Details here. What an amazing, magical place. We are already considering sailing back with the goal of circumnavigating the entire island group, now that there is much less ice. Highlights of the past couple days have been enjoying freshly-caught cod Amanda is 3 for 3 in fishing success and long runs and hikes when we've enjoyed meeting local residents.
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Hi John: Tracey and I attended your last seminar in Vancouver. We were intrigued when a Manta 40 was on your list of recommended boats when we were planning to look at one the following day. Tracey had been uncomfortable with the notion of a boat as stable upside down as right side up, but your comments at dinner were helpful. We bought it!
It surveyed great and it has been an absolute treat. We were thinking we might end up buying a boat in the Med or Florida, but it is so wonderful finding the right boat here in Vancouver and be able to enjoy and fix it for a couple of years where we have a land base. We'll probably cruise Alaska next summer and head south the following year. Our plan is to only plan a hurricane season ahead. If we go around the world, great. If we bounce around the South Pacific for a decade, great.
If we never go farther than Mexico, OK. There are so many different ways to do this and almost all of them are more attractive than living on land and convincing ourselves that it is important to work hard and own more things. We weren't sure if we were cat people.
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Now we can't imagine why we were thinking otherwise. Such luxury. Well, pragmatic luxury I guess. Built in fuel polishing system! Standard water maker. Sail handling built for one. An acre of solar on the bimini.
The details in these boats are extraordinary. I've loaded my tools and my Sailrite. We're good to go'. And we sold our Catalina 34 to an adventurous young couple who are pulling the plug and taking it back to Mexico and beyond. Thanks for the inspiration. Our talks in Norway on South Pacific cruising and Storm Tactics were packed, thanks to great publicity from many sources and MT got a real heavy-weather shakedown with winds to 39 kts and seas to 2. Dockside demonstration of storm trysail and staysail following our Saturday morning Storm Tactics seminar at Oslofjord Museum. We're moored back at MT's Swedish home base; the Hallberg-Rassy boatyard where she was built and enjoying ever-lengthening sunny days as we complete our projects with plans to rent a car to provision on Wednesday.
Mahina Tiare moored in Smogen, one of our favorite harbors in Sweden. After over 14, flawless hours on our original Volvo TMD31L engine, we decided to repower thanks to a trade-in incentive Volvo Penta was running last fall. Our new engine, a Volvo D is lbs lighter, runs 1, RPMS slower, is smoother, far quieter, never smokes - even at WOT and our top speed which with the original 95 hp engine was 8. We expect fuel consumption to be better as well, thanks in part to our new Flexofold propeller. The new, much smaller engine looks lost in MT's cavernous engine room, so much so that we are thinking of naming it "Dinky" or "Tiny"!
We had wondered how it would perform in large headseas and had an excellent trial on Tuesday, coming south from Norway in winds to 39 kts and very steep, close head seas. Speed never dropped below 7. We also just heard from consultation clients whom we helped purchase a Caliber 40 eight years ago that they have just completed an excellent cruise to Alaska and Mexico and are about to offer their boat for sale.
You'll see it listed on Boats for Sale on our Consultation page as soon as they've completed their webpage of the listing. Additionally, Norwegian clients who've we helped through the process of ordering a Boreal 44 from France will be meeting us aboard Mahina Tiare once we reach Oslo to discuss their options list. That should be interesting, as this is our second set of consultation clients to order a new Boreal, a purpose-built high-latitude aluminum adventure machine!
With our new T-Mobile mobile hotspot, we should have much faster connectivity for consultation than in past years, so don't let the fact that we are aboard Mahina Tiare delay you for signing up for a Boat Selection Consultation! Click here for details. This was Amanda's first ever time on skinny skis and my third. It was quiet and beautiful as we glided around the frozen Lost Lake. Thank you, Margy, for being an awesome guide! They are packing suitcases to return to their Antares 44 in Auckland and very excited about another year of adventure in the South Pacific.
