Updated December 02, 2013
WE'RE HOME IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON SAN JUAN ISLAND!
We made it home for Thanksgiving this year - in time to join the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run. It's great to be home and enjoying our winter sports of kayaking, cycling, trail running, swimming and Yoga. It's also much easier to reply to questions than when we were hauled out in the boatyard!
LOVED LEG 5, HATED THE VEGEMITE!
Richard on Leg 5-2013 just sent this: I am still savoring the great memories of our trip of Leg 5-2013. I can honestly say it was a perfect trip from the standpoint of location, experience, learning, and cuisine except for one small detail - that awful Australian creation, Vegemite. Vegemite's badness impressed me so much I have been doing a little research and found some interesting facts. I will put two links below you might find interesting.
FYI to future expedition members: the Vegemite is optional, unless you're a Kiwi or an Aussie!
LEG 5-2013 EXPEDITION MEMBER JASON HAWKINS LANDS A DREAM JOB ON A TRADITIONAL SAILING SCHOONER IN AUSTRALIA'S WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS!
We just received this update from Jason's very proud father and co-Leg 5 expedition member:
Just thought I'd let you know that Jason has had a great trip and is now working for a few months as crew on a sailboat in the Whitsundays. Apparently pays well and he's learning a lot. He got the job thanks in large part to your sailing certificate and his experience on our expedition. Thanks again.
Here's the site: http://www.tallshipadventures.com.au
VANCOUVER OFFSHORE CRUISING SEMINAR ON FEB 22, HOSTED BY BLUE WATER CRUISING ASSOCIATION!
For only the second time ever (first was 30 years ago!) we will be presenting our full-day seminar at the very cool and swanky Granville Island Hotel, co-hosted by Blue Water Cruising Association. Guest co-presenters include Beth and Norm Cooper, Leg 5-2009 Mahina Expedition members who recently completed a three-year Pacific circumnavigation aboard Sarah Jean, their Saga 43. Registration is available at http://www.bluewatercruising.org and there will be a discount for BCA members.
MAHINA TIARE IS HEADED ASHORE AND WE'RE BUSY WITH MAINTENANCE
We can't believe our 23rd season of sail-training expeditions is over, but MT is on the hard in our favorite boatyard and we're working on projects. Amanda is sewing new slip covers out of a gorgeous Hawaiian print we found in Fiji and I'm working on installing a new stereo and possibly new, much cooler LED engine room lights. Our trusty Volvo engine is all serviced and contentedly resting. We've sent our 16 year old Avon RIB dinghy off for retubing at Lancer Inflatables outside of Auckland and the list is getting shorter by the day. In less than a week we'll be on Hawaiian Airlines headed home to San Juan Island!
HOW CAN YOU TOP THIS ANTIFOULING PAINT PERFORMANCE?
Yesterday after completing a 9,000 mile series of passages through the South Pacific we had Mahina Tiare III hauled out in New Zealand and everyone from the Travelift operator to the boatyard workers said, "Why are you hauling out, your antifouling doesn't even need pressure washing, much less recoating!" Unlike some softer coatings we've previously used, Micron 66 doesn't slough off too fast and almost no paint comes off when we occasionally sponge it off after the first six months. This allows us to spend more time enjoying the islands and people of the South Pacific and less time sponging slime off the antifouling paint.
WHAT HAS WORKED AND WHAT WE'VE REPLACED IN THE PAST 160,000 MILES ABOARD MAHINA TIARE III
Blue Water Sailing arcticle, "In 1995, when we ordered Mahina Tiare III, our Hallberg-Rassy 46, we were in Patagonia, headed to Antarctica in the midst of our seventh year of leading sail-training expeditions aboard our 1983 Hallberg-Rassy 42." For the complete article, click here
OUR BOOK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DELIVERY ON LEG 5 A TOTAL SUCCESS!
A big thanks from the schools on Anietyum, Tanna and Erromango Islands in Vanuatu to all of our 2013 expedition members who carried many boxes of school books and supplies when they flew to join us for their expedition legs. A special thanks to David and Karen Swan, Amanda's brother and sister-in-law for purchasing many boxes of books and to Dan Perrine of Leg 5 for purchashing and bringing yet more books. Also, a special thanks to Fiji Airlines's Jessica Simpson for waiving freight charges on the box of books that Dan brought down with him.
Our next project will be collecting school supplies and Spanish children's books for the library on Mormake Tupa in Panama's San Blas Islands on Leg 4-2015. In the meantime, we will continue to support and encourage you to also consider supporting handsacrossthesea.net which is doing an incredible job of getting much needed books to schools in five Caribbean island nations.
WE WILL SURE MISS THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS THAT WE SO LOVE
It is hard to think that we no longer have plans of returning to the islands and peoples of the South Pacific that have been such a huge part of our lives for the past 40 years. We are savoring every minute here and this morning, anchored off Iririki Island where we had our Leg 5 graduation dinner just two nights ago, we just feel so grateful for the amazing island people who have been our friends and welcomed us so many times to their islands. Of course we are excited to be returning to places like the Azores, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Spitsbergen and even more excited to finally get to sail to Iceland, the Faroe Islands and St. Kilda, but it is a bittersweet time aboard Mahina Tiare...
HANDS ACROSS THE SEA MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SEVERAL CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES PLUS HELPING OUR EFFORTS IN VANUATU
What a cool idea cruising sailors Harriet and Tom Linskey came up with: work with Peace Corps volunteers, island educators and governments and use cruising sailors and sailboats to deliver much needed school books and supplies to Caribbean island schools! Harriet helped us by giving us contacts at Scholastic Book that have allowed us to purchase substantial quantities of books at non-profit prices for the school libraries in Vanuatu that we support. We plan on doing a similar project when we return to Mormake Tupu in Panama's San Blas Islands in 2015. A big thanks to all of our 2013 expedition members who agreed to help by bring boxes of school books down with them when they joined us. For more on Hands Across the Sea, visit their website at: http://www.handsacrossthesea.net.
BOAT SELECTION CONSULTATION BUSINESS VERY BUSY AND VERY SUCCESSFUL NOW!
The following is exactly the type of message I enjoy receiving:
I am very happy to report that we closed on the 1981 Hallberg Rassy 38 on Friday! We still can't quite believe it, but will go out tonight to celebrate. :-)
Robert and I are so grateful to you for your very helpful, expert advice, guidance, and support during this journey. We appreciate how helpful you have been to us each step of the way.
In the coming weeks, we would love to correspond with you about the repairs and upgrades that we are considering to the boat to get your thoughts.
Very best wishes, and fair winds,
Nina and Robert
Nina & Robert had been outbid on two Tartan 37's and then I remembered a young couple who had spent two years refitting and repowering an HR 38, cruised Mexico but recently contacted me asking if any consultation clients would be interested in their 38 as they needed to return to work and the "real" world. I put both couples in touch with Ryan Hellling at Swiftsure, recommended the sellers sail the boat to San Diego to simplify the transaction, and the rest is history!
Yesterday I went through my consultation binder and was amazed how nearly all of my recent clients have successfully purchased boats around the world in the last few months. Here's the list:
A young couple from SF purchased a Tartan 37 from Baxter & Molly, previous consultation clients, got married and are off on their grand adventure!
Another young Bay-area couple used Pete McGonagle's help to purchase a very clean, low-hour Dean catamaran in FL
An Ontario couple purchased a very tidy Switch 51 cat in Denmark and Jim, an expedition member on our Panama-Hawaii leg helped them sail it across the Atlantic.
A very experience Australian couple purchased a Contest 43 in Spain and are excited about cruising the Med!
A Portland, OR client who attended our Seattle seminar purchased a Yamaha 33 at a very reasonable price in Friday Harbor, our hometown, and sailed it home to Oregon.
A Seattle couple whom we met at the Seattle Boat Show purchased Tabu, a famous Farr 44 built and sailed by Richard and Sherri Crowe, longtime skippers of the sail-training vessel Alaska Eagle. They will shortly be sailing their new boat home to Seattle and Michele is joining us on Leg 7.
Bucky, a single guy whom we met at the Seattle Boat Show after serious research purchased a Taswell 43 which he plans to sail to Mexico shortly. We were able to put him in touch with Chris and Bobbie Ridenauer who liveaboard a Taswell 43 and have helped dozens of our client repair, refit and outfit newly-purchased vessels for offshore voyaging.
Another Bay-area client found and purchased a very tidy cat in FL.
Yet another Bay-area client purchased a low-hour Beneteau to sail to Mexico on.
