Fifty years ago, a 29-year-old single-hander from Victoria, BC, named John Guzzwell completed an unprecedented circumnavigation aboard Trekka, a 21-ft wooden yawl he'd built with his own hands. At the time, Trekka was the smallest boat ever to have gone around. The book he published about his adventures, Trekka Round the World, became a cult classic among would-be voyagers, and is credited for sparking the dreams of many who have circumnavigated since.
Designed by John Guzwell and Ernie Simmerer, Kailda is a full keel Ketch rigged sailing vessel custom built in Pearl Harbour and commissioned in 1972. All the planking is from British Columbia including Sitka Spruce spars from the Haida Gwai and fastened with silicone bronze. Most of her 1 3/4" - 1 7/8" thick Douglas Fir planking is full length and her frames are 2 1/2" x 2" steam bent white Oak on 12" centres and 4 in the tight turns of the bilge aft are laminated Oak. She has sprung teak decks 1-1 1/4" thick which have been left un-oiled and un-varnished but sanded lightly and cleaned with salt water leaving them slip-proof.
She is powered by a 60HP naturally aspirated Ford diesel engine with a Barr conversion with only 1800 hrs and a life expectancy of approx. 20,000 hrs with regular maintenance. She has a new electric fuel pump, oil change pump, dual Racor fuel filters, coolant heat exchanger, and gear oil heat exchanger.
The bright interior layout features a forward stateroom with double berth, and aft cabin with full size berth, 2 enclosed heads, a spacious main cabin with dinette, settees, navigation station and galley. The interior is finished in a combination of painted marine plywood and hardwood. Interior cabinetry is constructed of marine plywood with black walnut trim, doors, drawer fronts and table. The deck-head is finished within wood battens and the sole is fir planking with black walnut accent strips.
The hull has rounded chimes and a reverse transom constructed of 2" thick fir planking on Oak ribs. The solid exterior decks are teak strip planking over fiberglass sheathed marine plywood. The two keel stepped hollow Sitka Spruce masts were fitted and the standing rigging is stainless steel cable, and bronze turnbuckles, chain plates and terminal ends with a total of 8 winches.
The vessel's ground tackle includes 2 bow anchors with over 600' of chain and nylon rode and a 90 pound fisherman storm anchor. Electrical is 120 V AC and she has Simrad Navigation electronics, a 6 man life raft, fresh and salt water wash-downs, 6 house and 2 starter batters (2013), 30 Amp smart plug, double head stays, 7 sails including a spare main and storm trisail, emergency tiller steering fitting direct to the rudder shaft, engine compartment auto fire suppression system, Aries wind vane, stainless BBQ with cover, sea anchor, bilge alarms, and new full canvas cover.
The vessel has been maintained to a very high standard and is exceptionally well equipped and provisioned for extensive offshore sailing. She would also serve as a very capable live aboard. The current owners have enjoyed and cared for her for 28 years having sailed the Pacific from Hawaii to the Americas, and back and forth thru the Panama Canal to the Caribbean several times.
The original plans for the vessel are stored on-board, she has been continually varnished with original 12 coats in 2010 and touched up yearly with 2 - 3 coats. She has new batteries in 2016 (4 batteries secured to shelves port and starboard in the engine room and 2 more secured under the sole in the pantry. Port and starboard fuel tanks have clean out access which is a must have for travel in the tropics. With her 2 fuel tanks she has a 1000 nautical mile range.
The masts and booms are made from clear old growth Sitka spruce from the Charlottes. Approx. 10 years ago the owner pulled the masts out, removed all the hardware, stripped and re-varnished with 15 coats of an Interlux product as foundation. All the hardware was re-bedded with 5200. All the SS wires inspected and new electrical wires installed for the lights and antennas. Plus at that time new light fixtures and antennas. There are several hollow sections in the masts. In these areas he installed a twisted aluminum foil "rope" which makes for a good radar reflector. The larger ones take off in storms.
The deck is 3”- 4” laminated plywood overlaid with several layers of glass. Then 7/8 thick shiplap teak milled so as to leave a 3/16 groove that accepts flexible caulking.
Approx. 4 years ago the owner removed all the decks’ caulking, rebuilt the groove, and re-caulked. At that time there was, and since has, been no indication of moisture in the decks.
The rigging is constantly inspected and has always been well maintained by the owner. The wires are one size over Lloyds scantlings. Modern vessels today generally use cheaper 304 SS wire. Kailda carries 316 SS rigging...a SS blend designed for high salinity (corrosive) environments. SS rigging fails (cracks) at the terminal ends' junctions. Modern terminal ends rely on various forms of "clamping" on to the wires. This failure is exacerbated when the wire is restricted to one plane of motion. On Kailda wires are 316 SS which is oversized and configured so as to allow free movement through 360 degrees, and the the terminal ends are babbitt poured into bronze fittings. The SS wire is harder than the terminal ends material and the babbitt so as not to encourage the fitting to cut into the wire. Also the wire is not crimped or clamped which is the main cause of early wire failure.
To look for cracks in the standing wires, the owner uses a dye and developer once a year and similar to that used by machine shops to elucidate minute cracks in cast cylinder blocks and heads.
Simmered spent his lifetime as a navel architect. First for the US military and later as a private architect. He was very thorough in his design and build.
Nov 2012 Survey available on request and recent work project completed including the following: New water heater, refinished the teak blocks, washed all the running rigging, cleaned throughout the bilges and lazarette, re-bedded 2 ports, refinished the sole to bright, installed new drawer handles throughout, new AM/FM radios, cleaned the underwater Hull, and new interior paint.
Call today to arrange a viewing of this truly unique and special yacht and make your offshore sailing dreams come true!
3 jibs: high cut Yankee, a 140%. and a storm jib.
Fully battened main and mizzen.
The Owner recently completed the following upgrades/ improvements:
Mosquito Creek Marina
415 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A6