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Saturday, July 11, 2009

7.11-"Tanguera"

"Tanguera" searches for wind on the River Neuse
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ADDENDUM: I ve head from Tanguera's Captain Peter Smith with details about the boat:
“… she was designed by Joseph Hack in 1960, built in 1965 on the South shore of Long Island, owned & sailed by Hack for 30+ years and brought by him to New Bern when he retired there. Four copies were built, allowing Hack to call the 'class' after his own boat "Periwinkle". I have no knowledge of the other four. She was discussed in Woodenboat Magazine in 198..5 . She's in the Register of Wooden Boats at http://www.woodenboat.com/rwb/index.php That entry has basic descriptive info., as well.

“Between Joseph Hack & us was one owner… who looked after her very well indeed.

“Rebekah & I have had her for three years now, spending a lot of time & sweat on brightwork and topsides and other repairs & maintenance. As a wooden boat she's typically high maintenance and worth it.

I heartily agree!

(Original post below:)

It was a perfect day for power boating, and not so great for sailing... as you can tell from the fact that there are more wrinkles in Tanguera's sails than there are on the surface of the river Neuse in today's photo.

Tanguera might as well have been at Auilis under an Artemisian curse...

As you can see on the right in today's photo, one vessel has had enough of the doldrums, and is motoring back towards Oriental.

Lucky for me I got invited onto a power boat today.

This picture was taken as some friends and I cruised around the river in a small power-boat (about 18 ft. with a 85 hp o/b), passing by all of the virtuously patient sailors drifting on the river while we checked out their becalmed boats.

Though she set no speed records today, Tanguera won today's informal prize for sharpest boat on the river... Close runner up was the +/- 50 foot Tartan sailboat (name unknown) seen in the background in today's photo on the same tack as Tanguera.

The unidentified Tartan did take the prize for "Most Likely to Be Crazy Luxurious Below and Totally Pimped," but Tanguera's classic racing-yacht lines (I'm guessing 1960's vintage design) gave her the edge for best in show... and her glowing brightwork and mirror-like hull didn't hurt either!

(Tanguera looks to me like a Pearson, perhaps Pearson Vanguard, but the sail logo does not match any Pearson logos I can find... What else could it be? If you know, please drop me a comment or an e-mail, thanks!)
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4 comments:

Michael said...

The photo of Tanguera is beautiful and brings back many happy memories. My husband and I owned one of the boats built to the specs of the P36”class”. The plans were a gift from the designer Joe Hack, and 2 boats were built by Gallart in Barcelona, Spain.

In fact, I met my husband when somebody told me to look at his new boat, and the rest was history.

The only downside to our Tambour (dinghy was, of course, the Tambourine), was that Gallart was inexperienced in installing Thiokol on the decking, and we never found the perfect solution to the deck leaks.

We sailed her on the south shore of L.I. as well as to New England. Eventually we sent her to the Virgin Islands where we lost track of her.

Judith Goldsmith

Michael said...

The photo of Tanguera is beautiful and brings back many happy memories. My husband and I owned one of the boats built to the specs of the P36”class”. The plans were a gift from the designer Joe Hack, and 2 boats were built by Gallart in Barcelona, Spain.

In fact, I met my husband when somebody told me to look at his new boat, and the rest was history.

The only downside to our Tambour (dinghy was, of course, the Tambourine), was that Gallart was inexperienced in installing Thiokol on the decking, and we never found the perfect solution to the deck leaks.

We sailed her on the south shore of L.I. as well as to New England. Eventually we sent her to the Virgin Islands where we lost track of her.

Judith Goldsmith

Capt. Ben said...

Wonderful info, and I'm so happy I could connect her with some lucky previous owners of this rare class. I am so happy to hear of your priceless memories. Thanks!

Jane Hack said...

My uncle (the designer and builder) were pleased to find these posts about her. I grew up on this boat sailing on the Great South Bay and cruising New England. I am trying to find her current location so he could see her once more.