150,000 nautical miles and this Hallberg-Rassy 46 is still going strong. Mahina Tiare's log just turned over 150,000 miles, the equivalent of sailing six times around the world! The fact that she is structurally sound and still looks like a new boat is a huge testimony to the amazing quality of Hallberg-Rassy yachts. Mahina Tiare's original Volvo Penta TMD 31 engine now has 11,400 hours but still doesn't use a drop of oil, doesn't smoke and comes up with annual oil analysis records identical to when new. Even so, Mahina Tiare is booked in for repowering once owners John and Amanda Neal return to Sweden and their favourite Marinssons Brother's boatyard in 2014.
Since 1990 John and Amanda have conducted 162 sail-training expeditions aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 42E, Mahina Tiare II & this Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III, sailing 220,000 miles in the South Pacific, Caribbean, Patagonia, Antarctica, Atlantic, Scandinavia and the Arctic while teaching their students ocean passage making skills. Many of their over 1,000 expedition graduates have purchased Hallberg-Rassy yachts and completed substantial voyages of their own. Details on www.mahina.com