About Ka'sala

Ka'sala

Derived from the Kwakuitl greeting Gila'kasla (meaning "welcome" and "thank you")

ON: 817719 – Vancouver, Canada CFN5274, VE7KSL/VE0KSL Home port Comox, Canada

From the Blue Book of Boats (http://bluebookofboats.com/BoatModels/Coast34.htm)



Coast 34 - An Offshore World Cruiser
  • Coast 34 is a production version of the Roberts 341 designed by Grahame Shannon of the Bruce Roberts Design Group
  • Construction Material-Fiberglass in accordance with Lloyd's rules
LOA............................. 34’1"
LWL............................. 28’4"
Beam........................... 11’ 6”
Draft.............................5'0”
Headroom.................... 6'4"
Keel.......................... Full Keel
Displacement................ 15,750 lbs.
Ballast............................. 6,500 lbs.
Sail Area (Cutter).... 621 square ft.
Sail Area (Sloop).... 559 square ft.
Sleeping accommodation: 5 or 6

The Coast 34 is a modern, high performance cruising boat based on the traditional Scottish fishing vessel. Several Coast 34 sailboats have been built by a series of boatbuilders from British Columbia, all of whom (like most boatbuilders in the region) are now out of business.

While the design called for a cutter rig, some Coast 34 were built with a sloop rig. A few pilothouse versions were also built.

You can find an incredible amount of information about the Coast 34 including a list of known boats, their owners and some of their blogs on a website Doug Swanson and Chris Bennett created:   https://sites.google.com/site/coast34owners/

Our Coast 34 was built by Randle Yachts in Vancouver and we believe it to be Hull # 37. She was commissioned by Peter and Marlene McLaren and launched in 1996. For the next 12 years, Peter and Marlene lived aboard and cruised Ka’sala down the coast of North America, through the Panama Canal, up to New York City, through the canal systems along the Hudson River and into Lake Ontario, out the St. Lawrence Seaway to Newfoundland and onward to the Caribbean and eventually Florida. Ka’sala was trucked across North America to the Pacific Northwest, where Peter and Marlene continued to sail her on the Inside Passage until they settled on Gabriola Island and sold the boat to us in September of 2008.

We sailed Ka'sala from Comox, British Columbia to Mexico, and home via Hawaii from July 2010 to August 2011.  Additionally, we have sailed her around Vancouver Island twice, as well as many local passages in the Salish Sea, Desolation Sound and the Broughtons.  Starting in July, 2015 we are embarking on another long cruise - this time to the South Pacific.