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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.

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General Description
Builder/Designer Botters Boatyard/Weston Farme Engine/Fuel Yanmar Diesel Model: 1GM10
Model Tahitiana 32 Year: 1991   New in december 2008 (360 hours)
Length 32' Accommodation Sleeps 4/6 in Vberth + salon
Beam 10'3" Galley
  • 2-burner propane stove and oven
Draft 4'4"  
  • Ice box Electronics
  • Raymarine ST40 Depth Sounder
  • VHF Icom
  • Epirb
  • 1 house batteries,1 starter
  • 30 Amps Alternator
  • 15 Amps solar panel
  • West marine Inverter
  • Fuel: 60 Gals
  • Water: 90 Gals
  • 9ft Zodiac Inflatable
  • 15 hp Johnson outboard
  • + 8' Walker Bay, 2 sets of hoars
  • Manual windlass Sampson
  • CQR 45, 50' chain, 400' line
  • Fortress 37, 50' chain, 400' line
  • Luke 60', 150' chain, 200' line
Sails/Deck Gear
  • 2 Mains (1 Battoned)
  • 1 jib
  • 2 Genoas
  • 1 Staysail - 1 Yankee
  • Miller MIG Welder
  • New rigging in 2005
  • Head has a new toilet
  • New Upolhostery
  • Spare parts and extra for engine and pumps
  • Swim ladder
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