Kauila is currently in Hawaii and being actively cruised and maintained. I purchased the Passport 40 in 2004 and have been sailing her on and off for the last 16 yrs. With a passage to New Zealand and years spent in the South Pacific she is a veteran cruiser. Being active on the ocean, Kauila is always prepared to be untied from the docks for another adventure. After a recent refit, Kauila is now ready for a return to the South Pacific or anywhere you dream. The boat is ready to go and will be sold turn key. Everything goes; Tools, spares, hardware and more spares. Being a classic Bob Perry design with lots of solid teak and well maintained top sides, she is a head turner. Kauila has a V berth forward and adjacent head and shower which is a must in the tropics for adequate ventilation. With a solid fiberglass hull, cruising fin keel and skeg hung rudder, she is nimble and sea kindly underway. The large U shaped galley and well extended coach roof gives the feel of a much larger boat. Engine maintenance is easy with the Perkins 4108 amidship and easily accessible. Kauila's teak decks are in great shape having been rebunged and calked in 2015. Kauila is energy independent with 300W of solar power, KISS wind generator and 600 Ah of battery capacity which provides all the energy needed for active cruising. Like the name of the wind generator, KISS is how Kauila is outfitted overall. With a brand new ZAR 10ft hypalon aluminum hard bottom inflatable and brand new 8hp Yamaha 2 stroke, Kauila is a well found cruising boat.
I am currently on the island of Kauai and will be off to beautiful Hanalei Bay in April when the NW swell has dropped.
If interested please text or call. I don't check my email often.
B&G Hornet sailing instruments.Depth,wind speed/direction
Standard Horizon Matrix AIS, GPS, VHF (2015)
Garmin Echomap 50 chart plotter w/S. Pacific charts (2015)
Full paper charts and sailing guide books of South Pacific
Standard Horizon cockpit VHF
ICOM handheld VHF
ACR Globalfix V4 EPIRB (2018)
ICOM M710 SSB w/AT130 auto tuner. Insulated backstay (2015)
Autohelm ST4000 autopilot (2016)
Pactor III modem for internet/email
Heart Freedom20 2000w inverter/charger
Link 2000 control monitor
Four solar panels. 300w
KISS wind generator
(6) 6volt golf cart batteries (2019)
1 12v starter battery (2019)
Perkins 4108 diesel 2500hrs
Balmar 100A alternator
(2) Racor fuel filters w/manifold
(2) 20lb propane bottles
Adler Barber Super Cold Machine refer (2016)
Stainless steel deck trim, ports and dorades
Double anchor rollers forward w/ 66lb Bruce and 45 lb CQR w/anchor washdown pump
Stern anchor and roller w/22lb Danforth
60lb CQR spare and 35lb aluminum Fortess storm anchor
Lighthouse 1501 s/s windless w/300ft 5/16 ACCO HT chain (2016)
Barient winches fore and aft
Monitor windvane w/ M-Rud emergency rudder and spare water paddle
Force 10 Propane BBQ
Doyle mainsail & jib (2016)
Doyle cruising spinnaker w/ATN sock
Staysail rigged w/staysail and storm sails
(2) Forspar whisker poles and boom vang
Profurl roller furler (2016)
New rigging 2016 w/Stalok hardware and chainplate replacement
4 person Zodiac liferaft (repack 2015)
Para-Tech 18' Sea anchor
Gale rider 28" drogue
Shadetree fore and aft awnings
Hauled and bottom paint 2019
Extensive inventory of spare parts, hardware, tools and misc.
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The Passport 40 comes from the first generation of performance cruisers for which its designer, Robert Perry, has generally been credited with when he introduced his groundbreaking Valiant 40. The Passport 40 has a similar underbody to the Valiant but most strikingly different a first glance is the use of a transom over Perry’s usual double-ended stern.
Introduced in 1980, the Passport 40 has become one of Perrys more successful 40-footers. With their sensible interiors, quality Taiwanese build and sailing characteristics described as nimble, fast and sea-kindly, it’s no wonder.
The Passport 40 project was kicked off in 1978 when Wendell Renken of Passport Yachts wrote from Taiwan to Perry commissioning a design for a 40-footer. The request as Perry recalls was for an interior based on his previous work on the Freeport 36 with Islander Yachts. It’s interesting to note that Perry accepted the commission by asking for a hefty upfront fee instead of the usual designer’s fee and commission arrangement after noting the dubious nature of the letter’s stationary, “Yacht Builders, Frozen Foods, and Eel Farms.”
