For sale Kettenburg K43 Hull #7 ~ “Aikane”. She is a classic wooden sloop race/cruiser. Over the past 3 years Aikane has been completely restored by a professional Artist/Boatwright to nearly new condition. With a dedicated new owner and a relatively small amount of effort Aikane could easily become the prettiest and fastest Kettenburg race/cruiser on the water. She is currently set up for living aboard and cruising and just returned from a 12 month cruise from Port Townsend, WA to the sea of Cortez and back to San Diego. 

Additional pictures can be seen here: 

Here is what has been done so far (over 90% of the work!): 

• She was wooded and completely gutted in 2008: 
o 54 laminated white oak sistered frames were added....she is SOLID now! 
o 4 planks were replaced 
o Additional floor timbers and mast step support 
o New blue-water cockpit. Purple heart structure and beautiful teak lockers, raised sole with over-sized scuppers. 
o Completely re-caulked below waterline (new cotton and seam compound). 
o Topside seams were meticulously defined/repaired, accentuating her gorgeous lines. 
o All new electrical and plumbing systems. Every wire, every hose all new. 
o All thruhulls replaced with Marelon or Bronze. 

• Completely new interior with many unbelievable hardwoods: 
o Book matched Ebony and Tigerwood floors. Heavily structural floor with white oak beams. 
o Fiddle-back maple cabinets with gorgeous Koa panels. 
o Maple butcher block countertops with ebony trim and porcelain sink. 
o All new windows and trim (NO LEAKS!!) including 6 new bronze bright-holes. 

• New Perkins 4108/velvet drive engine (now with about 250 hours) 
• All new standing and running rigging and Barient 28 winches 
• Original varnished spruce mast and boom 
• Recently inspected MONEL water and fuel tanks (120 gal of water and 60 gal desiel). 
• All new varnish on cabin sides and cockpit coamings (everything else is work in progress……lots of varnish on this beauty!!) 
• New windvane installation (the highly sought after BRONZE Aires #4 steers Aikane beautifully!) 
• New Icom SSB radio and Ray Marine Chartplotter/VHF. 

Here is what still needs to be done (just enough to put your personal stamp on her!): 
• A bit more brightwork to do (toe rails, hatches, other details). 
• Cock pit sole and decks need to be repainted. 
• Aikane has a new mainsail but needs new foresails (or a roller furling system). 
• Some trim, paint, and detail work should still be completed on the interior. 
• I was planning to put a shower in the head, but never got to it.....the floor is marine ply now, but sink, cabinets, and head are all new. 

This boat represents a huge amount of my time and energy (not to mention my "life savings"), so I would like to sell her on a sliding scale. I'd like to see her go to an owner who will take pride in her, put some of thier own labor/love into her, and use her to INSPIRE people! Therefore, the asking price is somewhere between $45,000 and $89,000....depending on your situation. 

Please e-mail me at [email protected] or call me at (740) 666-4525 


K43 hull #11 for sale as is where is - $12,500.  This is a project boat with good bones.  Currently lying Port Townsend, Washington.  Contact David Wheeler 425-353-8422 or [email protected].

See ad in Yacht Finders

K-43, 1964

Fully reconditioned to her original beauty, hull excellent, super tight, ac-dc refrigeration, full galley, head with shower, hotwater, perkins diesel 4107, low hrs. located in So. California.

New Upgrades! (posted 08/17/06):
solarsystem, s.s.b, swim dive step transom nice for boarding at anchor, washdown at stern , 2006 survey excellent rating, hauled and painted 2006 ,

Located in Mexico

Email or 0115216121436914

One of 3 built. A cruising veteran. Launched '65.

Contact MAHINA YACHTS @ website:

This ad appeared in 48 north magazine August 2001

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