King's Cruiser 33
after much searching (including this forum) I can not find any in depth review or details for the King's Cruiser 33, built by OY Fiskars AB in Finland from 1972 to 1978. I did find some specs on Sailboat data, but its minimal.
150 were built and I can only find about 5 of them on sale over the Internet. So they have either sank or their owners love them so much they want to keep them.
Only two of them were imported in Canada around 1979 and put in the water in 1980. I am quite close to make a deal. The price is fair and the boat looks in good shape.
Any advice and/or review from someone that has sailed one or even came across one would be much appreciated.
Some of the KC33 owners are registered at
www.udkik.dk - Owner's Contacts
In the past a detailed review of the boat was published in Yachting Monthly of December 1973. You can get a (payed) copy through the PBO copy shop.
I have a KC33 myself and am sailing it for about 20 years mainly in coastal waters of the Netherlands.
I've found some informations over the past weeks and contacted a norvegian KC33 owner that gave me some useful advices.
What year is your King's Cruiser ? As I am looking for informations on the 1978 models and the modifications made since its debut in 1972.
My boat was built in 1975 (nr 106)and I bought it in 1990. Some weak points I experienced were problems with the mast pile support (not supported on the keel but on a rib) an d leaks through the chainplates. Since the deck has a sandwich construction you have to be very careful when mounting additional fittings.
A few years ago I met a Norvegian KC in Porto Santo (Madeira islands) en route for a world trip. This boat just had the standard rigging.
I can send you some review copies and rigging docs but this requires an email address.
I contacted someone through the website you recommended. The owner confirmed that he also had leaks on the chainplates. Not a big deal unless the infiltration damaged the wood in the deck. I will see for myself when I can do a proper visit and wait for what the surveyer has to say about it.
As for the mast, the norwegian who sailed to and back from the Caribeans had a keel stepped mast, he did told me pre-1975 models were like that and they later changed it to the pile version wich you seem to have. Apparently, the first version was problematic: where the mast went through the deck, there was a stainless steel part surrounding the mast and creating galvanic corrosion, in his case the mast broke at deck level. Selden solved the problem on later models. What kind of problems do you have with your mast ? And since it is not on the keel, does that mean its been put a bit forward compared to the previous model ?
Is your mast black, or was it black ? The italian owner I contacted sent me pictures where I can clearly see that all the black has gone appart for some remaining where the mainsail cover goes over the mast. Its pretty much the same on the boat I am looking to buy. Just asking in case it was some sort of protection that should be redone.
I will send you a private message with my email adress.
Thanks for the infos.
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