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The Tama Moana "Manu Rere" from Glenn Tieman suffered serious damage when being at anchor in Terengganu, Malaysia. See
Am sure that it is super disappointing but if he built the boat, he should be able to fix that. Only one hull and a cross beam look to be affected. It probably isn't the end of his cruise. Glenn seems like a guy who understands what is important and will probably get past this somehow.
It's amazing that one hull is literally split in two and the boat is still quite afloat. Wharram safety factor is unmatched.
Yes, it is very good. Note that Manu Lele is a Tama Moana and Tieman build it it with a full bulkhead in the middle of the hulls. I suppose a Tiki would be lower in the water, but still floating by the bow and stern bulkheads.
Yeah cheers to solid bulkheads! Interestingly the space under the cockpit is accessed by the standard wharram access plate with a screw down handle in the middle compressing a seal around the edge. These are great, when removed they make a whooshing sound of air tightness. And yet that space was flooded with water after the three weeks it took me to get there. Anecdotally my six power tools were awash in there, but most still worked after nothing but shaking the water out.
Oh, and Manu Lele is the correct name, seeing as rere has the street meaning of transvestite in french polynesia. Most of polynesia doesn't even have the letter 'r'. The original name resulted from the practical joker proclivity of a samoan friend in California. Former friend I should say.
I am sorry about the mistake in the name, but when I realized that the name was wrong I could not change the title of the thread. At least it was an hilarious mistake ☺ Nice to see that Manu Lele is in good shape again!
Thank you Andres, your good wishes mean a lot to me. The way I cruise is grueling and lonely in general and unrecognized by all but a very few people. Thank you.
The half year of making repairs on the mudbank of the terengganu estuary is thankfully complete. The remaining restoration can be done in the water when I get back there after sorting out my late fathers affairs. Even the time on the mudbank was not all bad. It not only held the satisfaction of material construction but there were the many tourists from Europe who were brought by tour guides to see the traditional malay wooden ship building of my friends and neighbors, who were themselves a gift, but then ended up crowding around and taking photos of me enacting my wild exploit. It has been an addition to my repertoire of sea stories made infinitely more profound by my irreplaceable loss.