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Boat Review: Boreal 47

  • By Tim Murphy
  • Updated: October 16, 2018

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Gale-force winds blew through the mid-­Atlantic region on the night before we were scheduled to sail the Boréal 47 on Chesapeake Bay last October. First thing that morning, we called the builder to cancel.

“Why don’t we keep our appointment?” replied Jean-François Eeman, Boréal’s managing director. “These are the conditions she was built for.”

So Cruising World’s Boat of the Year judges suited up and went for a sail that I suspect none of us will ever forget. It all crystalized for us as we sailed out from behind Greenbury Point into the full teeth and boisterous seaway of a northerly that by now had diminished into the high 20s.

“Go ahead and take your hand off the wheel,” Eeman suggested to my colleague Bill Bolin, which he very ­tentatively did. No autopilot was engaged; no windvane; no lines from the sheets. “It’s OK,” said Eeman. “Just let her go.” Sure enough, with mainsail reefed and the genoa partially furled, the Boréal steered itself for a minute, two minutes, five minutes, six. And even as we walked around the deck and moved our weight around the boat, I’m convinced it would have continued on like that, elegantly balanced and steering true, all the way to Norfolk if we hadn’t made other ­appointments for that day.

The secret to the boat’s impeccably balanced steering — just one of this boat’s several secret weapons — is a pair of shallow daggerboards mounted aft athwart the single midship rudder. By raising the windward dagger and lowering the leeward, the boat tracks as sweet as you please. For context, it’s worth mentioning that twin rudders have become a full-blown trend in this year’s fleet of cruising boats. But the Boréal’s creator, Jean-François Delvoye, distrusts twin rudders. (In a company led by two men named Jean-François, the principals answer to JFE and JFD.)


Delvoye had conceived and designed the Boréal two decades ago, during a six-year circumnavigation with his wife and four children that included long stretches of time in Patagonia. His firsthand experience taught him to distrust twin rudders because their position outboard of the keel leaves them too exposed. Yet so many of today’s full hull forms, with the beam carried well aft, often beg for some steering help once the boat is heeled. The Boréal’s daggers do exactly that, and all while keeping the rudder protected.

That brings us to another of the Boréal’s secret weapons: its keel box — or, as Delvoye calls it, the “keel embryo.” The boat’s centerboard, which drops down to 8 feet 1 inch, is a NACA foil that’s designed for lateral stability only, not ballast. The keel embryo contains the boat’s lead ballast and extends deeper than the rudder’s lowest point. What’s more, the Boréal is designed to sit on its keel embryo when the tide runs out from beneath it.

“In Brittany,” said Eeman of the region of France that’s home to the Boréal yard, “we have 10 meters [33 feet] of tide. We use the boat as a weekend house on the beach.” No poles, no crutches: The boat sits on its own bottom. “We can stand on the side and jump. The boat will not flip over. If you had a virtual finger, you could push the mast, and up to 14 degrees she’ll come back. At 14 degrees, she would slowly lay over on her first chine, which is at the same angle. So you never fall.”

forward stateroom

Boréal builds between eight and 10 boats per year. Since 2005, the yard has launched roughly 50 boats in two sizes: 44/47 and 52/55. Classic transom versus scoop transom accounts for the difference around the slashes. We sailed hull number 37, Lunacy, owned by sailing journalist Charlie Doane. For details about Doane’s firsthand experience with the boat, including beaching and a shakedown transatlantic passage, check out “Lunacy Report” at ­wavetrain.net.

The Boréal’s standout design feature is its well-executed doghouse and pilothouse. This is essentially a hard dodger that provides outside shelter for two at the forward end of the cockpit. A massive watertight door opens into a pilothouse with a portside nav station inside the heated cabin and still at cockpit level. From that pilothouse, you step down the companionway into the saloon and private cabins.

The Boréal’s construction is robust aluminum built to an “expedition boat” standard, following from the experience both Delvoye and Eeman gained from sailing in high latitudes, including Antarctica. Of course, every building material comes with its particular concerns. While stronger and far more abrasion-resistant than fiberglass-reinforced plastic, aluminum lives near the least noble end of the galvanic series of metals. To counteract corrosion, Boréal sandblasts the hull below the waterline, then applies an epoxy barrier coat within eight hours, before oxidation can start. From there, the underwater corrosion-mitigation strategy continues with three sacrificial anodes: one at the rudder, one at the centerboard and a large 5-kilogram anode bolted to the hull near the engine and stainless-steel propeller shaft. Custom-made plastic and anodized bushings isolate dissimilar metals throughout the boat. A hull-potential meter at the pilothouse keeps the operator apprised of any galvanic-corrosion issues before they damage material.


In the 2018 fleet, this Boréal 47 won Cruising World’s award as overall Boat of the Year. It’s a boat that puts me in mind of something the legendary yacht designer Bill Crealock said at a design forum organized around the magazine’s 25th anniversary (see “The Futurists,” CW, October 1999): “The challenge of cruising boats,” he said, “is that they’re a fixed platform operating in a variable environment. You really need one boat for passagemaking and another one for port.” Our 1999 designers forum ended with a prediction: “The trend of future boats will see an increase in their adaptability to all the contradictory situations we sailors love to put them in.”

The Boréal’s ultimate secret weapon is its overall design and build. Robust, seakindly, balanced, beachable: It embodies Crealock’s long-ago dream for the future.

Tim Murphy is a CW editor at large and a longtime Boat of the Year judge.

Boréal 47 Specifications

LENGTH OVERALL 45’3” (14.55 m)
WATERLINE LENGTH 41’1” (11.63 m)
BEAM 14’1” (4.3 m)
DRAFT 3’3”/8’1” (1.02 m/2.48)
SAIL AREA (100%) 1,067 sq. ft. (105 sq. m)
BALLAST 8,378 lb. (3,800 kg)
DISPLACEMENT 25,000 lb. (11,339 kg)
WATER 200 gal. (760 l)
FUEL 158 gal. (600 l)
HOLDING 16 gal. (63 l)
MAST HEIGHT 60’5” (18.4 m) |
ENGINE Volvo Penta D2-55 CV or Nanni N4.60
DESIGNER Jean-François Delvoye
PRICE $650,000

Boréal SARL (Minihy-Tréguier, France) +33 2 96 92 44 37 boreal-yachts.com

Wind speed 16 to 22 knots
Sea State 2 to 3 feet
Sailing Closehauled 7.2 knots, Reaching 8.5 knots
Motoring Cruise (1,800 rpm) 6 knots, Fast (2,400 rpm) 7.4 knots
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From dream to reality

The first boreal, born from note- and sketchbooks.

written during the Delvoye’s first family trip. This 6 year trip took Jean-François, his wife and their four children around the world on the 12 meter yacht he built himself, in his garden. From the Mediterranean sea to Cape Verde, from Brazil to Argentina, the apotheosis of this long trip certainly was the two years spent wandering in Patagonia’s canals.

Six years spent by Jean-François asking himself and the sailors they met “what is missing from our boat to make it the best yacht in the world ?”. And it is true to say that the question benefited greatly from their port-calls and encounters with Philippe Poupon, Oleg Belly, Alain Caradec, Bertrand Dubois and many others.

Coming back to France, the idea was to make the best of all the experiences they accumulated to design and build the almost perfect boat to leave for new adventures with the family.

« Six years sailing around the world with 4 children on board gives you an idea of what is essential.» 

