TAIPAN was designed by  Kaufman and Ladd of Annapolis Maryland USA. She was built in the Kha Shing Shipyard in Taiwan in 1987 and launched in Fremantle, Western Australia for US owners to use to follow the Americas Cup that year and then to cruise the Australian coastline.

The original design was a 47 foot model but later they had the transom modified and the extended model became know as the Taiwan Swan at 49 feet. Taipan was one of the last boats built.
 The interior layout is slightly different.

Taipan was extensively optioned for her purchaser as an owner version not a charter version. There are no sea berths in the saloon above the saloon seating. Instead there are teak doors on good size lockers on both port and starboard. Sea berths are still usable in the folded down table seating and on the opposite settee. Taipan still sleeps 7. As owners we find it is always comfortable on long passages, sleeping in either the forward berth downwind or in the aft cabin on the wind

On the hardstand at Tiger Point Fernandina Beach 2015

Big MPS up.

Taipan was purchased by us in 2001 in Sydney and sailed back to Fremantle for the first of several refits.
 The first job was the removal of the teak decks and teak coach roof. The mast, stanchions, all the deck fittings etc were removed and Taipan was put into a shed in Fremantle. 
All the teak was screwed down so it was a laborious and soul destroying job which required unscrewing around 4000 screws and then with special wide chisels inching the teak off in slivers. The job including the fairing, filling and repainting, took several months to complete. We applied a white  painted  aggressive non skid. The desired effect, which was to stop the leaks, was achieved! 
Fiberglass binnacle and table. Extra tops seat up to 8 people.
Taipan had a long history of difficult or impossible deck leaks. The major problem was only discovered when the teak was removed. There are 12 deck lights which provide light below decks. None of them were properly finished off. We had to make all new moldings and have them spliced into the Airex deck. The result has been NO Leaks for the past 14 years.

Foam core dodger and bimini tops with solar panels.
Over the years we have made many changes to Taipan both interior and exterior. Now fitted with hard dodger and Bimini, new motor, an interior layout which does away with the port side aft cabin in favor of laundry and workshop inside and very large lazarette accessed from the cockpit.

Companionway access was improved by cutting out the seat in front of the entrance and reducing the steps from 6 to 4. This was probably the single biggest improvement to comfort aboard! 

New companionway
Engine access.

Access to the front of the engine is now also very easy with the large lifting stair panel. The cockpit floor lifts and panels in the aft cabin and aft lazarette also provide access. The engine can be approached with ease from all sides.

Queen size forward berth with big overhead hatch.
The forward cabin has a queen size bed and en-suite and the aft starboard cabin has a generous double bed with large en-suite.

Aft Cabin


The Galley has a nice Broardwater 4 burner gas stove with oven and grill, a huge 400litre refrigerator with top and front opening. The laundry / Workshop has a full-size front load washer and small freezer.

Year Built 1987
Air Draft
Intergral Fin
Skeg Hung
16 Ton (Fully laden.)
GRP Hull
Airex Core Deck
Country of Registration Australia.

The Kaufman is a well proven offshore heavy weather design. John Kretchemer writes books, is a regular contributor to Sailing Magasine, and has been teaching heavy weather offshore techniques in a Kaufman 47 for some years.
For the adventures of John Kretschmer aboard his Kaufman 47, Quetzal,, and his wonderful sailing books click this link to open a new window. 


Engine Yanmar 4JH4-TE, 75hp turbo (2700 hours) (2012)
Drive system Volvo V drive MS2V 1:2.37,
40mm prop shaft (2013),
PolyFlex (Aust) flexible coupling (2013),
Manecraft EM stern shaft seal (2015),
Prop shaft cutlass bearing (2015).
Propellor fixed 2 blade sailing type 22”, tungsten cable and rope cutter.


