Huromic Metal Ind. Ltd
Goderich 37
Home port
Stanley / Falkland Islands
12.34 m
3.49 m
1.47 m
7982 kg

Kelper is a Goderich 37 designed by Edward S. Brewer, and built by Huromic Metal Ind. Ltd. in 1979 in Goderich, Ontario, Canada

She is constructed from steel, has a round bilge and a long keel. Spars are aluminium.

The name comes from a term that was used for Falkland Islanders in the past, but not heard often now. Islanders were referred to as Kelpers which is believed to came from the band of kelp that surrounds the islands.

We purchased it in 2015 from a couple in North Carolina, USA, and sailed it to the Falkland Islands in 2016. First, I spent 2 years extensively refitting the boat by adding a pilot house, remodelling the inside, upgrading all hatches and port holes, fitting additional fuel tanks, inserting a 6 hp Vetus bow thruster and replating a large amount of the underwater hull and keel.

I have also converted it to a cutter rig with roller reefing on both headsails.

The new suite of sails includes both heavy and light weight cloths, so we have different options for high latitude and tropical sailing.

The ‘Iron Topsail’

The engine is a 36hp Buhk DV36M. We normally run it at around 2400 rpm out of a possible 3600 as this is the most economic speed. Under reasonable conditions, our boat speed will be 5 knots. This will give us around 500 miles range from our fuel tanks.

Living Aboard

We think we’ve got it quite cosy and we certainly have everything we need. There is sleeping for 3 in separate bunks as well as the option for a further 2 bunks if the settees are converted. For heating, there is either a solid fuel fire made by me from a welding oxygen cylinder(!), which is a bit like Chernobyl when going well, or a rally car heater working off redirected engine cooling water. And, of course, there is the option of lots of clothes if we’re sailing with no engine and conditions mean the fire can’t be lit.

Our gas cooker is  3 burner with oven. We also have a small micro wave and electric kettle so when there is sufficient wind for the batteries we can save on gas. Plus LOTS of storage space for 6 months of fresh, dried and tinned food.

Features / equipments

Suite of sails

Mainsail Fully battened with three deep reefs (heavy)
Mainsail Two reefs (light)
Yankee High cut head sails x 2 (heavy & light)
Staysail x 2 (heavy & light)
Code Zero For light winds forward of the beam
Asymmetric spinnaker with a Crusader Sails Magic Furl for light winds aft of the beam
Storm trysail with own dedicated track on the mast


Water maker Schenker 30 desalinator
Water capacity 150 L (40 us gal) in 2 tanks


Lithium batteries 600 amps
Wind generator Rutland 1220
Solar panel 180w
Inverter 3kw 12v to 240v


VHF radio Lowrance Link 8
Satellite terminal Iridium Go! (provides limited connection for email, weather and tracking)
HF radio Icom IC718 ham all band (matched to an insulated back stay for an antenna by an MFJ manual tuner)
HAM VHF Baofeng handheld (covers 2m and marine vhf as back up)


Radar Furuno Wireless Radar
Plotter Onwa KP8299 with AIS class B+
Self steering Autohelm wind vane
Auto pilot Onwa KP 866


Portland Pudgy Lifeboat/Tender
Jordan's Series Drogue
This has a hand-held water maker, sail rig, oars, medical kit, rations, hand held VHF, inReach satellite communicator, mini-drogue and protection canopy; all packed inside watertight compartments when in life boat mode.
Outboard We use an Epropulsion Spirit+ electric outboard when the Pudgy is being utilised as a tender.

Anchor gear

Anchor windlass Lofrans Sea Tiger
10 mm chain 50 metres
Rocna anchor 25 kg
Delta anchor 20 kg
Mantus anchor 25 kg

The ‘Iron Topsail’

Engine 36hp Buhk DV36
Fuel capacity 500 L (132 us gal) in 3 tanks
Propeller Maxi Prop automatic feathering