The Bristol Channel Cutter is the most beautiful 28 foot fiberglass sailboat in the world, and this is the one you might be waiting for. This is the tall one with 6'6" headroom! She has spent her entire life on the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay and is virtually a fresh water boat! Sadie is so lightly used and in such immaculate condition, you will be amazed. If you are tall, this is your tall ship. And if you are not tall, you'll still love the extra atmosphere.
Sadie is a best of breed! The Sam L.Morse Bristol Channel Cutter is an icon of sailing history and lore. To create singularly beautiful little yachts such as these, it takes a pair of incurable old romantics like the designer, Lyle Hess, and the builder, Sam Morse.
While it is hard find the right words to describe the Bristol Channel Cutter, it is pretty easy to be seduced when you see one sail by or sitting quietly on a mooring. Truly this is the most romantic of offshore cruisers. People just fall in love with them! While they are designed and built for the sole purpose of ocean voyaging, with simplicity and safety foremost in mind, they magically connect us to our past and enrich our soul. Solidly built, and actually overbuilt, they give great confidence, but it is more than that. It is sort of magical. It starts with their beauty and purpose, and then it is about how they sail. The beautiful design of Lyle Hess seems to make them leap joyfully over the sea. The with the plumb bow and broad transom gives the BCC a 26'3" waterline for a boat 28 feet on deck! The bow sprit and boomkin and double spreader rig support a sail area of nearly 600 square feet! A BCC has the power of a much larger boat. We've seen a 175 miles day, and 150 miles more than once! 120 miles in 24 hours is easy. You can sail into any far corner of our globe, and find a channel cutter anchored in some far off lagoon, if the Societies, Caroline Islands, or Polynesia, with a well rested and proud crew aboard and often a crew of one solo sailor as this is a vessel that is easily sailed by one small person and in this case, one tall person.
She has almost every option available from Sam Morse including the increased headroom version PLUS the real forward custom shower with hot and cold pressure water. One look at her and I promise you, that you will totally agree. Everything is new and properly maintained on her, the yacht is very lightly used. From her shining hull and topsides, to her cared for exterior wood, to her incredible bronze ports you'll see she is so new and lightly used.
Sadie is well equipped with everything from her low hour Yanmar. She has good electronics with Radar, VHF, autopilot, and wind/speed/depth instruments. And she has a dodger and bimini and hatch covers.
Mostly you will appreciate her custom deck hardware and perfect unadulterated varnished interior. Never lived aboard and never cruised, she is in excellent condition. And like we said, there's also hot & cold pressure water and a forward head with shower/sink/custom storage, PLUS INCREASED HEADROOM, a Force 10 wall mounted furnace, a great entertainment system, and custom chart storage. She everything on her and is ready to go. This is such a special and wonderful offering. This boat is one that dreams are made of. Do yourself a favor, and give her your consideration. She is one of the most beautiful BCCs ever launched and she has been wonderfully maintained.
Please give us call, for we love talking boats, especially about boats like this lovely BCC, she's fun to show, and even better to own. They don't come any better.
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A Bristol Channel Cutter is a work of art and if you appreciate fine art and craftsmanship, you will find the interior of the BCC #104 "Sadie" to be a beautiful chapel. If you are tall, say 6' plus, this is the one you want as her commissioner was tall too. This is a very special BCC with extreme max head room. As you probably already know, the BCC has the most pleasing and functional layout you will ever find on a 28 foot boat. The Sam L. Morse BCC 28 is 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 high above any other vessel in its class.
As you enter the companionway, the 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 straight settee to port is also a wonderful sleeping berth, nice and wide. The table was removed to make her more spacious inside. In addition, the Quarter Berth aft on the port side is a good place to sleep, and also provides amazing storage near the companionway. 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. This beautiful vessel is very well maintained and lightly used. She is one you must see to believe. The word work below is perfect. The ambiance is perfect. The boat is perfect!
Galley & Plumbing
This BCC has the largest and most functional galley of the BCC family. 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 ice box. 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. The Head: Has a lavac toilet with a 15 gal holding tank and Y valves for pumping the head over board at sea, and for pumping out the tank overboard at sea. There’s also a standard deck pump out. Water: You have two tanks for a total of 70 gallons. Both tanks are stainless steel and installed under the cabin sole amid ship. There is a deck fill! The manual hand pumps deliver fresh water to the galley and with the wonderful benefit as you save lots of water! There are three bilge pumps get the water out: One manual and two electric bilge pumps.