Jean-François Delvoye

That was the start of the Boreal 50…

A 15 meter aluminum boat that Jean-François draw in every details in 3D on his computer. The original project, to build and sail oceans again, quickly went awry… Two yachts were sold before the prototype even touched the water…

The company “Boréal” was created in 2005, a little bit by chance, with three clients, experimented sailors all totally convinced by the concept. The first sea trials totally validated the specifications.


… To the encounter of two sailors

In 2010, jean-françois delvoye joins up with another jean-françois, jean-françois eeman..

They met a few years before on a pontoon of Ushuaia. It is for him and his family that the first Boréal 44 was built.

Two sailors with complementary profiles. One knows “his” yachts by heart.

He draws them all and he has built the first one with his own bare hands. He is the head of the design and engineering team.

The other one has always been involved in the world of yachting.

He worked for the biggest sailing events in the world and through his companies he took more than 50 000 people to sea. A good racer, he took his first “long trip” at the end of his studies onboard an 18 feet yacht… At Boréal, he takes care of the clients and supports their projects all the way.

Together or by turn, they navigate the oceans on their Boréal 44.


Boreal’s success

Today boréal produces 6 yachts from 44 to 70 feet : 44.2, 47.2, 52, 55, 55oc, 70..

Our engineering team equipped with the best tools and our high-level professional team allow us to guaranty our clients they will leave on a boat that will answer all their needs.

Boréal, a brand now recognized worldwide.

Not even two months after being launched in 2009 the Boreal 44 was crowned “Yacht of the Year 2010” in France. The year after she is awarded the same prize in Holland. In September 2014 the Boréal 52, newly launched yacht, ended up third at the “Yacht of the Year”‘s election in France, all categories included. That same yacht has been awarded with the title of European Yacht of the Year 2015”, category “Blue Water Cruiser”. In 2017 Boréal presented for the first time a Boréal 47 at the “Annapolis Boat Show”. Right after the show the boat was elected “Best Midsize Cruiser 2018” and “Overall Winner Boat of the Year 2018” …

In 2020, the Boréal 47.2 won “Special Prize of the Jury”  at the Sailboat of the Year 2020 2021 competition , Voile Magazine.

In 2021, the Boréal 47.2 officially received  the award “European Yacht of the Year 2021” in the “Bluewater Cruiser” category .

We dedicate these prizes to all our suppliers, partners and teams who day after day put all their energy and expertise into building the best possible Boréal. We are very grateful for the trust of our owners. They are a source of inspiration in our quest for excellence.

Beyond all these successes, isn’t it more important that our boats take their crew on daily bases to all destinations around the world, including the most remote and wild destinations on Earth.

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Boreal 52 boat test – The sailor’s off-roader

Matthew Sheahan

  • Matthew Sheahan
  • January 15, 2015

Is this 52-footer the Land Rover Discovery of sailing? Matthew Sheahan sails a no-nonsense, rugged French cruiser with an eye for adventure

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The Boreal 52 has a purposeful, robust, utilitarian style. Photos: Jean-Marie Liot

If ‘off-road’ or ‘off-piste’ were categories in sailing, the Boréal 52 would be among the top contenders. From the brushed aluminium topsides to the no-nonsense, multi-layered protection offered by the distinctive double-stacked coachroof/doghouse, this 52-footer has unquestionably been designed to go anywhere and to head-butt the conditions when the going gets tough.

Designed by company founder and long-time sailor Jean François Delvoye, the Boréal range, which comprises six models, is built in Tréguier on the north coast of Brittany. Like her sisterships, the 52 is one of a growing number of deepwater, long-distance yachts conceived as much for exploration as for liveaboard family sailing. Indeed, Delvoye set up the company in 2005, creating the now-discontinued Boréal 50 after returning from a six-year voyage with his wife and four children.

To some, the purposeful, robust, utilitarian style is the standard to which any long-term cruising prospect has to conform. To others it is the catalyst inspiring them to make the move to a more ambitious type of sailing.

But whether you’re looking to cover long distances or live aboard, anywhere from Patagonia to Alaska this, say her creators, is a truly go-anywhere boat and she won the Bluewater Cruiser category in the 2015 European Yacht of the Year Awards .

Built for battle

Apart from those topsides, the one feature that draws your eye is the aluminium doghouse, with its tinted wraparound window. Although the structure simply does what most boats achieve with canvas on a tubular steel frame, this permanent structure says a lot about this boat.

The robust alloy doghouse says a lot about what this boat is all about

The robust alloy doghouse says a lot about what this boat is all about

Step inside and you are presented with a large nav area with chartplotter/radar, not to mention a tremendous, almost 360° view, and it’s impossible not to start daydreaming about the ease with which you could stand your watch in even the foulest of weather.

The superstructure also provides substantial protection for crew in the cockpit, although it does mean that in order to get a good view forward, the helmsman needs to stand on the after deck. Yet this is better thought-out than you might expect.

At first glance the cockpit, comfortable and secure as it is, looks a shade shallower than you would have thought on a boat like this. But when you come to manoeuvre the boat at close quarters you see why as you step back and up onto the after deck. From here you can still reach the wheel with ease yet you get an elevated view over the coachroof without feeling as exposed as you might if you were standing on more normal cockpit seating.

With the mainsheet attachment on top of the doghouse, the cockpit is free of clutter, and the primary and secondary winches are well positioned on the coamings to be within easy reach of helmsman and crew.

What you don’t see

But it is the detail that you don’t see that offers the clearest indication of the level of thinking that has gone into this boat. One example is the provision for daggerboards inclined at 14° with a 4.5° incidence on either side of the single-blade rudder. These are used to help achieve a better balance upwind and reduce the physical loads and electrical demand on the autopilot.

Deploying both daggerboards downwind allows the centreboard keel to be lifted, which reduces drag while maintaining good directional stability.

Having a lifting centreboard and a long skeg onto which the boat can settle when she dries out limits the depth of the rudder blade. Although aft-mounted daggerboards could help even with a deep spade rudder, the low aspect ratio of this rudder offers even more benefits.

Elsewhere, discreet vents built into the aftermost lip of the doghouse force-feed fresh air below as and when required, and the solid alloy ‘bye-bye weather’ door inspires confidence in her ability to ride out the worst with ease.

One particularly clever detail is the use of the anchor windlass mounted in a flush deck locker by the mast – in order to keep the 250kg of chain more central – for raising the mainsail. Keeping the weight out of the ends of this boat is also helped by positioning the engine and batteries over the keel.

Room with a view

The overall deck saloon layout of the interior ensures that from normal seating positions it is possible to see what’s going on outside. The arrangement does, however, make for a smaller interior than you might expect of a 52ft boat.

The raised saloon provides good visibilty, excellent security and plenty of handholds

The raised saloon provides good visibilty, excellent security and plenty of handholds

In contrast to the popular appetite for wide open spaces below decks that you see aboard many modern production cruisers, the Boréal’s layout once again says much about her ability to keep you secure when the going gets lumpy.

Throughout the entire accommodation, from the quarter cabins aft, through the longitudinal galley to starboard to the spacious double cabin forward, there is nowhere where you can’t brace yourself with ease, nowhere that you feel as though you have to take a leap of faith to reach the other side of the cabin.

And just as on deck, there are other more subtle details that demonstrate the considerable experience of the builders. One of the clearest examples is that all the interior lights switch on red first to avoid accidentally ruining the night vision of crew on watch. Only by pressing the switches twice do you get white light.

