Long Beach, CA
|Builder:||Bristol Channel Cutter|
|Location:||Long Beach, CA|
|Designer:||Lyle C. Hess|
The BCC Galatea is back on the market! This is an incredible opportunity to own one of the most amazing Bristol Channel Cutters ever built. Her first owners sailed far, around the world. Her second owner shipped her to San Francisco and loved and cherished and lavished her and did not really sail anywhere. In fact her only recent passage after all her restoration was when her new third owner sailed her to Long Beach. You can think of that cruise as a shake down sea trial. Everything worked flawlessly! Now, due to recent change of plans Galatea is now offered for sale. If you missed the opportunity, you have a second chance to own a truly lovely vessel.
We love our Bristol Channel Cutters, and Galatea is without question among may very favorite BCCs. She is a BCC that is the real thing. She is pure and simple with everything that is necessary and everything is done right. The Bristol Channel Cutter is renowned for its seaworthiness and sea kindliness. This is a beautiful ocean capable vessel that can be sailed easily by a small person. Lin and Larry Pardey have been sailing Lyle Hess-designed wooden cutters for just about 45 years. Their mantra of "go simple, go now" has reverberated around the world inspiring the owners of the fiberglass Lyle Hess Bristol Channel Cutters to do just that. A few do it! Galatea did it! More about that later….
Galatea is really special because she is the only one that is white with beautiful bulwarks finished with two part epoxy sprayed on perfectly. Just about every piece of deck hardware has been rebedded in butyl the way Hinckley does it. Her second owner was obsessive about pretty much everything; he is just the kind of owner you want to buy a boat from. He did everything possible to make this boat last your lifetime and longer. He has spent the six years improving and perfecting this already beautiful vessel. He completed every possible maintenance task, whether it was really needed or not, as he was crazy to make the boat ready to cruise for the rest of his life without worrying about anything. To that end, almost every wire and every hose has been replaced with new. There is a beautiful junction box at the base of the mast and most of the lights are LED now. All the head hoses are new. Lots of things you would likely not notice. All the really difficult maintenance tasks are now done. The woodwork and joinery are perfect. The cabin sole is refinished to utter perfection! It is lovely. The whole boat is incredible beautiful and perfect. Galatea’s current and recent new owner sailed from San Francisco to Long Beach. He is loving Galatea and sailing in Southern California to Catalina and just enjoying her. That said he wants to find a new home for her. Galatea is more special than even when she was new.
Below decks she is absolutely gorgeous. But even more important is the very special feature of Galatea! She is one of only two BCC built with a unique fore and aft dinette on the port side and the incredible double sink! With this very desirable layout, the double berth is about six inches wider than any other BCC. Now that is brilliant! The dining table is designed to slide out from under the berth on the port side. Fully extended, the table that can easily accommodate five for dinner. With the table in the normal position the dinette seating area creates more space in the salon and you can walk around the boat and never have the table in your way. There is also extra storage under the seats and a lovely storage area at the forward end of the dinette. It is just so amazing that after building 116 of these lovely boats, they got it really right. You’ll appreciate it.
However beautiful and perfect she is, Galatea is a real BCC that has sailed farther than most BCC ever go. The first owners of Galatea sailed her “pretty much around the world”! They bought their BCC new from the Sam L. Morse Company in Costa Mesa with their world voyage foremost in mind. They took advantage of the company’s capabilities to customize their BCC for extended voyaging. The hull was laid up in 2000 as hull #117. She was launched in April 2001 in Newport Beach, CA. They spent the first two seasons cruising the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. After sailing back home to San Diego, they started their tour of the South Pacific including the Galapagos, French Polynesia, Rarotonga, Niue, Tonga, then New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, up around the “Top End” to Darwin, to Cocos Keeling, Ile Rodriguez, to Mauritius, to South Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, then northwest to St. Helena and the Caribbean, and finally up to Annapolis! Amazing. I can't wait to hear more about these terrific passages. Her history and adventures make Galatea very special, and there is even more.
