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The Boats

We are STOKED to welcome you aboard our beautiful sailboat!

The word “winkapew” (pronounced wing-KAH-poe) is from the Coastal Algonquian language. Winkapew means ‘good person’ and would be used with someone who was from one’s tribe, but was not one’s relative.*

Winkapew (wing-KAH-poe) is our new girl! We bought her in September of 2014, and brought her up the West Coast from San Francisco to the San Juan Islands.

Winkapew is a 1972 C&C 61′ Ketch, and we are beyond excited to have added her to Kruger Escapes! Built by the esteemed C&C Yachts, she is one of only six off her mold. Several of the six made racing history (see Sorcery and Robon), and each 61′ was custom tailored during construction to their owners’ specifications.

Winkapew is fast, stable, spacious, and comfortable. She boasts two private cabins for guests (we are adding a third), a dedicated guest shower and head, a fantastic galley and a bright, airy interior.

Did we mention she’s fast?

On deck, you can relax in her wide, covered, center cockpit, enjoying the views while riding in comfort.

Winkapew is the result of endless hours (days, weeks… years!) spent searching for the perfect boat for our multi-day sails and adventure trips.

*Source: Coastal Carolina Indian Center, translated by Dr. Blair A. Rudes.

BOATS we have loved… Our story…

The idea for our company was born aboard our 36’ S/V Adios while sailing north to Alaska. Upon returning to Alaska, we sold Adios in order to purchase the S/V Tomahawk. Here, you can read about the boats we have owned, sailed and loved. While we no longer own them, they are very much part of our story, and part of Kruger Escapes.


The word “tomahawk” finds its origin in the Algonquian language. For over two hundred years, the tomahawk was both a weapon and a symbol of peace.*

Tomahawk is an exceptional sailing vessel. In every way she embodies the passion and soul of the sport, allowing our guests to experience performance yacht design at its best. The wind and water are truly Tomahawk’s elements, with her design allowing high speeds and superb handling characteristics.

Tomahawk’s decks are spacious and dedicated to the business of sailing. Under sail, guests will experience the fantastic visibility offered by her clear decks and cockpits.

For the more technically inclined (or simply curious) she is a 1981 50′ German Frers IOR Custom. She has an aluminum hull, elliptical fin keel and elliptical spade rudder. Above decks she boasts a fully battened main, carbon fiber/kevlar headsails and spinnaker with sock.

Tomahawk is our day/sunset sail and racing girl. She can also accomodate four (4) overnight guests looking for glamping at its sailing best. Tomahawk has great, comfortable bunks, a nice head, and an awesome galley with fridge, oven and range.

Tomahawk was built as an ocean racer. In 2011, we brought her out of “racing retirement,” entering both the Benson Cup and the Round the County Race. Currently, we are piecing together the rich racing history of her early years. At the bottom of the page are the results of our research. If you happen to have specific information that is not included here, or can add to what we have, we would love to hear it! Please visit our Contact Us page to send it to us. Thanks!

*Source: “Tools and Weaponry of the Frontiersman and Indian” by Ray Louis