Interior lights switch on red first to help night vision

Interior lights switch on red first to help night vision

Overall, the three-cabin, two-heads layout is the one most readily adopted by owners. According to Delvoye, individual variations are more common in the area forward of the mast and to starboard where options range from additional stowage to an office, a workshop or simply a sea berth.

But when it comes to her build quality and finish, there is just one standard: immaculate throughout.


LOA 15.86m/52ft 0in

LWL 13.82m/45ft 4in

Beam (max ) 4.68m/15ft 3in

Draught 3.06m/1.11m 10ft 1in/3ft 8in

Ballast 4,800kg/10,582lb

Displacement (lightship) 14,500kg/31,967lb

Sail area (100%foretriangle) 130m 2 /1,399ft 2

Engine Volvo D2 56kW/75hp

Water 1470lt/323gal

Fuel 1,257lt/276gal

Sail area:disp 22

Disp:LWL 153

Price (ex VAT) €685,000 (£540,000)

Designed by Jean François Delvoye


There cannot be many brochures that describe a boat’s accommodation as having ‘a desk in every cabin where bluewater children can do their homework’. But this is just one of many examples of what this boat is all about: live aboard, go anywhere.

Solidly built above and below decks, the Boréal 52 is the concept of a designer with many miles at sea sailing with a family. While the chined alloy hull won’t appeal to everyone, the rugged style will instil confidence in many.

As for performance, at 18 tonnes she was surprisingly nimble, even in the light airs of our test, and was a very easy boat to handle with well thought-out control line runs.

All this for a custom-built boat with a price tag that is still considerably less than some popular alternatives even when you’ve added all the listed options. Impressed.

This is an extract from a feature in Yachting World February 2015 issue


An expedition into the world of Boreal

  • March 4th, 2021

My love for “real” sailboats made of metal may not of any news for you, dearest readers, as I am a huge fan of those well-made Allures , Cigales or Berckemeyers . During my most memorable trip to France in February 2020, one year ago with my then-partner, I had a look onto three possible 45-feet aluminium blue water cruisers for a certain project we´ve had in the making. The project, sadly, had been cancelled off due to the Covid 19-crisis but, apart from the three boats we originally went to Port Napoléon, I remember seeing a Boreal 44 on the dry in the harbour there. I did not really have this boat on my list so I just had a quick look, neglecting her fine lines and qualities.

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Now, with the Boreal 47.2 winning the “Sailing Yacht of the Year”-award, I utilized this trigger to dive a bit deeper into these fascinating go-anywhere yachts with their distinct design and absolutely spot-on features for making these boats the ideal blue water long haul yachts ideal to go to the extreme latitudes. Thanks to Jean Francois Eeman, I´ve gained quite a fascinating insight to this great yard in Brittany. Here is my interview with JF

Talking to Jean-Francois Eeman of Boreal Yachts

Lars Reisberg | NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Monsieur Eeman, please describe in short who you are, since when you work at Boreal in which position(s) and what your history in sailing and your connections to the seas are.”

Jean-Francois Eeman | BOREAL YACHTS: “Hi there, Lars. Well, to answer that question you must understand that Jean-François Delvoye, alias JFD, founded Boréal in the year 2005. The yard was created to finish and launch the Boréal 50 he had designed and build to take his family for a second trip into the world. I met him in 2001 on a pontoon in Ushuaia. At that time there were not much boat people around: Just two Belgians, both named Jean-François, were meant to meet each other. Later, in 2007, JFD designed and build the first Boréal 44 for my family and myself. During the construction of JUAN SA BULAN we decided to team up. First we were friends, than I was his client and we ended up being partners for more than 10 years.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “So you both were originally sailors building their dream One-offs, ultimately deciding to turn these boats into products, right? Where do you come from and what was your sailing background?”

Jean-Francois Eeman “My history in sailing is pretty long and eclectic, I shall say. I have always sailed. Literally always: I was 10 days old when my parents took me out for my first sail. Until we left home, we spend all our holidays on boats. First on the lakes in Holland, later stretching more and more North. It was all about sailing, of course, but also about discovering countries, different people and it was a way of life. With my brother we did our first deliveries when were 16 and 18 years old. At the end of my studies, my first real trip abroad brought me for two summers on a 18 feet plywood boat between Istanbul and Italy. Singlehanded. What an adventure! In 2002 my wife and I sailed in one year to Patagonia. We spend another year sailing into the channels. Our oldest son is “made in Patagonia”. Five years ago we took him and his brother – at that time 8 and 6 years old – to Antarctica on our Boréal 44. I would say that I love doing cruising and living on board but also racing. A lot. At a good – amateur – level, winning three national titles in multihull with my son as helmsman. Now I still train and coach kids, amongst which my two kids, in their Optimists …”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Wow! What a Palmares! Now, coming back to Boreal, first of all, congratulations to winning prestigious EYOTY Award with your Boreal 47.2 yacht – that is quite a great track record for this boat now. How important is an award like the EOYTY for you as a brand?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “Well, thank you Lars! The award is indeed very prestigious. Maybe the most prestigious you can win. For me I see it as a recognition by a professional jury from all over Europe of our daily quest for excellence. The award belongs to our teams and our suppliers who day after day do everything they can to build the best possible boat. It is a huge boost for the motivation of all and we are all very proud and happy. As important for a yard such as Boréal, is that you not only win a trophy but also – de facto – a very impressive press campaign all over Europe.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “This one is the second EYOTY-award (as far as I know) as the Boreal 52 has won the same category in 2015. A sign for steady good work and congruent high quality: What would you say are the cornerstones of a Boreal boat?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “For the record, it is indeed our second EYOTY award. The Boréal 44 was also “Boat of the Year” in France in 2011, and in Holland in 2012. Our Boréal 47 was “Best Midsize Cruiser and “Overall Winner Boat of the Year” in 2018. More important than that, of course, is the boat: A Boréal is a simple, reliable go any-where live aboard sailing boat. We build our boats completely in aluminum. All Boréal have a centerboard and a single rudder protected by a keel embryo. Part of our signature is our doghouse. A watch post with an almost 360 degrees view with a direct access to the cockpit and a real, watertight, door. Each Boréal can bring her crew to whatever destination in the world in a safe way. That is not a statement, that is a reality. I believe I can say that this last five years Boréal is the brand who has taken the most private crews to Antarctica or South Georgia.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Boreal is one of the very few yards building aluminium yachts – where would you draw the line in differentiation to brands like Alubat or Garcia?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “I would say there are some other yards building aluminum yachts. Not only in France but also in Holland and Germany. Nevertheless I believe you have quoted the three leading brands, at least in these size of sailing boats. Your question is hard to answer and I certainly do not want to denigrate the work our colleagues do. If Boréal does sell boats today, it is because a brand such as Alubat has done a precursor work of promoting for more than 40 years the concept of aluminum and centerboard. In our eyes: A boat is a tool, or a machine, to help making dreams come true. The best tools are designed and build by people who use them. Today Boréal is the only yard where it is the same people who design, build and take themselves their own boats to the end of the world. This concentration of know-how is unique.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Up until now I did not have the pleasure to really roam inside a Boreal – I am working on a yard visit since two years now – so I can´t judge the boat from the iside. As far as I can see, the closest competitor to Boreal in the field of rugged go-anywhere boats would be Garcia. Where is the difference to these boats?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “You know, Lars, you are absolutely welcome at our place! We would be happy to show you step after step how we build a Boréal, what makes a Boréal is so different from what is done elsewhere and “Chiara” the first Boréal 47.2 will be waiting for your visit at the pontoon in Tréguier. We do believe we build the better boat – of course we do – nevertheless you won’t hear a bad word of us regarding Garcia . When conceiving a boat you make trade-offs, compromises and we have made many different choices. A few examples are like this: A boat built completely in aluminum versus aluminum with a plastic lid on the deck saloon. A single rudder and two retractable daggerboards versus twin rudders. With your bluewater cruiser you will eventually hit something : UFOs, whales, rocks, corals. I tick all boxes … (smiles) On a Boréal when that happens your centerboard will come up but you still have the keel embryo protecting the rudder. Having a keel embryo also means when you dry out you rest one something which is very, very solid, with the ballast it is in fact a monobloc structure. Ballast in lead in the keelbox versus ballast in cast iron on the bottom plate. Doghouse versus watch post at the mast foot. On a Boréal you have a direct access from the doghouse to the cockpit. Except for going to the toilet, no reason to go downstairs with your dripping foul weather gear. An almost 360 degrees view and good view on your both sails. On a Boréal you have everywhere 8 centimeters (not millimeters!) of insulation. Before we place the foam panels we spray cork so there would not be any thermal bridges.

