About Laysan

The Project: a four year boat building project that has introduced the Douglas family to Hong Kong, Zhuhai, the Seahorse Marine boat yard, Bill and Stella Kimley, and a universe of experiences, sights, and adventures that will never be forgotten.  The deal was struck in October 2006 and  over four years later, on January 21, 2011, John and his good friend, Brian McCutcheon motored away from Seahorse aboard the Laysan.

The Plan: motor Laysan from Zhuhai, China to Hong Kong, then on to Subic Bay, Philippines for a layover.  The next phase is to travel from Subic Bay north of the equator through Micronesia and ultimately to Honolulu, a distance of approximately 5,700 miles.  Most recently, Laysan traveled 2,270 nautical miles from Honolulu to Port Angeles, Washington.


Builder: Seahorse Marine, Bill and Stella Kimley

Seahorse Marine

Designer: George Buehler


LOA: 50 feet

Length at Waterline: 48.82’
  Beam: 14.87’
  Max Draft: 5.67′

Displacement: 68,000 pounds

Steel hull and deckhouse

Fiberglass aft deck and fly bridge

Sail assist rig with boomless mainsail and roller furling jib


Engine Brand: IVECO

Engine Model: NEF 150

Total Power: 150 hp

Cruising Speed: 7-8 knots


Fresh Water Tanks: 400 gallons

Fuel Tanks: 1400 gallons

3 Responses to About Laysan

  1. Phillip B. Olsen says:

    Impressive and great lines.

    Phil Olsen, ATP/CFI

  2. Buddy Powers says:

    Beautiful ship.

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