The Tahitiana is a “granddaughter” of the famous lifeboat built in the 19th century by Colin Archer to serve the Norwegian fishing fleet in the North Atlantic in winter time, she is two feet longer with a finer entry. This design of “double-ender” is renown for being seaworthy and seakindly even in atrocious weather, like the North Atlantic.
The boat is 32 feet in length, 10 foot beam with a draught of 4 foot 5 inches and Most, if not all were “home-built” – though some, like this one, were built by professional welders. She is a triple chine hull design, but the 1st and 3rd chines have been rounded to leave a seamless appearance above the waterline.
There are many Tahitianas around the world – and many have made circumnavigations. The Tahitiana was designed by Weston Farmer who adapted the Tahiti Ketch (by John Hanna) to carry more canvas and be built of steel.
The reason for the name is that these are boats intended to go places like the South Pacific.
They’re not fast, they’re not fashionable but they are remarkably good-looking and tough. Small enough not to be expensive (ie. keeping a would-be sailor working to pay off the mortgage before he or she can go sailing!) but with plenty of storage. They don’t have the windward abilities of more modern designs, but their motion through the water is extremely comfortable. They feel like a little ship.
This boat has undergone a complete refit in 09. The hull was sounded and all steel that had thinned was replated. The entire hull was cleaned and repainted with Ameron epoxy paint. The boat was also repowered with a new Yanmar diesel that has under 300 hours on it. This is one of the few steel boats that has no rust, and has a paint system that will keep it that way with minimal maintenance. So much work has been done on this boat it is hard to name off the list. This is a simple sturdy little sailing vessel that has been tested and will safely take a couple or a single hander anywhere. She is a true bluewater cruiser with a motion much more comfortable then many boats much larger.