Designer Doug Peterson (modified)
Builder Kevin Read/Formosa Boat Building Co
Class Formosa Peterson 46
Hull number #801 (1976-7-10)
LOA 45′
LWL 39’7”
Beam 12′ 11”
Draft 6′ 4”
Keel GRP 10,000 lb encapsulated iron
Mast Keel-stepped alloy, 62′ above water
Year Launched              1979
Hull Material Fibreglass
Weight ~ 15 tons actual
registered weight 30  34/100 tons
Displacement 33,000 lb (16.5 imp tons)
Fuel 530 litres
Water >100 gal in 5 new s/s tanks
Batteries 500ah House, 300ah Inverter, + 90ah dedicated starter
register measurements (28.02.77) Gross tonnage –
Net/register tonnage –
Register dimensions –                  42.30’ x 12.90’ x 6.65’
Yacht clubs Ocean Cruising Club
Musket Cove Yacht Club
Official number 373501
Aust registration date 1981
NSW Waterways # ACH 430 N
Boatcode number AV-WWAO73949AL9
Pentabase number 555
Radio callsign VJOC
Sail number 3765
rating measurements I               55
J              18.34
P              49.1
E              17.22
Style Cutter/Sloop, masthead rig
Heads Two, with showers
Layout Centre cockpit
Berths Two private double cabins with awkward additional berths for 4



  Owner Name purchased Details/Voyages
1. Kevin John & Heather Read Vela 1977 Taiwan,HK,Phillipines, Indonesia, PNG Tas
2. Hedley Calvert Huon Quest 1980 Syd-Hob race 1980, Whitsundays 1981, LHI 1982, Pacfic Islands 1983
3. Ted Kaufmann Mercedes 6 1983 Tasmania and NSW coastal
4. Laurie Gubb  Tainui Coral Sea, New Caledonia, Qld coastal
5. Paul Richard Jenkins

1997 NSW coastal
6. Brian Fairweather

Syd-Tahiti return
7. John Vallentine

2001 Many Lord Howe Island trips,  Macquarie Island, NZ, Patagonia, Caribbean, Labrador, Baltic, Svalbard, White Sea, Russia etc

One of Tainui’s cruises is described in detail by Tasmanian yachtsman Hedley Calvert in his book, “Always A Competitor.”




Accommodation comprises two double cabins with private en suites, plus a companionway berth, and two single berths in the main cabin. The aft cabin is accessible both from the cockpit and through a passageway from the saloon. Both cabins have full headroom and good ventilation.  The main saloon is well-lit and ventilated, with a large plexiglass hatchway and many storm-proof windows.

Below there is a heap of storage space, all of it overfilled with all the bits and pieces which cruising yachts accumulate despite the most ruthless filtering. The cockpit has a strong dodger that can be lowered, as well as a removable canvas Bimini canopy.

Aft there is a sturdy davit structure that holds solar panels, wind generator and storm mooring lines. Self steering is by Aries wind vane or TMQ/Benmar autopilot.

Laurie Gubb did an extensive refit/rebuild in around 1997 (new galley, much timber deck work, water maker, full rewire,  solar panel/wind generator frame aft, etc)


Since I bought her, Tainui has had 3 extensive refits:

June 2003 (new headstay furler; new stainless water tanks; deck dynel sheathing renewed; deck repainted; overhauled electronics, new wind generator, solar panels, anchor winch, etc);

June 2004 (engine rebuild; gas stove overhauled and re-complianced; diesel tanks replaced; Dickinson Newport cabin heater; dual alternator system, smart regulator installed; trysail track and mast steps);

October 2010 (new standing rigging, all LED interior lighting, Tides Marine mast track system, new mainsail, new refrigeration, major engine service, new D400 wind generator, new cockpit canvas).

