Kahuna Nui

The Boat

Kahuna Nui is designed for living aboard and long-distance cruising. Here's an excerpt from WoodenBoat's review:

"Kahuna Nui is the kind of boat that takes us back. She speaks to things of a bygone world -- to self-reliance, to remote islands without access to flown-in replacement parts. She speaks the language of patience, of contentment for living in the moment, of the journey being as much pleasure as the destination. ... she's for getting aboard and sailing over the horizon, with visions of palm trees lifting up out of the sea on your next landfall. Everything about her points to a boat that's less a tool for short-term travel and more a partner for the big journey. Take care of her, and she'll take care of you."

WoodenBoat No. 262, May/June 2018 Designs: Review by Robert W. Stephens




She is available with a gaff or Bermudan rig, with a pilothouse or standard cockpit, and a choice of interior layouts. Some of the options are shown in the slideshows below

Kahuna Nui: pilothouse version (slideshow)

Kahuna Nui: standard cockpit version (slideshow)


Despite her traditional appearance, Kahuna Nui uses modern construction: she is designed to be strip planked, with either fiberglass+ epoxy or veneer overlays, over laminated or steamed frames. Some of the construction drawings are shown in the slideshow below.

The Plans

All plans are sold as PDFs. These are high-resolution files, and the same as I would use to print the drawings if I were to send paper copies. Why PDFs? Because this eliminates the cost and hassle of shipping, and allows you to print extra copies as needed during the build (and you will need to after a few epoxy, 5200, and coffee spills). They can be printed at most good copy shops.

Payment options

  • The simplest: via PayPal, using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. Just use the buttons below. Note that you don't need a PayPal account to pay via credit or debit card.

  • Payment by check: I can accept checks in US dollars drawn on US banks. Please send the check to me at the following address: Mark Smaalders Yacht Designs, 244 Heffalump Lane, Lopez, WA 98261 USA. Note: when paying by check, informing me of your order by email (mark@woodenboatdesigns.com) will speed up processing!

  • Bank transfer: I can accept payments in US dollars and a few other currencies. Send me an email if you would like details.

Study plans - just $10

If you're seriously interested I encourage you to order study plans. These include 7 sheets of drawings (sent as high-resolution PDFs. exactly the same as the building plans) and a construction guide with specifications and construction details, all for just $10.

These will be emailed to you, usually within 24 hours of your order.

Choose study plans on the drop down menu, and choose your payment option.

Building plans - $750

The plans for Kahuna Nui include about 20 sheets (depending on the version) and a construction guide.

These are high resolution pdf files, and I will email them to you, usually within 24 hours of your order.

Choose Pilothouse or Standard cockpit using the drop down menu at right, and select your payment option.