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THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL 1985 SAM MORSE OWNER FINISHED FALMOUTH CUTTER. THIS LYLE HESS DESIGN IS THE LITTLE SISTER TO THE BRISTOL CHANNEL CUTTER, MADE FAMOUS BY LIN AND LARRY PARDEY’S EXPLOITS THAT HAVE INSPIRED GENERATIONS OF CRUISERS.
Lyle Hess designed the Falmouth Cutter as a pocket cruiser that could carry one or two persons across the oceans safely. He designed her just like the Bristol Channel Cutter with minor changes to suit her size require- ments. When he finished, all the dimensions indicated that she could be trailered.
She, like her big sister the Bristol Channel Cutter, is built by hand and to the same standards only with one less lay‐up on the hull. She carries very similar lines with a shallow full keel that is swept back so it does not disturb the movement of water and will go aground gently. The large sail area and long waterline provide excellent performance in both light and heavy airs. Like all Hess boats, this is a remarkably big boat for her length.
Designer: Lyle Hess
Displacement 7400 lbs.
Ballast 2500 lbs. (lead)
Sail Area 389 Sqft.
Head room 5’11”
All running rigging at mast good condition, bail for spinaker, tangs for fixed or running backs. Downhaul for jib.
New Tohotsu SailPro 6HP 4 stroke 25″ shaft, Approximately 12mpg at 4.5 knots pushes boat very well. New Motor mount.
Main with 2 sets of reef points heavily built and in good condition
High clew jib good condition
High clew staysdail good condition
storm jib good condition
Asym pole less cruising chute good condition
12 volt system, with new smart cord multi stage battery charger. 2 new gel cell group 31 batteries with batterie isolator. Hand held VHF. Hand held gps with Salish sea chart card and paper charts.
Spars: Mast completely rebiult and painted. New bowsprit, new cranz iron, new gammon Iron. New 1/4 whisker stays, new dolphin striker. New boomkin, new Stern Anchor roller/boomkin plate. New boomkin stays and chainplates 1/4″ wire. All upper standing Rigging New w/1/4 wire and open turnbuckles with stay Stay-lok fittings.
Head: Marine head, i.e. plastic bucket
Ground Tackle: New Rocna anchor 22lb anchor with 30′ 5/16 G4 270′ 1/2″3 strand. 7 lb Guardian aluminum Stern anchor with 200′ 1/2″ 3 strand. New samson posts with new bronze bases and new FC caps.
General condition and other notes: This boat is in excellent condition with new quarter berth cushions, all her spars are in new condition. Her taff rail is new as are main sheet padeys and ABI blocks. This boat has a 6″ reinforced bow from deck to lead ballast. Deck joint has been completely fiberglassed in during construction. This is one of the only FC’s built this way and without a doubt the strongest FC ever built. 6×6 Laminated mahogany mast step. Sookie has a brand new custom removable tiller from Mike Anderson in Newport Beach. This boat has been undergoing a complete top to bottom refit. I still have yet to add water tanks but there is a great place for them under the cabin sole. Her bottom was painted in April of 2014 and her hull has had a barrier coat since launching. I have had the hull inspected and there is no noticeable osmosis, voids or delam. Her decks are bone dry. I searched many years to find an FC with good bones and have spared no expense in her re-build.
I was at Catalina Island one night in a real Blow. The sea was white with foam, and the swell’s were huge. I asked myself, what if I had to leave tonight, what kind of boat would allow me to safely do it?
A good boat should be close winded; she should have reserve buoyancy; a fine bow, but not too fine where she is cranky when running; buttock lines to provide plenty of lift; and she should be fast. Most importantly, she should be small enough for single handing, and yet still have a pleasant easy motion at sea.. A short time later I designed the Falmouth with those qualities in mind. She represents 52 years of experience and study. The Falmouth is my ideal boat. I cant say that about any boat I have designed, even Seraffyn. I can sum it up by saying the falmouth is not a little boat, it is a small yacht that the able seaman can take anywhere in the world in comfort and safety. ~ Lyle Hess