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Kialoa II Information
From the Beginning...
Frank & Cynthia
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Frank Robben, June 1996

I first saw Kialoa II in 1984 while looking for a yacht to use as a charter vessel. She was larger than I wanted and did not have a suitable interior for general charter use, but her lines, spacious deck, roomy and comfortable interior and excellent sailing characteristics were very appealing. So much so that when I learned she could be purchased for what appeared to be a bargain price I put in a bid which was accepted.

Photo in our Home Page, at the start of the 1988 Pacific Cup
Photo Racing to Mazatlan under Kilroy
Photo Crew and Deck Before Race to Cabo San Luca
Line Drawing Plan View
Line Drawing Interior Layout
Specifications for Kialoa II
Equipment on Kialoa II
Kialoa II Interior Description

A Short History of Kialoa II

KIALOA II was designed in 1963 for Jim Kilroy by the premier naval architecture firm of Sparkman and Stephens. Her design goal was to compete and win in the "maxi" ocean racing category. This she did fairly successfully, winning most major ocean races at least once during a racing career that spanned nearly a decade. One of her highlights was winning the grueling upwind Sydney-Hobart race (Australia's premier ocean race falling on New Year's day) in 1971. She also won the 1965 Transpac Race (Los Angeles - Honolulu) in 9 days, 19 hours.

KIALOA II was built by Yacht Dynamics in Harbor City, California and launched in 1964. This firm was organized by Ken Watts, of Watts Sails, Bud Gardiner, and Donald Douglas, of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, and Kialoa II was the first of the three vessels they built. I understand that she was the largest aluminum sailing yacht to be built in the U. S. at that time.

By present day racing standards Kialoa II was fitted with a quite luxurious interior and had numerous amenities for the comfort of the crew and guests. She was one of the first yachts to be equipped with a "radar range", as microwave ovens were then called, had two large built-in freezers, and three heads, two with showers. She was also equipped with air conditioning, which never worked properly. Owner Jim Kilroy subsequently built Kialoa III, IV, and V, adding to the legend of this series of "maxi" racing yachts during a quarter century of active participation in ocean racing.

Around 1973 Kialoa II was donated by Jim Kilroy to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. She was sailed by midshipmen and officers and entered in local races, including the Bermuda race. In 1978 she was sold by the Coast Guard to a Martin Crowley. After considerable repairs Crowley took her through the Panama Canal to the West Coast. In 1982 she was chartered for the Victoria - Maui race, and was subsequently entered in the Clipper Cup in Hawaii.

KIALOA II was chartered for a while in Maui, and then was brought back to California and put up for sale. She had been varnished, painted and spruced up cosmetically when we saw her in 1984. In December, when we found out that she was about to be sold by the bank at a reasonable price, we put in a bid which was accepted.

Due to the age and lack of care of the vessel in the last years (she had probably not had good care since Kilroy owned her), essentially all of the equipment had to be either replaced or rebuilt. The hull was stripped of fairing material by sandblasting, corrosion problems repaired, and refinished. The electrical system was redesigned, changed from 32 volts to 12 volts, and almost totally replaced. Most of the electronics were replaced. The main engine was completely overhauled and the generator set replaced. All the plumbing - fuel, fresh water, and sanitary - was replaced.

General Specifications for Kialoa II

Length on deck          73' 5"
Length at water line    56' 6"
Beam                    14' 11'
Draft                   11' 9"
Displacement            100,000 lbs
Lead ballast            43,000 lbs
Rated sail area         2,400 Sq. Ft.
Auxiliary power         General Motors Diesel
                        Model 4-53, 140 HP
Electric generator      5.5 KW (12 HP Kubota Diesel)
Cruising speed          7.5 knots at 2000 RPM
Hull speed              approx 11 knots
Builder                 Yacht Dynamics,
                        Harbor City California
Launched                1964

Sail Specifications for Kialoa II

Mainsail                       951 sq ft
Fore triangle                  1180 sq ft
Mizzen                         260 sq ft
Total rated sail area          2400 sq ft
No.1 Genoa                     1900 sq ft
Spinnakers                     about 4000 sq ft
Mast height                    91 ft above waterline
Spinnaker pole length          30' 6"
J (mast to jib tack)           27' 5"
P (luff main)                  76' 7"
E (foot main)                  24' 10"
P (luff mizzen)                40' 8"
E (foot mizzen)                13' 2"
IOR rating (in 1976)           62.5' ft 

