Washed Ashore, Let's restore!
- Read coverage of the Kanaloa's journey in SANTA CRUZ WAVES
"In 2010, a friend informed me of a sailboat like the kind I had been dreaming of for many years. It was nearly abandoned, which was hard for me to see as a boater myself. Immediately, I began to search for the owner.
After thorough investigation, I found out how to get in touch with the owners, and contacted them to begin negotiating. After two years of trying to convince the owners to either sell or give the boat away, they were still resistant to letting it go.
Meanwhile, this beautiful boat was slipping further and further into disrepair. I watched the boat wash ashore twice in that time, sustaining significant damage each time. It was very painful for the entire boating community to see. Somehow, an incredible sailing vessel with countless man hours put into it, was on the path to destruction.
After many attempts to strike a deal, I let go of my hope that I would someday be able to restore the boat. In the meantime, I also had my hands full after years of buying and restoring a total of eight boats (two Dorsets, two Glaspars, a Walker Bay, a Thunderbird, a Catalina, and many Hobie Cats).
But after nearly two years of pursuit, in October of 2012, I received a phone call from the catamaran’s owner. It was a surprise to hear him say, “Do you want the boat? I am about ready to give it to you.”
At that moment I had a very crucial decision to make, and the decision was YES to take on this project.
Since that time, the decision has impacted the direction of my life. I've committed myself for several years to the arduous and demanding path of a major boat restoration project.
The journey requires rearranging my life to meet those demands. But regardless of the conditions along the way, Kanaloa Sailing is a dream being realized."
- Deyess Payne
About Deyess Payne
Deyess Kanaloa Payne was born in Kauai, Hawaii. Surrounded by ocean since birth, he continued to be covered in sand and salt water after a move to a cove south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Eventually being raised in the central coast of California, he spent most of his childhood in Santa Cruz, California.
Deyess acquired his first boat at age 11, after four years of Junior lifeguards and a UCSC sailing course for training. Deyess became a bonafide “harbor rat,” spending his days learning the ins and outs of a mariner’s life.
Deyess began to work as an assistant boat mechanic at Monterey Bay Marine at age 15, and in his teens, was given the Tom Wagner award in Jr. Guards which was recognition for being an “overall water man”, boating and surfing as much as he could.
At 18, he set up a dome tent on an 18’ Hobie Cat in Pleasure Point on the Eastside of Santa Cruz, and lived on it for over two years. He graduated from both Harbor High School and Ark Independent Study, and has been devoting his life to boating ever since.
Deyess currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.