Please click on the links below to view the FAQ answers.
Has Tevai ever been damaged?
Since we took ownership in July, 2005, NO. We did lose the backstay off Bermuda in Nov, 2008 because of a faulty (new) eye/jaw toggle. The mast stayed up because the runners were deployed. We were sailing again in 3 hours. I actually won 2nd prize in the Land Fall Navigation contest regarding off shore preparedness because of this event. My survey and several professional surveys show no evidence of structural damage or repair.
I want to go cruising, don’t necessarily want to circumnavigate, is Tevai set up for that?
Yes. Tevai has sailed from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean twice and has cruised the Caribbean 2007-2009 and 2013 – still cruising. The navigation, anchoring, and creature comfort systems are all set for that life style. Example, the cockpit has removable sun screens, rain awnings, and l enclosure for wet and windy offshore days. If you want to sit a dock- then this boat is overkill - go buy a lightly built, flat entry production boat, not a Bob Perry designed offshore cruiser with a massive structural grid and a sweet, non-pounding sea motion .
Your price seems high - why?
I once tried to explain to a young man looking to go cruising about the concept of “paying forward” and explained that Tevai is equipped and maintained by paying forward before. This allows us to use the boat with a reduced chance of interruptions caused by equipment failure. He ignored my advice, bought a boat that looked good and then quickly and unexpectedly spend $ 30,000 + replacing an engine, rigging and other critical gear. But the bigger cost was that he had budgeted 12 moths for his sailing adventure and half of that time was spend at various docks, spending money and not cruising. Boats operate in a difficult salt water environment and things need to be maintained or repaired or adjusted frequently. The price reflects the fact that when this boat is handed over things will work and the boat will be ready to cruise- because we are cruising now.
Are you serious, is Tevai really ready to circumnavigate?
Yes. She would need charts for the Pacific. I would monitor the downwind battery charging on the leg from the Caribbean to Panama and then decide if I wanted to add a water generator. See discussion of 12 VDC below.
What is the highest wind and waves you have experienced in Tevai?
Not much over 50 Knots and 16-18 feet. We did the somewhat infamous 2013 Salty Dawg Rally which included a few casualties to others.
What is the 12 VDC consumption and charging profile?
At anchor daily consumption is approx. 100-130 Amp Hr. Depending on cloud cover and wind speed, this is usually replaced each day by solar panels and wind generator. On passage, with autopilot steering and nav equipment running consumption is approx. 240-260 Amp Hr. If the apparent wind is at least 15-18 knots and there is good sun. This is usually replaced each day by the solar and wind. Overnight, on passage there is usually a 80-100 Amp Hr deficit if the apparent wind is in the range of 15-18 knots. There is less Amp Hr deficit with more wind and bigger deficit with less wind. The Kubota/Balmar can charge the batteries and burns approx. 8 oz. of diesel and hour. I am a realist and not an idealist and feel that 8oz per hour will likely not cause global warming . Obviously the Yanmar can charge the batteries with its 100 Amp alternator. So, in summary, there are 4 independent ways to charge the 12 VDC batteries
How do you handle drinking water?
We carry approx. 106 gallons in tanks. We can collect rain water at anchor from the catchment system integrated with the mid ship shade that attaches to the boom. The EchoTec water maker can often be run off the solar panels and wind generator – or when motoring. We consume approx. 5 gallons per day for 2 people- more when we are diving and washing equipment. The drinking water is double filtered. The final filter uses the Seagull System and provides absolutely pristine odor and taste free water.
Does Tevai have adequate freeze and refrig space?
Yes. The combined freezer and refig space is approx. 16 cu ft in 2 separate but adjacent boxes. Each unit has its own compressor and they can be run separately. The units are air and water cooled and therefore can be run when boat is on hard. Yes, the freezer does keep ice cream and ice cubes. When we are lucky to catch a big fish- we pack the freezer. These Seafrost units were installed in 2015 and have been a tremendous lifestyle upgrade.
You have gel batteries for the house –why?
All charge controllers on Tevai are “smart” multistage. I have used gels since the mid 1990’s and they have proven to be outstanding and l have provided more than an 8 year service life. The AGM’s can take a faster charge, but with solar and wind charging that is not a big issue for Tevai.
What kind of manuals and instructions will come with Tevai?
There are nine binders with manuals and ship info. There is an inventory book showing where spare parts are stowed. Beyond those binders, I have prepared ship specific instruction manuals for all major systems.
Are there cabin leaks?
No current leaks. In 2016 and 2018 the foredeck hatch frames were replaced to fix incipient leaks and avoid interior water damage. The center sliding hatch (in galley) needs to be covered in heavy seas and the windward drains need to be plugged, because in severe conditions, blue water can drive up, thru the drains and under the hatch lip. When you see the interior wood work, it will be clear that there never has been a serious leakage problem.