Sails Normally Carried on Board

Main, 2 slab reef points
Mizzen, 2 slab reef points
Main storm trysail

#1 Jib
#2 Jib
#3 (working) Jib
#4 Jib
#5 Jib
#6 (storm) jib
Jib Drifter

Mizzen Genoa staysail

3/4 oz spinnaker
1.5 oz reaching spinnaker
Storm spinnaker
Mizzen spinnaker

Equipment on Kialoa II

Galley - Three burner gimbaled propane range with oven and broiler. Two sinks with fresh and salt water, gimbaled serving counter, good counter space and storage.

Refrigeration - Two 10 cubic foot built-in boxes, which may be set for either refrigeration or freezer temperatures. Independent 12 volt compressors with keel cooled condensers.

Electrical - 12 volt DC and 120 volt AC. Three 12 volt house battery banks, 370 ampere hours each. One 12 volt engine battery, 220 ampere hours. Main interior lighting is 12 volt fluorescent. 110 volt AC, 5.5 KW from diesel generator, 2000 watt inverter operates smaller AC loads from 12 volt system. Also 110 / 220 volt shore power system.

Battery charging - 120 amp alternator plus 100 amp 115 volt chargers on generator. Two alternators on main engine with combined 200 amp output.

Fuel - 320 gallons in four integral tanks. Four flexible deck tanks with 140 gallon capacity can be used when necessary. Maximum cruising range under engine (calm seas) is about 1100 nautical miles.

Fresh water - 400 gallons in three integral tanks. 20 gallon hot water tank, heated by cooling water of either engine, or by 115 volt AC. Also 400 gallon/day reverse osmosis watermaker.

Heads - Three heads, two forward and one aft. Showers in two of these heads, and fresh water shower on deck.

Sun shade - Bimini cover over cockpit for tropics usable while sailing. Awnings which cover most of the deck for use while at anchor.

Dinghies - 13 foot Avon 7 person inflatable with 25 HP Mariner outboard, and 11 foot West Marine inflatable with 10 HP Nissan outboard.

Life rafts - Two, Fujikura 8 man in hard container on deck, Fujikura 8 man stored below deck.

Fire extinguishers - Seven: Two automatic halons in engine compartment, hand halons in galley and at helm, Size 2 C02 in deckhouse, and 2 Size 1 dry powder types in forward stateroom and fore peak.

Communications: 1.- ICOM SSB ship to shore radio with 700 watt amplifier, 2.- ICOM VHF radio, 3.- Trimble INMARSAT C digital satellite communications system, will handle e-mail over the internet, Telex, weather and position reports, and emergency alarm. 4. - handheld ICOM VHF, 5.- spare VHF, and 6.- Sony SSB portable receiver.

Electronic Navigation: 1.- Trimble GPS, 2. - Trimble GPS as part of INMARSAT system, 3.- Furuno radar, 4.- Maricom RDF (Radio Direction Finder).

General Navigation: Three steering compasses, Brookes and Gatehouse log, wind speed, wind direction and depth sounder, Bearing compass, and sextants and celestial position calculators.

Computers: Laptop Zenith 486, Laptop Compaq 486, Macintosh Performa, 2 printers

Emergency Location and alarm: ACR Type 406 EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) coded to Kialoa, older ACR Type B EPIRB, and Trimble INMARSAT C system.

Autopilot: Autohelm 7000 hydraulic autopilot, and two spare mechanical 7000 and 6000 Autohelm autopilots.

Radio, CD and Tape Cassette sound system

Dive equipment: Low pressure compressor for shallow diving with a hose (Huka). High pressure compressor for filling dive tanks, 4 dive tanks, and one set of diving gear.

Gasoline powered emergency bilge pump.

Gasoline powered emergency generator.

Alarm systems - Engine oil pressure and coolant, bilge water, fuel level, shaft brake and propane alarms.

