Quetzal - Kaufman 47 "... Never lost, just hard to find ..."

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A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...

Quetzal, a 1987 Kaufman 47 is a bluewater performance cruiser. Designed by Kaufman and Ladd and built by Kha Shing, she is a true thoroughbred. Her moderate underbody features a long keel section, and full skeg hung rudder. She features 3 large private cabins, 2 heads (one with a separate shower), a U-shaped galley, and comfortable salon. The interior is beautifully finished in teak.

Click here for a PDF version of the original brochure. The photos in the brochure are actually of Quetzal herself, hull #3 and the first Kaufman 47 brought into the United States.

LOA 47'0"
LWL 40'2"
Beam 13'9"
Draft 7'0"
Disp 30000#
Ballast 10700#
SA 1002 sq ft
Fuel 100 gal
Water 225 gal






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