Search the Register
Advanced Search
KALEENA in 2005 at its mooring, and now used as a family cruising yacht.


Vessel Number: HV000081
Date: 1958
Designer: Alan Payne
Vessel Dimensions: 11.12 m x 7.53 m x 2.9 m x 1.43 m (36.48 ft x 24.71 ft x 9.51 ft x 4.69 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
KALEENA is a timber racing and cruising yacht built in Sydeny NSW in 1958. KALEENA was one of the first examples of the Tasman Seabird class of ocean racing yacht designed by Alan Payne. It was built by Ron Swanson and took part in eight Sydney to Hobart yacht races, coming second on handicap in 1960.
DescriptionRon Swanson built KALEENA in Jimmy O'Rourke's boatshed located between the 16-foot skiff club and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club at the Spit, on Middle Harbour NSW. It was launched in November 1958, and was one of the first three of the class to be sailing, along with sister ships MARIS and CHERANA.

The first owner was Horrie Godden, from the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, and he raced KALEENA extensively. As well as the Sydney to Hobart races between 1959 to 1968, KALEENA raced in a 1963 event from Whangerai NZ to Noumea, the early Sydney to Brisbane races which were an event proposed by Godden, and then the Brisbane Gladstone races that followed on from the latter race. KALEENA had a number of high places in all these events but never managed a win.

After 1972 the yacht did not race again and the new owners cruised KALEENA along the Queensland coast, living aboard over winter before returning to Sydney for the summer months. In 2006 the yacht remains in use as a family cruising yacht, in excellent condition. The Tasman Seabirds were built to robust scantlings and were ideal craft for offshore sailing.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:not on display
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Related materials:drawings
Rig type:BermudanBermudianmarconi
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:aluminium
Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: 221

Discuss this Object


Please log in to add a comment.