Originally Posted by Valiente
No, it was built by Hartmut Geisenhause in 1988 in Kingston to a design commissioned from Phil Friedman, N.A., who now runs Port Royal Group Yachts in Florida. "Officially", it's a Kodiak 41, Hull No. 1, and Friedman made Hull No. 2 for himself, only that one has a canoe stern.
Here's a low-res side view that shows her lines to advantage:
Actually to clarify the information which is remarkable close to fact after all these years...the vessel design was originally called the "Kodiak Cruiser 41", and was a custom design for an Ontario couple who hired Helmut to build her in steel. I believe that she is one of the handsomest sailing cruisers that I ever designed, and represents the cruising ethos that predominated from the 1950s (bolstered by the writings of Eric Hiscock) through the 1980s, but which now seems to have waned significantly.
Anyway, her the 41's hull form is double chine, with the lower chine immersed, and the upper chine mostly above DWL. This form was selected to more closely approximate the look of a round-bottom form, while still retaining the ability to be built using sheet material without pre-forming her skin plates. I used a form of conic development that I refined to result in the chines fading out in to an almost continuous above-DWL surface in the forward 25% or so of the topsides. Displacement is moderate; and it is no surprise to me that she sails better than one might aniticpate, notwithstanding the fact that her original owner opted for a rig that was shorter than I recommended. I sold several sets of plans for the 41, and I would be pleased to hear if anyone knows of a 41 built in aluminum.
My personal boat was not hull #2 of the 41, but rather was a Kodiak Cruiser 37, which I designed as a tribute to Jack Hanna's "Little Bear". The 37 was double-ended, with short overhangs, long waterline, and a heavy displacement at 36,000 lbs. at half-load. She was flush decked, with a foredeck well, and had a mid-ship wheelhouse, with a second helm at the after end of that house. I sailed and lived aboard her for more than seven years, and sold her in 1990.
The other member of the series was the Kodiak Cruiser 33, also a double-ender, but with a mid-ship doghouse style fixed shelter open at it's aft end and placed over a self-draining cockpit well. Several of these were built in various places around the world, and one that I know of made a successful full circumnavigation of the Pacific rim.
Thank you all for bringing back some fond memories. I'd be pleased to receive any information, and especially any photos you may have of Kodiak Cruisers. You can reach me at email@example.com
. If you do, I'll be happy to send you a free copy of my latest e-book, "Ten Golden Rules for Successful Yacht Build Projects."
Cheers and thanks to all.