Mon Desir | Bristol Channel Cutter 28' 1980

Cruising The West Coast

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

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Basic Info

Yacht Name: Mon Desir
Builder: Bristol Channel Cutter
Model: 28
Year: 1980
Location: Cruising The West Coast
Asking Price: $74,000
Designer: Lyle C. Hess
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This Bristol Channel Cutter is one of the first boats built by the Sam L. Morse with the hull laid up in 1977 and completed in 1983. She was completed by the master shipwright at the Sam L. Morse Company. The BCC is a classic fiberglass pilot cutter based on the beautiful wooden cutters that Lyle Hess designed for Lin and Larry Pardey. There are so many sailors in love with a very few channel cutters. You probably already know that the Bristol Channel Cutter is a proven offshore capable voyager. You might know we owned two of them at the same time and we’ve sold 132 of them over the past 20 years.

Our current offering "Mon Desir" is special. The Bristol Channel Cutter is designed to be easy and safe to sail single-handed or easily by a couple. You must remember that this was one of the first BCCs completed back in the early ‘80s. At that time Lyle Hess was active and Lin and Larry Pardey had already been sailing a long time on Serraffyn and Taliesin.

The story is that Mon Desir was in a BCC Rendezvous race in the early 80s and she was amazingly super fast! She won! It turns out that Mon Desire was way faster than other BCCs. The reason why is that the mast is six inches forward of the location of the other BCCs. It was Larry Pardey who figured out why she was so fast. I believe it. When I bought my BCC in 1999 and visited the Sam L. Morse Company they all wanted to tell me about the mast and the rake and weather helm. It turns out that positioning the mast a bit forward is that the weather helm is much reduced and so she goes to weather with a lesser angle on the rudder. It’s a very good thing to know.

Mon Desir also has a deck stepped tabernacle mast which a few BCCs had at that time. We sold a 1981 sistership that lived on Mission Bay in CA under a bridge. To leave the harbor, the owner eased the rigging and tilted the mast forward to get under the bridge. It worked as we witnessed at sea trial! It’s also a good thing when you need to transport the boat by truck.

Regardless of the nuances of Mon Desir, you will appreciate the beauty of the design of this salty littlecutter. You will feel very secure sailing this vessel by yourself! The sail plan is divided in a true offshore cutter rig. All of the sails are small enough to be easily handled by one small person, like me. Don't be fooled! The total sail area of about 650 sq ft gives you driving performance in all conditions and lets you trim and set your sails so the boat will sail herself or let you steer with a finger on the tiller.

The current owner has enjoyed sailing locally in the Channel Islands for many years. He has maintained Mon Desir and took pains to do no harm and keep her pristine and beautiful. He’s done a good job. She is still a natural beauty with a gorgeous cozy interior with many special features.  

Great news! The standing rigging as well as running rigging were replaced in 2003 when the mast and boom were sanded and painted. The bulwarks are painted with epoxy paint which is a wonderful thing and she looks beautiful. The exterior teak trim is in good condition.


Mast pulled and painted 2003
All new standing rigging 2003
New life lines
New running rigging

Don't wait...because we just sold four BCCs and this one is really really nice! 


Length: 28'
Beam: 10' 1"
Draft: 4' 1"
Water Tank Capacity: 70 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 10 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Volvo Penta
Engine Model: MD7A
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel

Galley & Plumbing


  • Well insulated ice box
  • Double deep stainless steel sink amidships
  • Shipmate two-burner gimbaled propane stove and oven
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Salt water foot pump
  • Wood and Formica counters
  • Dish storage
  • Drawers
  • Stowage for ocean voyaging
  • Propane system – aluminum 2.5 gallon tank with regulator and pressure gauge
  • Solenoid valve


  • Fresh water 75 gallons in two tanks below the cabin sole in the center l
  • 17 gallon plastic holding tank
  • Airhead composting toilet easily converted back to the standard marine toilet
  • The owner would do this if you want, however the people that do have them love them!
  • Holding tank never used!


Navigation & Communication

  • JRC JMA 1000 radar
  • Magellanhandheld GPS
  • Richie bulkhead mounted compass
  • Coastal Navigator VHF Radio
  • Standard Horizon depth sounder
  • Chelsea Clock & Barometer (beautiful)
  • Navico tiller pilot TP5500
  • Freehand windvane steering system and trim tab


Mechanical & Electrical

The Bristol Channel Cutter is the most simple and functional vessel you can find. It is designed to be simple, easy to maintain and comfortable to sail far. All the systems are engineered to the form, fit and function to which she was designed. The Volvo diesel engine is simple and straight forward, but does have an upgraded fuel system with a Racor 500 filter system. The engine room is spacious with great access. There are access panels on both sides from the quarter berths to provide extra special room the reach every side of the engine.


