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"Waka Irie"
1972 Mariner 32, Hull# 49
Owners: Sietse & Jennjifer - USA

Previous name: Blues Traveler
We bought Hull #49 in February 2012 in the boatyard in St. Thomas USVI and worked 3 months solid to get here back in shape again so we could splash her and sail off on our own adventure.


Before we renamed ‘Waka Irie’ she was known as ‘Blues Traveller’ and had been cruising extensively in Caribbean waters participating in various Classic Yacht Regatta’s for the last 5 years. Before that she was known as ‘Serena II’ when she was still white and innocent and located on the East Coast of the US.
She’s had lots of blue water miles under her keel and has successfully crossed the Atlantic twice and will do more off shore cruising for many more years to come.
The name ‘Waka Irie’ was formed by joining the Maori (New Zealand) word for canoe or vessel ‘Waka’ with the Jamaican word ‘Irie’ meaning powerful and pleasing or excellent and is used in the Rastafarian movement to denote acceptance, positive feelings, or to describe something that is good. So basically ‘Waka Irie’ means ‘Good Boat’.  ‘Irie’ is also a Japanese word and a common family name meaning inlet, cove or bay.

‘Waka Irie’ has undergone some major changes in the last years and most of them were done by the previous owner who changed all the fixed port lights for 10 new ABI bronze port holes just before the company went out of business. Being in the tropics and heading towards and crossing the equator this means we get a nice breeze going through the boat while at anchor, keeping us cool and comfy. The other major change is the upgrade to external chain plates from the through deck ones, done with a rounding of cape horn in mind not a bad idea I’d say.

All the rigging has been replaced in 2007 together with a whole new set of tanned sails including black sail covers and a new paint job.
She has a traditional clipper bow with support for two stainless anchors plus chain that comes back to the bronze manual windlass.
Then there is the little butterfly hatch and the aluminium life rail around her spacious teak decked cockpit making her quite unique compared to other Mariner 32’s. But the best thing about her are her colours. We didn’t want to buy just another ‘white plastic box’ so fell in love with her black hull and red sails on first sight. All the paint work is done with Awlgrip and will last for many years to come. The masts were replaced at some stage for aluminium and are painted a Sahara Tan colour.

We are currently on our way to New Zealand and you can read more on the boat and our adventures on

Sietse & Jennifer