Check here to see a comparison of inflatable tenders by Yachting Monthly magazine.
We were inspired to try our own version of a fitting for an outboard for the back of the TIWAL. We had a bit of fun this weekend trying an electric motor. It was so easy to use, quiet and fast - we couldnt believe it! And it was so nice to see the TIWAL 3 as a practical tender; after all, I wouldn't give up the chance to have a small sailboat on board, would you?
We will put more videos up on Youtube. In the meantime you can see more articles on www.tiwal.nz
Have a great week,
There is a demo on the Gold Coast on Saturday 16th November for the TIWAL 3.
Please contact Peter from Spirit Marine Queensland on 0416 228 754 if you are interested in having a go in the TIWAL!
The Sydney demo will be held very soon.. please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
I coach at Buckland Beach Yacht Club and my latest learn to sail group consisted of five different nationalities! My 'learn to sail' class now had to focus on water confidence, group cohesion along with learning to sail. So how could I push forward some very capable kiwi kids (the son and daughter of one Olympic Gold Medallist) while also catering to kids who had never been in any sort of boat before?
I brought the TIWAL out and I found that more than half of my problems were solved. The kids loved the boat because they felt safe in it, but they could go fast. We could have an instructor on the boat with them or they could sail it themselves in twos or threes. They couldn't hurt themselves in it but most of all, it provided loads of fun for them. The problem now is they expect it out every lesson!
I'm very excited to announce the arrival of the TIWAL 2 on December 5th. This means we will be running demo days on Saturday 7th December for both the TIWAL 2 and 3!
If you are interested in having a go in the TIWAL 3 or TIWAL 2, please get in touch with me here. (Read on to find out the difference between a TIWAL 2 and TIWAL 3)
Also below is a story about taking both TIWALS into the Outback of Australia and watch out for a version of the story in Boating New Zealand Magazine.
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I will be including learn to sail tips and videos.
If you didnt catch the latest TIWAL reviews from this side of the world here they are:
Keep safe, and have fun on the water!
Yesterday, I taught a woman to sail who had never been on a boat before - not in a dinghy or on a ferry. That was a first for me in my teaching sailing experience. I take for granted being able to get on the water in some shape or form. It makes me feel alive!
So why are there so many boaties out there but not many sailors? Yet Captain Cook brought Europeans here on a sailing ship, and the discovery and settlement of almost every nation on earth resulted from sailing the high seas! Once, to cover any distance on water, you either rowed or sailed. Everyone knew about sailing.
Today, you can easily learn to sail; to use the wind as your power-source.
Perhaps you haven't found the right boat to learn on? Or the best way to transport a boat? Or access to someone who can teach you? Or the right book to inspire you?
You can learn about sailing and the wind in a book but sooner or later the best way is to get on the water and learn by trial and error. Stay tuned for some tips!
Have fun and be safe on the water,
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Why a TIWAL?
The Tiwals were by far the most compact and easily transported watercraft we saw on our journey into the Outback. You can take a TIWAL as luggage in any vehicle and be on the water in 15 or 20 mins. Anywhere!
We have recently experimented with a transom for a small outboard. New electric outboard units like the Torqeedo Ultralite 403 promise to make this boat even more versatile and useful for fishing or as a tender. Removable inflatable sides enclosing the deck are on the drawing board.
We wouldn’t have dreamed of visiting the outback if we didn’t have this compact versatile dinghy on board. It opened up to us adventures we never dreamed of.
Awarded 2014 Most Innovative Sailboat of the Year by Sailing World Magazine; when properly inflated to 12 PSI, TIWALS are a tough and rigid hull which conveniently packs down to fit in the back of even a small car, boat or caravan. They are made using dropstitch technology also used in SUP’s, and they don’t make a bad camp mattress if you get the pressure right!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Travelling!
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See you out there!
You can find the TIWAL 2 at the Brisbane Boat Show next to the Beneteau Yachts and Power Boats.
Or contact Melinda on 0487 081 573
See you there!
Photo: Paul Hecker and William Crendall, both TIWAL owners in Sydney chat about getting together for a sail on Pittwater.
Paul is working hard to encourage more sailors to get a fleet together for cruising and racing!
NEW TO SAILING?
Here are some answers to questions frequently asked!
Can I learn sailing on a TIWAL?
Yes. The TIWAL is designed to be simple and user-friendly and it is an ideal boat on which to learn. The TIWAL comes with a setup instruction booklet. There is no need to tie any complicated knots or use any tools!
Where can I learn sailing?
Many yacht clubs and sailing schools in Australia have classes all year round. Or you can get a sailing instructor to give you private lessons.
What will a sailing lesson include?
Qualified sailing instructors will give you lessons on wind and weather, safety factors, parts of the boat, points of sail, manoeuvring (tacking and gybing), and getting on and off the shore.
Sydney Boat Show Day 1 done!
Find the Tiwal on the open air ‘Event Deck, Level 4, from 10am - 5.30pm til Monday.
Paul Hecker is a sailor. He has sailed all his life and he can't believe how often he has been sailing in the last year. Paul has been sailing in places he would have never dreamed of!
You can see his interview in Sydney here
You can ask Paul for yourself at the Sydney Boat Show. He will be helping me by answering any questions you have on owing a TIWAL.
The TIWAL 3 and TIWAL 2 will be displayed on the EVENT DECK, Level 4 of the Convention Centre at the Boat Show from 1st - 5th August.
I will be running a demo day both this weekend and on Tuesday 6th August from Rose Bay. If you are interested in seeing or sailing the TIWAL please contact me on 0487 081 573.
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.