  • Volvo Penta MD7A diesel
  • Pretty amazingly the engine has light use
  • Engine control panel and ignition at the helm
  • Single lever control
    Kill switch in the cockpit
  • 30 gallon fuel tank under the cabin sole
  • Racor 500 fuel filter
  • Main engine Volvo fuel filter
  • New muffler system in 2013
  • Perko raw water strainer
  • Straight direct drive shaft 1” with zinc
  • Bronze two blade sailor prop
  • Traditional Shaft Log
  • Tiller steering
  • Outboard rudder mounted on gudgeons.
  • Trim tab on the rudder

Electrical12 Volt System:

  • Two Group 27 AGM  (92 amp) batteries under the quarter berth
  • Battery selector switch
  • Batteries secured in a vented box
  • Marinetics DC breaker panel
  • Masthead tricolor light
  • Deck level navigation lights
  • Anchor light
  • Cabin lights in the interior
  • Three 12volt outlets
  • Electric bilge pump

110 Volt System:

  • 30 amp shore power connection
  • 25’ power cord
  • AC Breaker panel
  • 110 outlet


Sails & Rigging


  • True cutter rig
  • Deck stepped aluminum mast with compression post below deck
  • Tabernacle mount for easy down rigging and transport
  • Robust standing rigging 1 by 19 SS wire with bronze turnbuckles
  • Double spreaders
  • External chain plates
  • Rat lines for a really salty look
  • Traditional running rigging
  • Mast mounted whisker pole

Sail Inventory:

  • Gambell & Hunter Sails
  • Main’sl 8.5 oz with three reef points – slab reefing
  • Genoa/Jib 7.5 oz with Profurl roller furling system
  • Yankee high cut 7.5 oz (offshore sail)
  • Stay’sl, on Profurl roller furler


  • Two Lewmar #43
  • Two Lewmar winches #8
  • One Lewmar #10
  • Barient #10


Hull & Deck

The BCC is an incredible yacht to look at and even more incredible to contemplate the build and design. She is built to extraordinary standard. Our offering is completely factory finished to the high standards of the Sam L. Morse factory. The hull is solid fiberglass, hand-laid by skilled craftsman. The deck and cabin top are marine plywood and hand laid fiberglass an inch thick. The thru hulls are bronze with bronze ball sea cocks.

The ground tackle set up is solid and robust and will take you anywhere. Her side decks are ultra wide and are skirted with 8 inch solid mahogany planks slightly raised off the deck, and then supported by massive posts on 20 inch centers. This means the entire deck is a scupper, guaranteeing quick drainage. You feel like a baby in a cradle when playing/working on this deck. The cockpit is comfortable, safe and with lovely curved teak coamings surrounding, making for a good back rest. Massive sampson posts support the mooring lines and make her a little ship. This vessel is topped off with a beautiful teak rub rail with a bronze striker.

It’s hard to describe these amazing little boats in only a few words, and you can see their function and purpose clearly by their lines and stout construction. Their plumb stem, nice beam, and broad stern gives them a long waterline with charging power. Their massive sail plan of nearly 650 square feet drives her well. You’d be proud to enter any harbor in any corner of the world with this little vessel, our BCC offering.


  • Non-skid painted deck (newly painted)
  • Hull and deck are BCC cream
  • Real mahoganywhale strake
  • Boomkin and bow sprit of Teak
  • Boom gallows of teak
  • Eight-inch mahogany bulwark painted with Epoxy paint
  • Brightwork for exterior teak trim
  • Wide side decks
  • Fast draining deck
  • Large opening hatch on the forward cabin dog house
  • Beautiful faux butterfly hatch in the salon
  • Beautiful bronze opening portlights
  • Teak hand rails
  • Stainless steel stanchions with double life lines and boarding gates port and starboard
  • Safe offshore cockpit
  • Samson post for mooring
  • Large bronze chocks
  • Bronze oversize cleats
  • Bronze opening ports
  • Bronze cowl vent with teak box and trap
  • Two large opening hatches


  • Comfortable cockpit with seaworthy bridgedeck
  • Beautiful teak cockpit coaming
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Tiller steering with outboard rudder
  • Engine instruments
  • Small foot well with large cockpit drains


  • Green Sunbrella Canvas
  • Mainsail cover
  • Staysail bag
  • Tiller cover of
  • Full boat cover under which Mon Desir has lived constantly

Ground Tackle:

  • Double bow rollers
  • Manual bronze ABI windlass
  • Primary anchor – CQR 25lb with 5/16 chain backed with 5/8 three strand rode
  • Secondary – Danforth 22S used as a stern anchor
  • Small Bruce anchor


Additional & Safety

  • Inflatable dinghy
  • Fenders
  • Dock lines and spring lines
  • Flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit