I had only read about, and seen photographs of Kettenburgs when, one Sunday afternon, visiting California on a business trip, we happened to be at a Dana Point marina restaurant while a Kettenburg 40 motored in.
We saw it from a distance, several rows of slips away, turning towards us.
It was unmistakeably a Kettenburg - the distinctive coachroof, and those beautiful lines.
The owners, a father and son as they later revealed, docked her, walked up the ramp and ended up sitting near us at the outdoor restaurant. They had been sanding the coachroof and decks, had wood dust on their clothes and varnish on their deck shoes.
"Is that a Kettenburg" I asked. "A forty" they proudly responded. They let us go look her over. A gorgeous marine design, an excellent total restoration, work in progress, and a lot (A LOT!) of work at that.
Worth it? I think so, yes. But only for those with the time, skills, patience and financal resources to do it all right.
That Kettenburg is so beautiful. It must sail "beautiful", too. Designed for the Pacific, for sure.