And yet another young Bay-area couple purchased an Island Packet 380 with only 400 engine hours, got married and flew to Croatia to charter for their honeymoon! What is it about our clients buying boats and getting married? Seems to be a real trend here!
A lovely couple from Vermont found a very tidy Beneteau for coastal cruising. They purchased the boat in FL, and Teresa Carey and Ben Ericson, also consultation clients, film makers and professional sail-training captains (http://simplequestionmovie.com) combined intensive (and very successful!) training with the delivery sail.
I may have missed one or two, but it is surprising how many clients have found their dream boats and are already out there cruising! The inventory of refitted, fairly recent-model offshore capable cruising yachts on the market continues to shrink, and prices are headed back up, so if you're planning on purchasing, now is certainly the time!
ALL 2013 MAHINA BERTHS FILLED AND 2014 IS NOW FILLING
We may have cancellations and in order to be first on the wait list for Legs 5, 6 or 7, simply email an application without deposit. If we have a cancellation, we will contact you at once.
John & Amanda are on the June 2013 cover of Sail Magazine, pick it up now at your local news stand!
FIRST LEG FINISHED
Leg 1-2013 Successfully Completed and Mahina Tiare is anchored off Moorea, 17 miles west of Tahiti.
Click HERE to read the Leg 1 expedition updates.
We've added links to all of the exciting places we will sail to and are working at adding a Google Map that will outline the route. If you're up for high latitiude adventures - you're welcome to join us sailing to places we've only read and dreamed about! Click here to find out more!
AMANDA AND JOHN INTERVIEWED ON AUSTRALIAN PODCAST
Check it out: http://thesailingpodcast.com/mahina
WE'RE BACK HOME ON SAN JUAN ISLAND, WASHINGTON AND ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE!
There was a record turnout on Jan. 1st for the 27th Annual Committment Ride and we didn't freeze to death. Amanda has discovered ZUMBA exercise dance classes and we are enjoying kayaking, swimming, yoga and catching up with friends.
We're hard at work on some new show and seminars and off to the Toronto, Chicago and Seattle Boat Shows shortly. Hope to meet you at one of the shows, and we wish everyone SMOOTH SAILING AND FOLLOWING SEAS IN 2013!
AFTER A MARATHON WEEK OF WORK AND SOME SKILLFUL HELPERS, MAHINA TIARE IS LOOKING GREAT FOR OUR 2013 SEASON
We're at Auckland airport having just put MT's full boat cover on.
Here's what we've just completed:
- Finalized options on our the new mainsail and genoa that Carol Hasse at Port Townsend Sails is just starting
- Installed a shiny new Force 10 stove/oven
- Replaced our worn-out Lofrans windlass with a more powerful Maxwell
- Replaced our failed original Odelco 24 volt monitor with a Xantrex Link Lite which now matches our 12 volt monitor
- Located and installed a LED 24 volt mast deck light
- Replaced a cracked Lewmar genoa winch base
- Added a 12 volt battery charger, separate from our house 24 volt charger/inverter
- Located the short that prevented two of our 12 volt outlets from working
- Galvanized chain and main anchor
- Removed, machined down and reinstalled lower bronze rudder bearing
- Replaced watermaker pump and membrane
- Installed new feed line for SSB antenna tuner
- Hardwired 220-110 step-down transformer, replacing corroded plug
- Removed caulking, re-grooved, re-caulked and sanded 1/3 of port side teak decks
- Normal end-of-season maintenance: flushed holding tanks and head, changed engine and transmission oil, removed washed and rehung all curtains and hatch covers
It's a relief to be at the airport and to know that we won't have a huge project list waiting when we return in April.
We owe huge thanks to Half Moon Bay Marina Boatyard, our all-time favorite, and to Kelvin from Half Moon Bay Boat Builders and to Paul from Half Moon Bay Electrical.
Incidentally, we are paying the equivalent of US$50 per hour for a fully-qualified master boatbuilder whose services would earn $110-120 per hr in North Amercia, and the equivalent of $55 per hour for a top marine electrician. NZ is without question the most cost-effective country in the world for highest quality yacht repair work.
2013 LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER SEASON OF EXCEPTIONAL SAILING CONDITIONS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, THANKS TO ENSO-NEUTRAL WEATHER CONDITIONS
Click http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.doc to read the latest update.
