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.
Another good looking and well-maintained Tahitiana called “Sandpiper”. Built in 1986, here are some great photos and details. Sadly, I only seem to get to hear of these boats when they come up for sale.
Details from her listing:
“32 ft Cutter rigged steel “Tahiti Ketch” – Rock solid blue water cruiser!!
“If you’re a couple looking for a capable cruiser that you can enjoy and afford. This boat will take you anywhere! You’ll be impressed with her strength and character. She can use fresh paint on the topsides to make her shine but if you’re in the market for a serious blue water cruiser that is in ready to go condition with plenty of upgraded gear you should read on.
“The boat was build in 1986 by a Navy welder to extremely high standards and outfitted with a cutter rig which is easier to handle in heavy weather and provides many sail plan options. Besides her salty look your first impression of “Sandpiper” will be that she is not a big boat but a little ship! Rock solid construction with 10 gauge steel, long keel, hard dodger, wide side decks, high toe rails, over dimensioned deck hardware, destroyer style front hatch and a safe cockpit will keep you save in any weather. Average cruising speed 5 knots and she makes 6 knots under power while using less than ¾ gallon of fuel/hour.
“Accommodations: Main cabin with bunks on port and starboard side. Both bunks have lee cloths. Forward head with shower on the port side Drained hanging locker to starboard. The forward cabin has a bunk to starboard and a work bench to port. 6 Opening ports with mosquito screens and optional attachable storm plates.
“Galley: Gimbaled “Oregano” non-pressure alcohol stove on starboard side Stainless sink with separate drain pump Pressure water with hot and cold mixing faucet Separate sea water faucet with foot pump Spice rack.
“Plumbing: Pressurized hot/cold water for galley and sink head/shower Manual toilet Holding tank with Y Valve Deck pump out and overboard discharge offshore 2 fresh water tanks approximately 60 gallons.
“Mechanical: Universal diesel 23 HP, Hurth transmission 2 blade prop 50 Amp alternator, 60 amp spare alternator brand new. Dual fuel filters Complete set of spare parts for engine including fuel pump, injector nozzles, belts, gaskets, exhaust pipe, filters etc. 4 connected fuel tanks (40 gallons), all with opening ports big enough to reach your arm in for inspection/cleaning Full keel Barn rudder Wheel steering Edison rack and pinion wheel steering – the most reliable system on the market Emergency tiller Aries Wind vane mounted on transom platform (platform currently out of wood and needs replacing).