The Boat

Tango is a French boat, built by Fountaine Pajot in 1995. She is a Tobago model, at 34.6 feet long and 19.2 feet wide. Her beaminess (is that a word? if not, it should be!) provides us with lots of living space. Yes, it can be a sacrifice when sailing to weather, but she zooms along on a reach, and lets us pass monohulls sometimes.

Warderick Wells, Exumas

Warderick Wells, Exumas

We bought Tango in 2011 from nice owners who replaced many of her vital systems and left us with lots of great manuals and information. They renamed the boat Tango after the Pearl Bailey song “Takes Two to Tango,” and to honor the sailing gods we kept her name. Before that she was Happy People, and we can still see that name on our hulls if the lighting is just right.

Rhode River

Pre-solar panel days

Tango is roomy and airy, with lots of places to lounge outside in the cockpit (on cushions or at the outdoor table) or up forward on the trampoline stretched between the hulls. This and our sugar scoops are a few of the hangout favorites for the girls.

Peyton and a fellow boater hanging out on the trampoline

Girls on the starboard sugar scoop

Inside, Tango has a main saloon table that seats six with a galley-up layout. Robin loves this layout, allowing her to hang out with everyone and enjoy the views out of the wrap-around saloon windows while she’s cooking. Not to say that Andy doesn’t do his fair share of cooking. The boaty girl crew are also coming along as cooks in training!

The starboard hull has two double-bed berths. Originally, Peyton picked the bow berth, and Madi the stern. Not long after, they moved into one berth and designated the other as the playroom. Only problem is that the playroom is over the engine, so we often find tiny beads and glitter has fallen through the finger holes. Just recently they have split apart again…ah the ebb and flow of children! The port hull stern area has an engine room (our garage) accessed through the head. The head sink is on a long sprayer hose for showers. Forward in the port hull is the master queen berth, with hanging lockers and lots of storage below the berth.

Every nook and cranny was designed for cruising, so there is great storage everywhere and we have found places for everything we need to live quite comfortably.

Layout of the Tobago

Layout of the Tobago

Tango is a great sailing vessel, and quick to accelerate when the winds pick up. She can maintain 7-9 knots easily, with bursts up over 11 knots. Because she’s a catamaran, she doesn’t heel, which makes for a comfortable sail for dogs and children. This reduces the list of items that must stowed before departure to keep them from tumbling about (like the knife block on our last monohull that we forgot to put in the oven once when we went out)!

Tango has a shallow draft, at 3.5 feet, which allows us to slip into many anchorages, and Andy loves having twin diesel Yanmar engines as it makes maneuvering in and out of marinas so easy.

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