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Launched in December, 2001, Ka Pai is a 47 ft. luxury offshore catamaran built of modern composites. Equipped with dagger boards, this catamaran is a sparkling performer on all points of sail. Under the power of twin 52HP Yanmar engines, the vessel has stunning manoeuvrability and can reach boat speed of 10.5 knots with both motors or 8.5 knots on just one.
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KAPAI Design Brief:
The brief given to the designers and builders of Ka Pai included the following:
Ka Pai has been constructed to fulfil the design brief as a fast, safe, comfortable passage making catamaran. The foam core structure, with strategic use of Kevlar and carbon, has resulted in an extremely strong vessel. On board equipment has been designed to support extended periods away from port. The spacious salon and well equipped galley (convection microwave, gas cook top, large refrigerator) ensure comfortable coastal and offshore cruising. Sailing equipment has been designed to support short handed sailing. Adequate storage for dive gear, surfboards, etc., is provided.
Roomy spaciousness is nowhere more apparent than in the main salon – the place to relax and read, or to dine in formal style.
“Throughout Ka Pai there is an emphasis on using the best fabrics: Boating New Zealand May 2002. You can read the full article and watch the Boating NZ video realised to showcase Kapai and her sistership designs)
The professionally designed interior shows attention to detail and to comfort. The salon opens up onto the aft deck area where you can join in the sailing action or, when at anchor, relax, coctail in hand while today’s catch is cooked on the barbecue.
The 4 double cabins provide flexible configurations. Normally as four doubles or alternatively the two forward cabins can be divided to form a single bed configuration. Each hull has a fully equipped head with shower.
For the adventurous there is plenty of storage area for fishing gear, dive equipment and surf boards. Ka Pai is a truly exquisite one-of-a-kind vessel.
With our head office in Sydney (Australia) but a fully staffed branch in Whangarei, NZ we are available at anytime to bridge the gap crated by the Covid travel restrictions and welcome you to a video call, get to know the boat and our team on the ground, as well as organise a survey and a delivery to your preferred location.
NYM has assisted hundreds of cruisers, new or old to this magical lifestyle make their dreams come true with ease and with the sense that they come first. We purposefully keep our company stocks limited to have more time to devote to both buyers and sellers, especially now that with Covid, individual relationships based on trust and working together as a team with the buyer and seller are more import than ever.
For additional information, such as import, delivery, choice of registrations, insurance etc. please don't hesitate to ask. Our team is here to help answer your questions and keep you informed with the latest developments with regards to custom and travel limitations in our part of the world.
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Ka Pai can accommodate up to 8 people in 4 private cabins. The professionally designed interior is light and airy with painted and ostrich leatherette padded panel surfaces offset by varnished silky oak trim. Flooring is aubergine coloured cork tiles. Settees are high quality fabric.
Versatile walk-thru Bridge Deck Salon Entry from cockpit is through two outward opening doors. The entry is protected by the coach roof. With the doors open, the Bridge Deck Salon and the cockpit effectively become a single large indoor/outdoor gathering area.
To port, when entering the galley, is the large fridge freezer. To starboard is the navigation area and 1.2 meter x .65 meter chart table, electronics area and chart storage.
The forward portion of the salon is occupied by a dinette and lounge area. There is seating for 10 people around a 1.65 meter x 1.1 meter oak over foam and carbon fibre dinette table, with adjustable stainless steel pedestal. There is storage provided under the settee.
The port hull steps lead down from the bridge deck salon to the port hull. Aft, there is a large private double cabin. The fore and aft orientated berth is 1.95 meters x 1.32 meters and has a 13cm mattress placed on a base of sprung slats. Storage is provided in two cupboards, two drawers and a hanging and foot lockers.
Forward of the steps going down into the port hull is the fully equipped galley.
Forward of the galley is another double cabin. The athwartships orientated berth is 1.95 meters x 1.32 meters and has a 13cm mattress placed on a base of sprung slats. This berth may be converted to two single berths by the addition of a divider. Storage is provided by lockers and drawers.
The bow area comprises of a head compartment equipped with an electric head, a fibreglass sink with pressurised hot and cold water, a shower with pressurised hot and cold water, electric sump pump, medicine cabinet and storage cupboard.