Generator Northern Lights M673 L3 5KW 50Hz  NEW MARCH 2018
Inverter/battery charger Victron Multi 2000/80 with VE.Bus Multi control (2015)
Inverter Xantrex Prowatt 110v pure sine wave 600W remote control (2016)
Main Alternator Leece Neville heavy duty 12v 140A with Balmar MC-614 smart regulator (2014)
Batteries House bank 4 Trojan L16P-AC 6v units 840AH (Nov 2015)
Batteries Starter bank 2 Trojan AGM 12v 220AH (2012)
Dock power plugs 220v and 110v, reverse polarity indicators,
110v to 220v Transformer wiring (no transformer) (2014)
Solar Panels Kyocera 4 x 85w (2009) with Victron MPPT controller (2009)
12v Fans throughout.

Sails and Rigging (Survey 2017)

Standing rigging, running rigging and sheets (2014) headsail sheets (2015)
New Main Hallyard 2018
Backstay and insulators replaced (2017)
Mast (out, painted and serviced (2012)
Mainsheet traveler system (new/rebuilt 2013)
Boom painted, refurbished and strengthened (2009)

Sheet winch 2 x Barient 36, (72:1) 2-speed self-tailing
  • Sheet winch 2 x Barient 32, 2-speed self-tailing
  • Halyard winch 4 X Barient 24 2 speed self-tailing
  • Main outhaul winch on boom Barlow 16 (Aust)
  • Reefing line winch on boom Barlow 16 (Aust)
Boom Strut.
Tides Marine Main Sail Track system (2014)
Windex masthead wind indicator
Full mainsail bag with lazy jacks and integrated deck cover (2014)
Genoa furling Furlex system
Staysail Profurl C350 furling system (2014)
  • Mainsail North Sails condition 90% (2013)
  • #2 Genoa Yankee Kent, New Nov 2017
  • #3 Genoa Yankee Hood 65%, condition 90%
  • Staysail Rolly Tasker, condition 90% (2012)
  • Storm Jib and Trisail. Never used
  • Asymmetric Spinnaker with snuffer and pole mounted on the mast. Condition 70%
Control Lines actioned from the cockpit:
  • Mainsheet,
  • Traveller,
  • Reefing lines no. 2 & 3,
  • Boom preventers.
  • Staysail halyard
  • Running backstays
  • Furler lines
  • Sheets

Navigation & Electronics

Raymarine ST series Wind, Depth, Speed
Furuno Navnet 3D MFD8 with charts for Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Bahamas, USA, South UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands. Alaska. (2009)
Furuno Radar on radar tower (2009) new Magnetron (2016)
Furuno GPS receiver GP330B on radar tower (2015)
Digital Yacht AIS 2000 B class transponder/receiver (2014)
Autopilots 2 TMQ AP55 (Aust) commercial pilots (2008, 2013) 2 independent controls.
3rd AP 50 spare.
Separate quadrant for autopilot chain and cable


Icom 710 HF Radio and auto tuner, backstay aerial (2009)
Sony Radio, CD, USB, & iPod player.
Speakers in cockpit and saloon.
Standard Horizion VHF Matrix AIS/GPS radio, Commander Mic in cockpit. (2016)
Fog Horn / PA on mast. (2014)
GME EPIRB (Current to Sep 2018)


Broadwater S/S 4 burner gas cooker with Grill and Oven
Double SS sinks (2009)
Corian work surfaces. (including Galley Tops, Chart Table Aft Head, and Laundry / Workshop) (2009)
400lt Waeco 12v refrigeration. Danfoss DB50F compressor Front and top access.(2009)
40lt Waeco 12v freezer. Danfoss DB35F compressor (2014)
Washing machine LG 5kg 220v front loading. (2009)
Master fwd cabin bed 1500 x 2100 Latex and memory foam mattresses with covers.(2009)
Aft berth bed 1350 x 2000 Latex and memory foam mattresses with covers. (2009)
3 Cockpit cushions Sunbrella. (2009)
Saloon Seating Micro-fibre. (2009)
Saloon Cushions x 4. (2009)
LED interior and cockpit lighting. Including courtesy lighting in fridge, cupboards, and robes.
Cockpit table, seats 6, removable

Air conditioning

Reverse cycle air conditioner Siam Cooling 220v 19000BTU remote control, ducted (2009)

Water system

Marine Hot water system 220v and engine heated.
Water-maker 12v Spectra Newport 400 70l/hour (2006)
Pressurized hot and cold water throughout the boat
40lt Calorifier Boiler.