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Boreal makes hard-chined hulls – why did you guys opt for hard chined hulls in favor or (obviously more expensive and aloborately to build) round chine-hulls?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “The answer is simple : JFD designed the first Boréal with the idea he would build her himself. It is the simplest way to build but also to repair. Because our teams of welders only have to bend our aluminum plates in one direction (everything is cylindrical, not spheric) we can have all our plates arriving cut by laser or waterjet in a way they perfectly adjust to each other in the building process. Hard chine build versus round chine hulls, well, I would also say: Sail and try out the boat by yourself and you will feel the difference. Marinus Sijdenborgh in the magazine “Zeilen” wrote it this way: “… very balanced which is a pleasure to steer”,  Roland Durer in Yacht Revu : “… at first you feel like boarding an SAR-cruiser, but once at the helm, you get easily surprised by the lightness of the steering.””

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Boreal boats are clearly conceived for going to the high lattitudes – what is your impression: Who is buying a Boreal and are the owners in general utilizing the boat for what it is build?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “At the time – some 16 years ago – the first generation of Boréal was designed, the concept matched the personal program of Jean-François Delvoye. His creation process was not muzzled by any requirements of owners or a so-called “market”. He designed what he thought what was good for him. It is only afterwards some sailors, amongst them myself, came to JFD saying it was the boat which would match the best their dreams and needs. In French we say ´qui peut le plus peut le moins…´, which still holds true. Some of our owners have indeed taken their Boréal to high latitudes. I would even say that in a hi percentage of our total fleet quite a lot compared to most other brands have gone far North or far South. One owner once said to me: “I have had my Boréal built to sail all year around to the islands of Brittany and the Scillys .” That seems to us that he uses the boat what she was built for. But the common point amongst all owners is that at the moment they took the decision of having their Boréal build they did not want to impose themselves any limits in possible destinations. Remember: Go simple, go anywhere! On the second generation of Boréal – and the 47.2 is the first example of that – we have kept all fundamentals but we have added versions with a more open and bigger cockpit with a more easy access to the sea. So even more go any-where, all latitudes than before, I shall say.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “There are very, very few Boreal on the used boat market as there are in general very few aluminium yachts available as secondhand boats: Why is that? What can you say about conservation of value of alu-boats in general and Boreal in particular when it comes to reselling?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “The most important reasons to that is that our owners seems to keep their Boréal for quite a long while. Most of the Boréal are still in the hands of the people for whom we have build them. We offer a service where we help our owners to find a new owner for their well maintained Boréal. Nowadays we have a list of people who say: “Give me ring when a Boréal comes up for sale on the second hand market.” And we are happy to help out here.”

NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Is the EYOTY-award a kind of sales boost for this boat? How many units of the 47 (incl. the older 47-boats) have been built up to now?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “We are on small numbers so it is hard to say what is the result of what. Sure for we have lots of demands for the moment, sure the EYOTY-award has an impact. There are about 70 Boréal sailing all over the world.  There are 12 others in construction. Next month we launch nr. 2 of the 47.2 series. We have 14 others to build. We also have started building the first Boréal 44.2 which is concept wise closer to the initial concept. One wheel, more enclosed cockpit, all maneuvers at the mast.”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “The obvious question – how is/was the yard affected by the Covid-crisis ? Did you experience a serious decline in sales and how the yard doing right now? How do you think will Covid influence the boat market, especially the niche in which you are placing your products?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “I´d say that there are two different impacts of the actual Covid-Crisis. On one side you have the impact on the production, on the other side on the sales side. Almost one year ago, during the first lockdown , we had to close the yard in a compulsory way. After 3 weeks of complete lockdown we were allowed to start up again. First with 8 employees, one week later with some more and so on. It took us several months to be back to normal “cruising speed”.  We lost 875 man-days of work. It has had a huge impact on our delivery schedules. Nevertheless we have delivered all Boréal yachts we had promised to deliver before the summer-holidays. We have been helped by the fact that with some owners we decided to postpone the launch with one year. On the sales side I think we can say that generally speaking more people wanted a sailing boat. A lot of people which had the dream of ever having one, suddenly realized it was the time to do so. In countries like Germany or France, sailing was last summer one the rare activities you could do “just as normal”.  Boréal did benefit from that general tendency…”

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NO FRILLS SAILING.com: “Last not least, JF: What can we expect from Boreal to see in the coming years? Any new trends of projects coming up you may want to talk about?”

Jean-Francois Eeman: “Oh, now that´s the moment I should reveal secrets, I see. This is what you can expect in the near future: Next year we will launch the first Boréal 44.2. Preliminary designs are available but we have not presented her yet in an official way. You are the first to receive. As you might have seen on our website we have updated it with a new Boréal 70. We will start building the first one before end of June. I think that might be the good moment for you to come back to us, as at the moment we will have some other interesting news.”

JF, thank you so much for these more than interesting insights into the world and the work of Boreal! I promise that your yard is on top of my places to go after the C19 craze ends.

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One of the most challenging tasks for any yacht builder has to be coming up with a new design to replace a successful and much-admired model. It is one thing for a big volume builder in the business of building boats to meet the latest fashions in design, when constant novelty is expected, but if your reputation is synonymous with a particular niche, then things become far more complicated.

In the case of Boréal Yachts, who have spent a little over fifteen years building a range of production high latitude yachts that have won every award imaginable, the challenge is even greater. How do you improve upon such a winning formula without losing touch with the things that originally made your name?

Boréal have built 65 of their most popular models, the 44 and the 47. Both of these yachts share most of their design features with the exception of the stern, the 44 having a flat transom and the 47 having an extended retroussé (sugar scoop) transom. Both are simple, robust boats designed to be safely navigated in the most extreme conditions to the wildest places on earth.

They are a tough act to follow, but now Boréal have come up with a truly ‘new’ design that will replace those two models and will certainly expand their target market.