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For our expedition season, only Leg 7, our Atlantic Crossing is filled. With wider, thicker planks and no fasteners thanks to Kjetil's excellent vacuum-bagging techniques they should last at least 25 years! Future summers were spent waterskiing and wakeboarding with my brothers and sister and before long Our optional, no-host dinner Sunday night following the seminar at the Westin was a lot of fun and several folks were exchanging contact info for crewing opportunities once things thaw out a bit.
We already have the Toronto seminar date: Sat. They are living their dream! It was only a short time after joining us for our Offshore Cruising Seminar in Vancouver that Margy and Monty signed up for a boat purchase consultation and joined us for an over-the-top Leg Robert, a highly-qualified boat-builder and Cape Horner made a very thorough inspection sending images back to Margy and Monty who flew to NZ and purchased Samuri, renaming it Whistler can you tell these two LOVE their skiing?
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We are thrilled with our boat and with your assistance in our purchase process, which was not, in the least bit, simple. I can't count the number of emails I sent you. Thanks for your patience! The coolest thing is that he invited 5 out of 6 of his shipmates on Leg to join him, and now we're waiting to hear once they reach the Caribbean. Check out this video with Reverend Bob Shipton, mountain climber, sailor, ex-British soldier and minister whom we met in Tahiti 20 years ago.
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Mahina Tiare just came out of the water in Sweden, and have a look at the Micron 66 bottom paint which is now two years and 20, miles old! Touching up MT's bottom paint after 10, miles, March - Nov. Hard to believe we've been back two weeks now, but we're training for our annual 5K Turkey Trot, cycling, swimming, kayaking and preparing for boat shows and seminars, AND consulting with Boat Purchase clients. The Toronto Boat Show is co-sponsoring our Jan. Many more in the works. What a fascinating island with so much energy and rich history!
A week of exploring, sailing, snorkeling and bicycling was just enough to let us know we want to return. A special thanks to Vickie and Roland for showing us around and the chance to sail aboard Bella Luna, www. Yesterday we dried, dropped and folded our sails and today we've washed and dried in the rigging on a sunny day!
On Oct. This will be my first time sailing in the Med and I can't wait! Amanda has sailed in the Med, but not to Malta so we are both very excited. Hiking Skye's Black Cullin mountains. Wonderful people, gorgeous islands and beaches, great snorkeling, and great weather. What more could we ask for?
We were amazed at how small and brightly colored some of frogs are. We've nearly completed chores and provisioning and are looking forward to greeting Leg 4 crew tomorrow for safety orientation. I'm thinking that the moderate El Nino episode across the tropical Pacific may have something to do with this. Click HERE to read about their adventures! Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
Mahina Tiare's Micron 66 paint looks so good after the 10, mile sail from New Zealand that we only repainted the top 12" and leading edge of keel and rudder. Amanda and Brent Jacobi from Blackline Marine Rigging disassembled, cleaned, checked lubricated our forestay end fitting and Furlex drum. Everything looked great! Mahina Tiare is moored at beautiful Roche Harbor Resort and we're moving charts, parts and food aboard, excited about our departure for Victoria on March 14th!
A very special thanks to seminar organizers and previous MT expedition members and consultation clients Norm and Beth Cooper and to Pete McGonagle from Swiftsure Yachts in Seattle for their excellent help as co-presenters. We have NEVER seen keener sailors than in our Bluewater Cruising Association seminars, and have already booked out seminar - same date, same location! Although we considered having MT's deck, rigging, engine and electronics replaced in New Zealand, in the end we chose to sail 21, miles and two years back to Sweden to have this work done by the same skilled craftsmen and women who were involved in building her in From everything we've heard, their quality is tops and prices are fair.
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The Micron 66 bottom paint applied in New Zealand is in such excellent condition that for the first time ever, we will Interlux's their stated two year antifouling life claims. Amanda checking out our liferaft and keeping keen watch. One of the reasons we chose to replace our original liferaft with a Viking three years ago was not only the excellent Practical Sailor reviews, but the fact that Viking maintains a huge global network of company-owned service facilities.