GIVEN 29 - The History
KAIROS was designed by the late William Given in 1977 and built as a one-off balsa core fiberglass yacht. Given was a young and very promising naval architect, having designed several Quarter Ton (25 foot) class boats in the mid-1970s, each built as a one-off by small boat yards. His reputation as a designer, builder and competitive skipper was, by 1977, well-established along the North Shore of Lake Huron. The William Given Memorial Cup race, run each season by the Bayfield Yacht Club, is a well-attended event and is testimony to the respect with which local sailors remember him.
The lines for KAIROS were originally drafted by Given to give the boat a favourable Half Ton class rating. Eventually it was decided to finish a prototype boat as a fast, comfortable coastal and inshore cruiser, particularly suited for the Great Lakes.
A small company, Woodco Yachts, comprised of Given and two former employees of Bayfield Yachts, Wood and Cook, was formed. It was proposed to develop the Given 29 as a production family cruiser. Under Given?s supervision, the prototype was built over a strongback as a one-off.
In the fall of 1977, as construction was nearing completion, William Given, age 29, was killed in a car accident. The loss of this promising young man was also the end of Woodco Yachts. Although the boat was hastily fitted and underwent two weeks of sea trials, she was never properly commissioned. Woodco Yachts went into receivership, and the boat was placed into storage for two years, before being offered for sale.
The boat was purchased by a couple from Waterloo, Ontario, and a complete refit and commissioning was undertaken, which included the casting of a new keel, the construction of a new rudder, and the application of an Awlgrip paint job. The Given 29, named POCO, by its new owners, was launched in July of 1980. POCO was acquired by its second owners in 1982, and was sailed out of Bayfield for several years.
These second owners re-located the boat to Sarnia in the mid-1990s, where she was acquired by her current owners, David and Diana Wright, in 1998. The boat has been sailed out of the Sarnia Yacht Club since that time, and her current owners have enjoyed many trips to the North Channel during their ownership.
Over the winter of 2005-06, POCO was moved to a heated workshop where a complete re-decking and paint job was undertaken. Additionally, teak rub-rails were added. Following this extensive work, the vessel was re-named as KAIROS, a Greek word for time that is not measured, but is, rather, a spiritual experience.
KAIROS is currently lying at Sarnia Yacht Club, and will be appreciated by those who appreciate the beauty of traditional teak craftsmanship, well-executed interior joinery and comfortable, safe, sailing aboard a well-designed yacht.
In the winter of 2005-06, the entire teak deck was overlaid with fiberglass, and then new teak decking was laid over the fiberglass. The deck planks are bedded in West System epoxy thickened with cabosil, and attached with stainless steel screws. All screws are counter-sunk and covered with teak plugs. The black decking stripes are West System epoxy, blackened with graphite powder (West System 423) and thickened with West System 410 Fairing Filler.
The teak decking was treated with Sikkens Cetol Marine Natural Teak in three coats. This inital treatment has been maintained annually.
The house roof, originally teak, was fiberglassed over, faired, and it and the rest of the house was painted with Pettit EasyPoxy one-part paint.
The original vinyl rub-rail was replaced with solid teak. Due to the degree of tumble-home in the shape of the hull, an additional rub-rail was added about half-way between the water line and the upper rub-rail.
This project was carried out by the owner, in consultation with Bill Abbott senior, of Abbott Boats, in Sarnia, Ontario. Abbott Boats supplied the teak planking, custom made to order, in a thickness that Mr. Abbott referred to as a ?heavy 7/16 inch?.
The top-sides were fared and sanded and painted with Interlux Perfection two part polyurethane paint (colour Mauritius Blue).
Over the winter of 2007-08, the Volvo MD7A engine was removed from the boat and conveyed to an authorized Volvo repair centre for rebuilding (receipts enclosed). The engine was re-installed in the spring of 2008.
A new high output Balmar alternator and charging system was installed in 2009, as were two new Dekka Marine deep cycle 810CA batteries.
All internal halyards were replaced in 2016. Jib sheets were replaced in 2017.
Headroom - Galley - 6' 2"
- Main Cabin - 6' 2"
Fixed births - four
Cradle - Steel - Folding
Winter Cover - Frames with poly tarp
Inflatable - 6 ' Manta with Hypalon Tubes
- Three piece hard floor
Outboard - 2.2 HP Suzuki, 2 stroke
Several life jackets
One life ring
One heaving line
One man overboard pole
Two fire extinguishers
One Manual Bilge Pump
One 12 V Electric Bilge Pump with Float Switch
Marine Toilet - manual
Sony Stereo system
Dodger - New in 2013 by Bluewater Padded Accents
Bimini - New in 2012 by Bluewater Padded Accents
Anchors - 20 lb Bruce - 20 ' of chain and 200 ' of 1/2 " nylon rode
- 12 lb Bruce - 12 ' of chain and 100 ' of 1/2 " nylon rode
Assorted mooring / dock lines and fenders
Rigging - Stainless Steel wire
- Fixed backstay
- Boom vang - manual
- Mast - Aluminum
- Boom - Aluminum
Genoa Furling - Furlex - 135 % - new in 1999
Main handling - lazy jacks
- Full Battens
- 2 reef points
Winches - Genoa - 4
- Halyards - 2
Rope Clutches - 8 - lines run to cockpit
Main - Doyle Boston - Dacron - full battens, new in 1996
Genoa - Doyle Boston - Dacron, new in 2003
Hull - Cored Fiberglass hull
- Painted with " Interlux Perfection "
Decks - Teak ( 7/16 " thick ) over glassed plywood
- Finished with Cetol
Cabin Trunk - Fiberglassed Plywood
Boarding ladder at stern
Gates - two at bow
Custom Cockpit Table
Custom Drop Boards plus a screen unit
Steaming light / Deck light combo
The Galley features:
Two burner propane stove-top using propane canisters
Custom, well insulated ice box
Sink with foot pump
Knot Meter - Signet Marine
Distance Log - Signet Marine
Depth Sounder - Marine 580, flasher style, with alarm
Compass - Gemini , bulkhead mount
Chartplotter - Garmin 172 C
Autopilot - Raymarine - Tiller Pilot 2000+ - New in 2012
VHF - Raytheon - circa 2006
Fixed Ports - 4
Opening Ports - 2
Hatches - 1
Solar Vents - 1
Water system is manual
Tank - One Aluminum at 60 litres capacity.
NO 110 V Shore Power System Aboard
There is a 110 V Battery Charger, 10 amp, with a dedicated extension cord
2 - Dekka Batteries, new in 2009
Balmar alternator, new in 2009
Engine - Volvo MD7A - 13 HP
- 250 Hours
- Open cooling
- Controls in the cockpit at helm
- This engine can be hand cranked to start it
Transmission - Sail Drive
Propeller - 2 Blade Fixed
Steering - Tiller
Diesel Tank - Steel
- 60 Litres Capacity
Fuel Filters - One