Matterport Virtual Tour
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Steve Dashew designs yachts for a purpose; extended blue water cruising. His designs are in a league of their own. They are quick, safe, easy to handle, easy to maintain, and durable. These hallmarks have created a legendary, almost cult like following. His yachts are designed from his personal experience of what it is to cruise around the world. They are built for the experienced sailor that is looking for literally, the ultimate world cruising yacht.
No two of his yachts are the same, while some may share the basic characteristics of his design work; different builders were involved over the years and each hull was custom made for her owner.
The Deerfoot 63 was the last design in the Deerfoot line. It was one of the first designs made utilizing 3D CAD programming and VPP (velocity prediction program). Only a few were made. This particular Deerfoot 63 was originally built for a racer from the Great Lakes that was looking for a quick cruising yacht. She features a deeper 8' draft, and a taller mast than her sisterships, plus an extended sugar scoop transom.
Salthouse Brothers in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the worlds pre-eminent custom yacht builders, took on the job of building this Deerfoot 63 under the watch of Kelly Archer. This was a special build, as she took on much of the interior attributes of the follow on Sundeer line, but completed to an even higher level by Salthouse. On her maiden delivery she ran from Auckland to Panama, a 4,000 mile trip, averaging 200 miles a day.
The design, an evolution on the Deerfoot 62, was ahead of it?s time and holds many of todays common features. The owners suite is forward, pullman style, with a private ensuite. A large, open saloon with galley and spacious nav station. Two aft staterooms and a day head includes washer/dryer. The engine room is located under the cockpit and is quite spacious. A step down transom with sugar scoop to aid boarding of the dinghy and transfer of supplies.
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 before cruising the Med. In 1997 she was renamed 'ASTRA' and moved to Chicago with her third owner before heading to the Caribbean in 2002 and crossing the Atlantic in 2006. In 2007 she cruised Greece and Turkey until her fifth and current owner took possession in 2010 and moving her to California.
The current owners have twice circumnavigated, first on their Hans Christian 41 in the mid-2000's, and then again aboard 'KAILANI' with their daughter. In addition to being an accomplished sailor, the owner holds a 100 Ton USCG Masters license and is a US Sailing Cruising and CoNav instructor with over 100,000 miles on the water.
You will find that 'KAILANI' is 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.