Kalissa is a beautiful example of traditional wooden boat building techniques. She is based on Herreshoff lines and built by master shipwright David Glenn in Manly Queensland from 1982 and launched in 1987. She was built for the shipwright himself and it seems like no expense was spared as the specs are of the highest quality and ratings. She was built using Spotted Gum for the frames with Hoop Pine carvel planking for the hull. The Queensland Beech decks are laid over ply. She has a long keel with external solid lead ballast approx. 2 tonnes. She has a displacement of 8 tonnes.
Kalissa is a sleek boat with characteristic details attributed to some very obvious Herreshoff lines, the classic wine glass stern and the gently curving bow that follows through the long keel. The generous and curvaceous cockpit which can seat 5 adults with ease is another of the favourite features of this boat which caught our eye when we first encountered Kalissa when she was for sale in Kettering in 2013. The central binnacle with the main controls and instruments has the crowning feature, the Sestral Major compass in its chrome housing now with it’s original dome back in place. Russell took much pleasure in restoring this instrument, replacing the clear dome and replacing the white spirit.
This year during her time out of the water for her anti foul and below water line checks it was decided that it might be good timing for her to have an above water line touch up as well so she now boasts some nice white topsides which have faired reasonably well over these last few weeks of horrendous weather with only some minor bruising to the hull, it could have been a lot worse as we have seen the results of the wild weather around us!
Of course, looking her best doesn’t take away from her functionality and of course this boat was designed for cruising, maybe racing? Kalissa is a pleasure to be on board and to sail. Although she has a cruising speed of 6 knots, she can show some good form when the conditions are right and although her hull and narrow beam means that with the slightest breeze she starts to heel, she can be quite balanced and great to handle with two on board. Since the last wooden boat festival we have been to Maria Island via Denison Canal. We sailed down the coast and anchored in Canoe Bay over night and then the best part sailing between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, past Cape Raoul doing 8 knots and into Nubeena for another overnight rest. Then back to Kettering crossing Storm Bay with more great sailing. This trip outside the confines of “The Channel” and even tripping up to Hobart gave us some valuable insights into how the boat can handle the conditions and how we are able to handle her too! We plan on doing more of these in the future and venturing further with each voyage. We love our boat and enjoy the response she gets from onlookers, visitors and family who come on board for the first time and appreciate her lovely character and personality.