For most of us, our boat is a compromise—very few of us can afford a pure custom built boat for our chosen form of voyaging, especially if that includes high latitudes. Of course, there are boats that can be modified for more ‘off piste’ voyaging with greater or lesser difficulty and cost, but even then the choice is not extensive. So when I heard about the Boréal 44, which seemed to have many attractive features designed and built in, I was, to say the least intrigued.
And so it would seem were many of you, judging by the response to my short original piece on the boat. This led to a contact from the builders, with an invitation to come and see and sail the boat at the lovely French port of Treguier, an offer that I snapped up.