Electronics & Navigation
Sadie is very well equipped for her cruising. With all the necessities, including radar, she's capable of cruising anywhere. The nav station has some wonderful custom touches to store charts over the chart table.
Systems: Mechanical and Electrical
Maybe you are an excellent experienced sailor looking to downsize to a vessel that is elegant and simple, or maybe you are a first boat owner a little intimidated by the systems. Fear not. You can relax knowing that the BCC is the most simple and functional vessel you can find. This vessel is designed to be simple, easy to maintain, easy to fix, and comfortable and safe to sail far. All the systems are engineered to the form, fit and function to which she is designed. Start with the diesel engine. Sadie has a Yanmar 3GM30F 27 HP diesel with about 800 hours on it. It's a beautiful engine that is easy to care for. The current owner has maintained the engine properly with thorough maintenance, regular, cleaning and replacement of hoses, belts, and filters as appropriate. Sadie's engine has been maintained impeccably with maintenance and oil changes annually! The fuel tank is a 30-gal stainless steel tank. She pushes the boat at 5-6 knots and burns about a ½ gallon of diesel per hour. The running gear is all in great condition as the boat has been lightly used for short seasons. Electrical: The electrical system is complete with AC and DC breakers for all circuits. The standard Yanmar alternator charges 2 marine batteries. At the dock, the 110-volt shore power system will keep you charged up. The vessel is wired for AC with AC outlets inside and cabin lights.
Sails and Rigging
The Bristol Channel Cutter is designed to be single-handed anywhere. That’s the beauty of the design and the rig. You’ll feel very secure sailing this vessel by yourself anywhere. The rigging is overbuilt in every respect from the double spreader rig to the powerful and beautiful bronze Lewmar winches. 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 almost 600 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. Sadie has been well maintained. The rigging is inspected every year. All the running rigging is lightly used. Sadie has a basic inventory of high quality sails in excellent condition. While the sails are original they have been used only lightly and very well cared for. The Main Sail with three-reefs, Staysail, and the furling Yankee jib. She has a very nice downwind pole with a track for ease of handling by one person and a nice drifter.
Hull, Deck and Ground Tackle
The BCC is an incredible yacht to look at and even more incredible to contemplate the build and design. The Bristol Channel Cutter is even more beautiful out of the water as the underbody is truly the prettiest you will ever see. The beautiful, full, long keel flows from the plumb bow to the wineglass stern. The aft section looks like gorgeous wings as she sweeps up to a wineglass shape. You can see why these vessels sail so well and move in light air and remain stable in heavy conditions. The rudder is a massive outboard hung rudder protected by the long keel. Sadie is hull #104 built by Sam L. Morse in Costa Mesa CA. She is completely factory finished to the high standards of the Sam L. Morse factory. A more recent hull, she is still solid fiberglass, hand laid by skilled craftsmen. The results are beautiful. The deck and cabin top are marine plywood and hand laid fiberglass an inch thick. Her topsides gleams with annual waxing. She's the standard cream BCC with an off white deck and dark green cove and boot stripes. The bottom has been maintained annually in the land of short seasons and she has been stored under a fabulous winter cover each year. The topsides of the hull above the waterline are shiny and lustrous because of constant waxing! The decks are perfect because she has been walked upon only lightly. Her forest green sunbrella canvas completes the picture. Her canvas includes dodger, sun awning, and sail covers in good condition. She sports bug screens for her six bronze opening sports. The bottom is newly painted in 2003 as it is every year. The woodwork has been professionally refinished, however it needs doing again as the owner is absent. The bulwarks are painted with the mahogany finished with Epipanes Wood Finish. She also has creature comforts you don’t get with a new boat, like bug screens. The Mosquito is Maine’s state bird! Sadie's ground tackle is rugged and will perform flawlessly. There are two bow rollers. Your primary anchor is a 35 # CQR with 200 ft of 5/16th chain. The secondary anchor is a Fortress Danforth. The bronze ABI manual windless is as functional and easy to use as it is beautiful! There is a stern anchor roller on the boomkin too. The keel stepped mast is forespar aluminum with a double spreader. It has mast steps built in which is a great feature as it makes it easy to inspect the rigging regularly and maintain the mast and hardware. Everything about this boat spells quality. The shrouds attach to overbuilt stainless steel chain plates that wrap around the yacht's beam. The lights are traditional with a tricolor on the masthead, running lights, and deck lights. Like all BCCs, Sadie’s side decks are very wide, 2.5 feet at the widest spot. The eight-inch bulwarks ensure safety. 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 cockpit is comfortable, safe and with good coamings around, making for a good back rest. Massive samson posts support the mooring lines and make her like a little ship. Hull and decks are factory finished BCC cream with dark green cove and boot stripes
