KAI MAKANI, this 1989 Sparkman & Stephens designed 50 footer, is a classy high-performance bluewater cruiser. She was built in Taiwan under the supervision of Bill Stevens. Designed and built to be an ultimate short-handed fast-passage yacht, her owners describe her as “comfortable, fast, strong and manageable.”
KAI MAKANI is said to be at ease and easily handled in heavy weather. “Her displacement and shape allow her to carry speed through heavy swells in ways that lighter modern production boats cannot, giving her “real world” passage-making performance even to windward.
At the same time, her gentle motion makes her easy on guests unaccustomed to life at sea. Her fully skeg-hung rudder and solid coreless GRP construction provide peace of mind. And, her reliable Yanmar turbo diesel allows her to make 8.5 knots under power when needed.”
The three, well thought out staterooms work well for family live aboard or short-handed cruising as well. The interior layout is the much preferred large aft double berth version, with oversize V berth guest cabin forward and a midship over and under third cabin aft to port. The forward two cabins share a head, and the owners cabin has its own oversize ensuite head.
The salon has a 270 degree wraparound window of molded tempered glass, which offers a spectacular panoramic view. There is an L-shaped settee to port and large U-shaped settee to starboard with a dinette table. Also, there are cabinets and locker storage on all bulkhead surfaces, behind and under all seats. Companionway access from the cockpit is to the rear of the salon and the Navigation Station is immediately to port of the entry.
She’s had many new upgrades and improvements since 2017, and is ready to take her new owners as far as they’d like to go. Listed for $199,000 USD in Hilton Head, South Carolina.