|Gauntlets were designed by H. G. May of the Berthon Boatyard in Lymington, England in 1934. They were designed to be sea kindly yachts with moderate overhangs and draft, a fairly heavy displacement and an easily handled sail plan. They achieved a number of successes in RORC events, especially in heavy weather, confirming both their sea kindliness and their sail carrying power.
This exceptional yacht was built by her first owner, Phil Sissons, in a boatshed at Evans Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. Her keel was laid in 1947 but she was not finished until she was launched, without a rig, in 1978 as 'Reflections of Wellington' - 31 years later !
She is a traditional heavily built vessel constructed to a high standard with select materials. She is carvel built in NZ Kauri (1.75") with 1" Teak decks laid over NZ Kauri diagonals interspersed with canvas impregnated with Stockholm Tar. Frames are two laminations of Australian Spotted Gum and keel/deadwood is Australian Tallow Wood. An interesting aside is that her 4 cylinder, 60hp, Ford diesel engine was purchased brand new in 1965 and so sat in the boat unused for 13 years. The engine was turned by hand periodically.
Her current owner bought her in 2002 and completed a very comprehensive refit between 2006 and 2009 in New Zealand and then another in 2014 by the esteemed Des Kearns in Krabi, Thailand.
In Whangarei, Noel Barrott, a master shipwright, carried out extensive works. Just a fraction of the work included the hull being burnt off back to bare timber and remedial work carried out as necessary. This included replacement of four hull planks. The rig was completely rebuilt. New main boom and all new boom and mast fittings with the exception of the masthead fitting which was rebuilt.
More recently, Des Kearns completed a total re paint, including the mast in situ, stainless repairs, expert carpentry and much more.....
||Tiare Taporo III|
||41' 0" - 12.50m|
|Keel / Ballast
||H G May|
||P. Sissons, New Zealand|
||Timber Frames are two laminations of Australian Spotted Gum and keel/deadwood is Austra|
||1" Teak decks laid over NZ Kauri diagonals interspersed with canvas impregnated with Stockholm Tar.|
||Ford 60hp 1965|
||400 ltr (2 Monel tanks)|
||450 ltr (2 Monel tanks)|
||2m ZODIAC inflatable (2013).|
||SUZUKI 2.2hp outboard.|
||Yet again, no expense spared. The yacht has cream SUNBRELLA sun shading over boom and foredeck, wind|
||Full forward, the double V-berth cabin is exceptionally large and does not feel at all confined. It has bookshelves and vast secure locker space, has a large clear perspex hatch which opens fwd and aft and two small opening ports on the front of the coachroof giving plenty of ventilation and natural light. Moving aft, the head and shower compartment is to port with a louvred wardrobe, converted to removable shelves opposite.
The interior as a whole has that strikingly attractive traditional yacht feel, varnished deck beams, white deckheads and bulkheads, quality ports, three opening in saloon, (all ports re glazed in 2009 with toughened glass) and high quality joinery. The fiddled, two leaf, saloon table has maximum dimensions of 890mm x 580mm. The saloon has much storage space for extended cruising.
Moving up into the galley, the oven and sink share the stbd side and the large fridge and freezer the port side. Fully aft to port is a compartment for fridge / freezer compressor and the hot water cylinder, ontop of which the life raft and drogue are conveniently sited. Fully aft to stbd yet more storage.
The doghouse has two large ports at each side and two small ports front facing and completes the very good ambience in this yacht.
||One, hot and cold water. Electric pump for shower discharge through Jabsco filters (2009) and ho|
||One JABSCO manual with holding tank.|
||Two burner FORCE 10 gas stove and oven (2009). Single stainless steel sink. 12 volt Isotherm water cooled fridge and air cooled freezer. Hot water from the Isotemp 24 litre hot water cylinder, engine and shore power heated.
Watermaker engine driven 60 litres per hour. Substantially rebuilt Australia 2012 with new 3 cylinder SS HP pump and upgraded HP hoses
||NILSSON electric windlass (rebuilt 2014)
100m of 9mm Italian anchor chain
100m nylon rode
Deck wash (new pump in 2010)
The windlass deck switch is to be replaced.
||Four person life raft (out of service)
2 life jackets
Lifelines as per NZ Category One requirements
Coppins (made in Motueka, NZ) "Stormfighter" para anchor (2009)
2 RFD horseshoe life rings c/w rescue orange Sunbrella.
McMURDO EPIRB (2013)
Flarepack (out of date)
Advanced first aid kit
4 fire extinguishers (2010)
2 WHALE manual bilge pumps
||The yacht's AC system is 220VAC, shore power inlet and distribution. VICTRON 50amp battery charger (2015). VICTRON inverter (2010). DC system is 12VDC, two house batteries, CENTURY AGM totaling 540amps (2014), one 1000 CCA engine battery (2013). DC charging from an AIREX wind generator (400watts), two solar panels totaling 120watts and heavy duty 140amp engine alternator. All fully regulated.
Two RULE automatic electric bilge pumps (2014)
The yacht was completely rewired in 2007 including new distribution panels.
|AUTOHELM sailing instruments
AUTOHELM 6000 tiller pilot
TMQ course computer (2008)
COBRA VHF radio (2014)
ICOM M-802 HF radio (2008)
PACTOR modem (2010)
AIS receiver (2011)
RAYMARINE C90W chartplotter (2012)
RAYTHEON 320 GPS (2008)
2 x h/h GARMIN GPS
||Mainsail with two deep reefs. (2007)
Trysail permanently on own mast track. Original but never used and refurbished 2009.
Hanked on staysail with slab reef (2009)
Genoa no 1. Re cut and refurbished. (2009)
Genoa no 2
Headsail is furling on REEFRITE gear
Cruising chute c/w sock
Aviation round parachute for light weather downwind sailing
|Mast / Rigging
||Exceptional condition cutter rig. Original keel stepped Oregon mast. New boom, 2009, and all fittings at NZ refit. Also, a new pole track built on front of mast with new Selden telescopic pole installed.
Sliding gooseneck fitting fabricated together with second track with gate to accommodate trysail. A great percentage of the running rigging and its associated hardware is new. 8mm standing rigging was replaced in 2008.
||2 x MAXWELL two speed st cockpit winches
1 x ANDERSEN two speed st winch for headsail furling
FLEMING wind vane
3 x gas bottles aft cockpit
Pushpit teak cockpit seat
Folding SS ladder designed to sit over bulwarks and long enough to be also used as a swim ladder.
Substantial mooring cleats
Varnished teak caprail
Teak pin rails
Teak and Iroko grab rails