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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » K - Boats starting with 'K' » Kalik

 
Kalik 44
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Description: Kalik 44
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Review Date: Tue November 27, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Belgium designed/built. The 44 is a large beamy girl. Sails well off the wind, not so great to weather (roller main on many models). Very large interior spaces. 25,000 lbs displacement. 64' sloop rig. European flat deck with teak. Good overall boat, wish it was faster.
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Review Date: Mon September 9, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Owning a Kalik 44 is alot like owning a BMW -- they look great, drive wonderful, are well engineered and thought out but still break. I recently had the entire teak deck removed and replaced with a new teak deck. It was interesting to see how the boat was constructed because as the deck was removed we were able to view nearly all of the structure. It was interesting that although the deck was leaking in places the fiberglass had not delaminated nor had the balsa core become soft. The only place that the core had to be replaced was around the mast. There is not a blister on her hull anywhere, there is no crazing or cracking in the gel coat and the boat is very stiff. I have enjoyed owning the boat as it is a very rare vessel -- certainly the only one in my area. It is the closest looking thing to a Swan that I could afford The new teak deck was glued down instead of screwed down so hopefully we will not experience the same trouble again. Although the history on these boats is somewhat spotty I was fortunate to find one that not only was she well built but also one that she had been well cared for. The interior of the boat (after 16 years) looks nearly as she did when new. I would recommend the boat to anyone that wants something other than the Beneteau.Hunter.Catalina type.
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Registered: May 2010
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Review Date: Mon March 26, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $46,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
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Excellent solid cruiser who has done me well so far. Build like a brick s*#t house and kept us safe sailing through 50kn winds with 6-10m waves which were breaking over the boat. Annoying that the keel is cast iron, would be much nicer if lead to avoid the constant rust marks on the keel. Engine is good (52hp westerbeke) although mine had been neglected so needed some love. Roller furling genoa up front which works great, roller furling main sucks on mine and will not unroll well and drives me mad but it is good for limitless possibilities to reef. Deck used to be teak but was removed due to rot, has been totally rebuilt with new foam core and fiberglass topsides with dek-tred paint which is so easy to care for. Good sized cockpit, plenty of opening ports and hatches for ventilation. Inside its so roomy compared to other boats of similar size I looked at, excellent headroom in main cabin and pretty good in the rest of the boat. The galley is great size and plenty of storage. Rear head is a bit small and using the toilet can be a bit tight but you are not living in there, not well made for a shower room either (too many possible leaks to places you dont want water). Front head is also reasonably small but more usable and also not setup well for showering but I have since fiberglassed entire room and put dedicated shower mixer and rose in which is fantastic. Hot water cylinder is no good unless you run the engine for hours or are on shore power so I have installed a gas califont (highly recommended!) plenty of room to sit around large table and plenty of places to sleep with the ability to comfortably sleep 10. Rear locker is HUGE which is fantastic for long cruises as you can get all sorts of spares, sails, dinghy etc in there. Performance is not bad for something that weighs 13 ton, upwind not too bad, on a reach she will easily do 8kn in a stiff breeze, downwind we have not flown the kite yet so can not really comment. Very stable boat, have always felt safe and under control....would recommend to anyone but as they are getting older now there will be things to fix up but well worth it in the end.
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