Want a Cruising Cutter to last your lifetime, as well as your kids? This boat was built in San Diego with the plans from the Benford design group out of Easton MD. The Owner/Builder was a shipwright with meticulous attention to detail. He and his wife built this boat with the best parts and materials to go cruising. They never settled for sub-par parts or workmanship, The details/manuals of all the parts and spares are all on board.
The boat is 38' on deck, but 50' overall with the bowsprit and the rudder on a tiller.This vessel has dual steering. The brass wheel inside the wheelhouse can be connected to the tiller so the helmsman stays inside while motoring or just being comfortable during inclement weather. A September 2017 survey put replacement cost at $449,000. The skipper’s health prevented circumnavigation. Kahana was sailed only five times. Since the skipper’s death, Kahana has been professionally maintained and is ready to go
This Offshore Cruising Yacht is similar to the Pacific Seacraft , Southerly , Gozzard , Island Packet , Najad , Tartan , Malo Classic , Cabo Roco , Morris , Morris Yachts , Nautor Swan , Sabre , Saga Pacific Seacraft , Sovereign , Nordship. but built with more care than all listed here.
Double hull layup- Or as a San Diego boat building company calls it a sledgehammer hull. Inner mat and roving layup with isophthalic polyester resin to 3/8” thickness ¾” airex core, Outer mat, and roving layup 3/8” thickness with epoxy resin.
The hull was laid up on a one-off mold upside down so that the bottom is overlapped making the hull one piece. Cutwater is 3” thick. Hull is lined with copper to improve radio transmission.
Lifeline stanchions are mounted into two brackets thru bolted in the bulwark. Stanchions are up off the deck as opposed to going through the deck. This prevents leaking decks. The teak cap rail is screwed into a 1 x 4” board inside the top of the glass bulwark.
The ash sub-deck (which is also interior overhead) was fiberglassed before being heavy coated with 5200. Each 5/8” thick Port Orford white cedar plank was then coated with 5200 on all 3 sides before being put in place on fore, aft decks and dog house. Cockpit decks are Port Orford cedar and teak. Rough sawn cedar planks were shipped from Oregon, stacked and air dried for 3 years before milling.
The bronze chainplates are thru bolted to a stainless backing plate inside the hull. This prevents any chewing of the fiberglass/epoxy layups from shrouds.
The rub rail is laminated teak and iron bark thru bolted to the ramin wood shear clamp inside the hull. Ramin, more expensive than teak, is the slowest growing, most valuable Indonesian hardwood and is no longer allowed to be harvested.
Bulkheads were taped in with resin saturated into 3 overlapping strips of roving of different widths. Each overlapping strip is wider than the previous strip. The top strip extended 8” on both the hull and bulkhead. Starboard bulkhead paneling, port bulkhead paneling and the sole is teak. Fore and aft bulkheads are ramin. Deck beams are laminated teak and ramin 16” on center.
There is a primary and a secondary bilge pump with the secondary to come on should the water rise approx. 8” from the bottom of the bilge.
All tanks are laid up and integral to the hull and epoxy coated.
Hanging locker shelves are glassed in between bulkheads making bulkheads immovable. The L-shaped vanity has 3 shelves glassed in tying the port bulkhead to the main bulkhead. The extra strength allowed for a privacy wall around the commode instead of a center bulkhead.
The boat was launched in 1995. After the launching, the skipper health issues he recovered from and was able to finish the boat in 2010.
Perkins 4-108 diesel rebuilt on the bench in 2004 less than 200 engine hours
3 large solar panels, 8 AGM house batteries & designated starter battery
45lbs Bruce with 200’ chain – 70lbs plow with 30’ chain and rope rode.
COOKING: Force 10 three burners with two rack oven that can hold a ten-pound turkey
REFER: AC/DC/ICE Vitrifrigo installed 3/2015
PROPANE: 2 five gallon aluminum tanks mounted in brackets on boomkin
Jib, Staysail and Main sail were new in 1997. Jib flew 4 times, main sail twice, staysail New.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.