The fee proved no impediment and the boat was duly penned and then built by King Dragon boatyard in Taiwan. It was after all the boom years for Taiwanese boatbuilding with exchange rates and cheap but good quality craftmanship favoring the exchange. The Passport 40 was introduced in 1980 and production continued for just over a decade through to 1991 with a final tally of 148 boats built before the design was tweaked into the Passport 41 with an extra foot incorporating a reverse transom and swim platform. The design was eventually massaged into the Passport 43 which had the stern extended even further and five extra feet added to the rig which was revised to two spreaders. Including the Passport 41 and Passport 43 at total of 163 boats were built.
Perry has penned some fantastic boats in his career, the Passport 40 shares company with the Valiant 40 and the Baba 40 as being his most popular in the 40-foot range so it’s interesting to note all three share the basic hull lines which the Valiant 40 pioneered. Where Perry makes a departure from his usual formula of that era is the choice of a standard transom instead of his normal canoe stern.
The sheerline line is sweeping and handsome. Below the waterline a cruising fin keel drawing 5′ 9″ and a skeg hung rudder, their profiles looking very similar to the Valiant 40. There is a shoal draft option that draws a useful 5′ 3″.
Passport 40s came with a sloop rig as standard equipment, though almost all boats have been fitted with a inner stay, usually the removable type producing a double headsail cutter style rig more suited for crossing oceans. John Kretschmer mentions in Sailing Magazine that the original design objective was to allow the boat to be sailed under a single mainsail alone.
Above deck the Passport 40 has a sensibly designed cockpit for seagoing action, there’s room for up to four with wide seats and a coaming that’s trimmed in teak, large cockpit drains, and plenty of cockpit locker space. All the sail control lines are fed back into the cockpit and the main winches within easy reach of the helm to ease single handing.
The side decks are relatively wide with a molded in bulwark that provides for a secure feel when moving to the fore-deck. You’ll notice a fair amount of teak; from the caprail to handrails to the eyebrows on the coachroof. Deck fittings tend to be solid and of top quality, the original boat had a single bow roller as standard, but many have opted for double rollers and have since updated with a electric windlass.
Down below the interior feel is really nice. The joinery, finished in teak, is superb, though the sheer quantity of teak can be a bit dark for some. It’s said most Passport 40 interiors were semi-custom in nature so expect some variation here, roughly half of the boats were configured with a pullman berth placed forward with a head at the forepeak and the other half with a traditional v-berth layout. The pullman berth arrangement tends to be more practical as the berth situated a little back is more comfortable and the head at the forepeak doesn’t mind if it gets seaspray from an open forward hatch. All boats feature a seagoing quarter berth sleeping two in the starboard aft cabin.
The U-shaped galley to port is large and dominates the main saloon area. It’s functional with plenty of pantry space, large refrigeration bins, and features twin sinks not too far from the boat’s centerline. The nav station to starboard varies between boats and can be found facing in forwards, aft, or outwards.
Further forward, the living space includes a large L-shaped settee (U shaped on some) surrounding a large teak table to port and a single settee opposite, again, there is plenty of storage behind the settees.
The engine is located under the saloon table and provides good access. Owners have reported the engine removal and replacement is particularly easy on the Passport 40.
Like most GRP boats built in Taiwan of that era, the Passport 40’s hull was built strong and heavy with lots of polyester resin and glass. Renkin in particular had the hull built thicker than Perry’s design spec, arguing the solidity was what buyers loved.
The ballast was of iron encapsulated in GRP. Decks were originally cored in marine ply with resin barriers to limit potential for rot damage from leaks. Later boats moved to Airex foam coring. The hull-to-deck joint is bonded and through-bolted on an inward flange on the raised bulwark, there’s also a steel strip embedded into the bulwark for mounting the stanchions. Over time this strip has been made refitting more difficult. On most boats the mast is keel stepped. Bulkheads and internal furniture are fiberglassed into the hull.
The Passport 40 has all the sailing characteristics of a good passage-maker. They are beautifully balanced, fast, yet preserve crew energies by being seakindly with a soft easy motion. They perform quite well in light winds and really come to life when the weather picks up, especially on the beam. Downwind they track well enough for the speed lovers to fly spinnakers under self steering with no problems. You can expect routine 130-140 miles days in the trades, but with fair winds and 24/7 hand steering we hear of numbers as high as 190, even 200 miles per day have been clocked.
The Passport 40 has held its value well since its introduction, testament to its original build quality and owner appeal. Many boats on the market have been well looked after. That said, there are some standard things to inspect for on the Passport 40:
For further research it’s worth contacting other owners on the Passport 40 email list run on Google Groups.
As of 2010, the asking price of Passport 40s are in the range of $110k-$190k USD.
» Passport 40 owners email list on Google Groups
» Sailing Magazine’s review of the Passport 40 by John Kretschmer
» Yacht Design According to Perry: My Boats and What Shaped Them, by Robert H. Perry (Ch 9)
» Sailing Magazine’s review of the Passport 40 by John Kretschmer
» Passport 40, Evolution of the Valiant 40 by Jordan Yachts