Kay of Goteborg is an outstanding blue-water performance cruiser and one of the finest and most perfectly-built vessels of her size and class in existence. KAY is comparable to her renowned sister, DORADE, also from the drawing board of the incomparable Olin Stephens.
She could not be of better pedigree or provenance: designed by Sparkman & Stephens (Design # 2190) whilst having been built and launched in 1978 by the renowned Walsteds Baadevaerft yard of Thuro, Denmark. This semi-flush-decked double-headed auxiliary yawl is exquisitely crafted of double overlapping Teak planking copper-riveted to Oak frames whilst being epoxy glued plank to plank & planks to frames as well as bronze screwed plank to plank from the inside. Her keel backbone & frames are of epoxy laminated oak. Her mast area and chain plates are massively reinforced by three Bronze ring frames with webbed hanging knees and her mast step and floors are made up of bronze weldments, Oak floors being used in the center section and bronze floors again in the engine area. Kay of Goteborg appears to be virtually indestructible. Constructed of the finest materials possible; fit, finish, attention to even minute details is more than remarkable. The inner side of her hull is better finished than the bright work of many lesser vessels. If Kay of Goteborg were a violin, she would be a Stradivarius. She appears to be in excellent condition and (as seen in some of the accompanying photos) regularly receives excellent on-going maintenance. A good and powerful blue water performer with enormous tacking stability owing to her cutaway forefoot extended straight full keel carried well aft so that her nearly vertical rudder hangs almost under the mizzen mast. Kay is easily handled, and has been single-handed more than 15,000 nautical miles by her present Owner of twelve years through the Mediterranean, Antigua and the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and up the West Coast of the Americas to San Francisco Bay, California & now to San Diego, CA, by way of Monterey. She has been greatly admired by those who have encountered her along the way. This is an astonishingly beautiful vessel and an excruciatingly rare offering; we shall be pleased to arrange for you to attend on board to inspect this magnificent sailing yacht. It is our opinion (shared by many) that this is a vessel that simply cannot be faulted in any way, with the exception that exterior varnish maintenance needs to be updated as her 80+year-old Owner has been unable to maintain the exterior varnish to his usual standards. He did, however, just sail her down to Monterey, CA & then on South to San Diego. This offering provides the rare opportunity to own one of the finest sailboats ever built.