|#4911--THE TAHITI KETCH. The famous 30 Ft. Deep Sea Auxiliary Ketch
Her history and how to build her.
by John G. Hanna
The famous 30 Ft. Deep Sea Auxiliary Ketch. A greatly expanded new edition of our original 41-page booklet, now with 64 pages of text (each Handi-Book page equals two booklet pages) and 10 plates, 3 of them 11" x 17". This publication includes lines and offsets for the original Tahiti, full building instructions by both John Hanna himself and others, and also includes full particulars and plans for Tahiti II--a subsequent development of the original design, with another 5 plates. From Hanna's first page:--"The main reliance in crossing any ocean in a small boat is, and always must be, Free Air, because the smaller the boat, the relatively greater the fuel consumption--a natural law there is no way to beat. On the other hand, while several small boats have gone around the world with sail only, it would be foolish to dispense with an engine, which is an invaluable aid at the only time you are in any real danger. That is, in making landfall and entering ports. Such being the general requirements, you will want to ask: Why use this particular design instead of many other possible 30-footers. Well, a boat with a sharp stern--both ends pretty much alike--commonly called a double-ender--is the most seaworthy possible form. Everything owners have reported confirms this. She is dry; that means she stays on top of the waves, and does not tend to stick her nose under them. She is easy in her motion; she is remakably easy to handle, and obedient to her helmp the rig, known as the ketch rig, is extraordinarily well balanced, not only under full sail, which all boats are, but under any combination of sails, which few boats are; and she has that much-desired by seldom-attained merit of a good cruiser, the ability to sail herself and hold her course for hours with the tiller lashed."