Starboard hull steps lead down from the bridge deck salon to the starboard hull. Aft of the steps is a large double cabin. The fore and aft orientated berth is 1.95 meters x 1.32 meters and has a 13cm mattress placed on a base of sprung slats. Storage is provided in 2 cupboards, 2 drawers and a hanging locker and foot locker.
Forward of the steps leading down to the starboard hull is a companionway leading to the head compartment equipped with an electric head, fibreglass sink with pressurised hot and cold water, a shower with pressurised hot and cold water, an electric sump pump, medicine cabinet and storage cupboard.
Forward of the head is a machinery cupboard. In this cupboard / compartment are the hot water system, the inverter / charger and the solar regulators / controllers and the batteries, all easily accessible.
Forward again is another private double cabin. The athwartships orientated berth is 1.95 meters x 1.32 meters and has a 13cm mattress placed on a base of sprung slats. This berth may also be converted to two single berths by the addition of a divider. Storage is provided by lockers and drawers.
The bow area houses a large storage area for tools, spares, and also the fully accessible water-maker.
"In 2002 a feature in New Zealand Boating Magazine on the Roger Hill 14.15 meter Sports Cruising Catamaran Ka Pai somehow took my breath away. She was the combination that all my research showed to be the best of the best. Oh if only I could buy this boat!
Forward to 2006 and I was in the market just as Ka Pai came up for sale, a lucky moment and one I would not squander.
After purchase I took her to Orams Marine Facility in Auckland to refit to my needs. This meant bringing in the original suppliers of equipment and to upgrade or maintain their products.
Designer Roger Hill was wonderful. He advised best practice to extend the sale plan to give windspeed performance in lighter conditions up to 10kn and other things, such as the construction of a carbon tube framework to keep addition of solar panels to a minimum weight. Having him on board during the refit offered great insights to the vessel I had purchased
So life began, with summers in New Zealand and winters in the Pacific Islands.It is amazing to share a turquoise Anchorage and have guests aboard with kids and adults frolicking in and out of the ocean and showering on the boarding platform all day long There’s never a shortage of water with a wonderful 150 ltr/hr Water maker and plenty of hot water to go round from a loop circuit provided between two hot water tanks and Grundfoss circulating pump.
When the time comes to light the beautiful stainless steel barbecue you can feed a large group from copious supplies held in the commercial freezer (…legs of lamb, tuna, scallops, steaks, crayfish and prawns! ) Take over as much capacity as you please and there’s still lots of space left for vegetables fruit and ice cream all held at -20°C with eutectic plate efficiency.
Ka Pai is all about efficiency and it carries throughout the boat as yearly upgrade and maintenance now sees all the electric motors using rare earth magnet technology which in some instances has halved the power demand, the refrigeration cabinet being a great example.
Passage making and extended time in remote areas are a breeze .fill an empty water tank in two hours ,provide hot showers for two families ,cruise in total comfort and sail with passion. she lifts her skirts like very few sailing catamarans, allowing comfortable speedy passages and competitive regatta performance .One time when approaching New Zealand from Fiji I was confronted with a low-pressure system coming in from the Tasman Sea a large high-pressure system of the type we look for to leave the islands in late October was squashing the isobars just where we were which left 350 nautical miles to Opua.
With an angle of 80° to a long period swell and the north-east wind coming from aft she bent the wind to 90° apparent and flew down the rhumb line achieving 300 nautical miles in 24 hours safely and comfortably A poor fellow was abeam at 350 nm out in his Amel Super Maramu , he could not keep up and limped in the next morning after being hit by the wind and swell in the cold front his Centre cockpit had taken a wave pouring down into his bilges.Ka Pai is built for heavy Bluewater sailing and is superb proving that speed is safety
Even the best sailors will be caught by foul weather and using a very small bit of mainsail to maintain 3.5 kn into horrendous weather will safely carry you through.Many times on long voyages the drogue has been set up in the cockpit yet never deployed.On a passage to Tahiti I once had three low pressure systems pass over with rain soaked periods and the enclosed clear cockpit kept the cockpit dry and comfortable whilst we covered 1800 nm in 9 days.It is very pleasant to relax with a 42 inch flat screen and a nice cold wine in a turquoise lagoon after an adventure."