As with the old 44 and 47, the new boats—designated the 44.2 and the 47.2—will share an identical hull form except that, rather than a sugar scoop, the new 47.2 is extended aft to accommodate the larger cockpit and also has changes to the rig and sail handling.

While writing this first article for English-speaking readers about the new boats , I spoke to Boréal founder and designer Jean-Francois Delvoye, to find out more about the new boats and how they have been developed:

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Maxime Gérardin

Thank you for this much-awaited article!! The amount of change is larger than one could have expected! 11 centimeters of freeboard is a lot. Many questions come to mind, among which: – what is the angle of spreader-sweepback? It looks quite substantial, both from the pictures and from the ability to carry a 122% (55 over 45) genoa. To what extent does it allow to reduce the weight of the mast? Surely this adds (or contributes?) to the +10% of righting moment at low angles, and to the improvement of the AVS? – now that the staysail is larger, a storm jib may be needed? Will Boréal make provisions for this to work well? – what is the intended working position for the port genoa, and for both mainsheet, winches? Kneeled on top of the lazarette? It looks quite original, but can work well! However the mainsheet winches look a little far away, in case you need to open the main in a hurry and were, say, under the dodger. – will it be possible to go twin wheels but without the expense and complexity of halyards-led-aft?

Anyway, for sure these moves will help Boréal keep growing, and flood the market with boats that will sail for many decades!

Colin Speedie

Hi Maxime The spreaders are swept 19 degrees – not extreme. The mast section is the same heavy-duty profile as before, and although there is a saving in shroud weight, it is not enough to make a significant difference. So the rig changes do not affect the AVS. A ström jib is one option, although for all but the worst conditions, a heavily reefed staysail should suffice. There are also more options available the days such as the Deltavoiles Storm-bag https://uk.storm-bag.com/the-worry-free-storm-sail/ I am told that the winch positions have been carefully planned and angled to assist winching when heeled – naturally, these are the sort of things that we can only asses when sailing the boat – which we are already looking forward to, and then all will be revealed! It is possible to have a 47.2 with the lines at the mast, but none of the modifications that affect the welded structure can be changed. As long as the planned line handling systems are up to the job, it should all work as designed, I believe. I have commented at length in articles here at AAC on how we made our systems function well (at last!) on our Ovni, so it can be done. The Boreal starts out having been designed to reef from the cockpit in the first place and that’s a big advantage, as we found. Best wishes Colin

David Bangsberg

Thanks for the great article. It couldn’t have been timed better. I am corresponding with JFE about converting my contract to build a 47 to a 47.2.

If I understand you correctly, the increase in volume is due to increased beam above the waterline ahead of the mast and at the stern, while the hull below the waterline is unchanged. There is also the change to a straight stem. How do you think these changes will impact sea kindliness? I have sailed a lot of “modern” straight stemmed wide beamed boats that felt like they were about to shatter into pieces while pounding in steep short seas. Will decreased sea kindliness be a compromise for a more comfortable interior?

Also, how to you think the 4″ of extra freeboard will impact windward performance? Does this account for the extra ballast which presumably will bring some of the extra height below the water?

As always, thanks for sharing your expertise.

Best regards, David Bangsberg

John Harries

The 47.2 is a full 2600 kg (5700 lbs) heavier than the 47 and the waterline is about a meter longer, so a lot of that added displacement is below the waterline and I’m guessing will result in a higher prismatic coefficient than the older boats. Also the sail area remains the same so the SA/D has gone down quite a bit. My guess is that this will result in a slower boat in the light, but a more powerful one once the wind is up, particularly when reaching and running.

I share you worry on the plumb bow because of the reduction in reserve buoyancy, so I think there will be a trade off there, particularly up wind. On the other hand JFD is a very smart guy with a huge amount of data from the older boats, so I suspect the tradeoff will not be too bad.

On freeboard, I don’t worry much and in fact applaud this change since I always felt that the older boats were a bit too low to the water and even with the increase the new boats are certainly not high sided by any measure.

Bottom line, when the designer adds this much volume there will always be tradeoffs. As I say so often, to the point that everyone is probably sick of it “there is no free lunch in yacht design”.

Hi David there may be some minor difference below the waterline, but you’re correct, the big changes are above the WL. The straighter stem is not a major change – the older model had a fairly plumb bow and narrow bow section, so I would imagine the two boats will perform in the same manner upwind. The fuller sections above the WL should also make for a softer ride, I’d have thought. The additional freeboard may have some small effect on windage, but even with the extra freeboard these are not boats with high freeboard, and most certainly not when compared to so many of today’s ‘tenement blocks’. In practice, I think it will be hard to note a difference. Best wishes Colin

David Zaharik

Hi Colin… If I had the choice, for what I am doing, I would undoubtably gone for the 47.2… however having said that, as you know, our Boréal 47 is a beauty and will be an eye turner and a safe haven for many years. Some very interesting innovations… well done boys!

Hi David well, as you say, you’re boat is a beauty and will take you safely wherever you want to go! Best wishes Colin

Michael Corboy

A good read about the new model. We currently own an Ovni 435 with which we are very happy with. Recently we have looked at a Boreal 47 with a view to upgrading? The Boreal has been a dream boat of mine and it was a great opportunity to have a look at one in the flesh. (not many for sale down here in New Zealand) My wife and I went to view her. She was everything and more, but… Did I see enough to want to own her? A few key points that stood out was head room in the heads and width of doors. The cockpit, I felt was not ideal size wise and I knocked my head navigating the companionway. The interior felt cramped. In cold climes, I could see the reasoning. More temperate areas, not so appealing. This view was also shared by my wife. What I am talking about is “the feel” of things that one may have to live with day in and out. The rest of the boat, and I mean, the rest of the systems, rig, storage etc were superb. Nothing is ever fixed and all is a compromise as the old adage goes. Did I buy? No. For what we wish to do and how we live, we decided that our current boat fitted us best. How ever, now that this new model has appeared, my interest is such that one day, I may yet own one of these beauties. Thanks.

Hi Mike interesting comment. Like yourselves, we have an Ovni 435 and while she lacks some of the major features of the Boreal that we love, she’s a great all rounder and a very easy boat to live aboard in all climates, as we know from the North of Scotland to west Africa, Brazil and up to Newfoundland. And that’s what I think Boreal wish to achieve with this new design. It’s clear that Boreal have listened carefully to not just their existing customers, but also the ‘ones that got away’, the people who, like you, decided not to buy in the end. That’s a sensible and realistic attitude, and, as you can see, they have tried to react accordingly. Best wishes Colin

Murray Arthur

Hi Mike, random question but do you keep your boat at Bayswater marina on D pier? (wandered down there on my way home tonight and there was an Ovni 43.5)

Hi Murray Yes, this is us. Moved on in December. Covid has altered our plans… Stop by again.

Michael Lambert

Thanks Colin, I was just wondering when I’d see this, but didn’t expect it till the fall! I blame it on the pandemic, but I pulled the trigger on the 47.2 without ever being aboard any boreal, but since it’s such a new design I figured nobody has, so what the heck? For me, and this wasn’t mentioned specifically, it was the separate areas for sitting and sailing. Given that I’m always single handing, or my wife is while I hang with two little kids, it seems like a game changer. No more moving people to turn a winch…

Another change I’ll mention is the step down to the forward hall and cabin is now not in the middle of the galley. But I didn’t even know yet about the starboard cabin option, interesting…….

And yes, VERY interested in the sea trial. As a us citizen I can’t visit!

