Steve and Linda Dashew’s designs are legendary, offering speed, seaworthiness and usability. They are the perfect platform for sailing far offering fast passage times and hence the opportunity to outrun bad weather conditions. Everything is totally logical aboard a Dashew design from the sailing and operation of the yacht to her maintenance and ongoing care. KAILANI has sailed far in her lifetime in safety and has given her crews the opportunity to experience the best of bluewater cruising. She is ready to offer the same experience to her next owners.
KAILANI is a world-class ocean cruising sailboat. Commissioned in 1988 by an experienced racing skipper as an ocean cruiser and built of GRP by the respected yard of Salthouse Brothers in Auckland, New Zealand. She draws heavily on Steve Dashew’s proven Deerfoot design, which culminated in the Deerfoot 61. This proven design includes the safety features of three watertight compartments, the ease of maintenance inherent in the design of her machinery space, the performance of a slippery and balanced hull and the layout of her below decks accommodations. KAILANI enjoys a little extra turn of speed due to the waterline extension of her sugar scoop, while her deeper draft and taller mast makes her stiffer to windward than her forebears. The sugar scoop also makes life at anchor easier by providing safe and secure dinghy boarding while providing access to the steering quadrant and propane lockers through custom designed hinging lazarette swing doors.
She is without a doubt a sailor’s boat first and foremost. Her light helm, deep keel and rudder and well thought out cutter rigged sail plan make her a joy to sail, and off the wind daily logs of 200+ miles are common. She has surfed at 26 knots in the Indian Ocean, turns almost within her length, can heave to under staysail and never fails to bring a smile to the face of first timers at the helm. What her cockpit might lack in amenities for entertaining it more than makes up for with at sea practicality. Large cockpit drains, a battleship wheel and full-length cushioned benches under a waterproof dodger and bimini make for easy and dry watches. With all control lines led aft to the cockpit, and three electric powered winches, including the two large Lewmar 55 electric primary winches, she is easily handled by a shorthanded crew.
The current owners, the fifth in her history, have sailed her largely double handed over 40,000 miles from the Med to San Francisco, back to the South Pacific and New Zealand, through SE Asia, across the Indian Ocean around the bottom of Africa and to the Caribbean. She is now cruising the east coast of the US and Canada.