We wish to offer our sincerest thanks the the Stanley Woodward family for their extremely generous donation of M/V Taza to SeaAid! Their generous gift will allow us to safely transport volunteers and materials to the remote coastal communities worldwide SeaAid serves. Below is a list of Taza's specifications followed by a brief summary of her service history.
Vessel Name: Taza
Home Port: Portland, OR
Type: Twin Screw Diesel Engine Powered
LOA: 88' 0"
Beam: 16' 6"
Draft: 5' 0"
Displacement: 40 tons
Tonnage: Gross: 64
Net: 17 USCG Documented (Intl.)
Built: Chantiers Esterel, Cannes, France
Designer: Andre Mauric, France
Hull: Triple-planked Mahogany
Taza was built at the world-famous Chantiers Esterel shipyard located in Cannes, France. She was commissioned by the French Coast Guard in 1965 as a high-speed gunboat capable of service in any of the world's oceans. She faithfully served the French Coast Guard until 1979 when she was decommissioned and sold to a private party. In 1996 she was purchased by an American family and converted into a private yacht and she then spent the next 12 years exploring the world with her new owners. In 2008 she was donated to SeaAid, a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to assisting small coastal communities worldwide.
Specifications and Amenities:
Yacht Taza was built to military specifications and designed to be operated in any of the world's oceans. From her triple-planked old growth African Mahogany hull to her seven watertight bulkheads, she was designed with safety and reliability in mind. She has a range of approximately 1,000 nautical miles, and a top speed of 25 knots. She was completely refit 12 years ago including all new wiring, plumbing, and watertankage. Four years ago she was repowered with twin 750 HP turbo-charged Lugger marine diesel engines that now have approximately 1400 hours on them. Just last year she went through a 6 month $225,000 refit that included: new paint on bottom, hull, and topsides, re-planking where needed, genset overhaul, rudder post replacement, two new 39" propellers, new 18,000 BTU A/C unit, new lifting boom, new cushions for settee and pilothouse, and the windlass was rebuilt.
Taza features 5 staterooms that will accommodate 9-10 people comfortably. The three forward staterooms sleep two people in twin-sized bunk beds, the Master Suite features a queen-sized berth, private head/shower, and an office area, and the aft stateroom will sleep 1-2 people in a twin-sized berth. She has 3 heads and 3 showers complete with holding tanks. She holds 250 gallons of freshwater and also has a PUR water maker that will produce 10 gallons per hour. Taza has both 12 and 24 volt systems onboard, as well as 110 AC power via the Heart Interface inverter and/or the Westerbeke 7kw genset. She has a large, stand-up engine room, a utility room with tool storage and a washer and dryer, and a very large lazarette and Focsle for storage. She can accommodate up to a 20' tender on deck utilizing the existing tender cradle and lifting boom.
She has a large pilothouse that will seat 5-6 people comfortably, a large galley with full sized propane side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, gas range and oven, double stainless steel sink, microwave, and large settee area that will seat 6-8 people comfortably. Throughout the boat there are numerous spaces for food storage, most notably a large cellar under the galley floor.
Taza is available for charter outside of our project schedule. Her primary areas of operation are the Carribean, Mexico, and Central America, but she is capable of service in any of the world's oceans. She is ideally suited as a research platform for smaller groups of 4-6 researchers but she is also well equipped for disaster relief, supply transport, and eco/adventure tourism. For more information about charter opportunities with Taza, please contact our office at: 877-850-2525