Re Metau
People of the Sea
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Hans Christian 33T Re Metau
~ Hans Christian 33T Re Metau ~
Details & Definitions
What's in a Name?
Pronounced rā-muh-tau, our boat's name translates to 'People of the Sea' in the Yapese language, spoken in the Micronesian islands.

For the past 6,000 years, the Re Metau have unerringly sailed across the Pacific with no compass, sextant, or chart to guide their way. The truly extraordinary aspect of this feat is not just that the Re Metau successfully voyaged thousands of miles to other shores, but that they returned, time and again, to their small island home. Originating from a few of the atolls in the Caroline chain, which is made up of about 600 islands and stretches 1,800 miles from west to east, they are believed to be the ancestors to the Hawaiians, New Zealanders, and other Polynesian islands.

The Re Metau travel on the vast Pacific ocean in open sailing canoes. Fully attuned to the patterns of the universe, their hand-carved mahogany and breadfruit wood sailing vessels are not equipped with winches, instruments, or block and tackle. They rely only on ropes, cleats, and brute strength to sail to distant lands. These masters of ocean travel are capable of determining their position by using a variety of natural signs including star paths, reference islands, the shapes and colors of clouds, ocean swells, the sun, the flight paths of birds, and the salinity of the water.

A people without written language, the Re Metau commit their seafaring acumen to memory through song, ritual, myth and magic. They talk to the clouds, currents, seabirds, waves, and ocean spirits to guide them on their journeys. Desiring to honor those responsible for safe passage, the 'People of the Sea' chant to many spirits during their voyages, such as those of the middle heavens for calm weather, or to sooth whales in the distance. Another secret to their skills is in the cadence and beat of their songs and prayers, which provide them with mathematical references that modern navigational instruments would otherwise provide.

A fully initiated Re Metau navigator, called 'Palu' is respected and revered within the tribe, recognized as possessing 'itang' – the talk of knowledge. The Palu pass their traditions from father to son, teaching each new apprentice the talk of the sea and the stars. Like so many native cultures and the knowledge they possess, the ancient skills of navigation via earthly and heavenly patterns held by the Re Metau is sadly vanishing as their existence is influenced by western ways.

Reference: The Last Navigator by Steve Thomas.

HC33T Re Metau
~ HC33 T Re Metau ~
Complete Specs
Re Metau was designed by Harwood "Woody" Ives, and built by John Edwards' Hansa Yachts and Shipbuilders boatyard in 1985, during what is known as the "Golden Age" of Taiwanese boatbuilding. She is hull number 93, and a US Coast Guard documented vessel.
  • LOA: 41' (12.5 m)
  • LWL: 29'2" (8.9 m)
  • Beam: 11'8" (3.6 m)
  • Net Displacement: 18,000 lbs. (8,165 kg)
  • Gross Displacement: 24,000 lbs. (10,886 kg)
  • Draft: 5'10" (1.8 m)
  • Ballast: 6800 (3,084 kg)
  • UK Mainsail (2014)
  • Quantum Jib 130% (2016)
  • Eggers Staysail
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Alado Roller Furling Jib and Staysail
  • Maxwell 2-Speed Self-Tailing Bronze Winches
  • Forespar Telescoping Whisker Pole
  • Engine: Yanmar 3JH5E (2015)
  • Horsepower: 39
  • Dual Racor Primary Filters
Ground Tackle & Deck Hardware
  • 25kg Rocna Vulcan w 250' 5/16 Chain
  • Fortress FX23 75' 5/16 Chain & 250' 1" Rode
  • Guardian G16 Stern Anchor
  • Lofrans Tigress Electric Windlass
  • Quick Windlass Remote Control
  • Top Climber
  • Composite Folding MastSteps
  • Custom OnSpot Marine SS Arch with Dinghy Davits, Raised Cockpit Seats, and Folding Boarding/Swim Ladder
  • D400 Wind Generator
  • 2 CanadianSolar 295 Watt Solar Panels
  • 6 6v Trojan T145 Deep Cycle House Bank
  • 1 12v Trojan Starter Battery
  • ProMariner ProNautic 12–50 Battery Charger
  • Balmar 100 amp Alternator
  • Balmar Voltage Regulator
  • FailSafe Galvanic Isolator
  • Nanopulser Battery Desulfator
  • Xantrex Battery Monitor
  • Inverteck 1500W Inverter
  • Rule 3700gpm High Water Bilge Pump
  • Rule 700 Low Water Blige Pump
  • Aqualarm Smart Pump Switch
  • Whale Manual Blige Pump
  • Honda 2K Generator
  • Raymarine Autopilot
  • ICOM 802 SSB Radio
  • ICOM AT-140 Antenna Tuner
  • Backstay Antenna
  • Standard Horizon Matrix VHF with AIS & GPS
  • West Marine VHF160 Handheld Radio
  • WiriePro Wi-Fi Antenna
  • Standard Horizon RAM Remote Control Mic with Integral Speaker
  • Garmin GPS Map 740S
  • Garmin 78s Handheld GPS
  • Alpine CDA Stereo with Remotes
  • Bazooka Tubbie Speakers in Cockpit
  • Polk Audio Component Speakers
  • Sena Intercom Headsets
  • Tacktick MN100 Depth & Speed Gauge
  • Kestrel 2500 Pocket Weather Meter
  • Kaito Portable SSB Receiver
  • Nikon Rangefinder
  • InReach Satellite Messenger
  • LifeSling Man Overboard Sling
  • Mustang Inflatable PFDs
  • Wichard Duel Tethers
  • GMT AccuSat EPIRB
Galley & Plumbing
  • Force10 3 Burner Propane Stove with Oven
  • Custom Built Frigoboat Refrigerator/Freezer with Keel Cooler
  • Fresh and Saltwater Foot Pump at Sink
  • Freshwater Jabsco Sensor Max VSD pump at Sink
  • Dometic Marine Air 2 Air Conditioner with Smart Starter
  • Force 10 Propane Cozy Cabin Heater
  • Excel Instant Propane Water Heater
  • Jabsco Compact Electric Head
  • Spectra Ventura 200T MPC Watermaker
  • Fuel: 90 gal (340 l)
  • Water: 80 gal (303 l)
  • Holding: 15 gal (57 l)
  • Hart Systems Tank Tender 4
  • Hard Bottom Inflatable 10' Dinghy
  • Yamaha 15 HP Engine
About Us
About Re Metau
About Our Journey
Becoming Re Metau
About Our Cruising Kitty
Tour Our Floating Home
Big Living on a Little Boat
About Our 1st Boat
A Morgan 24 – Points Unknown
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