November 2013 new radar, awlgrip hull repaint


Galley layout U-shaped, with safety strap and gimballed gas oven – ample storage space and fully equipped with pots, pans, silverware
Water H/C pressure with heat exchanger.  Also pressurised salt water to galley
Gas Stove/Oven gimballed 3-burner, Force 10 gas.  Solenoid switch. 05.10.03 new 10y compliance certificate; new solenoid 2012; stove new 2012
Refrigeration New 12-volt fridge 06/10, with Waeco CU84 series 80 condenser and VD-15 fan-forced evaporator. fridge space is 5.3 cu ft, Waeco unit to suit 8.4 cu ft
Sink Double, stainless
taps pressure fresh & saltwater
Icebox yes, 2 separate
Gas installation 3×4.5kg tanks, serviced  22.4.97, 03.09.03.  Solenoid control. New 10yr compliance plate Feb 2004. New stainless solenoid 2011
gas barbecue Magma, with deck gas lines, s/s tank



toilets 2 manual  Jabsco heads with loops and siphon breaks.  New seacocks
showers 2



Layout Dedicated nav station with large chart table and storage.
Autopilot Benmar S layshaft drive with TMQ AP55 (2012) a powerful and very solid unit
Auxiliary autopilots Autohelm ST-1000

CPT wheel belt drive

SSB/HF Icom IC-m802 with ATU s/n 09705 (08.12.06)
Icom ATU
Modem Pactor SCS PTC-11usb UN29060100000E844FD8FD
with Pactor 3 licence
Radar Koden 24-mile MD-3400 Fully overhauled with new magnetron, front end 11/03.
VHF hand held Icom MC2a (s/n 13030)
VHF Cobra marine MR-F80 waterproof (s/n 1702000501) m/h antenna dual watch, US and international channels (new 07/2010), with spare
AIS receiver Nauticast ACR Cobham
(s/n 42100536)
Whitworths 24/05/11
VHF antenna splitter Comar AST200 Active unit for VHF, AIS and radio
Stereo CD player Poly-planar MRD-60; 4 x  Canton HC100 speakers new, with iPod connection
Steering compass Sestrel Major 6” s/n 16589   IV, and spare
Bulkhead compass Plastimo
Handbearing compass Suunto S/N 3215
Portable GPS 4 units (see personal section)
Chart plotter Navman tracker 5605 0604A  30052345 (10.10.06)
Log Raytheon ST40 (09.06.04)
Depth sounder B&G network; Plastimo hand held new transducer 4/00
Lead line yes
Wind speed/direction Raytheon ST40
Surge protector STO.P – 10, 10amp, installed 22/08/94 for GPS protection
Clock and barometer brass VDO quartz
Speakers 2 sets (saloon and aft cabin) – Canton HC100



Electrical system layout Fully rewired 1997. 12-volt system automatically managed. Yacht is wired in all cabins for 240 volt power via inverter with separate 300 amp battery bank. Shore power hookup and adapters. Solar, wind and water generators all separately regulated.  2 x 12v alternators (dedicated start + house). Smart regulation.
Control panel BEP 24 digital switch breaker panel
Charging system 2 alternators, plus spares, relay circuits to fields with auto AFD,
Charge control 1. Ample Next Step v3
2. separate regulators s for  all inputs
Shore power yes
240v wiring all cabins
12v outlets multiple
Inverter Trace 2400 watt  U 2512 8SB
Battery charger Honda 1kw petrol 4 stroke
Solar power 2 PHX 50w panels with new BP GCR 2000 voltage regulator
Wind power D400 50 amp unit installed 2010 (s/n 002158) separately regulated
Water power Aqua4gen towing generator separately regulated
Alternators 120 amp Bosch (stbd) and 80 amp Bosch (port). 2 spares
Voltage regulators wind – flexcharge NCHC12,
solar – BP GCR2000
house batts – Ample SARV3
start batt – Bosch internal
  several spares
Bilge pumps 1.  fwd bilge pump (deck wash) SurFlo Blaster 534 344
2.  Henderson Mark V in aft  cabin
3.  Henderson Mark V double action E/R bilge pump in cockpit.
4.  electric E/R bilge pump (Johnson L2200)
5.  2 spare henderson pumps
6.  Spare electric pump
Fresh and salt water pumps 2 x  jabsco parmate 44010-2910, 20psi,
House batteries 2 x 250 ah
Starter battery 1 x 90 ah Century
Inverter batteries 2 x350
Stereo Polyplanar CD player with RF input adapter



