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The galley is surprisingly easy to use, with a three-burner propane stove/small oven, side-load fridge, small double sinks and a microwave.

• Replacing the short galley faucet with a tall gooseneck one that makes it easier and drier to wash dishes. • Joining two water filters and creating an attachment for our hose so we can filter the water that goes into the 160-gallon water tank. It makes for slow going, but the water is much better. Of course, that’s in addition to all the stuff we’ve fixed and replaced (pumps, impellers, etc.), which is ongoing.

Our Car We have a 10.5-foot AB tender (JT), with a 30-horse Honda motor that we love. It lives on stainless davits that extend across the transoms. We pull JT up and down by hand; no electric winches in the back of the cockpit, but it’s doable. We appreciate the 30-horsepower when we need it and enjoy the easy ride when we don’t. What Would/Did We Change? Our only major complaint is that the electrical manual is in French, as well as all the labels on the circuit breaker boxes, wiring and plumbing lines. For the first time, I wished I had taken French instead of Spanish in school. But, thank the gods of the water for Google Translate, which has helped us create a technical dictionary. After three years of living on Madness, the main thing we would change is the height of the mast. While we enjoy going “outside,” it would be nice to have the option to run the ICW. While we haven’t changed the mast height (yet), we’ve made a lot of simple modifications to increase our comfort and convenience, including: • Cutting the engine covers (located under the mattresses in the back berths) in half and installing hinges. This allows us to look/reach into the engine compartment, without removing everything in the berth (a real hassle). • Installing “steps” in the rear access to the engines. These simple, but supported, wooden boards provide places to put your feet when you need to crawl down into either of the engine compartments. • Adding 110 outlets throughout the boat. Since the boat was designed and built in France, it came with 220 outlets. Not so helpful when all your stuff (computers, phones, microwave, coffee pot) runs off 110. • Designing and sewing a “bug veil” that falls from our hard bimini, covering our cockpit. Since we’ve been holed up in Savannah, GA, getting repairs, we’ve learned way too much about the horrible nosee-‘ems that view your body as a delicious buffet. The bug veil allows us to sit outside in the cockpit day and night without getting eaten alive, while letting the breeze through. News & Views for Southern Sailors

Cruising My husband Terry and I believe Madness is a wonderful balance between performance and livability. We live on Madness (with occasional jaunts back to Louisville, KY), and find there to be plenty of room for two people with a surprisingly large storage capacity. We probably don’t use the available storage to best advantage, but we try not to “crap up the boat,” so, storage has never been an issue. We are Madness’s second owners/crew, coming on board in 2014. The first owner sailed her around the world and across the Atlantic several times. We’ve mostly traveled the

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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...