Purchased for her blue water performance and durability. Kachina is a strong and sturdy vessel able to cross oceans. Speed is not her specialty but safety and security her strengths. We have yet to bury the rails under the strongest of winds.
We purchased Kachina in July 2012. She is a classic Harwood Ives designed double ender sailboat, with full keel. She was kept in Deltaville Marina, Deltaville, VA, and the first two summers we sailed her in the Chesapeake. We Purchased new Ullman sails in 2014 along with running rigging.
She was on the hard during winter months in Deltaville. During the summer of 2014 we spent getting Kachina ready to cruise; Installed a D400 wind generator with custom stainless pole. New ProNautic 1260P charger along with new DC wiring. Installed new CPT auto pilot. Installed Iridium communications system. Raymarine electronics, depth sounder, wind indicator, speedometer. Two coats interior varnish in main salon, pullman berth & head. Exterior varnish on Hatches, granny bars and the companion. Semco sealer on exterior teak rails, cockpit blocks. Took Kachina down intercoastal to FL and spent winter sailing in south Florida waters. Hauled and stored in Indiantown Marina for summer months. Jan 2015 new dinghy purchased. 2015 readied kachina for sail to Bahamas where we spent winter the months in the Exumas and Abacos returning to Florida and hauled in Indiantown.
Summer of 2016, we spent getting ready to sail to the Bahamas onward to Panama. New aluminum bronze exterior chainplates were fabricated along with new standing rigging. Mast was pulled and painted. New bottom paint. New pullman berth mattress. New salon cushions and sunbrella covers. New isothermal refrigerator unit.
We sailed to Bahamas early 2017 onward to Jamaica, Isla Providencia and arrived in Bocas June 2017. Kachina has remained in the water, at the dock in summer months and we have returned to enjoy sailing the archipelago during the winter months.
2019 4 new trojan batteries installed.
While we have owned her, we have not endured any physical damage. The winter of 2014 new bobstay and dolphin strikers were replaced along with chain plate.
Overall, Kachina is a beauty. She is perfect for single handed sailor or couple. Space allows limited entertaining, but her sailing is grand. She does not have the “modern” conveniences of some of the newer vessels but offers many other amenities especially for the discriminating sailor.
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