1938 Rhodes Ketch, 81 Feet, Completely Refurbished 1995/1996 – 2009/2011


1938 Classic Rhodes Ketch

Tamaris was an innovative design — a large motor sailor without compromise, an excellent performer under either sail or power. At the same time, she was a gunkholer, drawing only 6 feet. Her construction was innovative also. Her hull was made of steel plates electrically butt welded (instead of the normal riveting of that era). She had four full bulkheads to provide five watertight compartments and a double bottom. Her original engines were two 150 HP diesels, providing a cruising speed of 13 knots.

Below decks, aft she has a large owner’s stateroom and three other cabins for the owner’s guests. Forward, she has a captain’s stateroom and a forecastle sleeping four additional crew. In her main saloon, she even had an upright piano.

From 1961 to 1974 Tamaris was named Jacandre. She did five Atlantic crossings and was kept in Cannes, France. A major refit was done at Camper Nicholsons yard in Miami, and a hard dodger was added and a complete interior refit was also done. She had two Mercedes Benz generators and twin Detroit 671’s, and could power at 11 knots. During one crossing the mizzen mast was lost.

In the early 1980s, she was re-named Biene Star and cruised extensively in the Indian Ocean (Sir Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius) and western Pacific Ocean (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Darwin, Bali, Singapore).

Under a new owner and re-named Caranya (after Cara and Tanya, daughters of the owner), she cruised the Caribbean from Miami to Venezuela in 1989-90.

“Classic Elegance”


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