Refit details Mast pulled, all standing rigging replaced April 2000,and again 2010.
Mast double spreader NZ Yachtspar rig,  Spectra runners. Removable inner forestay. Mast steps, separate trysail track, Walder boom brake
Roller furling headstay Profurl LC42S (new 23.09.03, new bearings 08/2009)With spare lower bearing unit
Standing Rigging  all 10mm, replaced 2000 and 2010
Sails (9 in various condition)  loose-footed, fully battened main (lazy jacks, 3 reefs, Carol Hasse 2011); loose-footed battenless main (Keith Brown, v little use); 750ft roller-furling genoa (180%, North);500 ft roller-furling genoa (luff too long for IF); staysail North); storm staysail (Doyle);roller furling heavy reacher (Doyle); No.2 jib hank luff; storm jib (good); trysail (good); ¾ oz running spinnaker; 1.2 oz MPS (Carol Hasse)  





Boom gallows yes
Boom brake Walder
Spinnaker sock yes
Bosuns chair 2
Mast steps yes
Winches 2 x Arco Hutton 66 ST genoa; 2 x Barlow 27 s/t’s (cockpit); 2 x Barlow 27 ST (halliard); 3 x barlow 22 (halliard);1 x Barient 21/33 ST;1 x Barlow 24 (walder);2 x barlow 24 (runners)
Radar reflector firdell blipper
Trilight Stecktronic combination LED with auto anchor light, SOS and fast flash white (USCG approved) – new 2010



General comments All Cat 1 safety gear acquired for 2000 overseas voyage
Fire extinguishers 3x1kg, 1x4kg all in survey
Fire blanket 2
Flares plenty, new 06/2011
4 person liferaft Viking 4 person soft case, new January 2016
Life jackets 7
Jacklines 2 sets
Safety harnesses multiple, various sizes
Sea sling with hand billy
Spotlight Optronic Blue Eye 400,000 candlepower
1st aid kit yes
Sea anchor 2 Seabrake both unused (Model 30 s/n 18038)
2 x epirbs 2 x 406mHz units new 2010
Portable VHF Icom IC-M2A
Miscellaneous grab bag, medical equipment, emergency water and food rations, etc
Boarding ladder portable stainless steel
V sheet yes
Buckets with lanyards 4
Emergency tiller yes
Portable GPS 1.  Garmin 72 (s/n 82339599)
2.  Magellan 310 (s/n 064573 2202)
3.  Magellan Explorist 100 (011 0041044090   076)
4.  iTrek computer driven
(no s/n)
Seacock plugs yes, on all seacocks



1st bower anchors (2) 60 lb spade; 60lb Manson  plough, (both on foredeck)
1st bower tackle 200’ 3/8 short link proof tested Grade L (swl 1 tonne)
2nd bower anchors 2 x 60lb Manson ploughs (under aft bunk)
2nd bower tackle 240’ x 3/8” S/L (under fwd bunk)
1st kedge anchor 44lb Danforth on taffrail
1st kedge tackle 30’ ½” long link chain + 300’ 12mm nylon
spare chain 210’ x  ⅜” fwd  bunk, 30m 10 mm under aft bunk
anchor buoy yes
anchor chain spring 2
anchor kellet 35 lb Anchor Buddy
boathooks 2
cockpit awning fixed, with sides, plus rolled spare (blue)
cockpit table 2 teak, 1 large, 1 small
deck level nav lights Perko at bow, spare boom gallows LED set
deck wash  high pressure
dinghies Avon Rover R80 10ft S/N AVB838741990Warner Bay rigid dinghy with inflatable skirt (2010)
dinghy anchor stainless grapple anchor
fenders 8 – 3 large flouro, 5 yacht
foredeck winch Nilsson V3000E (fully reconditioned 2003, also new switch and circuit breaker; full motor and winch service 06/2010)
hatch ventilation side-flaps ply, for all hatches
emergency window covers (2) cut to size, with fittings
jacklines terylene tapes
main hatch washboards louvred teak, with canvas covers
netting for opening ports yes
opening hatches plexiglass/teak with stainless steel  strongbacks
outboards Mercury 3.3hp, s/n 06709341  (2.6.98). full service 7/2012, Tohatsu 5 hp new 2015
pelican hooked gates in guardrails both sides  yes
boom gallows Bronze/teak
s/s davits single davit for outboard etc
spare lines 60m 18 mm nylon,150m 12mm nylon etc
bimini cover  yes
spray dodger yes
swim platform/boarding ladder aft
winter cockpit cover
wind chute for fore hatch large and small