Hi Michael well, we’ve none of us seen one yet! But this is by way of a down payment… The aim of this design was clearly to expand the appeal of their offerings, not to downgrade the standard or deny people the ability to go anywhere they like. Your comment shows that their goal is being met, which I’m sure will be music to the ears of all at Boreal. Which is good for all the team at the yard – in these strange times, good news is often in short supply. There is a lot riding on these new designs and clearly there has been a huge amount of time, cost and energy devoted into bringing them to this stage. And I’m looking forward to the sea trail, too! Best wishes Colin

Yan Brand

Bonjour Michael,

My wife and I are the future owners of the 47.2 hull No 3 with a scheduled delivery next year in October (if all goes well, it goes without saying). “Fabule” will be the name of the vessel, because we still cannot believe in it and that fells surreal, with a Canadian registration. We have been petitioning the Jean-François for a separated shower as a sine qua non condition for buying a 47, as we intend to be full-time live-aboards. We have been very enthusiastic when this new version was presented to us last year, and pulled the trigger at the Grand Pavois in La Rochelle last year, and learned that we would be hull No 3 as an “American Customer” bought the No 2 since we were slow to decide ourselves between Boreal 47.2 and the OVNI 450. We ordered the starboard “Technical Area” option, as I wish to have a compact mechanical setup (small lathe, small milling) to maintain the systems, being a Mechanics in my first live. But things are not yet fully defined for the TA, and the layout remains to be seen. This should come in the Fall probably.

Now the question: Are you the “American Customer” who beat us on the hull No 2 please? :o) Anyhow, I am certain that we will have plenty of details to discuss during the construction of our respective boats and I would like to maintain contact with you, if you would agree please?

Salutations de Montréal,

Hi Yan! I apparently don’t get notified when someone replies to me, but luckily I was so bored that I was re-reading this thread! No I’m not, I’ve heard tell of the other one but idk who it is. I’m #5/6 I believe(spring 2022). I am considering the technical room, but it would be for the freezers I think. I found a vitrifrigo that allows making either the top or bottom a freezer, but it’s very slightly taller and deeper, luckily not wider. I’d like to use that(But since I’m farther down the queue I’m not doing any badgering yet) , and skip the tech room, as space for kids is important, and I figure a vice can live somewhere else. Yes, I’d love to keep in touch. Mikelima207@gmail

Prentiss Berry

Exciting to see these changes you described. It will be interesting to see the actual product of the 47.2.

I am surprised to see that the sugar scoop is gone. The sugar scoop was the reason I preferred the 47 over the 44. It’s obvious that in order to have a larger cockpit something had to go in order to keep the same length. I wonder if there is more to this decision? I used to think the compartments on the sugar scoop would be useful in the old 47, but maybe they aren’t as useful as I thought with the new design adding 35% to the lazarette. Also, it looks like the swimming platform will offer more area for that purpose than the sugar scoop.

I would be interest to hear from current Boreal 47 owners as to their thoughts on this new design. Do they really the sugar scoop or would they be willing to give up the sugar scoop for a larger cockpit and do they mind giving up the smaller compartments on the sugar scoop?

I’m sure Boreal has put a lot of research into this change and I’m looking forward to learning more of the details.

Hi Prentiss I have no inside knowledge on this, but I suspect that there was a desire to expand the appeal of the boats in different directions, and it is clear that was in response to demand. The boarding platform of the 47.2 and the large lazarette space in some ways performs the same function as the sugar scoop and the transom lockers of the old 47, which was popular with owners who wanted to stow dive gear (for example) and have easy access to the water. And it may be that Boreal wanted to keep the range simple and not take on too many models. Time will tell if that is the best strategy, but so far the appeal of the 47.2 seems proven. Best wishes Colin

Philip Aston

It will be interesting to see how a Watt & Sea, windpilot, some solar panels, and a wind gen fit on a 47.2. These are all popular options on the 47.

Hi Philip It will indeed – an arch is being planned as an option, I’m told, which would take care of some of the solar panels, but (I’m assuming) items like the Watt & Sea and the Windpilot will be installed on specially designed brackets as before. How the Superwind will be mounted will depend on how the arch turns out, I’d imagine, but probably on a pole as before, if space allows. Best wishes Colin

Mike Thrower

Thanks very much for the excellent article giving us a ‘taster’ of the changes ! I took delivery of my 44 last year and have been so impressed before and since at the amount of thought that JFD has put into the design. But, having done a bit of sailing now , quite a bit on my own, I would have made the doors wider because not easy to get through with all your kit on , and he has !!……….. I keep falling down the step in the galley !….and I believe that’s gone ! I managed to ‘ crease’ the boom last year in an accidental gybe in cross seas and 35 kts. My fault with autopilot gain settings but the supplied boom is quite a narrow section. It has been replaced with a thicker Selden boom section which allows single line reefing back in the cockpit ( or will do when I get the main halyard led aft) , so I like that the lines run aft, I think that you reef at the correct time with this set up ! I thought that the 47 looked better with the sugar scoop but the lazarette is bigger on the 44 without the intrusions. I can’t quite see how the arch works on the 47.2 in that picture but I’m very pleased that I elected to have it , unusually, on my 44. I prefer the winches being closer to the pilot house for easy adjustment without getting all my kit on but I guess that’s for the warmer climes. And I probably spend little time steering as the NKE autopilot does a great job whilst I watch the world go by ! I’ll be visiting the factory in September/October and look forwards to seeing the other changes……thanks for the article

Hi Mike and thanks to you for the insights from your own experience. The arch on the new boat is still being finalised, but I’d expect it to be a common addition – they are so useful. I liked the look of the 47 with the sugar scoop, too, but I think that would have been impossible with the configuration of the 47.2. As always, there will be pro’s and con’s. Best wishes Colin

No worries..they were just my musings!

Meant to add that I couldn’t see where the daggerboards go on that drawing….have they been done away with ?

I’m not as informed as Colin, but I don’t think so, I’ve been given renderings of the interior that show their slots. My guess is that they live under the primaries somewhere.

And I too wonder about the trek to the winches, but on the other hand, the path to the helm seems very clear. Besides, I think there is some interesting potential for an enclosure….

Hi both Mike’s the daggerboards are still part of the Boreal equation – you can just see one appearing beneath the hull in one of the CAD drawings above. Once we get to trial sail the boat we’ll be able to address all the outstanding questions regarding the comfort and practicality of the cockpit and working area – watch this space! Best wishes Colin

Adam Kerner

Hi Colin Thanks for the very interesting article. Funny, we’ve been in and around Treguier since our 52 was launched in February (yes, we then spent the 2-1/2 month COVID lockdown at the marina pontoon!…another story!) and this is the first we’ve learned about the details of the rumored new 47. It definitely sounds like it is an idea resonating with many sailors, given the sales numbers. One feature I wanted to comment on is the starboard cabin “technical space” option. I believe that we were the first Boréal to go this direction, having tasked JFD and Brice during design with 1. moving all of the big electrical gear out of the hot engine room, 2. Finding room for freezer(s), and 3. Adding more storage (though we’ve come to learn that the stock Boréals already have loads!!!) This was all that we requested in the new space. JFD really impressed us with the CAD model that he developed. It included all 3 requests above. In addition he was able to fit a single pilot berth, great for off watch, and our requested Northern Lights 5kw genset in sound enclosure. All in a cabin that doesn’t feel awkward at cramped! Brilliant! We think this space works really well for a boat designed for a couple. (We still have the port cabin for The occasional guests. ). I think this will be a terrific option for the 47.2 as well. And we continue to be very happy with the overall Boréal concept, and especially with our new boat! Cheers from Tréguier, Adam and Cindi, s/v BRAVO

