Kailani is a world-class ocean cruising sailboat designed by Steve Dashew and built of GRP by the respected yard of Salthouse Brothers in Auckland, NZ, under the watch of Kelly Archer. She is the last Deerfoot ever produced and has brought her current owner around the world, completing their second circumnavigation. Deerfoot Yachts are quick, safe, easy to handle and maintain, and durable. These hallmarks have created a legendary, almost cult-like following. Dashew yachts are designed from his personal experience of what it takes for a crew of two to safely cruise around the world.
Kailani was the last of 14 hulls built in the Deerfoot line and was one of the first designs to utilize 3D CAD programming and a velocity prediction program. She features a deeper 8’6”’ draft and a mast six feet taller than her predecessors, which has stiffened her upwind performance considerably while her nearly 59’ water line gives her a quick turn of speed. She averaged over 200 miles per day on her maiden voyage of over 4,000 nautical miles from New Zealand to Panama, and the highest one-day average we recorded was 259 nautical miles.
The design was ahead of its time and holds many of today’s common features. The owner’s suite is forward, pullman style, with a private ensuite. A large, open saloon with galley and spacious nav station. Aft there are two cabins and a day head which includes washer/dryer. The engine room is located under the cockpit and is spacious. A step-down transom with sugar scoop to aid boarding of the dinghy and transfer of supplies, and a large locker forward behind a crash bulkhead completes the layout.
Originally known as ‘HOT SPUR’ she arrived in Detroit in 1990 before being sold to her second owner in 1992 and moving to New Orleans. In 1997 she was renamed ‘ASTRA’ and moved to Chicago with her third owner before then cruising the Med and the Caribbean. In 2007 she cruised Greece and Turkey for several years. The current owners, her fifth, took possession in 2010 in Turkey and sailed her to California where they prepared her for a ten-year world cruise that took them with their young daughter to the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and finally back to the United States east coast. The pandemic interrupted their cruising plans but they used the downtime to complete a major refit and Kailani is immediately ready to go again.
Kailani is a sailor’s boat designed to cross oceans while handled safely by a crew of two. You will find her in exceptional condition for her age and sailing portfolio. This world cruising yacht has benefitted from a comprehensive maintenance schedule with regular updates and replacements of equipment. Make no mistake, this is as good as can be bought for a circumnavigating sailing yacht.
Please view Vessel Specifications for accommodations, full specs, and a complete refit list. Prospective buyers will also find interest in the Seller’s Statement which provides a good history of the current owners’ acquisition and subsequent circumnavigation aboard Kailani in their own words.
2019 – 2022 Refit
- Installation of new 24v Lithium iron phosphate 400aH battery bank (2022) with Victron Bluetooth battery monitor
- Installation of new 2x 175 solar panels connected in series run through new Victron Bluetooth controller (2022)
- Installation of new Bluetooth Victron 24-12 DC to DC converter to run 12v electronics off 24v house bank (2022)
- New Sunbrella hatch covers (2022)
- Mast and boom stripped and repainted, all hardware and standing rod rigging replaced as required, chain plates remanufactured, furlers serviced, hydraulic backstay and vang serviced (2021)
- Installation of new Sea Frost SA4-bfbb 110v cold plate refrigeration system (2021)
- Installation of new Dometic DEU16-410 w/digital controls 16,000 BTU saloon air conditioner/heat pump, split unit (2021)
- New 200 ft galvanized 3/8″ G4 high test anchor chain (2021)
- Installation of new Furuno First Watch wireless radar (2020)
- Replacement of forward holding tank and bilge pump and all related plumbing (2020)
- Installation of a separate vented propane locker in the aft lazarette (2020)
- Installation of gas detection/alarm system in aft lazarette and main salon (2020)
- Replacement of Dyneema steering cable (2020)
- New generator start battery (2020)
- New turbocharger on main engine (2019)
- Replaced marine gear on main engine (2019)
- Navtec System 5 hydraulic panel rebuilt (2019)
- Maxwell 3500 windlass motor rebuilt (2019)
- 30 gph watermaker new motor, pump and membrane (2019)
- New bottom paint – 3 coats Micron 66
- Genoa (2019) mainsail (2015) staysail (2013)
- New Silentwind 24v 400 watt wind generator (2015) serviced new bearings and brushes (2022) with new controller (2022)
We made landfall in the Chesapeake in the fall of 2019 with the intent of sailing back to New Zealand starting the following spring. The arrival of the pandemic in February of 2020 and its duration into the spring window for transiting the Pacific changed our plans, and we listed KAILANI for sale in June of 2020. Prior to the listing, we commissioned a full haul-out and in-water sea trial and survey, and then used the survey as a blueprint for a major refit which was completed in late 2022. In addition to addressing the recommendations of the surveyor, we replaced several key systems, as documented below. Replacement of the life raft and servicing of fire suppression equipment are the final two items needed to be completed prior to departing on an ocean passage.
All auction participants must register by clicking the “Register To Bid” button. The deposit to bid on the 63′ Deerfoot 1990, Kailani, is $30,000. Deposits are held in escrow with the Listing Brokerage, David Walters Yachts, and must settle in their account prior to access being granted to bid. Currently listed at $425,000, bidding will open at $275,000 and the official Reserve Price is $332,000.