Engine Fully rebuilt Ford Bowman (Lehman) 80 hp 4 cyl diesel Model 2722e-2C5A installed 09.06.04.  Simms in-line injector pump fully rebuilt in NZ 03/05 Mariner Engineering full top &  bottom rebuild/replacement 02.05.04.  Bowman manifold, header tank/heat exchanger, engine and transmission oil coolers. New exhaust manifold 2010,new exhaust outlet 2011)
Fuel pump mechanical lift pump plus 2 in-line backup pumps (1 electric, 1 manual)
Engine cooling 15 quarts coolant (geared pump), heat exchanger to raw water fed by jabsco rubber impeller pump (model 17937-0001)
Gearbox Borg Warner model AS 3.71C
2:1 reduction.full overhaul 02.05.04 all receipts
ER Blower Jabsco PAR 35115-0020 4amp 100cfm
Ignition switch Cole Hersee M-850BP
Diesel tankage New s/s stbd tanks 09.06.04,

420 litres (160 + 60  S/S starboard tanks, plus 200 L s/s port tank)New s/s port tank 2001.

Pressure deck wash hose Yes
Bilge Pumps 2 x manual  (Henderson Mk 5 double pump in cave locker,  Henderson Mk 5 to deep bilge sump in E/room)
2 x electric pumps (Johnson L2200 aft w/ automatic switch and Jabsco Par fwd with deck wash)
Water 120 gal  in 5  s/s tanks (new 2003). Par pressure pump
Prop 20 x 18 LH 3-bladed bronze Max prop with zerc nipples
spare prop bronze fixed 3 bladed(under aft bunk)
prop shaft 1.5″ with wet cutless bearing
prop shaft gland  standard stuffing box



Diesel cabin heater Dickinson Newport diesel 40,000 btu with deck chimney (overhaul 09/2010)
Kero heater Taylor paraffin pressure heater in aft cabin
Radiator heater Bus heater, double fan
Charts/books Full
Hot and cold pressurised water Yes
Clock and barometer  VDO
Lee cloths for all berths Yes
Manuals/receipts for most equipment Yes
Spares Many,  (see list)
Tools Full set


Spares list:

Lubrication Spare transmission oil cooler (pressure tested 3/02);  z141 oil filters
Bilge pumps Spare henderson 5, spare rubbers
Deck cowl vents 1 dorade box, 2 spare vents, many plastic covers
Electric water pumps Many spare gaskets etc
Electrics 2 spare bosch  alternators (55 amp and 120 amp)
Starter motor Yes
Raw water jabsco Yes
Engine drive belts many
Exhaust elbow Spare f’glass unit
Fuel lift pump Spare lift pump and spares kit
Head gasket 2 spare
Injector lines Full spare set
Prop 18” fixed 3 bladed, under aft bunk
Toilets Valve and gasket kits
Vetus raw water filter O rings for strainer basket
Water pumps Spare, new 12v sureflo
Winches Spare barlow 24, service kit
Fuel primary filter Racor
Miscellaneous Exhaust hoses, fuel lines, injector lines, head gasket,
 Steering compass Sestrel major