“Kalamunda” was purchased by the present owner new and fully completed by Prouts’ yard at Canvey Island in the UK in late 1998. She was used as their Southampton Boat Show exhibit for that year. She was built to the ‘Interior Upgrade’ specs as detailed on the original specification sheets as well as having the following ‘extra’s’: Simpson Lawrence electric anchor winch; shore power connections and fittings; stern anchor and fittings; Simpson davits; moskito screens to all portlights; Autohelm ST7000 automatic pilot with linked-in depth sounder, wind speed and direction indictor and hull speed indictor. Latterly she has been fitted with a 5kva 220v generator, water de-salinator; additional ‘fridge compressor to the large cool-box in the forward starboard cabin; electric head in main shower room to port; 12-220v pure sine wave invertor; 4-man Zodiac liferaft; storm jib and cruising chute; 9ft ‘Carib’ inflatable dingy and 4hp outboard. She carries a large variety of spares as well as a full compliment of domestic and galley equipment.
After the Boat Show “Kalamunda” was sailed to the Mediterrean and kept in various marinas in Mallorca (Spain’s Balearic Islands) and used as a family boat on weekends and the usual summer cruise. In 2003 my wife and I moved aboard and sailed her first to Gibraltar, then the Canary Islands and finally to the Caribbean where we lived aboard for the following three years cruising all the Eastern Caribbean islands. Latterly we settled on Bequia – part of St Vincent and the Grenadines – where we moved ashore only then using “Kalamunda” for occasional cruises.
“Kalamunda” is an extremely safe and solidly constructed boat. In all the years of sailing she has never given us a moments concern despite our meeting the usual variety of storms that every sailor encounters. She has been constantly maintained (both engines having been replaced in 2012 by Beta 30’s) and thanks to Prouts’ hand-laid GRP hull, there never has been any signs of osmosis and the hulls are today as good as they were when laid down in 1998.