A lot of good information here for those interested in buying
French center boarder.
I think it was Nolexx or Polux that mentioned that there was some Boreals being sold second hand. Can you point me to those? As far as I know there are none yet on the second hand market. I get emails monthly from those interested in buying
our Boreal 44 as they do not want to wait for the time it takes to have a new one built.
As far as the Allures are concerned, while in the Canaries
I had a Frenchman who was crewing
on his friends Ovni
for an Atlantic crossing
. We had dinner with him aboard our boat one evening and he mentioned that he was an Allures rep. I asked him if he was worried about deck
leaking with the fiberglass deck
on the Allures. He said that indeed he had had some Allures with leaking decks. I think the Allures is the most elegant of the French aluminum
center boarders very beautiful indeed but I would want an aluminum deck on an aluminum boat. Our Boreal has a 10 mm thick hull
and a 3mm thick deck. I would think that the 3mm deck is stronger and lighter than a glass deck. I like the idea that there is no through bolting in the entire deck and the welds for all hardware
go below deck also making them very strong.
We did have an example of a French center border sliding when struck by a braking wave. We were 20 hours out from Panama
and the Christmas
winds were intense to our south as we sailed above the compresinon zone till it was time to head
on a SW course. Waves at times were 15 feet and every so often they would break throughout the day for an hour or so. The Carribean sea is a strange place at times. I was on watch and sailing at about 120 apparent so I had the waves a bit on my beam. I had the centerboard
about half way up when we got a gust about 40 knots and we got to about 90 degrees to the seas for a few seconds. I was taking watch in the doghouse and to my port side I saw a wall of white water
coming at the boat in the dark. That wall of water
hit us beam on and went over the dog house to the boom. One hell of a bang and shudder but I was warm and dry in the dog house. Cockpit
filled up but emptied fast. But most amazing was we slid side ways for a couple of seconds then headed right on course without ever slowing down. If that had been our last boat a Mason 44 I think we would have been knocked down to the spreaders at least then rounded up into the wind
and stalled out.
These French center boarders work very well as intended but there is a learning
curve one must learn, not a hard learning
curve mind you.