Hi Adam and Cindi As I know, Treguier is a lovely place, but 2 1/2 months on the pontoon there – well, you can have enough of a good thing, can’t you? Thanks on behalf of anyone who is interested in the new cabin arrangement – your report is very welcome. The hope must be that the cabin scales down well for the 47.2 – I know it’s something future owners like the idea of. And having used a similar layout on out own boat (which has much less headroom) whilst it’s cramped vertically, it has been a really practical option and we would definitely opt for the the same layout again. There is far too little useful space on most modern boats, and too many bunks. A long distance cruising boat is not a motel…. Best wishes for your future travels Colin

Terence Thatcher

These are surely magnificent craft that I will never be able to own. My spouse rejected the offer to buy Starbuck’s stock at its IPO. But I agree with John’s other articles. Never build a cruising mast with swept back spreaders (19% is a lot, in my mind). Avoid fat stern boats. Two helms is for cats or Hunters. And I will add: don’t waste accommodation/storage space on two heads.

Scott Arenz

Great article, Colin!

Intrigued by the new Boréal designs, I went hunting for more information, and found this collection of photos of the first built 55 Open Cockpit, “Timalou”. I found the images instructive for understanding the cockpit layout of the 47.2, so thought I would share the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6pVYYaODuA

There are several photos that help you get a sense of how the halyards and control lines are routed in the “OC” configuration. The designers have made very clever use of deck organizers and tubes to route lines cleanly back to the winches.

Additionally, there are line storage areas both forward and aft of the helm positions, which should help reduce the tangle in the cockpit somewhat. (Clutter being the bane of many all-lines-to-the-cockpit designs.)

Some other observations: • The headsail winch positions (the ones just inboard of the helm seats) seem highly ergonomic, eliminating the need to lean or step out to leeward to trim. Hopefully that same convenience translates well to the 47.2 adaptation of the design (and perhaps even to the 44.2).

• The daggerboards are located under the helm seat/headsail winch bases, but so far I haven’t found the position of their control lines.

• It appears that Timalou was built with the combination of both swept spreaders and a self-tacking staysail, which is a different combination than Colin describes for the 47.2. Perhaps Boréal had an additional reason for swept spreaders on the 55OC?

It will be very exciting to see more information on these new designs, especially if the 44.2 retains some of the traditional features AAC readers are fond of.

Lastly, here’s a link to a collection of photos of Timalou on a test sail and drying out, with Jean-François Delvoye at the helm: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10222626200192374&set=pcb.10222626241913417 (Click the “Not now” link on the bottom right of the pop-up if Facebook prods you to create an account.)

Scott A.
 Atlanta, GA, USA

Hi Scott thanks for the links – some useful pointers there for anyone wanting to know more about how the new boat will turn out. I don’t know the story behind the rig on ‘Timalou’ but it’s not inconceivable that the owner specified the self-tacking staysail. The 47.2 definitely follows in the footsteps of this boat, so let’s hope the scaling down works well. And I think the 44.2 will satisfy those owners who would wish for a roomier version of the original boat, with a few more creature comforts. Best wishes Colin

Jean-François Eeman

Thank you for your nice comment.

Please allow me this quick reply : The cleats for raising/lowering the dagger boards are vertical, along the rear watertight bulkhead. More or less where you see the two genua winches.

Timalou is build in a way she can be rigged with a self tacking staysail, either with a more powerful, not self-tacking jib. That is what we agreed with the owner.

The 44.2 will conceptually indeed be much closer to the original, more classic, approach of the 44. We hope she’ll meet the expectations of some owners who have a preference for the more traditional features of the 44 (one steering wheel, more closed cockpit…). We’ll have to ask for some more patience before we can release the final design.

Best regards,

Jean-François EEMAN

Colin and Jean-François, thank you for the clarification and details.

With JF’s description, I was able to spot the daggerboard cleat in one of the photos. The line looks ideally placed to provide the helmsman with good leverage. This ergonomic positioning is the icing on the impressive level of functional integration of this structure, which combines genoa winch base, daggerboard housing, helm seat, line passage and storage. It’s a great day when you can design something to have more than one useful function, let alone five!

I noticed that Timalou is equipped with side deck jacklines, which AAC readers know can still allow a crew member to fall and dangle overboard. I’ve been contemplating how one might move the jacklines further inboard on the new Boréal design despite the presence of the mainsheet “web”.

Forward, the absence of the staysail self-tacking track would allow a centerline jackline from bow to mast, as long as the foredeck is kept clear. For work at the mast, one could follow John’s example on Morgan’s Cloud and provide a fixed tether.

Aft of the mast is trickier, as one must traverse the lowers and the mainsheet. But it might be possible to run a discontinuous series of jacklines: From the granny bars to the lowers, then from the lowers running just inboard of the grab rail all the way to the side of the doghouse. A short “Y” shaped tether would be needed to traverse the lowers, double-clipping for a moment as you switch to the next section. This tether might be able to be kept short enough to prevent crew from getting over the lifeline.

Obviously it’s impossible to know if this is feasible without walking the deck, but I suspect there is potential.

Very much looking forward to the ongoing developments of the 44.2!

Best regards, Scott

Kevin Dreese

Its great to see Boreal doing well. For me they are really the perfect voyaging boat (aluminum, lifting keel, doghouse, etc.)… however, it does seem that all manufacturers keep making larger and larger boats.

I wish Boreal would create a version less than 40 feet… Maybe a 35-37 footer with all the major features (aluminum, lifting keel, doghouse) but only 1 head, smaller saloon, smaller lazerette, flat stern like the 44 (with flipdown platform). I would even be happy with quality sea berths and no additional staterooms but the master. Use that space for equipment access, storage, workbench. It would be a single-handers dream yacht. In the mean-time a used Ovni 345 with an add-on hard dodger would probably work.

I hear you on a smaller more affordable Boreal. They did look at it at one time but concluded that it was not financially viable. Just seems like the market just wants ever bigger boats. Probably much of the reason no one has taken on our Adventure 40 project.

Cyrille Rio

I think after all this good work, it is time for Boréal and Mr JFD to start thinking about how to build a real blue water for high latitude catamaran. Fix all the short comings of the ovnicat48 and the Allure 47.9 ? (while it looks they may have got the deck in fiber glass right …) Or what about a new AAC ebook: a cat for 70N to 70S ?

I wonder if you have had the opportunity to test sail the new Boréal 47.2 please?

If yes, will you share your experience with us please?

My wife and I are future Boréal 47.2 owners, but the current situation did not allow us to come to France for a sea trial, ad most new owners these days, so I am always keen on getting impressions and comments whenever possible.

Colin may not see this, but I happen to know that he has not been to France yet. Given the situation in the UK, I’m guessing that won’t happen until they have Covid under control in both countries.

