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post #8 of Old 08-26-2010
seabreeze_97
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I was just recently reading an article by Yves Gelinas about his sailing adventures. He invented the Cape Horn Windvane, and since 1973 has sailed an Alberg 30 named Jean-du-Sud. Several Atlantic passages, a circumnavigation and trip around the Horn and he says she will not make another bluewater passage..... Unless one of his grandchildren is as seduced by the sea as he was. Meanwhile, he's still sailing the east coast. Of note, he states his final Atlantic passage was rough, with winds 25-35 knots and big northerly swells, he was unable to carry full sail for more than 24hrs and managed an average of 142 miles per day. It'd been 20 years since he'd left Saint Malo, and while the people didn't recognize him, they said the boat hadn't changed, confirming in his mind that fiberglass ages better than man. Draw what conclusions you will, but I'd say if you buy a good old glass boat it'll probably outlive you.
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