KELSEA is an Aloha 34. She has a shoal draft
4'6". The standard keel is 5'6" which is still O.K. for most of the Caribbean
. Solid (very solid) fiberglass hull
. cored deck
so like any 30 year old, you need to check moisture there. I have sailed her offshore, she's stronger than I am. I lived onboard for 2 years full time and now about 20 weeks per year. Singlehanded her from Canada
(Great Lakes) to Belize
. Never has the boat's integrity been an issue. Ted Brewer design. Fin keel, skeg hung rudder
. All berths are 6'4" long and a respectable width. I'm 6'2". The V-berth fits my 5'5" partner and me without ever bumping into each other (unintentionally). Tons of storage
I sailed a Catalina 25 for 15 years while raising a family
. The 30 is a good Catalina and was on my list to move up but it can't hold a candle to the Aloha. I wouldn't even take a Catalina 36
over my boat.
Alohas were built by the Ouyang Boatworks in Whitby, Ontario
. The guys behind it were a spinoff from the Whitby boatworks that built the Whitby 42 and all of Carl Arlberg's classics (22-37). Excellent heritage.
is beautifully balanced. Reefing is nice over 15 knots and double reef at 20 knots. Very comfortable. I won our local regatta
this year with a double reefed main and 150% Genny in 20-25 (30 gusts) knots of wind
. She just thunders through it. It's a big, little boat.
30 year olds do need attention. I spent 8 years refurbishing before I ventured far. Of note, I replaced the leaking aluminum fuel tank
which split a seam, and the exhaust
water trap, all standing rigging
with Haynes Hi-Mod do it yourself, furling
, bigger, self tailing
primary winches, port windows, etc. A 30 year old boat needs everything so pay attention to what has been done by the previous owner. In today's market you don't actually pay for all the upgrades that have been done. I'd be happy to share any other info you might want on the Aloha 34 if you can figure out how to private message me.