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Building Koloa (Kama Hele) 2021-06-16 15:51:00

Just built a new site on smugmug to better host pictures and videos. Its still a work in progress, but I am uploading a lot of still pics from the last year or so. There is also a cruising video section where you will find movies of our most recent Ala…

Headed North

Been a while since I’ve posted, but we’ve been doing a lot of planning and prep for a Summer trip up the West coast and through British Columbia to Alaska and back. We did this journey about 10 years ago on our old boat Seabird (http://sausalitoseabird…

Sausalito to Catalina and Back

The short story:Sausalito to Santa Catalina Island and return16 days totalCovered just under 800 milesBurned 330 gallons of diesel fuel using an average of 2.5 gallons an hourAll electricity from storage batteries/inverterBatteries charged via solar pa…

Cruising Blog

So we’re cruising in the Channel Islands on our first big offshore shake-down trip.Lots more pics and updates on our progress at:http://kamahelecruising.blogspot.comCheck it out!

Aft mast boom modifications

To safely lift the dinghy onto the deck cradle required a modification of the boom (that I should have done when I thought of it while we were building the mast/boom parts). The boom is 12′ long and does a nice job reaching over the side of the boat fo…

On deck dinghy storage

Our aft davits are super convenient for hauling and storing our dinghy, and are plenty stout enough to carry the boat w/motor attached in most conditions without worry, but going offshore coastal is another story, especially in our area of the Central/…

Watermaker Installation

Big expensive new toy arrived from Spectra. We decided to dedicate the time and money to a water maker installation due to our past experience with water management and sourcing water fills while cruising. We don’t have a ton of water storage onboard a…

A New Cruising Dinghy

Made the big switch from our old fiberglass rowing skiff to a new Achilles RIB.Here’s a few pics of the new boat. More details and pictures on our new cruising

Sad News

Sad news about George Buehler. He was the inspiration and designer for many excellent,
stoutly built ocean going boats- including our KamaHele:

To all concerned…
It saddens me to announce the sudden death of George Buehler.

George died February 28, 2018 at age 69 of complications following an aortic aneurysm and emergency surgery.

George would be honored that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to WAIF at
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1990 in an effort to help Whidbey Island’s homeless companion animals.
Another important organization is Old Dog Haven at

His business George Buehler Yacht Designs at this time will be closed. Any future information of his memorial service or future business details will be provided at a later date.

George is survived by his wife Gail Buehler.


New davit for the bow

The long range plan for Kamahele is to build and install a forward mast, which would also include a lifting boom to handle loads on and off the fore deck. This major project is on the back burner as we get the boat ready for cruising this summer. There…