If you have Volume II of The World's Best Sailboats by Ferenc Mate, you will see some pictures of the interior of Galatea. In the later years of the SLM Company, they really became a semi custom builder. It was very cool because people had some great ideas of how to make the perfect BCC even better.
A Bristol Channel Cutter is a very special boat. Lyle Hess has inspired so many people along with Sam L Morse and Ference Mate. We've all stared at those beautiful pictures long before we owned one. We have all studied every BCC that has come available dreaming about the time when we will own one. That is what makes this opportunity so special.
Galatea is one of the newest BCCs to come available ever and these rare new BCCs are definitely sought after for very good reason. Now you can own a 2001 BCC! And a very, very special one. Just about the newest BCC we've ever offered! Certainly is in the best condition of any BCC we’ve ever seen due to the excesses of her current owner who, by the way, was a jet airplane mechanic in a past life. Maybe that explains his zero tolerance attitude. Everything must be perfect.
Here are some highlights.
Great sailing dreams do come in small and beautiful packages. The BCC is one of those vessels that really can make dreams come true. Maybe it is the incredible safety at sea rating and noteworthy construction. Maybe it is the elegant simplicity that inspires so many first time boat owners. Maybe it is the lavish comfort and beautiful old world charm. Maybe it is the wide, wide side decks and the stable feeling under your feet as you gain your sea legs. The incredible sail plan that allows you to set sails for any and all conditions to sail in light wind or heavy conditions. The BCC is a truly great boat. She's a true ocean going vessel that even one small person can safely sail. She sails faster than much larger boats because of her long waterline, gorgeous underbody, and generous sail plan. So many couples and solo sailors have found this vessel to be their perfect choice.
Galatea is about as perfect as it gets! She is completely ready for you to go! She is absolutely perfect for you!
|Water Tank Capacity:||70 Gallons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||275 Gallons|
|Holding Tank Capacity:||16 Gallons|
|Number of Engines:||1|
The Bristol Channel Cutter is the world's largest 28-foot boat! Starting up forward with the a real forepeak for really good storage. The bow area has a an area for rode and chain for the secondary anchor. The primary anchor chain is carried well aft in the forepeak with the ability to pull extra chain all the way back into the forecabin if you wish. The forepeak also carries the holding tank, with loads of space for storage above it for extra sails and lines, and canvas. There is good access through the forecabin, which I always call the multipurpose room. This forward cabin is the head, walk-in closet, workshop, and amazing stowage place. You will be amazed when you see it, but you won't really get it until you fill the boat up to cruise. Galatea even has a sink up forward recessed into the counter with cabinets outboard. One thing I love about the BCC is that the toilet is under a large seat on the centerline in the forward cabin where it is hidden from view. I think all boats should have this feature. Twenty-eight feet is just not big enough to have your toilet staring at you all the time.
Also, because the hatch is literally the entire forecabin, you open it either direction depending on the breeze you want, and you'll have a beautiful spacious feeling. This large hatch gives you incredible ventilation as the air is drawn right through the boat.
As you might know the Bristol Channel Cutter has a traditional pilot berth on the port side of the salon. On a passage his is a wonderful cozy sleeping spot for the off watch person. It is wonderful to sleep with the water rushing down the hull side on a starboard tack and surprisingly comfy on a port tack also. The pilot berth slides out to make a good sized double berth, 56 inches wide. It is very easy to side the berth out to make this double berth. The starboard settee is wide enough to make a very comfortable sea berth also. Outboard there is stowage behind and a lovely bookshelf with cabinetry. Also it is important to note that there is incredible storage under the settees as the tanks are in the bilge area low on the centerline. At the bulkhead, there is a Force 10 cozy cabin heater, your fireplace.
Galatea has ivory wainscoting panels on the cabin sides and ceiling, giving the salon a surprisingly spacious feeling. The galley is to port, and the dinette design allowed for a deep double sink and capacious storage. To starboard is the nav station, with the well insulated icebox under the nav table and the famous Lyle Hess bridge counter.
Aft of the nav station chart table is a large quarter berth that I like to call the garage. When we cruised, we actually took the cushion out and used the quarter berth for everything!
The BCC is brilliant.