How do you handle fuel filtering?
When we repowered in 2006, a custom designed fuel management system was installed. This includes 2 Racor 500’s, Algae X cleaner, an electric transfer pump and valves which allow draw from either tank, return to either tank and the ability to polish fuel on board. Of course the Yanmar the Kubota each have primary filters.
What speed under power and what range should I expect?
We usually motor @ 2300-2400 RPM at 6- 6.2 Knots and burn approx. 1 gph –with no major adverse wind or current. This will give a 700 mile range with 10 % reserve.
What sailing speed do you use for passage planning?
For passages of more than 3 days I assume 150 NM days. Long term, we have done better and also worse- but this has proven to be a good planning tool. For passages of fewer than 3 days, I fine tune the estimate based upon forecasted conditions and desired time of arrival.
How do you manage the dingy and outboard?
For Caribbean cruising we carry the dingy w/outboard mounted on the foredeck. It fits in removable teak chocks which double as fender boards. There are no deck penetrations for this arrangement. The outboard can be hoisted with a dedicated crane. For long offshore passages we remove the motor and deflate the dingy.
This boat was built in 1980, honestly how does she rate on a cosmetic basis?
With 10 being “new” the interior is stunning and shows very little wear. The satin varnish is fresh (rate 9 ). The hull has fresh Alwcraft and no marks ( rate 9.5). The deck has fresh Alwcraft but the painter could have done better job of taping (rate 8.5). The bottom is blister free, Barrier coated (rate 9.0) The deck house and cockpit have fresh Alwcraft, the cockpit trim boards are 2017 new, the teak seat bases and cockpit teak deck show wear (overall rate 8.5 ).
What is the most frequent reaction to first time guests who come below?
“Gee, this is stunning.” Next, “This is really big inside.” Next, “This is really in nice shape”
Why did you add a 12 VDC generator and not a 110 VAC?
The 110 VAC was too big and heavy and we don’t need 110 Volts. With a 2500 watt Xantrex inverter, the batteries and the multiple 12 VDC charging systems we can run all appliances, even the Air Conditioning. There is a small inverter mounted at the nav station to power a HP printer and small office appliances or chargers.
How do you handle paperwork and internet?
We use laptops mostly ( not included with the sale). There is a color printer installed at the Nav Station and a Fujitsu Snap Scanner ( included with sale). Internet from the boat is accessed in one of three ways. 1. Via the Wave WiFi booster 2. Via smart phone hot stopped to laptop 3. Via the ICOM SSB radio and the Pactor modem. NOTE: please be aware that method is great for short emails, weather and position reports. It is not for surfing the net.
If this boat is so great, why do you want to sell it?
It’s more like offering Tevai up for adoption. This boat has been maintained in a constant state of readiness with basically an open check book. If someone wants to go NOW, then she can take you wherever you might want to go. And it would be great to see someone else enjoy this boat as we have. After more than five years in the Caribbean, there are a few other things I would like to do. (Like use my ski condo in Utah and other travel). If Tevai sells then those other options open up. This boat is ideal for someone who wants a vessel in commission and ready to go.
Are you really willing to deliver or assist in delivering Tevai anywhere in the world?
Yes- but I do prefer warm weather cruising.
What is it like to live on a boat?
For us – it has been great. You see enjoy new places, new friends and spectacular scenery. But it is also real life; you need to catch a fish to eat, or buy groceries. The boat needs to be maintained. Quickly you learn to repeat the mantra “ I am living the dream”—usually while upside down with a tool in your hand. For an unfiltered look at where Tevai has been and what life on board has been like since 2007, please see our blog http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svtevai/. Whatever you do we wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas!
What kind of Navigation equipment is installed on TEVAI?
In a word: redundant. Specifically There is a 24 mile Raymarine Radar installed at the Nav station with an identical repeater at the cockpit helm/compass pedestal. There is completely independent Raymarine chart plotter with AIS and independent GPS signal installed at the Cockpit helm. There is a Simrad chart plotter, with independent GPS at the nav station. ( I don’t use the Simrad. Was on boat and I left it for back up). There is a hand held, battery powered GPS. We have the MAX SEA Time Zero navigation soft wear program on our computer and will need to learn how to transfer that most useful program to a new owner’s laptop. We have sextant and books to show you how to use it.
In general the various equipment listed above, have detailed cruising and navigation charts from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic and the Caribbean to Panama. Additionally the software includes global planning charts. We have paper charts and guide books, generally from the Great Lakes .the East Coast of the USA and the Caribbean. There is a ship’s library with relevant seamanship, ship handling maintenance instructions.