Members' Online Book: Boat Design & Selection—Ovni 435, Chapter 15 of 18

Keeping The Water Out—Details

Having sailed our boat a little, we’ve now embarked upon the finishing-off process. In some cases that means fixing the obvious deficiencies, in others identifying potential problems before they become apparent, and then (hopefully) coming up with the right solutions.

John and Phyllis’s adage of keep the rudder on, the mast up and the water out, is a good one. Well, we’ve always been confident of the first two due to the build quality and strong rig of the OVNI, but the latter has raised some challenges. Nothing desperate that could sink the boat (!), but water has a habit of finding its way in via unexpected places, as we know from bitter experience, and in a modern, shallow-bilged boat, even a few gallons is to be avoided. That amount in really rough conditions can easily find its way to sensitive electrical systems and cause failure, so we’ve taken a serious approach to eliminating any potential source of water ingress.

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Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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