Tamata is a 43-foot cutter rigged sloop. She was built in 1992 by Med Marine in South Africa and is solidly designed for open ocean sailing. Her integral keel design, solid below-water fiberglass construction, skeg-hung rudder, 110 gallon fuel and 90 gallon water capacities, and slab reefing main made her a top choice for safely carrying us from Rhode Island to Western Australia.

At time of purchase in 2012, she was sail-able but not quite livable. We quickly turned her interior around, replacing the worn floorboards with glossy teak and holly. We also upgraded a few key things up above. We replaced the neglected teak deck with nonskid, installed solar panels, converted the roller furling staysail to a removable inner forestay and completed extensive electronic work. Finally in 2014, after nearly two years of improvements and two winter haul outs, our departure date was clearly on the horizon and we were ready to take the long way to the other side of the globe.



Length Overall: 43 ft (13.1 m)

Beam: 13 ft (4 m)

Draft: 5 ft 8 in (1.77 m)

Tonnage: 16T

Full batten, 3 reef-point main (Quantum Sails)

105% genoa

Spinnaker (North Sails)

Hank-on storm staysail



4 person Revere Offshore Commander liferaft

SmartFind Plus 406 GPS EPIRB

SPOT Gen3 Satellite Tracking/Messaging Device

ISAT Pro Satellite phone

Self-assembled grab bag

Adventure Medical Kit 2000 (for more than 24-hours from shore)

2000 gph Rule bilge pump, computer controlled

3700 gph Rule electric bilge pump

Whalegusher manual bilgepump

Flare pistol and offshore flare kit (Cat. 0)

5 Fire Extinguishers

Raymarine C-70 chart plotter with radar

Raymarine RN-300 (backup)

iSailor navigation program for iPad, Navionics for Samsung

ICOM VHF (Marine IC-M504), 2 handheld ICOM M73 radios

ICOM SSB radio (IC-M710 MF/HF Marine Transceiver)

Pactor II modem with Pactor III upgrade (Sailmail/Airmal)

MeteoMan barograph


regional paper charts

Fuel and Water


132 gallons fuel (two tanks under aft bunk) *

90 gallon water tank (under forward bunk)

Water maker: EcoTech 12V 260DML, 50 gallons/hour *

Windpilot Pacific Plus *

Raymarine autopilot type 2 linear drive



2 Lifeline 4D batteries main bank (plus secondary lead acid deep cycle battery bank) *

Xantrex 1000 Inverter (115VAC, 60Hz, 1000w)

2 Kyocera 140w solar panels connected in series with a mppt controller *

Silent Wind wind generator *

Yanmar 4JH2E diesel 46HP with Kanzaki 2MP transmission

Alternator: Balmar 110amp with ARS-5 regulator (serpentine belt conversion) *

Dripless shaftseal


Other Stuff

55lb Delta with 200ft of 3/8inch high tensile chain

Guardian G37 (secondary)

Danforth ~30lbs (spare)

Lofrans Kobra Windlass (rebuilt 2014*)

Guardian G5 (dinghy)

Highfield 10ft rib

Tohatsu 9.8HP outboard

Torqeedo Travel 1003 electric outboard

Refrigeration: FrigoNautica FR160RC *

Freezer: FrigoBoat Keel Cooled System *

Fusion MS-IP600 Marine Entertainment System*

* elements we've installed ourselves