Karma was designed by Bob Perry and built in 1984 in the renowned Ta Shing Boat Yard in Taiwan. She is a very traditional styled canoe stern cutter rig with lots of beautiful teak both exterior and interior. She is an incredible sailing vessel, deceptively fast and extremely comfortable.
She is the 115th Baba off the line, with an incredible solid teak interior, teak deck and a fiberglass hull. She is as stout as she is beautiful. Karma has been extensively equipped for crusing with a 44 hp Universal M5444 diesel engine, 150 gallons of water and 120 gallons of fuel she is ready to go long distance. Accommodations include two staterooms, head with separate shower stall, large dinette, stove, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and a diesel heater.
Additional equipment includes a Monitor Wind Vane, a full set of new sails made by Hasse & Company out of Port Townsend WA, a Switlik MD2 life raft, new B&G instruments, SSB / HAM radio, solar panels, wind generator, a Trace charger / inverter hooked to an accessory bank which provides 855 amp hours of power.
I have owned her since October of 2005 and plan to take her cruising to the South Pacific in 2009.
I did not grow up sailing, I started just 8 years ago and fell hard for it. Little by little, I began to put together a plan to escape the drudgery of every day life here in the OC. I took baby steps at first; I took sailing lessons and bought a 1966 Cal 28 which I promptly restored and learned everything I could about re-building and fixing stuff.
In 2003 I had the opportunity to fly to Tahiti and sail around the Society Islands for a month. That was it, I was hooked. I returned home, sold my little Cal and started a two year quest to find the perfect cruising boat.
I found Karma just 100 yards from my little Cal 28 and I knew as soon as I saw her, she was it. I bought her in October 2005. She was named Afitu when I purchased her but a little research revealed that prior to Marianne and Roger purchasing her in 1999, she had been named Karma. I decided to take her back to her previous name - it seemed so fitting.
Last year I was contacted by Jeanine who saw my website and inquired if I could possibly own her beloved Karma which she owned for 10 years with her husband. When I explained that I had re-named her back to the previous name she had when Roger and Marianne bought her, we knew it was the same boat. Jeanine owned Karma from 1989 to 1999 and sold her to Roger in Marianne. She shared many fond memories of sailing Karma around the local waters in San Diego and Mexico.
Jeanine also shared a bit more history of Karma. She was originally named Northern Star and was delivered from Taiwan to the East Coast. She was sailed through the Caribbean and the Panama Canal to San Diego where she was then sold to Jeanine and her family.