LOA 47′ LWL
40′ Beam 12.2′
Displacement about 17 tonnes unloaded, and around 20 tonnes when loaded water /
diesel tanks etc full.
Caveat: I have tried to
be as accurate as possible in this description but cannot guarantee everything
as I have not checked personally everything from when I sailed her which was
years ago, and she was re-furbished in 2013 without my personal intervention.
A detailed marine survey was carried out at this time and is
“Kirinka” is a very strongly built, steel, traditional
long-keel, sailing ketch with cutter rig suitable for sailing anywhere in the world including Southern Oceans and Arctic Circle.
She has no frills, or ‘modern’ accoutrements like hot
showers. She has sailed in the
Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and to South Africa.
The design is the ‘Embrun’
by Amiet of France. Construction plans by M.E.T.A. in France. She was built in 1983/4 by Robertson
McNaught & Co. of Milford Haven, Dyfed, Wales, of 6mm steel hull, deck and superstructure, grit
blasted and metal sprayed by Croft Marine Productions of Stratford-upon-Avon
who also welded a 4-inch steel sole to the keel bottom, as the designed
freeboard was considered slightly high. Bulkheads of 2.3 mm plated steel. The
front bulkhead is a sealed compartment with watertight door for the chain
locker forrard, and until refurbished in 2013 had a rear lazarette bulkhead
with watertight sealed door. With these shut, she was probably unsinkable. Laid teak on deck; now deteriorating with some lifting with
about a square metre needing repair. Interior
joinery of mostly mahogany; soles of ash with locks into the frame
structure if wanted.
She has a 6-feet bowsprit;
a 2-feet bumpkin; keel hung
rudder; long keel; steering from centre refurbishment and needs replacement. Secondary
steering was available by chain and wire cable to tiller arm but was removed.
Kemp alloy masts, stainless steel standing rigging.
Perkins 4.108 4 cylinder diesel; PMR gear box, morse
Taylors 2 burner paraffin
stove and Taylors
paraffin accommodation heater.
The instrumentation was stripped out and modern equipment
was due to be installed but not finished. There is a new radiotelephone
replacement. A “Monitor” pendulum type servo self-steering was to be
fitted but was not carried out; the plans are available to do so.
She was at one time registered as a small ship. John
Atherton, of the London School of Navigation, used her for ocean students training
and at that time Kirinka had Department of Trade certification.
“Kirinka” is a no-nonsense conventional deep water
sailing boat which will take you and a family anywhere as safe as it is
possible to be. She is immensely strong, a stable platform even in heavy
weather, not fast but utterly reliable to get you there, and a delight to sail
with a comfortable motion with her inertia being steel. When she sailed back from the Mediterranean
across the Bay of Biscay, two catamarans were overturned in a storm (the
crew lost on one of them) but Kirinka had no problems at all. I have sailed her
in gale force in high seas with hardly any seas over the deck.
She has been out of the water in a cradle stored for over
ten years; underwent a refurbishment in 2013, but work stopped and consequently
has cosmetically deteriorated as boats do that are neglected. She is
nevertheless structurally sound and would be readily brought back to good order. The only exception to good structural issues
is: one of the cross trees was damaged broken off the mast when transported
past some trees, this can be welded with no great problem.
The sails have been well used and should be replaced but are
Minimum work required to put her in the water:-
Re-fit coupling from prop shaft to gearbox;
Replace steering wheel to hydraulic steering pump .
New running rigging required.;
Replacement of sonar transducer in hull tube
Re-wire throughout (this was started, not finished), and
replace with modern instrumentation .
Sails are used but should be serviceable (but I cannot
guarantee this: they have to be accepted as seen – I have not taken them out
She was to be a retirement restoration project and I had
plans to go world sailing but this is no longer possible. I do not like to see
the boat neglected any further and wish her to be sailing world-wide which is
what she was designed for and is capable of better than any I have ever
seen. She was built by a firm which
made tug-boats and is consequently over-engineered in strength. Note in the
pictures the massive rudder and pintles for example. You will never see a safer
boat except an ice-breaker. I will regret seeing her go, but will be happier if
she goes to someone who will bring her back to good order.
Obviously – buyer collect only. Lying Hampshire coast laid up on land.
Current Price: £8000.00
This Steel Ketch Sailing Boat ‘kirinka’ boat is located in Chichester, PO18 8HQ and is being sold on eBay by dedenny31.