Dulcinea | Bristol 28' 1983


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Yacht Name: Dulcinea
Builder: Bristol
Model: Channel Cutter
Year: 1983
Location: Wisconsin
Designer: Lyle Hess
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This lucky BCC has lived in fresh water for the past eleven years! She is a 1984 Sam L. Morse built Bristol Channel Cutter 28 in lovely unadulterated and lightly used condition. Just the kind of BCC you want to buy. She is total simplicity. You might know that the famous Sam L. Morse Company that built the Bristol Channel Cutter from about 1976 to 2007 has closed the doors and sold the molds to Cape George Marine. You can still buy a new one for about $400K, and a bargain at that! Or you can just buy Dulcinea! A very sweet deal. At the low asking price she is a deal. 

The BCC is the boat that actually caused so many people to dream of sailing the seven seas. Go small, go simple. go now became the mantra after Lin and Larry Pardey wrote their first book about Cruising Seraffyn, the 24 foot Lyle Hess designed wooden sailboat that was the inspiration for the fiberglass Bristol Channel Cutter 28. The stout little cutter is only 28 feet on deck with a plum bow and flat transom she has an amazing 26'4" of waterline. She has the sail area of the 35' boat! With a cutter rig, an eight foot bowsprit and boomkin, she is 39' overall. She is amazingly quick in light air and in heavy conditions she can hunker down with a double reef and a staysail. Bernie once made a 150 mile day with Indigo, our 1999 BCC on the way to Newport RI to catch a freighter to Denmark. In the 1978 Newport CA to Ensenada Race a BCC was first overall! In 1979 she was first in class. She is an amazing boat. I love the BCC because she is simple and safe and sea worthy. A trusted boat and a good friend. You can circle the world, or sail your local waters and have a "real" boat. The BCC has taught plenty of people to sail. If you are a small woman or an aging sailor, you'd be proud and happy to own this boat.

We are pleased to offer this wonderful example of a 1984 Bristol Channel Cutter built by Sam L. Morse, hull #66, Dulcinea. She has had three owners and each one of them knew they had a gem of a BCC. She has been loved and cared for. She has been appreciated and admired. She was cruised lightly on the East Coast for a season. She is lovely. She has the factory layout that is amazingly perfect. The load carrying capacity is incredible and the more you load the boat up the better she sails. Just an awesome design where all the weight is low and in the middle. That counts for a lot!

Dulcinea is a wonderful BCC.  She is very simple with just a VHF radio, radar and a chart plotter, tiller pilot, and Aries windvane steering system. Her tanbark sails complete her salty look. With solar panels, shore power, and AGM batteries she's self-sufficient.  The beautiful classic Fatty Knees 7' hard dinghy rows and tows and can carry the Mercury 3.3 hp outboard. 

Dulcinea is a really nice BCC in the interior. Really nice. The exterior has the  Mahagany bulwarks and trim that is in good condition. Overall she is lightly used. She has enjoyed short seasons in New England prior to moving to the great lakes and enjoying fresh water and even shorter seasons. She just needs a new home now.

If you have yearned for a Bristol Channel Cutter, don't miss this opportunity!

Builder: Bristol Channel Cutter
Designer: Lyle Hess
Keel: Full
LOA: 28 ft 0 in
Beam: 10 ft 1 in
LWL: 26 ft 3 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 10 in
Displacement: 14000 lbs Dry Load
Ballast: 4600 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 47 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 1 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo
Year Built: 1984
Engine Model: 2002
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 50
Engine Power: 20 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (76 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (28 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (25 Gallons)