  • Main bathroom Lavac vacuum with auto Whale Gulper 12v toilet pump (2018), pumped via diverting valve to O/B or Blackwater holding tank (40L) with Jabsco macerator 2017.
  • Fwd bathroom Lavac vacuum with manual Henderson Mk 5 pump, pumped O/B.
Grey Water System
  • Main grey water tank 40L pump out Whale Gulper 220 diaphragm pump, receives all aft grey water.
  • Fwd grey water tank receives fwd grey water, both interconnected (2009).
Bilge pumps
  • Jabsco 50220 series impeller damage control pump, engine driven twin belt with electric clutch, 17000L/H (rebuilt, new clutch 2012)
  • Bilge Pumps, Automatic, 12v, with high water alarms
  • 1 x Rule main bilge > 7500L/H,
  • 1 x Rule engine room bilge > 7500L/H, Manual bilge pump,
  • Aft ,manual Henderson Mark 5, 3600L/H


Deck painted Awlgrip Snowwhite and non skid (2012)
Deck Hatches 8 Bomar Cast Aluminium.
Cabin Windows 9 Aluminum
Anchor Winch Orca 3000 windlass (Aust) forward and reversing switches (2012)
80M 10mm galvanised chain (2014)
120lb CQR Type anchor (Aust).
Stainless Steel Davits.
Side and stern boarding ladders and swim ladder.
Stainless steel safety rail around the entire deck at 600mm
Granny bars on deck on both sides of the mast.
Magma gas BBQ.
All navigation lights LED (2013)
Anchor light LED (2013)
Deck light Hella LED (2013)
Bimini and Dodger GRP high strength core hard tops (2009)
A consul above the helm has 2 auto polot displays and a forward seeking sonar display.
Side curtains, Rear Curtain. Clear covers and shade fo the entire cockpit. Fits to hard tops (2009)
Sunbrella Foredeck cover.
Rear weather cloth.
Deck cover on boom (2009, 2015)
Deck / Anchor wash, salt or fresh water, 12v (2012)
4 x Dorade Vents


GRP hull. The hull structure meets or exceeds the American Bureau of Shipping standards.
Encapsulated fin keel
Airex core deck
Rudder skeg hung. The rudder is designed to stand by itself without the need of a skeg.
Emergency steering tiller. 
Quadrant chain and cable steering (8mm) (2016)

Fuel and Water

600lt water in two GRP Vynlester tanks. (2009)
450lt Diesel in 3 Aluminum marine grade tanks, interconnected by supply and return manifolds (200lt 2009 others rebuilt in 2013)
All fuel tanks can be removed, tanks have inspection / cleaning openings to clean entire tank.
Fuel polishing system, 12v pumps, Kleenoil and Racor filters systems (2013)
3 Fire Extinguishers
1 Fire Blanket


Walker Bay Gemini 3.1m hypalon RIB (2009)
Mercury 2 stroke 3Hp with mount on rail (2001)
Mercury 2 stroke 15 HP with mount on rail (2004)
Dingy Fuel tank (2016).
Danforth stern anchor 10m chain and 50m rope rode.
Bicycles. Yeah 2 x Folding in padded bags (2006)
Power Dive Hooker (Aust) 2 person, with regulators, belts and weights fins (2016)
2 folding chairs
Deck broom
2 boat hooks and 1 mooring snap-grab.
Electric dock cables and plugs 220v (50m) & 110v (30m)
Buckets and heavy fishing box
Water hoses and fittings, deck water duel carbon & sediment filters system
20L Jerry Cans. 4 diesel, 1 petroleum and 2 Water.
Vacuum oil extractor
Baja fuel filter, fuel funnels.
Prop puller.

