1997 Custom Kims Yacht Challenge 72 Ketch

  • 72
  • Custom
  • Solomons, MD, US

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Recently purchased but seller had a big change of plans and has put this boat back on the market. The following list of things were done in 2024 prior to deciding to sell this recently purchased boat. CONTACT LISTING BROKER FOR DETAILS ON WORK STILL NEEDING TO BE DONE. 

Boat Composition - A36 Mild Steel
Hull Thickness - 6mm
Deck thickness - 5mm

Between May - June 2024
-Installed 24 Volt AGM 655 AMP Hour battery bank.(24 V House bank)
-Installed 12 Volt AGM 100 AMP Hour battery. (12 V System)
-Installed NEW Victron Quattro 24V/3000WA/70AMP inverter charger.
-Installed NEW Victron Smart Shunt. 
-Installed NEW Victron Cerbo GX.
-Installed NEW Victron Touch 7 inch.
-Fuild changes on generator and engine complete.
-New oil and fuel filters Installed on engine, generator, racor500's, Gulf Coast Filter.
-Through hull/ball valves maintained or replaced.
-Hull weak points cut out and welded in new pieces of metal as needed.
-Teak work completed on helm station and table. 
-Replaced Several hoses for plumbing.
-Maintained All Winches.
-450 gallons of fresh fuel.
-Leaking deck skuppers fixed
-New Fenders x 4
-New Deck Lights 2x LEDs added
-Mast Head/Steaming Light fixed. 
-Balmar Alternator Rebuilt Professionally
-New Depth, Speed, and Temp Transducer Installed

WINDSY is a Challenge 72 design. The hull design was built for The Global Challenge; a round the world yacht race run by Challenge Business, the company started by Sir Chay Blyth in 1989. Windsy was hull #11, built deck down as a Challenge 72 but custom outfitted and rigged as a ketch and cruising sailboat. She is an extremely comfortable and ocean-going vessel. Sails best in 20+ knot winds.
We have owned the boat for 10 years and have continually worked to outfit her. She continues to need extensive refitting. To highlight, interior woodwork, water tanks, new rigging and rig painting, deck and hull paint, interior hull paint, portholes and hatch replacement.


Basic Information

Kims Yacht Challenge 72 Ketch
Solomons, MD, US
Vessel Name:
M 9027 CF
Boat Type:
Hull Material:

Dimensions & Weight

72 ft - 21.94 meter
72 ft - 21.94 meter
18 ft 6 in - 5.64 meter
Draft - max:
- meter
Bridge Clearance:
91 ft
Dry Weight:


Cruise Speed:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
(Individual), (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
300 Gallon(s) - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
Gallon(s) - tank(s)
Holding Tank:


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Heads:




Forward starboard double berth with single above

Forward port, two single bunks

Forward crew quarters – 2 single bunks (currently workshop)

Aft starboard captains single bunk

Aft main cabin with queen mattress


3 (1 gutted to be remodeled – 1 aft main toilet unusable)


Forward to starboard is a double bunk with single bunk above, hanging locker, drawers, opening hatches and portlights. Woodwork re-varnished in 2020 however side paneling outfitting required and finishing up ceiling trim work. Further woodwork and refinishing needed. Private head and shower – completely gutted and needs full renovation.

Forward to port is two single bunks, hanging locker, drawers, sink, opening hatches and portlights. Room needs paint refresh and re-varnishing of woodwork.

Forward to port is a head and shower. Woodwork and ceiling panels required. Also marble walls need replacing with alternative (cracking). Working head and new sink and faucet (needs plumbing).

Forward is the crews quarters (turned into workshop), washing machine. Needs complete refinishing, with news ceiling panels, remove desk and replace. Large overhead hatch with stairs leading to deck.

Aft of the main salon to starboard is the captains quarters with single bunk, desk and drawers.

The master stateroom aft with a queen sized berth, opening hatch (needs work), opening port lights, ensuite head with separate shower and full size bath tub. Woodwork and paneling refinished in 2021 however, finishing woodwork and ceiling panels are required.

Accommodations / Walkthrough

Windsy is a raised deck salon, center cockpit ketch rigged yacht that will stand up to the most demanding conditions with a short-handed crew.


As you walk down the companion way hatch, you are greeted to a roomy raised deck salon. To your port, a large seating area can comfortably seat 8. New cushions were installed in 2022. A new table is required. The navigation table and electronics are to starboard. New flooring is required. Other items that need to be addressed are damaged woodwork, re-finishing existing woodwork (this was completed in 2020 for the majority. New ceiling panels were completed however, needs trimming and finishing. 2 overhead hatches.


The galley is to starboard and forward down two stairs of the main salon.
• Force 10 gimballed propane stove
• Stainless steel sink
• Front loading Isotherm fridge
• Front loading Isotherm freezer
• (1) Porthole (currently not able to open)

  • 100 lb. Ships anchor with 425' of 1/2" chain
  • 6 Person Life Raft (needs servicing)
  • (2) Hydraulic primary winches in cockpit
  • (2) Lewmar winches in cockpit
  • (2) Lewmar winches on mizzen mast
  • (2) Lewmar winches on main mast
  • Hydraulic windlass
Sails & Rigging
  • Hank-on staysail
  • 100% genoa dacron headsail on a Reckmann hydraulic furler
  • Dacron full batten main sail with 3 reef points
  • Tripple spreader aluminum main mast reaching 91’ above the waterline
  • Single spreader aluminum mizzen mast
  • Dyform 1x19 stainless steel rigging – with all Norseman fittings
  • Main sail – unknown age (good condition)
  • Mizzen dacrom sail – new 2017 (excellent condition)
  • Stack packs – new 2020 (excellent condition)
  • Genoa – new 2020 (excellent condition)
  • Staysail – unknown age (good condition)
  • Spinnaker with sock – unknown age (good condition)
Engines & Mechanical

Engine and Mechanical Equipment

  • Engine compartment is centerline under the salon and houses the engine, generator, fuel pumps, water heater, water maker, hydraulic system, air con compressors and day tank
  • Ford block in-line 6 cylinder turbo Vetus DT-67A engine
  • Racor fuel filters
  • Fire Boy fire suppression system

Electrical Equipment

  • Northern Lights 19.5kw generator
  • 220 V, 50-amp shore power inlet
  • 24 V House bank, 24 V Main engine start and 12 V Generator start
  • (1) Victron Phoenix multiplus 24-volt 70 amp battery charger, inverter
  • Victron isolation transformer
  • Battery isolation switches
  • Flooded cell main engine start battery
  • Will require all new batteries
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7608522)