A Bristol Channel Cutter is a work of art and if you appreciate fine art and craftsmanship. You will find the interior of the factory finished Sam L. Morse BCC to be a temple. As you probably already know, the BCC has the most pleasing and functional layout you will ever find on a 28 foot boat. Recognized in Ferenc Mate’s Best Boats…all three issues for all the right reasons. The Sam L. Morse builder is famous for the highest quality of construction that equals the style, the grace, and the pure function that Lyle Hess sought to achieve. It is this attention to every detail that makes the Lyle Hess-designed Bristol Channel Cutter stand out from the rest. As you enter the companionway, the large, workable galley is to port, the chart table/nav station to starboard, and the ideally sized salon forward with a cozy heater built-in on a tiled “fireplace”. The double berth pulls out on the port side creating a comfortable sleeping arrangement for two. The dinette is formed from the settee to port with a beautiful table. The starboard settee is also a comfortable sea berth. In addition, the Quarter Berth aft on the port side is a great sea berth, but also provides amazing storage. The forward cabin is designed as the head, dressing room, workshop, walk-in closet, and access to the sail locker forward. The interior of a BCC is a place you just want to sit and contemplate the magic of this world. It is so beautiful, you’re happy just sitting, reading, resting, and rejuvenating. I tend to lie awake and stare around, and finally sleep well.

  • Comfortable underway and at anchor
  • New Cushions and upholstery
  • Ample storage for long voyages
  • Innovative double berth in the main salon
  • Table amid ships
  • Settee/berth to port
  • Starboard settee/sea berth
  • Starboard quarter berth
  • Nav station-chart table to starboard
  • Forward cabin for the head, stowage, workshop and sail locker
  • Forepeak chain/rode locker
  • Headroom 6'1"
  • Force 10 cozy cabin heater, propane (not yet used!)
  • Comfortable cruising for one or two people
  • A temple to a time gone bye!

Galley & Plumbing

This BCC has the largest and most functional galley that exists. You can stow enough provisions for months on end. You have great counter space because of the innovative design of the galley. The galley is located to port, right when you walk down the companionway stairs. A deep stainless steel sink holds everything. Cabinets are outboard and there is more counter space under the stairs. To starboard, there is a full-size navigation station and chart table and under it, the refrigerator. The famous Lyle Hess designed counter bridges the space creating amazing work space that allows easy access to the refrigerator and to all the storage areas. It is a dream come true and rivals any galley. Use the counter!

  • Huge well insulated Ice Box
  • Origo alcohol gimbaled stove/oven
  • Single deep sink big enough for a pot
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Salt water foot pump
  • Incredible stowage dry storage
  • Ample counter space with ingenious lift up counter bridge
  • 76 Gallons water in two tanks
  • Standard marine head (New in 2005)
  • Holding tank

Propane for Force 10 Cabin Heater

  • Starboard deck locker
  • Properly vented with solenoid
  • Two 10 lb tanks to run the stove

Plumbing Details:

  • 76 gallons of water in two tanks
  • One head located in the fore cabin
  • Toilet is under a handsome teak cabinet
  • Teak grate over sump (no sump pump)
  • Amazing pull out Lyle Hess sink with vanity
  • Raritan PH II standard marine toilet new in 2015
  • New head hoses in 2015
  • Holding tank, 25 gallon in the forepeak
  • Deck pump out
  • Diverter valve for direct overboard discharge (not in the Great Lakes)

Navigation and Communications Systems

Great stand up nav station below tidy and neat so the original ambiance is uninterrupted. Everything is sweet and ship shape. 

  • Raymarine C70 Radar
  • Garmin C192 GPS
  • Depth Sounder
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind, Speed and Depth
  • Raymarine ST 4000 Auto Tiller Pilot
  • Aries windvane steering system
  • New bulkhead mounted compass
  • Clock and Barometer

Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems

Very friendly engine space with good access! Sweet electrical system with solar panels, and shore power!

  • Volvo 2002 20 hp inboard diesel
  • Racor fuel filters in addition to engine filter
  • Electrical
  • Two group 27 AGM batteries (200 ah)
  • Standard 40 amp alternator
  • DC electrical panel
  • Nav lights
  • Steaming light
  • Cabin light and oil lamp
  • Three 12 volt outlets
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Electric Bilge pump 
  • Shore power system with 30 amp shore power connection, battery charger, (inverter/charger), shore power cord
  • Two Solarex Solar Panels each producing 1.5 amps
  • One GFCI 110 outlet in the galley

Rig and Sails Inventory

Stout, true cutter rig with keel stepped aluminum mast with double spreaders robust wire rigging with outboard chain plates. 