Spares and Consumables

Spare AP50 auto pilot system
Plumbing and engine hoses and fittings, clamps joiners etc.
Sundry fenders, lines and dock board.
Hurricane warps and extensive spare sheets and ropes.
Spare shackles, blocks and battens.
Yanmar engine oil and fuel filters, water pump impeller and extractor, V belts
Mase generator. water pump impellers, 12v raw water pump, capacitors, fuel injector, zinc anodes,
Oil and fuel soaker pads (large quantity)
Paints, primers, varnishes, sealants, oils, greases, solvents, epoxy, fibreglass mat, brushes, rollers. etc
Prop shaft and skegs zinc anodes
Water pumps, 1 x Jabsco waste diaphragm pump, 1 x pressure water pump, 1 x Henderson mark 5 manual pump,


Electric Tools:
Sanders belt, orbital and mini, plane, jigsaw, drills, dremmel, heat gun, soldering irons, sharpeners, angle grinder. Small compressor, air-inflation dingy pump.
Tool cupboards are full of screw drivers, spanners, wrenches, pliers, cutters, saws, crimpers, electric fittings, joiners, hydraulic Jack. Clamps for metal or timber, bolts, screws, washers etc. spare belts, anodes, bearings etc. electric cabling, switches, relays etc.
Bolt cutters , heavy swaging tool.

Refrigeration Spares

Spare Waeco refrigeration forced air condenser unit (new)
15kg R134a refrigerant gas
Refrigerant monitoring and filling gauges
Spare thermostat


Eberspacher Diesel Hydronic D5SC Heater 2017
Snow Bird Cabin Heater. Hot water forced air radiator 20000BTU  air heater. . New.2017
Ceramic Fan Heater. Elec. 220v
Integrated heating from Main Engine / Eberspacher / 240v 


4 burner S/S Broadwater Gas stove with grill and oven.
Breville Bread Maker, Sunbeam Vacuum Seal and bags, Stick Blender. Single Plate Induction Cooker 220V. Electric Seed Mill / Blender, Electric Coffee Grinder, All pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, Storage containers, Iron, Scales,
Soda Stream and bottles.
EzyYo yogurt maker kit.
Wonderbag cooker.
2 x 4kg steel gas bottles
1 X 10kg GRP gas bottle.


Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Duvet, 2 sleeping bags, Electric Mattress Warmer, Pillows, Cushions, Bedspreads
Vacuum Cleaner 220v and Hand held Vacuum Cleaner 2013
Pfaff 1525 Soft Furnishing Machine. Assorted sailcloth, webbing, clips, zips and fabrics (2006)


VIKING RescYou Pro Self Righting 4 person Life Raft in survey to 2016 (2012)
Jordan Series Drogue unused (2011). http://www.jordanseriesdrogue.com/
Radar reflector.
3 Inflating Harness (2013) 8 offshore life jackets.
Tethers, assorted spare foul weather gear.
Flare gun and flares. Pepper sprays.
Stainless steel security grill for companionway.
Garmin Battery powered GPS.
Spot light.
Strobe lights X 2
Various flashing coloured lights
Fujinon 7x50 Binoculars.
Comprehensive offshore First Aid Kit with manuals.
Man overboard life sling


Iridium Go with external mounted antenna.  New SIM ready to activate. (2016)
Hand held GME VHF (2014)
2 X Marriage Saver UHF headsets (2015)
Samsung B&W Laser Printer. (2012)


Spare Win7 Laptop with charts of the world connected to AIS and GPS, tide tables etc.heaps of cruising guides and travel information.
Hummingbird 385 Ci GPS plotter (with depth sounder not attached)
Library of reference books. Electric, Machinery, Sailing, Cruising.
Thousands of free EBooks.

Fishing Gear.

Gaff, 2 X Rods, reels, braided lines, lures and extras too numerous to mention.

Fwd Head / Shower

Chart Table with Corian top

Aft Head / Shower

Laundry and Workshop.

Great Engine access from all sides and top.

Deck Ventilation (The Bimin Dodger cover is not fitted in this photo)

Deck Cover Stores in log pockets in Stack Pack (includes Lazy Jacks) Clears between bimini and dodger have removable shade cover.

Companionway and instrumentation There is another instrument console above the helm, with 2 autopilots and storage compartment. The adjoing window between the Bimini and Dodger is not fitted in this photo..

3.1m Walker Bay RIB Dingy 2009, Taipan also has Davits which hold the dingy with motor mounted for easy deployment.