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The Privilège 45 from above showing the spacious deck and covered cockpit.

furler—oh, goody, try again). We are big believers in reefing early; it’s not only good sailing sense, but allows us to futz with the main if needed. There is a fixed baby stay aft ready to deploy the storm jib or staysail if the weather turns on us. With all the electrical features, Madness is easy to sail with two people, but possible by one (not encouraged and we don’t). However, when the wind is not cooperating or is non-existent, our two 54-horse Yanmar engines pick up the slack. While daily alternating one or the other engines running between 1700-2000 rpms, we usually make about 5-6 knots per hour. With only the sails and a great wind, we can make 8-10 knots. Obviously, with a combination of sail and both engines, you could make faster time, but our objective is to enjoy the ride, conserve fuel and take care of the equipment, not to get there first or fast. Madness draws just over four and a half feet, but we set the depth finder for five feet to have a little leeway when exploring new places. Her keels are sacrificial, but thankfully, we’ve never had to test their ability to tear away from the hulls without creating holes in the boat. The forepeaks

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Madness draws just over four and a half feet, but we set the depth finder for five feet to have a little leeway when exploring new places. Her keels are sacrificial, but thankfully, we’ve never had to test their ability to tear away from the hulls without creating holes in the boat.

are crash boxes, which protect the rest of the boat from taking on water if there’s a frontal impact. There are also two escape hatches if she flips over. Really, she has a lot of greatly appreciated safety features. Outside The cockpit is roomy with a single helm station on the port side and a teak table with settee on the starboard side. We carry Ray Marine equipment with auto pilot, plot charter, electronic charts, depth readings from two transducers, wind angle and direction electronics, etc. The lazarette at the stern of the cockpit is a huge storage area and houses all our cleaners, power and water hoses, buckets, mobile vice (not as exciting as it sounds), and water filters. The large storage compartment under the deck of the cockpit houses a ridiculous amount of not-in-use line, a collapsible wagon for when we have to walk to provision, a collapsible work table to make repairs easier and sundry other stuff. The other cockpit deck compartment has our life raft and water cans. (Our ditch kit is just inside the cockpit door, ready to roll if needed.)

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...