  • THE RIG:
  • True Cutter rig
  • Keel stepped mast
  •  Aluminum mast with factory installed mast steps
  • Double spreaders
  • Boom gallows
  • Wire rigging  
  • Tanbark Sails (original serviceable)
  • Mains'l 270 sq ft
  • Three reefs
  • Genoa 110%: Roller furling with UV cover
  • Working jib 90% for furler (no UV cover)
  • Stays'l 134 sq ft Hanked On with bronze hanks
  • Trys'l never used
  • Drifter hanks on an extra forestay (great for downwind sailing)


Hull Construction and Design Details

Dulcinea is the real thing! Hull #66 built by Sam L. Morse in Costa Mesa CA. She is completely factory finished to the high standards of the Sam L. Morse factory. The hull is solid fiberglass, hand laid by skilled craftsmen. The deck and cabin top are marine plywood and hand laid fiberglass an inch thick. Her original gelcoat is in great condition. She's the standard cream BCC with an off white deck and dark green cove and boot stripes. Her new hunter green Sunbrella dodger and canvas completes the picture. The side decks are very wide, 2.5 feet in one spot. The eight-inch bulwarks ensure safety like a baby's cradle. You feel really comfortable working or playing on deck. The bulwarks are beautiful, constructed by solid mahogany planks slightly raised off the deck, supported by massive posts on 20 inch centers. This means the entire deck is a scupper, guaranteeing you quick drainage in any sea. The entire top of the little forward doghouse opens, making passing sails, an easy job. The forward cabin is designed so that you can easily pass sails up or down or open the large hatch for incredible ventilation below. The cockpit is comfortable, safe and with good coamings around, making for good back rest. Massive sampson posts support the mooring lines and define her little ship.

  • HULL:
  • Solid hand laid fiberglass hull
  • Marine ply and fiberglass deck
  • New bottom paint
  • External massive rudder
  • Tiller steering
  • Massive sampson post
  • Bow sprit with bow roller and foot ropes
  • Massive chocks and cleats
  • Topsides waxed and polished 2017
  • New bottom paint
  • DECK:
  • Marine plywood sandwiched with fiberglass about 1 and 1/4 inch thick!
  • Fast draining deck with wide side decks and 8-inch bulwarks
  • Molded nonskid deck
  • Large opening hatch on the forward cabin (dog house)
  • Teak boxes port and starboard at the mast
  • Butterfly in main salon
  • Bronze opening ports with screens
  • Double lifelines
  • Over sized bronze chocks
  • Bronze oversize cleats
  • Dinghy Chocks under boom for Fatty Knees dinghy
  • Newly refinished  with eight coats of Epifanes Rapid Clear Matt
  • Boomkin
  • Boom gallows, bronze with teak
  • Eight-inch mahogany bulwark newly refinished
  • Safe small cockpit
  • Beautiful laminated Teak cockpit combings
  • Taft rail
  • Tiller steering
  • Easy to single hand sail with everything in easy reach
  • Dodger 
  • Bimini with side curtains
  • Sail cover
  • Stays'l bag for the hank on staysail
  • Cockpit cover
  • Bronze Manual ABI Windlass
  • Bruce Anchor 35# with 150 ft 5/6 BBB chain and 200 ft 3/4 inch nylon rode
  • CQR 35# with little chain and 100' 3/4 nylon rode
  • Traditional Fatty Knees (designed by Lyle Hess for the boat) 
  • Mercury 3.3 hp outboard
  • Manual bilge pump
  • PFDs 6
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares


Additional Good Stuff

For three decades, the Bristol Channel Cutter designed by Lyle Hess and built by the Sam L. Morse factory in Costa Mesa CA has remained on “best” list. The Sam L. Morse built BCC is featured in all three issues of Ferrence Mate’s volumes. The first BCC was based on Lyle’s design of Renegade, a wooden pilot cutter, which in turn led to the first vessel built by Larry Pardey and sailed for many, many years by Lin and Larry Pardey, the cruising couple of unequivocal reknown for their theory and advice “go simple, go inexpensively, and most of all, go now”. If you have been drooling over Ferrence Mate's pictures of Sam L. Morse BCC pictures in his famous “Best Boats” books, now is the time for you to own one. 


Length: 28'
Beam: 10' 1
Draft: 4' 10
Power: 20hp
Engine Hours: Bernie & Kate