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

Fish out of water

11 November 2013 | Vuda Point Marina, Viti Levu, Fiji
Well the day finally came. Tanga is now a land based vehicle.

After a final surf session, we made the 2 hour sail to Vuda Point marina and hauled Tanga out of the water. She now sits in her Cyclone Cradle.

The cradle is an I-beam structure that holds her in on both sides and has lumber supporting the weight from below. After a couple 30kt gusts during a squall she didn't budge so we think (hope!) she can withstand a 140kt sustained blow.

To prepare her for our absence during December, while we are in the states with family and friends, we have several important tasks to do. The winds during a cyclone can be fierce, thus we must do all we can to lower her wind profile. This means taking down all the sails, removing the bimini, removing the solar panels and wind generator, and stowing the jerry cans, dingy, fenders, and surf equipment below.

We have many many projects that must be completed when we return in January, prior to dropping back in the water. Such as, a new cutlass bearing, rudder bearings (lower and upper), new propeller, and new anti-foul. We also have many projects that "should" be done and still more that we "want" to do to improve the comforts aboard. We'll post these as we do and complete them.

Cruiser opinion topic: AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries. During our initial preparations for cruising we removed the old wet cell Lead Acid batteries and replaced them with AGM style. Like most of our decisions, this was done because we thought it was a good idea based on what we "knew" at the time. During the past couple years we have heard and read numerous stories about AGM's having issues and reliability problems after roughly one year of use. We have experienced NONE of these problems. We have been told we have an overkill of management devices and way too much charging capacity. But these same folks making these comments are buying new batteries ever year or two. Our AGM's still hold a 98% charge (under a load test) and have never been discharged below 63%, during 2 yrs. of heavy use. We attribute this to proper charge and discharge care. While AGM's require no maintenance, they do require proper charge management. We have 2, 150w solar panels and a wind generator that we use to charge. We use 6 separate meters to monitor the system. We haven't plugged into shore power in over two years (including NZ) and use the batteries to run all (fridge, inverter, electronics and lighting) our power. Thus we can say AGM's are definitely a good way to go, provided you manage your power usage versus charging. If you are fitting out and wish to know the particulars or wish to discuss the technical advantages, design, or dis-advantages of our system, please feel free to email us for a technical discussion.
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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