Kiapa is a Morrelli and Melvin-designed 52’ sailing catamaran. She was launched from the travelift ways at Schooner Creek Boat Works on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon in 2007.
She is cutter rigged with two headsails on roller furlers, with all sheets run to an aft cockpit equipped with a tiller. She is 25' wide and 69’ tall with a Ballenger spar. Kiapa’s lightweight design uses cedar strip planking over Divinycell structural foam core and carbon fiber reinforcements. For upwind performance she has retractable straight dagger boards in each hull. Her wheel is centered in the front of a spacious enclosed interior. She houses a galley bar, a settee and navigation station, all nicely apportioned in teak and mahogany finishes with a beautiful wood floor.
Her spacious hulls house bunks aft of a washer and dryer room, with a head and shower forward on port. A queen bed over the wind deck fills the master stateroom and a large head and shower are on aft starboard. A watertight folding door for direct access for sailors with dive gear exits the starboard stern. Large Lawmar hatches under the hull stairway ladders are inversion exits just above the waterline. Dinghy davits hang off the stern and a trampoline fills the bow between the hulls. The sterns have stairs down to the water and radar arch supports. Instrumentation includes a B&G radar dome for the navigation system.