TWO MAGAZINE COVERS IN ONE MONTH!
November issues of Cruising Yachtsman (Australia) and Blue Water Sailing (USA) both feature Mahina Tiare and are her 12th & 13th cover girl shots.
MEET PJ BAKER, WHO IS NOW HANDLING REGISTRATIONS FOR MAHINA OFFSHORE CRUISING SEMINARS!
PJ, on the right just completed an exciting one year South Pacific cruise with her husband Brad and adventuresome boys, Bryce and Austin. They've recently sold CAPAZ, their custom Perry 48' ketch to one of our Seattle seminar grads and have moved back ashore where PJ runs Swiftsure Yachts office that Brad co-founded a few years ago with seminar co-presenter Pete McGongagle.
Read of the Baker's excellent adventure here: www.svcapaz.com
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THREE ISOLATED ISLAND SCHOOLS IN VANUATU
We're rarely seen parents, village elders and young, dedicated schoolteachers more involved than in the three villages on Aniytum, Tanna and Erromango we delivered books and school supplies to during LEG 5-2012.
The headmasters at Achawhat and Potnarvin both have asked if we could help them in their efforts to establish the first-ever school libraries in their isolated villages. In addition, they have asked for more simple school supplies including pens, pencils, exercise books, world atlas, dictionaries, crayons, marking pens, scissors - just any typical school supplies.
At their request, we are looking for donations of children's books from age 5-15. Used books are fine, and we will be asking each 2013 expedition member if they can help by bringing books that we will ship them on their flight to join us.
Special appreciation goes to anyone in New Zealand who can help supply books as these won't need to be carried down from the States. We have funds set aside for purchase if anyone finds particularly good sources.
John, Amanda and the teachers, children and parents of these villages.
PASSAGEWEATHER.COM, a great way to see what weather Mahina Tiare is encountering currently, or to check sailing weather for just about any location!
This LINK will take you to NE Australia and Coral Sea, the map that we are currently using, before departure: www.passageweather.com/maps/coralsea/mappage.htm
WE'RE HEADED BACK TO ALASKA IN 2014 AND ARE SETTING SAIL BACK TO SWEDEN IN 2015!
As much as we've always loved the South Pacific, 2013 will be our last full season of South Pacific expeditions. Click HERE for our new 2014 schedule, starting in Auckland and ending in Victoria, Canada or click HERE for our exciting 2015 schedule, starting in Victoria and ending in Sweden. If you are interested in either year, click HERE for our 2005 Log updates (identical passages to 2014) or click HERE for our 2006 updates, similar to our 2015 schedule.
PREVIOUS EXPEDITION MEMBERS BETH AND NORM COOPER, Leg 6-2009 FROM VANCOUVER, BC CARRY ON OUR TRADITION OF DELIVERING MUCH NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO ISOLATED VILLAGES IN VANUATU.
Click HERE for their story
Date: 04 Oct 2012 21:42:00 -0000
Hi John & Amanda,
We are now in Port Vila and wanted to give you an update on our visit to Port Narvin. We really enjoyed our time there. We told our friends we were going there to deliver school supplies so they followed us to Port Narvin from Port Resolution. 5 boats arrived together in the anchorage. There was already one boat there. Chief Joe and Chief Andre said that it was the most boats ever at Port Narvin! When Norm and I went ashore on arrival and the path and beach were lined with all the villagers (Sunday afternoon). The chiefs said they had all come to the waterfront to see the boats as it was such a big event.
All 6 boats visited the school the next day together and the children sang beautifully for us. The teachers were very appreciative of the school supplies. The chiefs then guided us on a hike to the top of the mountain where they are building a cell tower. The next day Norm & I visited the new Junior High School which they just opened this year. They are REALLY in need of books and supplies. We did some photocopying for them and promised to look into sending English and Science books on their syllabus. We'll look into this in NZ.
All in all a very memorable visit with lovely people so thank you for the suggestion to stop there. The biggest problem for yachts is the rolly anchorage. We set a stern anchor which helped.
We're enjoying PV now with baguettes and good grocery shopping. Hope all is well on MT.
Beth (& Norm too)
Click HERE to visit their site.
CREW COMMENTS UPDATED
Click HERE for 2011 comments.
