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It is with great sorrow that I write this post about my vessel Kaimalolo. I made too many mistakes however, mostly having little to do with the boat itself- as I will make effort to explain.


Her history is epic and tearjerking. Well maybe it just brings tears to my eyes. But she is literally made from dreams as you will find reading this article of how she came to be: http://www.caller2.com/newsarch/news10363.html



Since I have owned the vessel (about 18 months) she has made the folowing journeys without incident:

Panama City Beach, FL to Ft Riviera FL

Ft Riviera to Key West

Key West to Clearwater, FL


My story is really the cause of the boat going up for sale. Here it is in super fast forward:

Went to Tayrona Park, Colombia fell in love with Tropics. Got in my head the idea of buying a catamaran and moving to S America. Bought Kaimalolo from a Texan in Florida, who told me she was 100% "ready to go" (she wasn't at that time I later found ). Brought boat to Boatsmith to do repairs. Befriended a Colombian who helped me plan while repairs were getting done. Got completely screwed by Colombian and so decided to stay in the USA. Set backup plan to allow a sailor friend to charter it in Panama. Prepped boat for 8 months for the trip. Sailor friend backed out at very last minute but agreed to move it to affordable marina in Clearwater.  I'm too far from the boat and no longer have visions of living in the Tropics.


The boat is not perfect by any stretch but a LOT of work has gone into her and she is very sound and beautiful (in my opinion) vessel. While I have owned her I had the following upgrades/maintenance/repairs done (much done by Boatsmith , a world renowned Wharram building and repair expert ) .  THis was all done in the last 8 months :

* Beams completely repaired, refinished, and relashed   * Brand new trampolines  * Pod resurfaced and repainted * Bottom job  * Hulls painted , logos added   * Motor sleds fabricated * Solar shelf fabricated

* Helm re-engineered  * Every structural and safety issue that Boatsmith could find I had done with exception of reinforcing the stanchions/lifelines (as was planning to get those done in Panama)


The inventory of the boat is VAST, making her well equipped for global travel, liveaboard, charter etc. Here goes:



j-boat mainsail with 3 reef points

Genoa (hank on)

Yankee (hank on)

Drifter (hank on)

Storm jib (hank on)

Staysail with 1 reef point (hank on)


Ground Tackle

45lb CQR anchor with 20ft of chain and over 200ft of rode

40lb Danforth with 20ft of chain and over 200ft of rode

over 700ft of total available anchor rode

manual anchor windlass


Safety Gear

coast guard required flares and flare gun

2 coastal PFDs (manual deployment)

drogue with swivel

paratech sea anchor with line and swivel

20 Type 1 life jackets (brand new)



1 non lit compass with crazed glass making it unreadable at night

1 uninstalled Ritchie compass

Garmin 4208 Chartplotter with Garmin Radar

XM weather service installed with NMEA 2k network

half of charts from yucatan channel to Cartagena, Colombia

Cruising guide to Florida waters

Chart book for west coast of Florida and keys

Weems and Plath navigations tools (dividers, parallel rulers, protractor)



Standard Horizon VHF radio (cable needs replacing)

Uniden Handheld VHF

Icom 708 SSB with autotuner (Brand new)



(non working and uninstalled) Autohelm ST4000

uninstalled tillerpilot

Windpilot windvane



400watts of solar mounted on shelf

400watt wind generator

Clarion stereo with 800watt amp, 4 waterproof speakers mounted (new)

full nav lights on seperate breakers so tricolor can be run alone to save power

breakes seperate each hull from one another to isolate problems or power consumption



9.5ft Boston Whaler hard dinghy with 9.8hp  4stroke Tohatsu outboard


Aux Power

2010 twin 9.9 Yamaha outboards  (under warranty until mid 2013)

Yamaha remote controls and remote start

each engine has seperate battery, alternators recharge them

Portable Honda 2000Eu gas generator



Uninstalled Pur-35 watermaker with extra membranes

Manual head with manual option to pump holding tank

Galley has fresh/salt water foot pumps

3 uninstalled bilge pumps

52 gallons total of fresh water holding

15 gallon holding tank



Origo 2burner alcohol stove (new)

full cooking utensils

full spice rack

Engel fridge

2 coolers

Good month worth of dried food packs from www.efoodsdirect.com



18gallon tank

3 extra 5gallon tanks

fuel filtering system installed

1 3gallon dinghy tank



all new lashings to beams

all new lashings terminating standing rigging to deck

new jib/staysail halyards

tons of extra line!

new mainsheet/traveler system installed per wharram design

many extra blocks/shackles/pins


Boat in general

2 large bunks (fulls)in forward of both hulls

galley to port/head to starboard

electronics and berth in pod

2 twin bunks in rear of hulls

large chart table with swinging extension

large cooking counter space in galley

2 9ft kayaks with oars

Owner is 6 '4 " and feels cramped in a studio apartment but does not feel that way on Kaimalolo

Lot of bits and pieces, too much to list


Asking $90,000. Would consider owner financing with considerable down payment. Would consider business opportunities/partnerships to put her to work. Serious enquires only please. Americans only unless making cash offer.


Presently docked in Clearwater, FL. I will post pics on my profile. windchaser99@gmail.com (goes direct to my phone)

Thanks for reading.







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Comment by boatsmith on January 25, 2012 at 8:55am

Yall may remember this boat. It wasfor sale for a couple of years in Panama City, FL. The boat does need some more work but is in overall pretty good shape. It used to be called ArenuiWaka.Unfortunately Jasonis an iinexperienced boater and made some bad mistakes. He bought thebought without a survey based upon the prior owners statements.Then he hired a guy in Panama Cityto work on the boatwho was also inexperienced and spent more moneyand time without satisfactory results.Then he brought the boat to us in Jupiter. We rebuilt the beams and repaired the troughs. Renewedallthe beam and rigging lashings installed new tramps,built new motor sleds, rebuilt the cockpitand did some other minor repairs. Still needs more work but at this point is in pretty good shape.


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