|Builder:||Bristol Channel Cutter|
Those of you reading this probably are familiar with the Bristol Channel Cutter, built by the Sam L. Morse Co until 2007 and now offered by Cape George Marine. If not, check all three Volumes of Ferenc Mate's "World's Best Sailboats." This beautiful Lyle Hess design is based on the English Pilot Cutters that were the work boats of bygone days. These Bristol Channel Cutters have been longed for, sought after, lusted after, and lived for. They are all beautiful and they sail quite fabulously. Some are just better equipped and maintained than others. There are a few types of BCC owners: 1) Those who sail! 2) Those who just work on them. 3) And those that outfit them to go, and do go. 4) Those that went!
It is an absolute pleasure to offer this very special BCC "Rocinante" for she is one of those lucky BCCs where the owners did it all! Lucky for you, no expense has been spared in outfitting and caring for Rocinante. All of the prior owners from the first to the fourth and current owners have invested their time and money and emotion in getting Rocinante ready for you! Rocinante is hull number 107, built in the prime time by the Sam L. Morse Co. Originally, she was called Little Wing. She was one of the most amazing BCCs ever built. The cabin sole was lowered an inch to make the headroom 6'2"! She has a diesel cabin heater. She is definately among the very best of the 66 BCCs we have sold. She is certainly among the most complete and most recently equipped BCCs ever to grace our oceans. After acquiring Little Wing when she was only 10 months old, the second owners, an architect and professional furniture maker, cared for her like their child while sailing in the Pacific Northwest. After 11 years of this love affair, the owners wanted to give the boat the adventure she deserved. So they prepared her properly with an extensive and expensive refit (Let's just say round to $100K). They set sail for the South Pacific and ultimately arrived in New Zealand where they sailed extensively with Lin and Larry Pardey. After the adventure Little Wing flew home on Dockwise to Ft Lauderdale, FL. and then to Annapolis MD, sailing capital of the East Coast where her owners lovingly put her into bristol shape! To put things in perspective this Bristol Channel Cutter has EVERYTHING.
Just to start, review below the Refit of 2007 which was completed by the second owners prior to their voyage to the South Pacific:
In Annapolis, after returning from the South Pacific these past owners spared no expense, time, or effort to make this BCC completely perfect for her next owners. The interior and exterior woodwork has been refinished to the standards of a professional woodworker and boat lover. Every inch of the boat was made perfect at that time.
Happily the third owner never sailed the boat at all but loved and lavished her. He named her Rocinante as she is now called.
Her current owners bought her about nine years ago and fell in love with her. They had owned a Falmouth Cutter before and loved their Lyle Hess design. They kept Rocinante in Mystic CT for a few years as they started planning to take a sailing sabbatical. In 2013 and 2014 they sailed to the Caribbean to spend the cruising season. Returning to Charleston in for the summer of 2014 they have enjoyed local cruising. Now with a job transfer to Denver it’s time to give up the Bristol Channel Cutter. Lucky for you as she is a beautifully well maintained and well equipped BCC. We are so grateful they called us to represent them in the sale of this remarkable Bristol Channel Cutter, Rocinante. There has never been a BCC to come available that is equipped with everything imaginable as this boat is! Rocinante has everything! Everything works! All systems are proven. She is ready to go anywhere in the world. Right now!
