Kohara sails again

New lines on, tramps tightened, and we’re sailing again.


Went out today for our first shakedown in 8 weeks! Still rocking the old sails, but all the new lines and systems.



15-20 kts of breeze and we hit 18 on the gusts. Damn this boat is fun.


Ahh! We’ve been dreaming about this for over a month now, and it’s finally a reality. Thanks again Cree and Berkeley Marine Center for helping us with composites.

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Laying up the cuffs and straps. Carbon and Glass.


Close up of the main load bearing strap. Few air bubbles in the last layer of glass, but the carbon laid up beautifully. Frankenpole! Pad eye is for the platform stays.


Getting the pole sliding like butta.


It works. In theory. To the boat!


Fitting went well with just a few glitches to work out.


In all her glory.


We still need to add the spectra stays, setup the screecher and spin attachments, and get a sail up to make sure our load testing works in the real world.

Much thrust… great success

peddle drive

Work in progress. But here’s what we’re thinking.

The platform. (Thanks T&G!)



Next we’ll add a composite platform on top of the aluminum frame and build the spinnaker pole cradles, mounting point for peddle drive, peddle unit, and seat.


The drive unit (in progress)


We’re extending the drive shaft and adding the gear to drive shaft system.

The prop via sea-cycle.com

We’ll be updating this post with the progress on the system. Let us know if you have any thoughts.



She’s been in the water for the last 30 years without a full haul!




Power wash



First sand



Fair and sand



Small glass repairs



Sand again!






Sand and prep for bottom paint



Spray bottoms



Spray tops

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Final coat



Stay tuned for the next set of projects!

Nico Colomb

Born and raised in Northern California, living in Oakland, working at Berkeley Marine Center. Has worked in sailing as an instructor, charter captain, delivery captain, and boat builder. Most recent big race was the 2014 Pac Cup.

Last week he murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. He's so mean, he makes medicine sick.

Matt Sornson

Born in Michigan, living in Oakland, working in tech, sailing in San Francisco Bay. 1st in class 2013 Everglades Challenge on a Hobie 16.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, some come from behind. But i've bought a big boat. I'm ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.

Josh Lehman

Hailing from Oakland, Josh championed the UC Santa Cruz open water rowing team, where he took 1st place in the 5th National Open Water
Rowing Championships (Aero class).

wrassled with an alligator, tussled with a whale, done handcuffed lightning to throw thunder in jail.