ONCE AGAIN, MAHINA TIARE IS A COVER GIRL ON AUGUST BLUE WATER SAILING
BOATS FOR SALE: NEW PAGE UNDER CONSULTATION!
We have no intention of brokering sailboats, but when expedition members or consultation clients are ready to sell their boats, we will list them on this page. Please contact sellers directly. www.mahina.com/boatsforsale.html
TWO GORGEOUS GIRLS GRACE THE COVER OF MAY CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE!
Molly Gillespie, Leg 2-11 points the way through Huahine's reef aboard Mahina Tiare for our tenth magazine cover shot.
MOST SUCCESSFUL TWO WEEKS FOR MY CLIENTS IN 20 YEARS OF BOAT PURCHASE CONSULTATION!
Unbelievable, but here are two weeks of success stories:
- Click here for the story of UK
consultation clients Ian and Ann's search which resulted in their
commissioning a new Allures 45 which is just starting construction in France
and which will be displayed in the Paris and Dusseldorf boat shows this
- A client we met in our Chicago seminar ordered a new Rustler 36 (http://www.rustleryachts.com/36.php) from England which will be displayed in the Annapolis Boat Show this August.
- A Brazilian client living in Mexico City yesterday completed purchase of an HR 53 which he plans to circumnavigate aboard with his wife and two young children.
- Florida clients have an accepted offer on the cleanest, best-equipped Island Packet 380 on the market for under $200K!
- Swedish EM's have an accepted offer on an HR 53 in Spain. Anyone interested in their immaculate Najad 390?
- Australian client is making an offer on a very clean Nordic 40 in Maine after losing out to higher offers on a Valiant 40 in San Diego.
- Colorado based-FedEx captain and wife purchased a Valiant 42 in Annapolis.
- Hong Kong based Aussie signs up and narrows search to the tidiest HR 46 on the market.
- Malta-based EM locates an amazing value boat, 100K Euros below market value and is off to Italy this weekend to check it out.
- New Vancouver client is off to Tacoma to check out an immaculate Beneteau 411 as a first boat.
- UK client and former EM takes delivery of his new HR 40
( http://www.hallberg-rassy.com/yachts/center-cockpit-boats/40/ ) in Sweden.
- Texas-based couple from Chicago seminar take shakedown cruise on their just-purchased Manta 42 catamaran with three young daughters. www.threekidsandaboat.blogspot.com
- A client in Costa Rica gets a second chance on a nearly-new Najad 380 that he lost to a higher bidder two weeks ago.
STRICTLY SAIL MIAMI BOAT SHOW AND SURPRISE FT. LAUDERDALE VISIT VERY EXCITING!
The opportunity to watch and photograph the survey and go for a test sail with a consultation client on the Manta 42 cat that they had made an offer on, plus the chance to see the first day of the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show proved irrespirable, so Amanda and I accompanied Pete McGonagle to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this week. We had the opportunity to interview and photograph several boatyards, make connection with a new buyer's broker whom we will be referring selected clients to and generally learn much more about resources available in South FL for our Boat Selection Consultation clients.
Also, very importantly, we had the chance to go aboard, photograph and speak with boatyard owners or reps of Antares, Catana, Seawind, Leopard, St. Francis and Knyssna catamarans, plus meet with the Jachney's and view the latest (and excellent) Hylas yachts. A real bonus was meeting Stan and Sylvia Dabney, founders of Valiant Yachts whom I had last seen in 1976 when they had just started Valiant Yachts.
NEW CARIBBEAN SECURITY INDEX RATES THE SAFETY IN PORT AND AT ANCHOR OF EACH COUNTRY IN THE CARIBBEAN, click HERE to review the ratings.
BAXTER, MOLLY AND KALA HAVING WAAAY TOO MUCH FUN IN THE BAHAMAS!!
Swimming pigs that come out to your boat for food scraps when you call them, snorkeling in sunken airliners; you gotta check this out!
Baxter and Molly were Boat Purchase Consultation clients (they ended up purchasing a very tidy and quite well equipped Tartan 37) and joined us on a very exciting Leg 2-11. Shortly after returning from Rarotonga, they set sail south from North Carolina and are now in the Bahamas seriously having too much fun! This is what it is all about - you don't have to sail around the world to get away and have an amazing adventure.
