Kuna is a 38ft Adams Yacht made of cor-ten steel, launched in 1992. At the time of writing (March 14, 2016), she’s brand new to me and still based in Adelaide. I wasn’t ever considering buying a yacht outside of Brisbane, I wasn’t even looking outside of Brisbane, let alone one 1,600 kilometres away at the bottom of Australia. Alas, the conditions surrounding Kuna’s sale were perfect and I simply fell in love. You can read about how I came to find Kuna here (it’ll open in a new tab so you can read it later).
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Date launched: 1992 in Byfield, Queensland
Builder: Steffen Leth
Displacement: 8 tonnes
Water storage: 750L
Diesel storage: 180L
Grey water tank: 40L
Sleeps: 6 in a forward double, V berth, aft quarter berth and two bunks
Galley: Two burner kerosene stove with build in 40L pressurised stainless tank
Refrigeration: Ozefridge water cooled eutectic system in a 90L inbuilt fridge
Galley: Large sink with electric and manual pump for freshwater and manual saltwater pump
Head: Manual pump out toilet. Shower with heat exchanger off the engine
Nav: Hummingbird chart plotter and depth sounder in cockpit. Garmin GPS128 in interior nav station. All charts for the East Coast from Mackay around to Adelaide, plus Solomon Islands
Compass: Inbuilt GME electrophone GX600 and two handheld marine radios
Anchors: 2 x 10kg CQ pattern. 1 x 10kg Danforth. 120m of 10mm shortlink anchor chain
Engine: 24 HP 2 cylinder 2008 Bukh diesel with 1,000 hours. Electric and hand start.
Safety: Two fire extinguishers and fire blanket, lifebuoy and line, 7 lifejackets, boat EPIRB and personal EPIRB, flares, marine radios, V sheet
Tender: Inflatable dinghy
Bilge pumps: 1 x 12v submersible. 1 x manual whale gusher
Autopilot: Blondie Hassler style wind vane steering for autopilot
Batteries: 3 x 100ah AGM batteries for house. 2 x 12 volt for windlass charged with 12 and 24V alternators, wind generator and solar panels
Rigging: 15m Aluminium mast with two spreaders. 2 x Barlow 15 and 3 x Canon 8 winches, halyard, reefing and headsail. All rigging being replaced with new stainless steel rigging prior to leaving Adelaide
Sails: 1 x MPS, 1 x Self furling genoa, 1 x mainsail, 1 x stormjib on wishbone boom, 1 x yankee, 1 x spinnaker and pole
Builder and first owner – Steffen Leth
She was built by Stefan in 1991. Stefan had been circumnavigating and left his own 50ft boat overseas when a civil war broke out. Devastatingly, his boat was vandalised and cleaned out during the war and upon return he found her riddled with bullets. He was able to salvage some parts from her, like the winches and strong stainless safety rails, and so it came to be that Kuna, a 38ft yacht, was equipped with some parts more suited to a 50ft yacht! Alas, I absolutely love the heavy duty safety rails – how anyone survives at sea with those bits of stainless string is beyond me!
Kuna was built for long cruising voyages, with enough simplicity in her systems to be able to fix or bypass almost anything with little effort.
BBC Videographer and second owner –
Stefan sold Kuna to a man who was filming a show in the Solomon Islands for the BBC – he kept a blog about her travels during that time, which you can find here. Eventually, he sailed her back to Australia and had her based in Mackay, which is where Jason came to find her.
Pilot and third owner – Jason Leonard
Jason is a 33 year old pilot who bought Kuna in Mackay, worked and sailed on her around there, before embarking on a 5 week cruise down to Adelaide for a new job. With 5,000 hours of flying under his belt, he has now opted for a career change after studying his passion of genetic science for the past eight years on the side. He is embarking on a new chapter by moving over to France to continue his PhD studies. So Kuna, his home and baby for the past three years, was put on the market.
Things Kuna needs
Needs is a strong word… Kuna is good to go sailing around Australia or further as she is right now, but these are some of the things I want to buy or do for her over time:
Bought a yacht and following my sailing dream! First I just need to learn about sailing, engines, electrics, renovating and everything in between.