Category Archives: Boat Maintenance

April Fool’s Day Was Not Fun

Last Tuesday, we left Grenada to make a two-day sail to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. We decided to make an overnight stop in Bequia because it is conveniently located half-way. Tahina made decent time on the 74 mile trip on … Continue reading

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Finally Got Our Parts and Ready to Leave

After our main traveller car busted on January 31 as we were headed for St. Helena from Cape Town – just 1.5 days out, so we took two days to divert to Luderitz, Namibia. Broken part shown here. Efforts to … Continue reading

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Praising our Boat Manufacturer

Tahina is a St. Francis 50 catamaran and we have a web page that describes her in better detail. We have been very happy owners of our St. Francis, and have received excellent support from them over the years. When … Continue reading

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Way too busy

We are getting down to the final week of work on Tahina in the boatyard. Things have been really crazy this week. Actually, the boatyard wasn’t the biggest distraction. The boat parts (and other things) we had shipped from the … Continue reading

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Gear Failure!

We had a frustrating start to our short passage from Mauritius to RĂ©union, but it got even worse. We left on a nice sunny day, with flat seas on the west side of the island. The breeze was very light … Continue reading

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Dinghy Repair

The way our life works now is that Tahina – our sailing catamaran – serves as our home. If our sailboat is our home, then our dinghy is our car. It has it’s own little carport on the back of … Continue reading

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Tahina Back in Water and Ready

This was a very stressful time in the boatyard at Pangkor Marina. We got the new navigation equipment installed (in particular, the new transducers for depth, speed, temp, and fish finder) in the hull very quickly (4 days). But, the … Continue reading

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Splash Date is Set

After finally getting our parts on Tuesday, we got the details worked out on when we can get the engine work completed and get back in the water. We will be splashing next Tuesday shortly after the work is scheduled … Continue reading

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New Navigation System Looking Good and Charger Bug Fixed

This weekend, I finally was able to spend some time trying out our new navigation system. Our new system is an NMEA 2000 (N2K) network backbone, which is a “new” marine standard which started coming into use during the last … Continue reading

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New Equipment Installed Now We Wait

As mentioned in the previous post, we finished the install of our new navigation system in record time. I’m going to share some pictures below. The one here is of Jamie on one of several trips he made up the … Continue reading

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