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My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

* Refitting “Kuan Yin” for her voyage to Labrador and Ungava

If you’ve ever wondered what’s involved in refitting a sailboat, please take a few minutes to watch my new slideshow of the work done on Kuan Yin.  Soon after buying the 32-foot Tahitiana, in 1995, I realized that I would not be able to live on the boat without at least a major cosmetic overhaul.  The cabin was just too cluttered, I kept hitting the fixed table, the cooking stove drove me to distraction it was so inconvenient to use, and the lights were too dim to be able to read a book.

Once I determined to take the boat to Labrador, and ultimately around into Ungava Bay, then it became apparent that all the systems on the boat needed upgrading.  The slideshow is a brief look at the scope of the work and what was accomplished, with the help and support of many friends.


6 comments on “* Refitting “Kuan Yin” for her voyage to Labrador and Ungava

  1. Rick Werwie
    November 13, 2010

    GREAT You-Tube video about Kuan Yin and the final shots out on rough seas! Thanks for sharing. Rick
    PS: When will Kuan Yin be sailing to South East Asia — specifically Ao Nang Bay in Krabi Provence, [southern] Thailand.
    Rick (r.werwie@hawaiiantel.net)


  2. Orland, your Supporter
    December 7, 2010

    Absolutely INSPIRING!
    Very educational, very informing!
    Wish I could learn how to do what you’ve just done with “the renovation” slideshow!
    Beautiful and once more, INSPIRING!



  3. Robin Burnett
    December 8, 2010

    I have never given it a thought but a I can understand now that a boat refit is no mean task. Your life of adventure continues and Sara and I often think back to your days in Belem and the Amazon. That seems a long time ago now. We are off to Vancouver and Whistler for Christmas with son Simon and family. That will be an adventure for us!!

    Have a Happy Christmas and lots of goo luck to you and Kuan Yin in the New Year. Keep us posted.

    Sara and Robin Burnett


  4. Marc Kepner
    December 9, 2010

    Orland shared this link in an email. That is a wonderful tale of refurbishing and I look forward to vicariously sharing the voyage.


  5. Dave Greenwood
    June 14, 2011

    I have just bought a dilapidated Tahitiana in Greece, it had a snapped off bowsprit and other problems,I think the last owner spent all his time just abusing the boat!!!It,s now on the water but still needs a lot of work.One previous owner had crossed the Atlantic a couple of times,the original name was Lady janie then flo and I have now changed it t TIKI.
    What is your email address so I can send you some photos?
    Regards Dave


    • Dennison
      August 7, 2011


      I’ve send you an email from my regular email. Sorry for the delay


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