Modify a Kirby 25 for offshore

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by island_life73, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. island_life73
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    island_life73 New Member

    Hi All,

    I have been sailing my Kirby '25 in the pacific's Juan De Fuca for a few years now. She is strong, fast and nimble... I have dreams of pulling her out and modifying her for offshore sailing. No doubt a fair amount of strengthening and stay relocations to be done but am sure she could make a circumnav. Any thoughts?
  2. GTO
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    GTO Senior Member

    Well, I really don't think anyone would recommend it, but research Dave and Jaja Martin.

    Dave started out on a 20 something boat he modified/reinforced for world travel.

    Here is one link:

    And an excerpt from it:

    "The couple met in February, 1988, in the Virgin Islands, after Dave sailed there on the boat he built and met Jaja, a sailing instructor. They were married the next year in Barbados. At first, they sailed their 25-foot sloop DIRECTION around the world, using only celestial navigation. Now they use GPS, but Dave says something is lost in trading math skills for the no-brainer pushbutton method of navigating. "

    I've read one article where he describes getting his first boat, stripping the interior to bare hull and rebuilding it.
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