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TAYANA 42 Center Cockpit By Nelson DeCamp On the starboard side was the usual settee bunk with underneath fuel tank. We had the interior redesigned and replaced the bunk with a fold-down dinette with two comfortable swivel seats. This is much more convenient for eating, charting, and reading, etc., than a settee.

taking a year off and cruising the Caribbean to South uring my 35-plus years of cruising sailing, starting America and back, and maybe farther. Time to rewith a Coronado 23, covering the Tampa Bayevaluate the boat needed to make the trip in comSarasota area and reading cruising and sailing magfort, with a center cockpit, enough storage, sail/rigazines and books, I gradually became enthralled ging configurations for weather, moderate draft, with expanding my horizons and traveling farther and speed. and longer. After 10 months with the 23-footer, I Research on center-cockpit, top-of-the-line had upgraded to a 27-foot Coronado, and in bluewater cruisers at that time only revealed two three years, covered the Florida west coast and to three options. I finally was able to find and Keys. The third year I made it to Grand see them and was immediately taken by the Bahama, spending over a week cruising the Tayana 42. It was made in Taiwan, and the south and west coast. Now I was really excitinterior had the most beautiful and superb ed about cruising, and the dreams went on. wood craftsmanship I had seen (example: I returned to Florida and immediately the galley and vanity drawers were real developed a list of optimal requirements wood and not glued, stapled, nailed, or for the next move up. I enjoy the ability to tongue-and-groove, but dove-tailed). It be able to travel with a crew of two couwas not a shiny white plastic cubical ples, one sleeping on a dinette bunk interior. The center cockpit was farand the other on the V-berth. But two ther aft than most, making the aft couples in this situation for any cabin smaller but still plenty of room. extended time without some privacy Since it is primarily for sleeping only, I can experience anxiety and loss of would rather have the increase of room enthusiasm for cruising. I also didn’t in the salon where people socialize. The want a slow boat, but did want good offmost important thing was I would be able shore solid construction. to redesign the interior (within structural The Coronado line of boats were Bill constraints) before construction to my Tripp-designed Columbia race boats that TAYANA VANCOUVER 42 specifications based on many miles of past were extended one foot and re-decked CUTTER SPECIFICATIONS experience. The architect and I went out of for increased cruising room and comfort. our way to create maximal storage of every They were also designed in California for LOA 41’ 9” nook and cranny. The boat was delivered the Pacific Ocean and more solid than and commissioned Jennifer II in the fall of DWL 33’ 0” many of the boats available in the Gulf 1984 and has been everything, as described Coast area. I eventually became sold on Beam 12’ 6” below, I wanted. the Coronado 35 (Columbia 34 race Draft 5’ 10” boat). It had fore and aft cabins offering Displacement 29,147 lbs Salon. On the starboard side was the usual privacy, flat unencumbered deck, shoal Ballast - cast Iron 10,600 lbs settee bunk with underneath fuel tank. draft, roomy salon/galley area, and was This was replaced with a fold-down fast. Sail Area 942 sq. ft. dinette with two comfortable swivel seats. The next twelve years were spent Fuel 120 gallons This is much more convenient for eating, happily cruising Florida and most of the Water 140 gallons charting, and reading, etc., than a settee. Bahamas. The wanderlust challenge Masthead above waterline 60’ The fuel tank was moved to the forward struck again, and I began looking toward


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