The yacht has been designed and
built by Camper and Nicholsons at Gosportunder building
number 50 in 1977.
A small number of these 31's has
been imported by Peek Yachting and first used as demo boats.
End of 1978 it has been bought by
the first owner and commissioned in March 1979.
The present owner bought her at the
end of 1991 and put her a shore. During winter time some work has been
the boat such as:
- New Perspex windows in the escape hatches.
- The electrical equipment renewed and improved with
automatic safety switches and LED
- A so called Watt engine has been bought and fitted on a
rail to the stern. This Watt engine was recently disconnected and
removed, although is still available for the new owner.
- New handles and heavy foot blocks has been fitted.
- The fuel oil tank has been cleaned and a fuel gauze
- A foot pump fitted in the washroom
- A salt water foot pump fitted at the galley.
- Watertight sockets been placed where necessary.
- Windows provided with new special tape so the windows
would be watertight again.
Furthermore some extra work was
done to make her more suitable for longer trips.
In 1992 and 1993 trips were made to
the West coast of Scotland and the Hebrides, the South coast of the UK
Isles of Scilly.
End of 1992 and 1993 she was placed
a shore again.
- A Suzuki outboard engine had been acquired.
- During the winter of 1993 a wind vane type Bouwvaan
with steering lines fitted at the stern.
- A Philips Mk8 GPS has been acquired. In
2015 the Philips GPS has been replaced by a new
Furuno GPS GP32.
- A Raytheon radar has been bought and installed.
- Also a Navtex Lokata with paper printer has been fitted
so at any time the weather forecast and safety information would be
possible to receive anywhere.
- The life raft replaced by a container type and fitted on
the cabin deck.
- The charcoal heater been replaced by a Taylor drip feed
type with the tank on deck to
prevent oil spillage.
- Also several other work was done to make her ready for
the next trip in 1994.
Together with some other yachts we
sailed North along the coast of Norway, rounded the North Cape and
Archangelsk in Russia.
In that year Russia celebrated 300
year of the Russian fleet in which the Dutch had quite a great
the Tsar Peter the Great period.
Also the Dutch commemorated the
Willem Barentsz year.
The trip brought us into the White
Sea and the Solovetsky isles, a former island for prisoners of the
regime. A very impressive monastery at
island called the Kreml dating from around 1200 is presently under
Monks are living again there now.
The mostly political prisoners had
to work on the Belo Morsk Baltiskaya canal. The numbers of those who
during these very harsh period are unknown. A small plaque has been
Through this canal with several old
fashioned locks one can sail through the great lakes Onega en Ladoga
We visited the beautiful city of
Petrosavodsk and the open air museum on the island of Kishi.
During night time between 02.00 and
04.00 hour all the bridges are opened and ships can pass St.Petersburg
A really very interesting trip
After visiting Finland and the beautiful
town of Tallinn in Estonia
I leave single handed back to Holland.
During 1995 Tarka stays a shore. I
have been asked to join the crossing to Basil.
- Stoppers are fitted to the mast and boom,
- Reliable mast steppes are fitted, so one can go up to the
top of the mast without outside help.
- The VHF is equipped with the required ATIS and the
possibility to use full power on all channels.
- A SWR meter installed.
- The yard equipped the boat with a teak rubbing stroke.
- The funnel of the heater needed some adjustments,
- Two folding bikes are bought and placed in the PS pilot
berth and of
course the usual maintenance work.
This year we sail again with a
group of sailors to Russia.
This time I sail via Lerwick on the
Shetlands and from there round the North Cape to Murmansk.
We are proud to be the first
foreign yachts to visit Murmansk under our own flag but alas in an icy
Again we sail via Archangelsk, the
Solovetsky, Onega and Ladoga lake to St.Petersburg.
In the far north of the Ladoga lake
we have visited the isles of Valaam with the beautiful
and impressive monastery and
cathedral with the copper dome.
This time the trip took place
because it was the Tsar Peter the Great Year with several cultural
between Holland and Russia.
