Originally Posted by K.McRoberts
sneuman and sailor john how is the Taipan treating you guys? I'm going to sea trial a 1978 on Saturday.
Unfortunately, my beloved Taipan 28 is long gone. She is probably on a scrap heap in Danang, Vietnam now - or being used mastless by some local fisherman. I just couldn't deal with the expense and bureaucracy of getting her out of the 'Nam.
My only caveat (and this is general and not specific to the Taipan 28) is BEWARE THE WOODEN MAST. There is rot in there somewhere and eventually you may find out in a nasty way. The proximate cause of my dismasting in that typhoon was an accidental jibe that did serious damage near the gooseneck, but the ultimate cause was a rotten mast.
I also had pretty bad osmosis, which I fixed, but that wasn't an issue in the typhoon.
As for the basic design of the boat, well what can you say about a boat that saved your life? Not nearly enough. Joy of your purchase!