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Asking: $179,900 (USD)

Location: Daytona Beach, FL

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SV Kuhela is a Florida based 2003 Royal Cape 45 catamaran for sale by owner

This Boat Owner requires financial settlement only ... trades will not be considered!!

Kuhela (Hawaiian: “To rise up and move along as the swell of the ocean.”) is a blue water cruising catamaran built in 2003 at Durban, South Africa. Originally built with fiberglass over a wood core as a 5 cabin and 5 head charter boat she was converted to 4 cabins and 4 heads in 2005 by the present owners.

She was sailed across the Atlantic to Florida in 2003 by the original owner and never entered into the charter trade. The 5th cabin was turned into a tool/spare parts/storage room while the 5th head was converted into a freezer/battery/storage room. During the conversion it was noted that the laminated bulkheads were 2” thick. The canvas, soft top was also removed and replaced with a walk-on, fiberglass hard top with a plexiglass wind shield. The original davits were also replaced with more rugged ones that would accommodate a larger, heavier, electric winch-lifted dingy and its 25 hp outboard and 2 Air-X wind generators. We have tested these modifications/additions over a period of 13+ years cruising from Florida as far north as Cape Fear, NC, as far south and west as Panama and as far south and east as Martinique.

The spacious, main saloon has a galley (up) which comes with a Tecnogas 4-burner stove with oven , a 21” wide sink, 4 cabinets and 4 drawers stocked with pots and pans, silverware and dishes, and an Eccotemp (propane) instant hot water heater. Under the 12 foot horseshoe shaped settee (also dining area) is a baffled 150 gal. freshwater holding tank. Another 6 foot settee on the aft, port side under the 12v and 110v panel boards and TV also houses the Xantrax 3000 inverter/charger and additional storage space. Rounding out this comfortable, utilitarian space are two 12 v refrigerators (Isotherm and Engel), a 12v ice maker, more storage space, an AM/FM, SSB, VHF radios, AIS, and satellite telephone.

The sundowner-friendly covered cockpit (where 6 190w solar panels are mounted) has a port helm station, 2 bench seats, additional comfortable seating for 12 with 2 tables and a DriDeck covered deck. Additional storage in 2 lazarettes as well as a hanging 7 ½’ x 2’ storage basket and a 44”x30”x24” storage locker. The LED lighted cockpit is surrounded by isenglass and separate sun shade curtains.

Two foot wide side decks run forward from the 13.5’x3.5’ stern deck to the bow pulpit seats making her conveniently safe to move around. The entire deck area is surrounded by ss wire lifelines with 5 exits. The 12’x24’ foredeck surrounds the twin, laced 4 ½’x 6’ twin trampolines. The 6 man life raft is secured at the base of the foredeck, stepped 64’ mast. 2 large lockers house 4-20 gallon solenoid equipped propane tanks, multiple dock and hurricane lines, fenders, 8 5-gallon diesel fuel tanks, anchors ( delta, Fortress, and CQR), and an asymmetrical spinnaker with flying gear. Also on the foredeck is an electric Maxwell windlass attached to a bridled 45 lb. Rocna anchor with 250 feet of Triple-B chain.

Kuhela’s fractional, sloop rigging consists of a 2 year old 836 sq. ft. Doyle, fully-battened main (with lazy jacked sail cover) and 542 sq. ft. roller-furled jib. The 64’ mast sports a fixed, adjustable (from the helm) boom vang and an adjustable whisker pole attached to the mast. Jib lines and main halyard lead back to an electric winch at the helm. The sail is trimmed from a traveler on the rear arch affixed to a manual winch. Additionally 2 manual, aft of mid ship winches are available for trimming the spinnaker.

Twin, regularly maintained Yanmar 4JH5E 52 hp diesel engines with 3,500 hours each are mated with Yanmar’s SD-60 Sail-drives. The helm is attached to two hydraulically driven rams that actuate the twin rudders.

The 2018 Aruba 11.5’ RIB, navigationally-lighted dingy with a 25 hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboard has a comfortable helm seat and wheel.