Yigit Karis

As a future owner for another 47.2 I’d love to exchange experiences. I’m planning to visit Boreal yard on the future months depending Covid situation. If you are interested send a quick email to yigit.karis@gmail…

Bonjour Colin,

I am Yan Brand, future co-owner with my wife of a 47.2 hull No 4, “Fabule”. Due to the actual Pandemic situation the first time that we will see the boat will be at the delivery, in October of this year, virus permitting. Therefore, we will not have had the chance to sail on a 47.2 before taking the delivery of our boat, like most of the future owners in these challenging times.

I wonder if you have plans to test sail a 47.2 and to report your impressions on MorgansCloud please?

I thank you in advance for your answer.

Colin is planning, I believe, to travel to France and sail the new boats at some point, but if you would like to get more information I suggest you contact him directly: https://www.morganscloud.com/consulting/

Also, JDF has invited me to France to sail on the new Boreals, but of course that will have to wait until Covid is under control. That and other things I have going on, like selling my boat and finding a new boat, mean that the earliest I can see that happening is 2022.

Timothy Brown

I haven’t t heard or seen anything about the new Boreal 44.2. Have any been built yet? I would love to see pictures of the new design.

Hi Timothy,

As I understand it, there is one 44.2 in build, nearing completion, and several 47.2s complete and a bunch in build.

We will be publishing an update, including a sailing trial in a 47.2 from Colin in the next month.

That’s great new! I’m looking forward to the upcoming article with the sailing trial.

It will be good to hear what Colin thinks about the twin helm layout on the 47.2. It appears this is model is a huge success for Boreal based on it’s popularity thus far. I prefer the traditional single helm variant but maybe I should reconsider the advantages of having dual helms and the ability to reef from the cockpit with the central electric winch.

I have a single helm 47 and it truly is a nice boat. The wheel is large enough to easily steer and see. Further, although I don’t have the exact specs, I suspect my stern is a bit narrower and gives a very nice ride in all seas. I am sailing locally in British Columbia now so I have a greater variety of points of sail rather that the broad reach and downwind… and she sails fabulously on all points.

Thanks for sharing your first hand experiences. I too prefer the cleaner and simpler layout of the single helm. Admittedly it’s what I’m familiar with and I’m a creature of habit.

Photo of the week with local photographer Paul Sundberg: Pink Lady Slipper

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By Paul Sundberg - June 18, 2024

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  Photo used with permission by Paul Sundberg

It was a gorgeous day so I went up to Chic-Wauk Museum and Nature Center to see the Moccasin Flowers, also called the Stemless or Pink Lady Slippers.

If you haven’t been to Chic-Wauk I would recommend visiting. It is an excellent museum where you can experience the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail. There are several buildings including the museum, a typical early one-room cabin, a boat house, and a nature center with programs. All located in a very beautiful setting. 

The timing couldn’t have been better for the Lady Slippers along the Moccasin Trail located on the Chic-Wauk grounds.  This grouping is one of the best I have found. Lady’s-slippers have a front door and back door. The bees enter the front door and due to hairs along the side, they are forced out the backdoor where they transfer the pollen fertilizing the flower.

To see more of Paul's photos,  visit his website here. 

To learn more about Paul, read our exclusive ' Meet Your Cook County Neighbor' interview with him here.

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Sailing schools and courses (ISSA, RYA, IYT) in Russia

The possibilities for yachting in russia are unlimited, since this is a country with a long maritime history. you just need to choose where you want to sail. small and big lakes, full-flowing rivers, warm and cold seas — all this is available to those who want to try sailing in this country..

Sailing schools and courses (ISSA, RYA, IYT) in Russia

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You will be able to master the skills of sailing; learn to feel the boat, approach and leave the pier, learn about the safety measures on the water and much more.

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International Bareboat Skipper (IYT) Course

International Bareboat Skipper (IYT) Course

Having received the International Bareboat Skipper Certificate, you can independently charter a yacht on a charter and operate it in the waters of any country.


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ISSA Offshore Skipper course

ISSA Offshore Skipper course

The certificated confirms the skills sufficient to sail the yacht in light and dark hours at a distance from a sheltered port up to 100 sea miles.

IYT International Crew course

IYT International Crew course

This is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht. It includes Introduction to Boating for power and sail yachts.

IYT Introductory Sailing Skills course

IYT Introductory Sailing Skills course

This course is great for groups of friends or like-minded people to get together for a few days of fun sailing while learning skills to better help as crew onboard.

IYT Try Sailing Course

IYT Try Sailing Course

It’s a fun hands-on course to enjoy being on the water while learning basic sailing skills.

Yacht management training in the Moscow region

Yacht management training in the Moscow region

In three hours of training, you will learn the basic techniques of managing a yacht, learn some of the specifics of working with a yacht, a helm, sails.

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RYA Coastal Skipper course

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

RYA Competent Crew course

RYA Competent Crew course

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

RYA Day Skipper course

RYA Day Skipper course

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

RYA Start Yachting course

RYA Start Yachting course

A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners.

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China, eu hope to explore cooperation in multilateral human rights areas: spokesperson.

(ECNS) -- China and the European Union (EU) expressed readiness to explore cooperation in multilateral human rights areas concerning economic, social and cultural rights, women, children and people with disability, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

From June 13 to 17, China and the EU held the new round of Human Rights Dialogue in Chongqing, China.

In Beijing, assistant minister of Foreign Affairs Miao Deyu met with the head of the EU delegation, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service Paola Pampaloni, while Director General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Shen Bo and Paola Pampaloni co-chaired the China-EU Human Rights Dialogue in Chongqing, according to the the spokesperson.

Representatives from China’s legislative, judicial, ethnic and women departments attended the dialogue.

The Chinese side fully elaborated on China’s human rights development path, philosophy and achievements and China’s position and propositions on global human rights governance, protesting against the China-related contents in the 2023 Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World and the annual reports on Hong Kong and Macao recently released by the EU, Lin said.

It stressed that affairs related to Xinjiang, Xizang and Hong Kong as well as individual judicial cases are purely China’s internal affairs that brook no external interference, and asked the EU to earnestly respect facts and the human rights development path independently chosen by the Chinese people and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.

In response to the EU’s groundless accusations against China’s judicial procedure, death penalty, labor rights and issues related to ethnic groups and regions, China laid out the facts that prove otherwise and firmly refuted these allegations.

During the dialogue, the Chinese side pointed to the human rights issues that exist in EU countries, including racial discrimination, infringement on the rights of refugees and immigrants, restriction on freedom of speech, religious hatred, judicial unfairness and violence against women, and asked the EU side to earnestly resolve these issues.

Both sides believed that the dialogue was candid, profound and conducive to better mutual understanding, Lin said.    

On the margins of the dialogue, the EU delegation visited the Xizang Autonomous Region, where they visited local programs related to socioeconomic development, ethnic community, religion, education, culture, human rights and the rule of law, according to Lin.

The delegation said they gained understanding of the reality in the region, especially how relevant policies work and what they have achieved. The delegation also had discussions and exchanged views with Chinese human rights experts in Beijing, Lin noted.

He stressed China stands ready to conduct exchange and cooperation on human rights with the EU on the basis of equality and mutual respect to enhance mutual understanding and trust, broaden consensus, resolve differences and make progress together.

That said, China firmly opposes politicizing human rights issues and double standards, opposes imposing one’s own development models on others, opposes interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues, and opposes megaphone diplomacy on multilateral platforms, he added.

China hopes the EU will work with it in the same direction, uphold dialogue and cooperation instead of confrontation and pressuring, and jointly contribute to the international human rights cause, Lin concluded.

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