|Water Tank Capacity:||75 Gallons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||40 Gallons|
|Holding Tank Capacity:||15 Gallons|
|Number of Engines:||1|
|Engine Hours:||4300 Hours|
You probably already know, the BCC has the most pleasing and functional layout you will ever find on a 28 foot boat. And Rocinante is extra special. A sought after Sam L. Morse factory interior with every option and every amenity. As you enter the companionway, the large, workable galley is to port, the chart table/navigation station to starboard with the Q berth and outboard storage just aft. Next forward is the ideally sized salon with incredible storage under the settees and outboard. The dinette is formed from the settee to port with a solid centerline table and the starboard settee. The starboard settee is rigged with a lee cloth is a comfortable sea berth. On the port side, the classic Sam L. Morse pilot berth is a cozy sea berth with a lee cloth. This pilot berth slides out to create a comfortable double berth at anchorThe large quarter berth aft on the port side is a good sea berth, but it also provides amazing storage. Of course there is the famous chart locker above the berth and access to the engine room. There is also storage outboard the berth with custom cabinetry. Up forward, the “multi-purpose room” is a cabin designed as the head, walk-in closet, dressing room, workshop, and access to the forepeak with the sail locker forward and chain locker below that. The huge hatch opens either forward or aft and is large enough to shove the spinnaker out and creates a beautiful flow of air through the boat. Rocinante also has the additional feature of a larger access to the forepeak with the option of using the workbench as an additional berth so technically, you could “sleep five”. This long space also provides storage for the sailing rig and the oars! You will quickly see that every detail of the boat is about function.
Well maybe it is not “ALL” about function, as there is no small ship more beautiful. If you appreciate fine art and craftsmanship you will fall in love with the feeling you have aboard a perfect BCC. The teak woodwork is hand oiled to a soft glow offset by the “tongue and groove” bulkheads and cabin sides. The ceiling is made light tongue and groove panels with teak trim “deck beams”. The bronze opening ports are a perfect counterpoint to the soft wood and complete the traditional sort of Herreshoff feel. The beautiful faux butterfly bi-directional hatch is huge, beautiful and functional. You’ll never want for more ventilation. The new Alpenglow dual power, white and red cabin lights are very functional. There are also strategically located LED reading lights and for romance, there are two oil lamps. With a Wallace forced air diesel heater the cozy ambiance is not your imagination. She is dry and toasty! The cushions are soft emerald velour (Scotch Guarded) and very comfortable. The interior of Rocinante is complete with every special option from the custom dish storage, trash bin, knife rack, book shelves and custom cabinetry for a computer and printer. After all she has been lovingly cared for by a professional woodworker virtually all of her life. She is la joy to spend time aboard at the dock, at anchor and at sail. In a seaway, you will finally appreciate the design and the layout even more as it totally works. You won’t suffer as Rocinante has every amenity from heat to hot water to refrigeration and including the Ipod ready stereo with high quality speakers inside and out that even provide a surround sound system form movie watching on your laptop. Everything about Rocinante works!
The BCC has the largest and most functional galley you will ever find on a small ship. Rocinante is even more special because her owner was a professional woodworker who created special shelving and improvements. The galley is located to port, right when you walk down the companionway stairs. An extra large stainless steel sink holds everything. There is a huge dry storage locker outboard of the sink. There is another huge stowage locker just aft of the two burner gimbaled propane stove. Cabinets are outboard with a custom dish storage rack near the bulkhead. The counter space is astounding with the fold up bridge from the refrigerator on the starboard side to the sink amid ships. 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. There is actually more counter space on this BCC than our HR53. And Rocinante has everything you need. The refrigeration was new in 2008 and works well with the insulation and interior space division is so well done that you can make ice. The separate freezer compartment kept food frozen across the South Pacific. Rocinante is very well equipped with new 12 volt refrigeration, pressure water system, 110 volt and engine drive hot water heater. Below the cabin sole, there are two plastic water tanks totaling 74 gallons of water. Because they are plastic, you’ll never worry about corrosion. And with the new Spectra water maker perfectly installed in the forepeak, you’ll never worry about water either!
Rocinante is equipped to voyage far with everything you could possibly need! Start with the engine room itself. The engine room is actually among the best on any boat you could possibly buy. It is operating room clean. It is spacious! It is well organized. The diesel engine is a Yanmar 3GM30F 27 HP that has been continually maintained by a meticulous owner with proper maintenance and oil changes every 100 hours. At the back end of the engine is the transmission, PYI anti vibration coupling, shaft, and PYI shaft seal within easy reach. The fuel tank is high and dry under the cockpit. On the starboard side of the engine room is the Racor fuel filter, and raw water strainers for the engine, water maker, and anchor wash down pump. On the port side is the water heater and battery charger with a smart regulation. The Electrical System is just about perfect with over 300 amp hours of Lifeline AGM batteries with really good 12v refrigeration and LED lights and a portable solar panel to keep things going at anchor.
