NEWS-Page April 2015: TANIWANI ready for another sailing season

At the time of writing this news page, Taniwani is still parked safely under the runway of Madeira’s airport, but ready to launch for more adventures in about a week.

Being near the boat at our house on Madeira, we had regular work visits to Taniwani to work off a longer list of winter tasks.  Most notable are new windows, which we never would have been able to acquire, without the relentless follow-up of our friend Tony in the UK. While the new Perspex windows are quickly fitted, obtaining them from Lewmar is one of the greatest challenges a yachtsman may ever experience.

The difference clear windows make to the appearance of the boat is quite astounding! Taniwani looks almost as new now, and once the rotting genoa tracks will be replaced, (another Lewmar product), everything will look perfect again. But this task is planned for our visit in Galicia at the Lagos Boatyard in Vigo. Owner Alfredo and family are celebrating the 100 year anniversary  of their traditional boatyard this summer with a somewhat smaller version of the Rally Bayona and off course we plan to attend.

So, what’s the plan for this year? Well, much of the same. Some  cruising in the Madeira Archipelago and then sailing south to the Canaries. Eventually, when weather in the north gets warmer, on to the Azores where we hope to meet up with our son Felix and friend Floortje. Also Noel and Sandy on Whisper plan to join in there and then move on together to Galicia for Alfredo’s event where we hope to meet more old friends.  Eventually all would progress south along the shore of Portugal until we leave for  Porto Santo and Madeira again from Sines.

Let’s hope all goes as planned. We will keep you up-to-date via the blog site.

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Since 2012 Taniwani has an AIS transponder, (we had AIS reception since 2003), which now sends out Taniwani's position data. While this is usually only 'seen' some twenty miles around and just used for collision avoidance, there are now ground stations at various places, operated by volunteers, who feed the data into the Internet. And there are several sites that let you see this marine traffic. For example


Taniwani has now sailed over 66,000 miles and has just turned 15 years. As almost every year some older equipment was replaced and our list of equipment including our rating has been updated accordingly. While many items are outdated, there are still quite a few that haven't changed much over the years, and may be that lasting stuff you are looking for. What  we think of all our equipment after such extensive testing can be found as always at:

  Equipment Rating


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