Aeolus IV is a 1986 Tashiba 40, to us, she is a safe, sturdy vessel capable of carrying us safely across any ocean and doing so with a good level of comfort and speed. We searched on and off for around 12 years for a boat that would suit our needs, so had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for by the time it came to the crunch.
We did look at a lot of designs over time, but eventually landed on the Baba/Panda/Tashiba 40, designed and built by the team consisting of Bob Perry, Bob Berg and the TaShing boat building company of Taiwan.
Here are some words regarding this beautiful design that we came across during our search:
• “…One can arguably consider the Baba 40 a full keel reincarnation of the Valiant 40, the boat that put the word “performance” next to “cruiser”. Knowing that I guess it’s not so surprising to find the Baba 40 inherits a good turn of speed – owners even trumpet around-the-buoys racing victories in these serious blue water cruisers. They are beautifully balanced with a wonderful feel at the helm, and what’s more, they have some of the best interiors to be seen in production cruising yachts….” From http://bluewaterboats.org/baba-40/
• “…The boat has a wonderful feel at the helm and is a fun to sail, especially as the breeze picks up. Some owners have even raced their Baba 40s against modern fin keel competitors successfully. As a testament to the boat’s speed, Michael and Elizabeth Kramer in S.V. Cambria covered 396 miles in a 46 hour passage down the Sea of Cortez broad reaching in 35 knots of wind; an impressive average of 8.6 knots….” From http://bluewaterboats.org/baba-40/
• “The Baba 40 is one of my all time favorite designs. It is superbly well balanced and goes upwind in a breeze like a freight train. Example: I was looking out the front window of my Ballard house one Sunday afternoon. The wind was blowing maybe 20 TWS. Beating down the sound I saw this boat. It was too far away to recognize so I got my binoculars. This boat was really chewing up the Sound. Ha! It was a Baba 40. I have often thought that the layout on the Baba 40 was one of the very best I have ever drawn” Designer Bob Perry (http://perryboat.sail2live.com)
Our main pre-requisites when looking for our boat were –
• Encapsulated long keel (no keel bolts)
o Protected prop and rudder.
• Separate shower space (or second head/shower).
• Balanced look – she had to look right.
• Sailing performance – while not looking for a racer, we were searching for a boat which can sail and sail well, both with and against the wind…
Did Aeolus meet the prerequisites? She met them with flying colours!
Here are the main things that we LOVE about Aeolus IV:
• Her safe, secure, sheltered cockpit, we always feel safe and warm inside our cockpit, hiding beneath the beautiful canvas bimini and dodger.
o The flipside of this is that we do not have a wide open entertaining cockpit…
• Her very pleasing lines, there is something special about Aeolus and we love to see it from afar, she is a very pretty girl. She just looks right, balanced.
• Her balanced and quick feel under sail, considering the comfort we feel on board, this is incredibly pleasing and brings a very proud feeling when under full sail, 10 degrees heel, the sea frothing at her bow….
• Storage space, the team at TaShing sure knew how to use every last iota of space available.
• Her large fuel capacity, it is great to carry everything we need in her main tanks, using jugs only to transport fuel when a bowser is not practical.
• Her secure galley – perfect for bracing yourself when underway, come to think of it, the whole boat is built with handholds in mind.
• Her encapsulated full length keel – I have heard too many stories and seen too much evidence of loose, bent, broken keel bolts and the problems they cause, not to mention impact damge to rudders and fouled props…. Our keel has no bolts, protects the rudder and with the rudder encircles the prop. The base of the keel must be 8 inches across, giving us a lot of security in shallow waters.
• Her meaty rig – we didn’t realise how heavy our rigging was until looking at some production boats…..
• Separate shower – who has had to deal with wet toilet pape?
• Her pretty brightwork, teak teak and more teak….
o This is also one of the things we dislike about Aeolus, all of that beautiful bright work takes time and effort to maintain… as it is damaged mostly by UV light, we have a lot of covers to protect it, but then we cannot see the beautiful brightwork in any case! Oh the dilemma…..
Below you will find specifications and photos of Aeolus IV, as well as links to more information about these wonderful boats and her designer, Bob Perry.
Basic specs are shown on the brochure, with the following exception – Aeolus IV is a shoal draft version, saving 6 inches of draft over the standard. This brings her draft down to 5’6”.