Steering - Two rudders. Originally Kialoa had one rudder attached to the full keel. In 1968 this was converted to a trim tab and a spade rudder was added aft. They are operated by concentric steering wheels that may be locked together.

Winches - One pair 4-speed pedestal grinder type primary winches. 25 other winches, mostly Barient. Self-tailing Lewmar winches for main and mizzen halyards.

Anchors - 105 lb. CQR main, 65 lb. CQR second, 35 LB Danforth reserve. Nilsson 3000 vertical electric windlass, 350 ft. 3/8 hi-test chain, 1000 ft. 3/4 nylon rode.

Hull - 5086 aluminum plate over 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 6061 aluminum angle frames on 18 in. centers, all formed to vessel lines. Plate thickness varies from 1/2" in keel, 3/8" in bilges, to 1/4" in topsides. Lead keel is internal. In 1968 approximately 6000 lbs of lead was added to the keel, increasing the original design draft of 10' 4" to 11' 3"

Main mast - Elliptical, 16" x 10", 91 feet long, rolled from 5086 aluminum plate in 3 sections, sleeved and welded. 1/4" thickness bottom two sections, 3/16" tapered top section.

Sail plan - Originally Kialoa II was sloop rigged and had a 34 foot main boom which extended almost to the wheel. In 1968 the boom was shortened to 25 feet and a mizzen was added. After that time she was raced both with and without the mizzen, depending on the expected race conditions and the rules in effect.

Interior Description of Kialoa II

The spacious and well illuminated interior is finished in varnished teak, with fitted carpeting on the sole and white covered panels in the overhead. Some of the overhead panels are translucent, providing daylight through the 7 flush decklights. At night general illumination is provided with 20 12 volt fluorescent lamps, and numerous small lamps for specific uses. The deckhouse has two portlights and 6 windows, with varnished teak panels in the overhead.

The large forepeak contains the chain locker and storage space for sails, lines and other equipment. A large hatch gives access to the deck.

The forward stateroom has a double berth to port and a single to starboard, entrance to the port head with shower, two large lockers for hanging clothes, 5 drawers in the bureau, and 16 drawers under the bunks. A door leads aft to a hallway by the mast.

The saloon has a large teak dining table with drop sides which seats a maximum of 10. There are 4 berths, two port and two starboard. The lower settees pull out to form 29" wide bunks, one 6" 4" long, the other over 7' long. The upper quarter berths are 26" wide and 6" 4" long. There are two hanging lockers, one on each side, a bureau with 4 drawers, and 9 drawers under the bunks. Life jackets and ships spares are stowed under the upper bunks. A door opposite the mast section leads to the forward starboard head.

The next compartment aft has the galley to port, with a gimbaled serving counter, a three burner gimbaled propane range, two refrigerator/freezer boxes, electric toaster and blender and numerous drawers and cabinets. On the starboard side there is a settee and an upper bunk similar to those in the saloon. There are 9 drawers for storage on this side. The third head, with shower, is just aft of the settee and bunk. The main propulsion and generator engines are located under the cabin sole.

The deckhouse is reached by climbing 3 steps, which pull out for access to the machinery area below. The navigation table, with drawers for charts and books, is on the port side forward, along with the electronic instruments. The main ship electrical control panel is located in the aisle way leading to this compartment. On the starboard side there is a double bunk, 55" width by 6' 4" length and a pilot berth, 5' 10" length, on the port side. Aft by the hatch is an electrical panel for engine control, navigation and deck illumination, and alarm and status functions. The area under the deckhouse contains the battery chargers, refrigeration equipment, bilge pumps, storage batteries, watermaker, dive compressors, diesel fuel system, emergency bilge pump and electric generator, and ships spares and tools.

Aft of the deckhouse, under the cockpit, is a small workshop, tool chest, steering system and autopilot, and storage. Aft of the cockpit the lazarette is accessed through two hatches and is used for storage of fenders, mooring lines and garbage.

            Frank Robben
e-mail:     frobben@kialoa2.com
Telephone:  916-678-2445
Fax:        Same as above
Address:    1285 Stratford G-163
            Dixon, CA 95620