The navigation station is amazing for a 28 foot boat. The chart table is over the refrigerator on the starboard side at the base of the companionway. It is large enough for your chart and you can leave the chart there while you open the box. Outboard is the custom navigation and communication area with flush mounted electronics including the Icom M802 SSB and Pactor III modem and high speed Cat 5 port for integrating your laptop with the Raymarine E80 Radar/chart plotter in the cockpit. This cable allow for the chart plotter, depth sounder fish finder, and radar to be displayed on the laptop for a true second nav station down below. A USB port is also flush mounted on the panel so you can connect your laptop to the SSB and use the Pactor Modem for email and weather fax. Propagation is excellent due to the perfect installation of the SSB, Tuner and ground plate. The owners had a wireless printer permanently set up in a cabinet they call "the secretary" to print weather fax at the touch of a button. The custom navigation station flush mount face panel is hinged allowing easy access to all the wiring behind it. The lighting at the nav station is a dual power red and white Alpenglow light, as are all the lights on Rocinante. The color Raymarine E80 Radar/Chart Plotter with the easily viewable 9" screen is mounted in the bulkhead to starboard of the companionway so you can see everything you need in the cockpit. The powerful ST4000 Auto tiller pilot drives the boat easily attached to the rudder’s trim tab. The windvane steering system was designed by Larry Pardey and built by the owner with Larry's help! It steers the boat brilliantly in all conditions and even allows you to reef the windvane sail.
A Bristol Channel Cutter is first and foremost a beautiful sailing vessel. She's a 28' boat with a water line of 26'3" and a beautiful underbody with the sail area of a 38 foot boat, 650 sq ft for working sails alone! The large sail area is possible because of the bowsprit and boomkin making the length overall 38 feet. The massive sprit is made of Douglass fir and varnished to perfection. Rocinante’s sails are made by one of the finest sail makers in the world, Shattauer Sails in Seattle. Rocinante has an incredible sail inventory with every possible sail you need to voyage far including the storm trysail. The rig is a stout with a Forespar aluminum double spreader keel stepped mast. The stout rig has aft lower shrouds so you don't need running backstays! The standing rigging is new 7/16' stainless steel wire. The staysail stay has a quick release for short tacking with the jib. The massive chain plates are external allowing for those famously wide BCC side decks. The reefing system is simple and you can just walk right up to the mast without stepping up on a cabin house. The ample hand holds and high bulwarks provide great security. With eight inch teak bulwarks and double life lines you can’t slide off. Rocinante is completely rigged to make it easy to sail and safe for the voyage you are planning. All the winches are upgraded stainless steel Anderson winches. All are self-tailing. All the blocks are upgraded Schaefer low friction blocks so every line runs fair and smooth. The BCC is a perfect size for a solo sailor, man or woman. Rocinante is rigged just perfectly with an auto tiller pilot and her windvane steering system designed by Larry Pardey. The boat is so well balanced with proper sail trim; she’ll just about sail herself.
For offshore sailing, you’ll use the Pardey style windvane. Larry Pardey has used and perfected this windvane over a lifetime of sailing first Serrafyn and then Taleisin in every ocean and around every southern cape. Rocinante’s windvane was built to Larry’s exact specifications with his assistance! The windvane steers the boat in every condition. The vane itself is reefable. The system includes a trim tab on the rudder and the autopilot can steer the boat with very low electric use by steering with the trim tab. This Pardey style windvane steering system has been tested in every condition.
