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09-18-2012 11:22 PM
K.McRoberts
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

inprin, Been keeping up on your progress! She is looking amazing. Can't wait to see more. As it turns out, I commented on your blog about the Yanmar 1GM. I have the same motor. It's a hard thumping worker. I just love it.
Keep us posted on the changes as they develop. So exciting to see another Taipan 28 out there.
Have a good day,
Kevin
kmcrobertsatverizondotnet
05-10-2012 12:42 PM
K.McRoberts
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

Here she is! Fresh decks waiting for Maritime caulking to finish off her decks.
Furler going on in next couple of weeks. New Yanmar 1GM10 and a new loose footed main. Recently de commissioned and re commissioned as the Slippery Shrimp!

Update 9-18-12
Built in 1976 The Slippery Shrimp is the 44th hull made in the Taipan 28 ( her hull number is 144 as they started at 100 ) Not sure officially how many were produced; I heard about 70 total.
05-03-2012 08:16 AM
sneuman
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

Quote:
Originally Posted by inprin View Post
K.McRoberts, I have one of the few US based Taipan 28's. Mine was built in '69. I am the 3rd owner and I am wrapping up a complete rebuild (gut) which is being rather poorly documented by me at əkwâr`ēəs

She had teak decks that were in really bad shape. They all came off and I re-cored the entire deck. Now it is just fiberglass and paint, not as warm but should be dry and easier to maintain. All new bulkheads, I did keep the galley enclosure but all other mechanical, plumbing and electrical I am replacing. My interior had the two settee births not the table/birth which yours probably does being later.

I have sailed her and she can get a bone and really go in a broad reach. A little slower down wind with her smaller sail plan but I will probably single hand most of the time so small is good.

you can email direct if you have questions: prince dot n dot ian at gmail.com
Wow. Looking at your blog brought back memories! It looks like a very professional restoration - something that I'd hoped to do on my own Taipan, but for obvious reasons was never able to.
05-03-2012 07:52 AM
sneuman
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

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Originally Posted by K.McRoberts View Post
sneuman and sailor john how is the Taipan treating you guys? I'm going to sea trial a 1978 on Saturday.
Hi there,
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!
04-23-2012 03:07 PM
inprin
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

K.McRoberts, I have one of the few US based Taipan 28's. Mine was built in '69. I am the 3rd owner and I am wrapping up a complete rebuild (gut) which is being rather poorly documented by me at əkwâr`ēəs

She had teak decks that were in really bad shape. They all came off and I re-cored the entire deck. Now it is just fiberglass and paint, not as warm but should be dry and easier to maintain. All new bulkheads, I did keep the galley enclosure but all other mechanical, plumbing and electrical I am replacing. My interior had the two settee births not the table/birth which yours probably does being later.

I have sailed her and she can get a bone and really go in a broad reach. A little slower down wind with her smaller sail plan but I will probably single hand most of the time so small is good.

you can email direct if you have questions: prince dot n dot ian at gmail.com
04-22-2012 03:50 PM
RXBOT
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

I have seen its keel described as a long keel 4 and half feet draught so that seems reasonable for 28 foot boat with 7 and half foot beam. But she does have a lot of overhangs, over7 feet on 28 boat. too much for me, she also has small sail area to disp so may not be that prone to being easily laid on its side. The 27 foot sister has waterline under 19 feet thats even worse.
04-22-2012 11:57 AM
K.McRoberts
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

Update! Purchased her yesterday! Needs a little love on her teak decks, but all in all super solid! Love the new loose footed main. Pics coming soon!
04-20-2012 01:53 AM
K.McRoberts
Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

sneuman and sailor john how is the Taipan treating you guys? I'm going to sea trial a 1978 on Saturday.
11-29-2010 12:57 AM
sailorjohn34 I've been reading all this... I just lost a catalina 27 in a storm last week. I just got my taipan 28. everyone used to tell me how the catalina wasn't a sea boat.. now people say the tai pan isnt a sea boat...
if you keep the waves off the beam as in not coming from the beams, and you keep your sail area realistic for the weather you're in... anything can sail the ocean.
my catalina was lost due to a poorly marked channel entry in southern california, I started into the channel then discovered that charts failed to mark the shoal, I attempted to make my way back out toward the ocean and was rolled by a 15 foot wave that broke on my beam. as to the tai pan being a sea boat... forget the numbers that some geek at a computer came up with, get out and feel the boat, get to know the boat and if you're worth your salt, you'll learn to judge just what she can take. I've sailed 60mph winds in 16 foot twin keel boats, granted it's wet and cold.. it can be done.
have faith in your boat. now to all who will post reply to this saying I don't know what I'm talking about.. don't bother being hateful or critical.. I'm experienced in all weather conditions on many boats.. I love small boats and big winds. I'm a firm believer that if you know your boat and your abilities then you can sail a pram dink into a hurricane.. as long as you can get the water out as fast as it can get on board, you'll keep floating.
11-09-2005 02:28 AM
Jeff_H
Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

That is some tale. I am sorry to hear of the damage that you sustained but glad to hear that you are safe and that the boat got you through the obvious mayhem that you were dealing with. Your post shows the shortcomings of my attempt to judge your boat by its numbers and my experience with similar designs.

Best wishes for years of fair winds and more reasonable windspeeds and seas.

Jeff
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