Back in 73 I spent time with a private builder
working on a Kantola 32 in Sunnyvale. Jay lived with this man for a while early in the project. The 32 launched on schedule, fitted out in South SF Bay
(Alviso), then sailed to San Diego
before jumping off to Marquesas
, Society Is., Hawaii
About a year later he showed up again in SF, then headed south.
The 32 was a fantastic boat, crossed from Cabo to Fatu Hiva in 29 days.
I bought plans for a Kantola 34 and tooled up to build, bought the cedar veneer (with Rob) for the hull
planking before being waylaid in a bike accident
. The cedar ended up in Rob Morse's boat, storied here. (He built it during the mid-late seventies).
Mike Carlson built his boat a bit earlier, but in the same time frame; I bought a few tools and parts
from him as he was selling off prior to departing.
Can't say enough about the Kantola design - light weight and strong, cedar veneer planking, West epoxy
system, sleek lines with compound curves, look like spaceships.... In their time were the best around.
Every one I ever saw sailed beautifully; light boats, rise up and plane on a broad reach.
Great memories, and Hejira is well worth saving