CHECK OUT www.DistantShores.ca FOR VERY COOL SAILING DVD'S AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS AIRING WORLDWIDE!
We had briefly met television producers Paul and Sheryl Shard at Strictly Sail Chicago, but the Jan. Toronto show gave us the opportunity to watch two of their seminars and learn more about their very successful and long-running sailing television series. If you can't get enough of sailing adventures on a snowy winter evening, watching their shows is like eating your favourite desert!
BOATS TO CONSIDER FOR OFFSHORE CRUISING JUST UPDATED!
Click here to view John's latest list including several additions and deletions.
150,000 MILES AND STILL SAILING FAST AND STRONG!
Mahina Tiare's log just turned over 150,000 miles, the equivalent of SAILING SIX TIMES AROUND THE WORLD!
As she is structurally sound and still looks like a new boat, she is a huge testimony to the amazing quality of Hallberg-Rassy yachts. MT's original Volvo TMD 31L engine now has 11,400 hours but still doesn't use a drop of oil, doesn't smoke and comes up with annual oil analysis records identical to when new. Even so, we are booked in to repower once we reach Sweden and our favorite Marinssons Brother's boatyard in 2014. We will also once again have Martinssons replace all rigging including the Selden Furlex and lifelines as they did at 100,000 miles.
WE LOVE FIJI!!!
This has to be the best tropical cruising destination in the world, and we are delighted to be back, anchored in the same spot and walking on the exact same beach at Musket Cove, Malololailai Island where we were married by a sulu-wearing Fijian minister in 1998, between Legs 4 & 5. We scheduled 13 days off this year between Legs 4 & 5 and not only are we getting Mahina Tiare in top shape, we've had time for trail running, kayaking, swimming and visiting with our Fijian friends and cruisers. Life just doesn't get any better!
2011 13th Anniversary!
Click HERE to read STAYING SHIPSHAPE: Maintaining and Refitting a Coastal or Offshore Cruising Boat from Blue Water Sailing's April 2011 issue.
PIRACY, SECURITY AND CRUISERS
Click HERE for our just-updated article with an addition by Jimmy Cornell on how to avoid the Red Sea and Middle East completely while circumnavigating.
YET AGAIN, SHE'S A COVER GIRL!
Mahina Tiare graces the cover of the Feb. 2011 SAIL magazine!
CONSULTATION CLIENTS SET ALL TIME RECORD OF ONLY 27 DAYS FROM INITIAL CONTACT TO SURVEY AND PURCHASE OF THEIR DREAM BOAT! More...
I'VE FOUND COOL NEW TEVA SANDALS FOR TROPICAL EXPEDITION MEMBERS!
Perfect for hiking, trail running and even for wearing on the plane, these Tevas eliminate the need to bring shoes with you on the expedition. Click HERE to see them. http://www.rei.com/product/781265
THIS IS ONE OF OUR MANY REWARDS FOR LEADING SAIL-TRAINING EXPEDITIONS...
what greater reward is there than helping our expedition members gather the tools, knowledge and experience to realize their own dreams of ocean cruising? Linda and Brad joined us about five years ago for the passage from Noumea to Auckland and now they sold up and sailed here on their own boat! Click here for the full story.
AMANDA'S WHITBREAD 'ROUND THE WORLD RACE
Click here for a Youtube clip of Amanda's 1989-90 world circumnavigation as rigger aboard MAIDEN, the first all-woman Whitbread race boat.
THERE'S A NEW WEBSITE FOR WOMEN AND CRUISING
Amanda was recently interviewed for their latest Galley Article click here for her answers and galley advice.
PIRACY AND SECURITY
So many seminar attendees asked about what we have done to avoid any piracy or security issues aboard our boats over the past 35 years, that we have written a new page which will be in next year's Offshore Companion books and is now posted under Resources-Links-Piracy and includes links to the sites we use to determine WHERE NOT TO SAIL!
CLICK HERE FOR A RECENT INTERVIEW OF AMANADA AND JOHN ON www.threesheetsnw.com.
WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT AND HOW THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN:
READ AMANDA'S NEW FOUR-PART SERIES PUBLISHED IN CRUISING WORLD, click here
MEET MICHAEL HENRICHS, MAHINA EXPEDITIONS DESIGNATED TRAVEL AGENT OF CHOICE
Michael is a sailor and manager of Doug Fox Travel North Seattle office which handles much of the international travel for University of Washington. Open six days a week, 8:30-6:00 weekdays, 10-3 Saturdays (Pacific time), Michael's toll free number is 1-877-429-5787 and his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. He has traveled to many of the countries we sail to and we are working closely with him to ensure smoothest possible airline and hotel bookings for expedition members.
We don't receive compensation from travel agents, but we have found it helpful having a dedicated agent who understands our specific needs (expedition members must be in port of joining at least 24 hours early, and must not book return tickets before 2PM on final day of expedition). Many times Michael will offer a lower price than available on the internet by using a travel wholesaler. An additional advantage is if your airline changes your return ticket while you are aboard, Michael will alert us via email.
ANOTHER SATISFIED BOAT PURCHASE CONSULTATION CLIENT FINDS HIS DREAM BOAT!
Click here for the details!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR NEW NAUTICAL TERMINOLOGY TEST.
We welcome suggestions for additional terms to include on the test, and we invite expedition members to study this (the answers are in your Expedition Companion books sent out before you join us) in preparation for joining Mahina Tiare.
WE AREN'T LOOKING FOR EXPERT SAILORS, JUST INTERMIDIATE SAILORS WHO REALLY WANT TO GAIN OFFSHORE VOYAGING SKILLS!
Recently we've received emails from several people who didn't think they had enought experience to apply for an expedition, even though they have certainly had more than intermediate sailing skills.
THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAITS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT ARE:
- the ability to get along well with others in challenging environments
- the willingness to give 100% in all situations
- the desire to learn everything possible about offshore sailing
- a personal committment to a healthy and active lifestyle
We find that if you are outgoing, enjoy making new friends and experiencing different cultures you will be a positive asset to our crew.
LINDA & MIKE DAWKINS, LEG 8, 2003 EXPEDITION MEMBERS ARE LIVING THEIR DREAM! read more!
MAHINA EXPEDITIONS GETS STRONG REVIEWS FROM A CORPORATE CONSULTANT/TEAM BUILDER!
Read the article here: http://www.etdalliance.com/wie_inaction.html?art=5"
CAN TESTING MAKE YOU A BETTER SAILOR?
We think it can increase retention of valuable skills and information, at the least. Our expedition tests started with a single page covering the following:
*Overboard Rescue (including individual hands-on demonstration)
*Abandon Ship Equipment (including physically inventorying each our our three containers)
*Liferaft Deployment (including a video and physically lifting our raft out of it's cradle on deck)
*Bilge Pumps: location, operations and alarms
*Hoisting the main, reefing (including individual time trials), dropping the main, shaking out a reef
*Wind speeds for reefing, upwind and downwind
The first test proved so successful at getting expedition members focused on learning and retaining key information we have added the following individual tests, each given the morning following the presentation of the subject:
Marine Weather (includes drawing different key weather symbols)
Diesel Engines (following our engine class and video)
Anchoring (includes drawing diagrams of each technique discussed)
Storm Tactics (includes hands-on deployment of warp and drogue as well as drawing each tactic discussed)
Sails and Rigging (includes utilizing our Pfaff 130 machine to make a sail repair)
MAHINA EXPEDITIONS REQUIRED BY TOP INSURANCE CARRIER FOR SOME CRUISERS APPLYING FOR OFFSHORE INSURANCE
Each of the major international insurance carriers (Lloyds, Pantaneius, Blue Water, IMIS) recognizes that completing one our our expeditions with intensive, focussed training makes you a much better risk,and we hear from previous expedition members of discounts as much as 40% on offshore insurance premiums. For the first time however, one of the very best insurers, Al Golden,owner of International Marine Services is specifically recommending Mahina Expeditions to clients with limited offshore experience who are hoping to be accepted into his very selective and most highly rated Jackline Insurance Program. Jackline is the first and only "A" rated US underwritten program that includes worldwide navigation for crews of two or more. www.IMIScorp.net.
CONCERNED ABOUT SEASICKNESS DURING HIGH SEAS EXPEDITIONS?
If so, click here for our latest addition, an overview of what really works for preventing and treating seasickness.
CAN COMPLETING A PASSAGE ABOARD MAHINA TIARE BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND ADVENTURE? Read more here!
HOW TO ORDER AMANDA'S BOOK
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