On the Newa we were invited for a
fleet review in front of our crown prince Willem Alexander and with a
group we visited the reception in the Little Hermitage attended by
prince and Dutch and Russian ambassadors and other dignitaries.
From there the Usual single
handed sailing return trip via Tallinn and Gdansk back to Holland.
In 1997 and 1998 the boat was
preventive Osmosis treated due to her age.
Several layers of Coppercoat had been applied
Osmosis preventer and long year Anti Fouling.
- The standing rigging was renewed with heavier SS rigging
and oversized new Hasselfors turnbuckles.
- A spare forestay was fitted as a safety purpose and to
use for the clew of the halfwinder.
case of real heavy weather this spare fore stay can be fitted by means
strong pelican hook aft of the fore stay to accept
jib1 or the storm jib.
- Both jibs are for that reason provided with hanks.
- The flexible engine supports are renewed together with
the reduction gear coupling plates and seals.
- New mainsail and genoa be bought,
- Also a new spray hood fitted.
- 4 Cheek blocks with stoppers are fitted in the cockpit.
- Two extra ST winches fitted.
- A new cockpit tent bought and
- Cockpit cushions renewed.
In 1999 we have made a trip via
Helsinki and pass near Vyborg in Russia through the Finnish/Russian
the beautiful Finnish Saimaa lakes. We sailed to the opera city
Kuopio and admired the impressive Imatra weir. A really fantastic quiet
with a beautiful surrounding and friendly people.
From Helsinki the return trip via
Tallinn, Gdansk and Peenemünde etc. Back to Holland.
The boat is placed a shore during
the whole of 2000 for extensive survey and work due to the intended
That year we sailed partly through
the Norwegian Indreleia to the Lofoten and leave from Andenes to
Svalbard, some 600' North. There we have
spent many weeks and visited the main capital Longyearbyen, the former
but now owned Russian Barentsburg, Ny Ċlesund, the settlement London,
Trinityhamn and the Dutch whaling station Smeerenburg in the far North.
fascinating trip I had on my list for many years.
After the crossing from Svalbard to
Norway the well know return trip along the Norwegian coast back to
together some 4.500'
2003, 2004, 2005
The boat is a shore during 2002,
2003, 2004 and 2005.
- The hull repainted.
- A new propeller and shaft fitted.
Since 2005 I sail mainly single
handed. She is very well equipped to do so.
Single handed trips have been made
to Denmark and Sweden. Of course all the German islands are visited
the coastal harbours. The Greifswalder Bodden, Peenemünde and Poland.
and the Limfjord and St.Katharines in London. Many trips to the
and South coast with her beautiful rivers.
This year again single handed to
the East coast and St.Katharine Dock in London.
- A new genua acquired.
- New Furlex drum and fore stay are fitted.
In 2017 the hull has been repainted
with two component paint.
And the usual work done to keep
Tarka up to date.
- In 2018, after attending the Boatsmarket at Hoorn, I crossed again the North Sea, single handed, to visit the UK
- and on the returntrip France, Belgium and Zeeland.
- I am very curious of the procedure in 2019
entering the UK due to the Brexit.
- The well known “Yellow flag” is still
on board of Tarka of course.
Due to the GPS week rollover my trusted Lowrance plotter didn't work anymore.
So a new plotter has been acquired, a Raymarine eS75 "Hybridtouch".
To improve the safety at the very busy North Sea an AIS transponder was fitted on board.
A Class B Em-Trak B350 with 5 Watt transmitting power coupled to the new plotter.
Now I can see all the ships with true heading on the plotter and above all, they can see me.
A really great improvement.
Again I have visited Scotland and the East Coast of the UK.
During the Longer trips my sail
friend accompanied me and we sailed some 3.000' to 5.000'.
The yearly single handed trips I
allways sailed between 700' and 900'.
As previously mentioned, she is
very well equipped to sail single handed or with more people on board,
She is probably the best equipped
Just fill up her water- and diesel
tank, get some provisions and there is absolutely nothing else required.
Only the strict personal items will
be removed after sale.
Really ready to Go anywhereand is absolutely
completely fitted out to
Delivery of Tarka in the UK can be discussed!