Online Book:

Voyaging Boats from Boréal

Includes Free Introductory Chapter (scroll down).

The book starts with Colin’s in-depth and well informed (he has supervised the build of several Boréals) review of this innovative, lifting keel aluminum voyaging boat built in France, and moves on to John and Phyllis’ take on the boat, together with an owner’s review.

If you are in the market for an offshore boat to take you to out-of-the-way places in safety, you need to read this book. Even if you don’t buy a Boréal, you will learn a huge amount about what makes a good expedition boat.

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Table of Contents:

Boréal Sailboats–An Introduction

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Free Introductory Chapter Colin starts the Online Book off with an introduction to French lifting keel boats and how Boréal have refined that proven concept.

Rudder Options

Rudder and dagger-board system on the Boreal 44 Sailboat

One of the biggest challenges with lifting keel boats is how to design a rudder for them that really works? Jean-François Eeman, one of the partners at Boréal, shares their approach to this tricky problem.

Boréal 47—An Owner’s Experience

"Sila" in the Chilean Chanels

After 20,000 miles of voyaging, including some of the world's toughest cruising destinations, Christopher and Molly tell the real story about how their Boréal 47 has performed.

“Eala Bhan” Sails Home, Part II

The wind from the west at last!

There are few trickier places to sail than the waters surrounding the British Isles and when you throw in fall weather that goes double. Colin puts his decades of experience in the area to work to make it look easy—we can all learn a lot about coastal passagemaking from this article on the maiden voyage of the first Boréal 55.

“Eala Bhan” Sails Home, Part III

Patrick and Linda enjoying Eala Bhan as we leave Belfast Lough

Colin continues his tale of a fall voyage to Scotland, complete with snug loch anchorages, a gale in confined tidal waters, and a fast canal transit, wrapping up with a summary of the Boréal 55 based on a good real-world test—lots more to learn and enjoy.