SV Tanga

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21 November 2015 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji Islands
03 November 2015 | Savu Savu, Fiji
23 October 2015 | Savu Savu, Fiji
29 June 2015 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
12 June 2015 | Musket Cove Marina, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
19 September 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
05 September 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
17 August 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
26 July 2014 | Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji
06 July 2014 | Nananu-i-ra Island, Viti Levu, Fiji
04 July 2014 | Nananu-i-ra Island, Viti Levu, Fiji
01 July 2014 | 17 23.614S:177 '47.72E
30 June 2014 | Port Denarau Marina, Fiji
25 June 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
29 May 2014 | Port Denerau Marina, Fiji
21 May 2014 | Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
19 May 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai, Fiji
23 April 2014 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lai Lai Island, Fiji
08 April 2014 | Port Denarau Marina, Fiji
05 March 2014 | Vuda Marina, Fiji

Only 2 pages to go!

23 January 2013 | Whangarei, New Zealand
We've just completed re-bedding and sealing all windows (port holes) and stanchions (the silver poles around the deck). We now have our task list down to only 2 pages (70 items), some of which can only be done when we haul the boat out in March. We are making progress and now that the time consuming re-bedding projects of windows and stanchions are done, progress should be faster.

We had re-sealed all the windows and stanchions prior to leaving San Francisco and had a nice leak proof vessel. What we discovered during this first leg of our journey is the difference between rain and submarine testing.

During the two nastiest storms, the first out of Bora Bora, and the second, and most violent, on our trip to NZ, we had seas that made us act like a submarine due to large seas burying various parts of Tanga underwater. The pressure and direction of the water demonstrated that we needed to overhaul all hardware penetrations. They weren't designed to act as a submarine and take the amount and direction of forces that are placed on them during a collapsing wall of water. The largest demonstration of this was while we were riding out the NZ storm, we discovered water in our bilge! Our bilge is always dry, unlike many cruising vessels, we run a dry bilge. After we got over the anxiety of having a hole somewhere, we discovered that the water was coming in from underneath a window as each wave would smash into the side and push up on the base of the window. Not good, but fixable.

Tanga is now ready to pop out from underneath waves as dry as she entered.

A side note about fluid in the bilge. When a standing puddle of liquid is discovered, it's important to determine what it is so we can determine the source. Our first step is to put our fingers in the fluid and smell it. If it smells like diesel, then we know it's a fuel line issue and can chase accordingly. If it has no smell the next step is to taste it. This will tell us if its fresh water, indicating an internal plumbing issue which has happened as a fitting has vibrated loose in the past. (Since then all hose clamps have been replaced with two 316 stainless clamps, as they should be.) If it taste salty, we have saltwater coming in from outside. Saltwater is the most feared because that means the ocean is getting inside. In most conditions, this means a leak below the waterline which is very bad. Having a dry bilge at all times is considered an essential safety item on Tanga.
Vessel Name: Tanga
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan OutIsland 415
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Tom and Monica
About: Hi and welcome to our website. We are beginning our new journey in life of sailing around the world. Please follow along with us in our new adventures.
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