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  1. Caboteur

    Drawers in the galley

    There were no drawers in the galley of my B-31 untill a "friend" said "you could put a pair of drawers right there". He said this in front of the admiral of course. So after taking all sorts of measurements over the winter and having a competent cabinet-maker have a go here they are.
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    Le Vendee Globe

    After 78 days of more or less match racing Francois Gabart and Armel le Cleac'h finished with barely three hours difference. It was the first time a monohull went around in less than the mythical 80 days. A thousand miles away Jean-Pierre Dick is in fourth place and will attempt to finish the...
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    Great Lakes tour

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, As winter is closing in and Caboteur is on the hard, my wife & I (mostly I) have started musing about a Great Lakes tour... We would start from our home port (45°09N 074°20W), around July 15th, sail up the St-Lawrence to Trenton ON, dump the mast, motor to...
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    Solar panels on or off in winter?

    Expert advice... I have 2 X 85W solar panel bank that I leave on all summer. They are linked to the battery bank through a supposedly smart controller. The boat is on the hard for the winter, it is a little north of 45°N. The sun will therefore not be any higher than 30° for the next three...
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    How deep the rudder?

    I have a B31 with a 4'3" shoal keel. There is very little protection for the rudder which is nearly as deep as the keel. The Sunday before last there was a hurricane force wind here for a short while: 120Km/hr sustained for a minimum of three minutes. My boat pulled it's mooring and ended up on...
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    Down the east coast, Bahamas bound

    I will be leaving Montreal, Qc, Canada in early september to cruise the east coast & winter in the Bahamas to return home in June. Since our insurance will keep us north of 35°N untill November 15th, we should be in the Pamlico sound most of early November. We (my wife & I) are looking for local...