"Veni, vidi, vici" was the adagium of Roman emperor Julius Ceasar, and appropriately the name of our Tiki 30. We arrived to the boat (my never-sailed-before girlfriend and myself with some monohull sailing experience) and after a thorough explanation by Max, we had "seen" and understood it all. The boat came complete with gennaker and all was self-evident and easy to control, even single handedly.
When we took her out to sea for a 5 day trip around the north of Phang Nga Bay, we were overwhelmed by a feeling of safety, and indeed "invincibility": due to its modest draft (slightly over 50 cm) you can literally take her anywhere, over reefs onto the paradise beaches and into the hongs (or natural lagoons) where usually only dinghies would venture.
The bay counts innumerable islands, with caves, steep limestone walls, snorkelling spots and palm fringed beaches (with or without monkeys). We even sailed up into a river in between mangrove forests.
The Tiki 30 was surprisingly well suited for this "off-road" experience (large fridge; good stock of fresh water; handy kitchen and comfortable sleeping bunks). We just couldn't say goodbye to it and went for a 4 days extension, to take a look at the more southern islets with their pristine clear waters and brochure-like powdery white beaches.