3D Tour of Tahina Expedition Catamaran

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the 3D model of the Tahina Expedition catamaran. A big part of the expedition is to enable people to visualize our trip in Google Earth, so naturally I wanted a 3D version of the vessel. Thankfully, Gerardo Paz (who also translates the GEB in Spanish) happens to be a professional 3D SketchUp modeler. He produced a few variations of Tahina at anchor and under sail. You see a taste of the models below, but to really see them follow this link to the Tahina Expedition where you will be presented with a GE 5 Plugin Tour of Tahina with some nice music.

Tahina in 3D in Google Earth

The post with the Tour uses the Google Gadget that lets you embed a GE 5 Tour in the plugin. And, I hand-edited the Tour KML to add the song (see instructions here). I still have some rough edges to clean up for the Tour, but it needs to wait until I get home.
Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the article about the new underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) we just received last week!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. GE fan 500 says:

    Good job on the tour! Will we be able to see the Tahina move along your GPS trail in 3D later on? That would be sweet!

  2. @GE fan 500: Yes, I have a plan along those lines. 😉

  3. that sounds great! do you need an extra crew? I love sailing, creating 360 panos, flying kites, national geographic, and gps tracking 🙂

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