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"Taj" is a professionally built custom catamaran manufactured in Port Townsend (Washington USA). She was expertly constructed to the plans of Australian designer Tony Grainger. She is an experienced Blue Water vessel which is ready for her next adventure.
Notable Equipment and information-
Constructed from the computer generated plans of Australian designer Tony Grainger – Design 98, Taj, was launched in Port Townsend (Washington USA) in 2006. Construction was based throughout on the use of West System epoxy, and the avoidance of anything which would cause unnecessary weight. The build teams were professionals selected from the best craftsmen in their trades from the Port Townsend boat building community.
Considerable effort was made to make the boat as effortless to sail as possible. The Maxwell 3500 electric anchor windlass can also be used to raise spinnaker and screecher halyards, or to send someone up the mast. Four large Lewmar electric winches are located at each corner of the cockpit. These drive all control lines, the mainsail halyard, and the dinghy launch and retrieval gantry.
Construction was based throughout on the use of West System epoxy, and the avoidance of anything which would cause unnecessary weight. The build teams were professionals selected from the best craftsmen in their trades from the Port Townsend boat building community.
The hulls and lower decks are strip planked vertical grain cedar glassed with biaxial fabric. The cedar core was chosen for it’s light weight, strength, and repairability anywhere in the world. Bulkheads, bridge deck and foredeck cross beam were vacuum bagged. The bridge deck was formed from end grain balsa panels, supported by under deck fore and aft stringers.
Upper decks, coach roof, and cockpit are comprised of one inch Corecell foam, glassed with tri-axial fabric. The interior furniture and floorboards are built using Nomex honeycomb panels, skinned in carbon fiber or fiberglass. Furniture is trimmed with Eastern Figured Maple. The main salon table is a honeycomb panel trimmed in Maple and Kirilian Birch Veneer.
Honeycomb floorboard panels and balsa core bridge deck are covered with 3/16” planking in teak and maple. The boat is highly faired, primed, and painted with Sterling Matterhorn LPU paint.
There is a large dining table capable of seating 6-8 persons on custom tan leather cushions. Sight lines are through mid level windows. A separate nav station is raised to permit watch keeping through the upper windows, and has a Stressless leather recliner for seating. This seating arrangement has provided comfortable safe seating through thousands of blue water miles.
Storage under the seats accommodates a vast collection of spare parts, rebuild kits, and tools. A custom alcove on the forward bulkhead houses a glass sculpture of a jellyfish by artist Richard Satava, illuminated from below.
The galley was designed to preserve sight lines between a standing person preparing meals and a sitting person on the salon settee.
Taj offers 4 cabins for owners and guests. 2 Forward and 2 Aft.
The forward cabins are identical, with a queen size berths, hanging lockers and multiple lower lockers. Each forward cabin has its own head, shower facility and sump pump out.
The aft cabins are similar, however the Starboard aft cabin is accessed through a 3rd "Day" head. The port aft cabin is aft of the galley and is slightly smaller due to the addition of a Freezer. Both offer double berths and lockers for storage.
110V AC Power System
Sail Inventory by Quantum Sails
Spars and Rigging