Dalia aboard Steady Beat Welcome to the website for the sailboat Steady Beat, a ketch owned by Justin and Dalia. Fulfilling a decade-old dream, we purchased Steady Beat in April of 2008 in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Formerly named Tao Min, the boat attracted us with her exaggerated sheer and luscious interior. The previous owner aquired the boat in 1995 and after living aboard for ten years, proceeded to cruise from Seattle down to Mexico, which we will prompty undo when we sail the passage back North.


Justin and surveyor inspecting hull The Chung Hwa Magellans appear to be based on the Island Trader, but the original documentation quotes the design as a "modified Angleman". To be sure, the boat is a slow, heavy cruiser, as illustrated by the following unofficial (recently measured) design parameters:

Length Overall
Length On Deck
Length On Waterline
11' 10"
24,000 lbs
Sail Area
600 Sq. Ft.


Dalia in the vee berth The interior is very roomy with a good layout with gorgeous teak throughout. The galley is L-shaped on the left of the off-set companionway. The quarter berth to the right is comfortable and doubles as the nav station. The dinette is large with plenty of seating for everyone. The large head is opposite the cabin heater. Forward is the largest vee berth on the West Coast.


Steady Beat is a ketch-rigged vessel with a small sail area for its heavy displacement. It does make handling the sails easier, however, and makes her motion quite comfortable and steady. During sea trials the boat can make hull speed of 6 knots in about 15 knots of wind. The boat points well into the wind maxing out at about 50-55 degrees off the wind.