and lead to a formidable worklist. And to top it all, there’s [...]

Keeping The Water Out #2

When we were formulating our long-term list of places to visit during our cruising life, the Pacific northwest was high on our list. And having spent Christmas and New Year on the shores of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, we can confidently say that as a cruising ground it has now gone well up the [...]

New Versus Old

When we arrived in Lagos, Portugal, I recognised a very smart looking cutter berthed near us as belonging to people I knew, so when I could see there was someone aboard I wandered over to say hello. After a brief chat, I was told that this obviously ocean-ready yacht was now up for sale due [...]

Achieving The Impossible

Chapter 19 of 19 in the Online Book Boat Design & Selection - Ovni 435

When we ordered Pèlerin, we had some pretty specific ideas about what we wanted from her as a home, and as a voyaging machine – and then we had to find a way of making these two contradictory requirements meet in practice. In effect we have two boats – one is a floating home with [...]

Rudder Options, Staying In Control

Whenever we lift our OVNI out at a boatyard, she soon attracts a lot of attention. Partly that’s due to the sight of a sizeable boat (seemingly) without a keel, sitting on her bottom, but especially the rudder in its kicked up position, pointing out behind her. But equally as there are now many different [...]

Colin And Louise’s OVNI 435, Pèlerin

Chapter 18 of 19 in the Online Book Boat Design & Selection - Ovni 435

Pèlerin, our boat and home, is an OVNI 435 cutter designed by Philippe Briand, built for us and launched in 2008. Here is a brief introduction to her, what has worked for us, and what we’d do differently if we were starting again. Philippe Briand has long been one of the foremost French designers, and [...]

Vagabond–An Extraordinary Polar Yacht

There’s no mistaking the profile of certain boats, so it was easy for us to recognise the red yacht transiting the Caledonian Canal one day in early April, despite the near blizzard conditions at the time. ‘Vagabond’ is a well-known yacht in polar circles, and there is really nothing quite like her visually. Built in [...]

Keeping The Water Out

After nearly 20 years of going North, our decision for 2010 was to head South in search of new horizons and the sun. Last year in the Hebrides was wonderful, but when the weather broke in August we were glad to move on, and we know we’ll be back one day. Leaving Camaret, our home [...]

Test Sail On A Boreal 44

Chapter 5 of 5 in the Online Book A Go-Anywhere Voyaging Boat—The Boréal 44 (Free)

After a good nights sleep aboard I was rested and looking forward to a short sail aboard the Boreal 44. But as Jean-Francois Eeman arrived with breakfast, things didn’t look promising as we looked out through the drizzle onto a flat calm river. Eventually though we agreed to go out and look for some wind out [...]

Rudder Options

Chapter 4 of 5 in the Online Book A Go-Anywhere Voyaging Boat—The Boréal 44 (Free)

A really interesting thread of comments has developed about rudders and other movable appendages on the French aluminum expedition yacht from Boreal. Jean François Eeman, one of the partners at Boreal, has been kind enough to send us this picture, which will help to illustrate his comments: Going windward : as soon as you have more [...]

Boreal 44 Design

Chapter 3 of 5 in the Online Book A Go-Anywhere Voyaging Boat—The Boréal 44 (Free)

Having spent half a day going around the Boreal factory looking at the boats in build, I was looking forward to seeing the completed item. The boat that is used by the factory as their demonstrator Juan Sa Bulan 3 was built for Jean-Francois Eeman and his family with two small children, and they kindly [...]

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