WINCHES: ALL UPGRADED ANDERSON
With the Lyle Hess design and Sam L. Morse Co. construction just one look with assure you that she is built to extraordinary standards. Rocinante is completely factory finished to the high standards of the Sam L. Morse Company. The hull is solid fiberglass, hand laid by skilled craftsmen at Crystaliner, the company that also built over 600 Westsail 32s. The hull shape is actually beautiful with its long keel, plumb bow with a sharp entry and flat aft lifting sections. And it is strong! The hull sections range from almost an inch thick at the stem to ½ inch solid glass at the transom. The gelcoat looks just about like it did when she left the factory owing to her happy life in the Pacific North West. Rocinante has enjoyed pretty much constant waxing and gleams with care. She's the standard cream BCC with an off white deck and dark green painted cove stripe. A new epoxy barrier coat was done in 2006 and the bottom was painted in 2018. The outboard rudder was replaced with an new rudder, in fact, the last rudder made by Crystaliner in about 2006. The massive teak rub rail protects the hull and gives you great confidence. The deck and cabin top are over an inch thick with a quarter inch of fiberglass sandwiching the marine plywood. The nonskid is deck molded. And of course the eight inch bulwark is all teak, not mahogany, teak! The exterior woodwork has been constantly maintained over the years and recently wooded and refinished in new natural Cetol for ease of maintenance. There are canvas covers made by Shattauer for everything! The hatches are beautiful and both the butterfly hatch in the salon and dog house over the forward cabin opens either fore or aft. The ABI Bronze ports open and all have screens. There are custom chocks installed on the cabin house to carry a Fatty Knees seven foot sailing dinghy also designed by Lyle Hess The owner also carried a 8’1” RIB inflatable the a custom bag so that it stows nicely on deck under the boom.
The cockpit is perfect with beautiful curved laminated combings, tiller steering, and powerful self tailing winches within easy reach. The boom end sheeting for the main is double end and provides all the leverage you need. The sheets run through low friction Schafer blocks and cam cleats that swivel for the perfect angle. Rocinante has the sought after port side cockpit locker that is huge in addition to the lazarette that extends across the entire transom. The cockpit foot well is small so it can’t hold much water. The cockpit drains are large and the entire bulwark is a scupper so water can run off fast. The dodger has a hand hold on the aft edge for security. The engine controls are in easy reach and the Yanmar has single lever control for shifting and throttle. The new Raymarine E80 display is flush mounted in the bulkhead to display radar, chart plotter, AIS, fish finder depth contour data and all available information. The Autohelm ST4000 autopilot controls are at your finger tips. The ST4000 auto tiller pilot can drive the boat by steering with the trim tab on the rudder or by steering the rudder itself.
Rocinante also has canvas by “Custom Canvas” in Charleston. It is in "Oyster" Sunbrella with a bimini that attaches to the boom gallows, and nice sunshades that attach to the life lines and the stern rail for privacy and cozy shade. There are weather cloths to shelter the cockpit. There are Bottom Sider cushions for the cockpit. All the canvas and sail covers are new in 2018. There are custom covers for everything; bow sprit, bulwarks, taffrail, boomkin, rudder cheeks, tiller and winches. The windlass is a bronze ABI Manual windlass and it has a cover too. The boat also comes with a winter cover and a summer shade awning type cover.
Rocinante’s ground tackle is exactly what you need to cruise anywhere. There are two bow rollers on the massive Douglas Fir bow sprit. Your primary anchor is a 35# Delta Fastset with 300 ft of 5/16th HT chain backed with 250 ft of rode which stows low in the aft most section of the forepeak in a massive chain locker. The secondary anchor is a 25# Bruce separate locker forward of the Samson posts for 25’ of chain and 250 foot of 5/8 rode. The bronze ABI manual windless is as functional and easy to use.
After selling 66 Bristol Channel Cutters, we can say, this is one to own! If you could buy a new one equipped like this, it would cost well over $400K. So buy her and Go NOW!