This is a large, well appointed catamaran for sale by owner. Royal Cape Catamarans are a very good value for a boat built with solid construction and are well-tried cruising boats. They are built very tough, as they were designed to handle conditions off the African East coast. This boat is great in rough seas with virtually no bridge deck slap due to the buoyancy of the hulls. Being well built, one shouldn't expect a racing catamaran, but then again, if you're looking for a cat with a Large interior volume, which will keep 8 or so guests in consummate comfort, you could make worst choices than this RCC. She has one of the largest, most functional, and better equipped galleys in this size boat. There is sufficient room and amenities for a cruising family to enjoy extended cruising.
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Builder: Royal Cape Catamaran
Designer: Van de Stadt
Where built: Durban, South Africa
Year built: 2003
Make/Model: Royal Cape 45
Vessel Flag: USA
LOA : 45' 0” / 13.7 M
LWL : 45’ 0” / 13.7 M
Beam : 28' 0” / 8.50 M
Draft : 4’ 0” / 1.25 M
Mast Height: 64’ 0” / 19.5 M
Displacement : 41887 LBS / 19 tons
Sails: fractional sloop rigged
Mainsail with 3 ringed reefs
Furling jib
Asymmetrical spinnaker with sock
lazy jacked sail cover
Engines: 2 X Yanmar (2013 4JH5E) engines with SD60 Sail-drives
Engine Hours: 3500
Propellers: Standard Yanmar triple blade
Speed: Cruising (2,000 RPM) ~6.5 kn
Water Tanks: 150 gallons / 567 liters
Fuel Tank: 90 gallons / 340 liters
Holding Tank: 2 - 35 gallons and 25 gallons
Cabins: 4
Double Berths: 4
Heads: 4
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Boat Inventory


  • 2 master cabins
  • 2 standard aft cabins
  • Galley Up
  • Salon
  • Splendide washer/dryer
  • Boat has A/C
  • 3 manual Jabsco toilets
  • 1 Jabsco toilet with Electroscan (USCG approved)


  • Tecnogas 4-burner stove with oven
  • Dometic DF-110 chest freezer
  • 21” wide sink
  • 4 cabinets and 4 drawers
  • pots and pans, silverware and dishes
  • Eccotemp (propane) instant hot water heater.


  • Furuno FAP-300 autopilot
  • Garmin chart plotter 4208
  • Garmin wind indicator
  • Water temperature and oil gauges
  • Tachometer
  • Speed, depth and wind indicator
  • Twin engine controls
  • Standard Horizion HX150 handheld VHF radio
  • Flashlight


  • Norpro water cooled Generator with Yanmar engine, 9 KW 120 v
  • Xantrax 3000 inverter/charger
  • 2 x Air-X wind generators
  • 6 x 190-watt solar panels
  • 8 x 6 volt batteries in series
  • 2 x 25’ 30 amp power cables
  • 2 x splitters, 30 amp and 50 amp
  • 2 x 12 volt start batteries
  • Flush mount LED lights throughout
  • Outback charge controller for solar panels


  • 836 sq. ft Mainsail has 3 ringed reefs (2016)
  • 542 sq. ft Furling jib
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker with sock
  • 3 Anderson-Scandinavia 28ST Winches
  • 1 Lewmar 40 Electric
  • 2 Lewmar 28

Engines & Mechanical:

  • 2 x Yanmar 4JH5E 52 hp diesel engines
  • 3,500 Engine hours
  • Yanmar’s SD-60 Sail-drives
  • 10 and 35 gals. Holding tanks
  • Water Maker 12v Katadyn 6 gph
  • Water Maker 120 v DIY 16 gph


  • Hard Bimini
  • plexiglass wind shield
  • cockpit is surrounded by isenglass
  • electric winch-lifted dingy lift
  • sun shade curtains
  • twin, laced 4 ½’x 6’ twin trampolines
  • 1 Electric dingy hoist
  • 4 step attached ss swim ladder
  • Window/hatch (heat and light) covers
  • Magma propane grill
  • Fresh water swim shower
  • Dingy ladder
  • 3 Sunbrella sun shades
  • Rain water catchment system
  • Signal and Courtesy flags
  • 8 cockpit, Sunbrella cushions
  • Aft cockpit awning
  • 2 boat hooks

Safety Equipment:

  • 8 PFDs with harnesses
  • 2 40’ jacklines
  • 6-man, provisioned Life Raft
  • 2 Flare Guns with various shells
  • 2 Fire extinguishers
  • 2 throwable horseshoe life rings with drogues
  • Spotlights
  • Ditch bag
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Horn
  • Signal Mirror
  • 2 carbon monoxide & smoke detectors


  • Sailrite sewing machine
  • 4-20 gallon solenoid equipped propane tanks
  • SPOT
  • Igloo cooler
  • Cruising books and guides
  • Mechanical and Electrical reference books
  • Various Owner’s manuals
  • Tri-color anchor light
  • Assorted mop and brushes
  • 4 folding, portable lounge seats
  • Can crusher


  • Maxwell windlass
  • bridled 65 lb. Rocna anchor with 250 ft chain
  • delta anchor
  • Fortress anchor
  • CQR anchor


  • 2018 Aruba 11.5’ RIB
  • 25 hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboard

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