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Observations as told by Sam Morse, describing his philosophy about his boats which he builds: When my wife Betty and I got into this back in 1975, we wanted to build a really good boat, not the super hyped incredible and awesome quality of so many boats being advertised, but something much more than that. The true quality of a really honest boat-the best you could build. Like the one or two things you have owned for so long you have forgotten, things that still work, still do the job, just as they were meant to. Like the little CO2 soda maker weve had for years, made in Sweden, that still works as well as ever although it needs a new gasket now and then. Just a good honest piece which someone made to really last and give someone his moneys worth-nothing ever broken, nothing ever fallen off, still looks good on the bar. Its a simple device and thats important. We want our boats to be like that. This BCC is a yacht of a timeless successful classic, a design that will look graceful till our oceans dry up. Surprise will grace any harbor, and when at anchor, while rowing away from her, will keep your eyes glued to her beauty, as she swings on her mooring, and under sail, shes stiff, strong and fast.
The international sailing community knows the BCC, if the Pardeys Seraffyn, to the pilot workboats that brought the big ships safely to port in the rough waters off England. These boats soul purpose was to go to sea and come home safely. There are no finer seaboats ever built, PERIOD. The Bristol Channel Cutter is the most beautiful sailing vessel ever built, It melts my heart when I see one, keeping my eyes glued to her, till shes out of sight. Bring food and your belongings and leave tomorrow for anywhere in the world. Thats a very reassuring feeling about your vessel, your home and your love. She represents one of the best values for a true offshore sailing/liveaboard that is currently available. Please give me call, I love talking boats, especially about boats like this lovely BCC, she's fun to show, and even better to own.
Reviews GOOD OLD BOAT magazine: May/June 1999; "In the wake of the Pardeys"; by John Vigor.
The Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) is a boat of superlatives. For many dedicated long-distance cruisers, she is, for her size, simply the best of everything: the most comfortable, the most seaworthy, the most traditional, and (naturally) the most expensive. There are some who call the BCC the Rolls Royce of yachts, but they have it the wrong way around. The Rolls Royce is actually the BCC of automobiles......The BCC as designed by the legendary Lyle Hess and built today by the meticulous Sam L. Morse company, is as cultured a piece of sailing machinery as youre likely to find anywhere. In fact, you wouldnt be far wrong if you said that Chippendale and Hepplewhite were the BCCs of fine furniture......"
BLUE WATER SAILING: June 1998; "Lyle Hesss Bristol Channel Cutter"; A detailed review of the design and performance of the Bristol Channel Cutter and a Cover photo. "The Lyle Hess-designed, Sam L. Morse-built Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) has been around for nearly a quarter century, crossing oceans and knocking off 150-mile days in the trades, riding out storms with aplomb, and carrying it crews safely and happily to countless backwaters of the world...." CRUISING WORLD magazine: December 1996; REVIEWS, "Bristol Channel Cutter 28"; by Barbara Marrett. A review of the Bristol Channel Cutter. "I've been impressed by consistent reports of the good blue-water performance by owners of these venerable craft... If you want to cruise in a proven conservative design, in a boat that has and will withstand the tests of time, the Bristol Channel Cutter demands your careful attention."
SAILING magazine: January 1996; "CLASSIC CUTTER, The Bristol Channel Cutter is 28 feet of ocean going charm"; by John Kretschmer. A review and sailing boat test by sailing magazine. "Designer Lyle Hess is the Bristol Channel Cutter guru. He is responsible for blending the seakindly and unexpected swift, full keeled hull shape of the Bristol Channel Cutter with more modern construction techniques and rigging... My initial reaction upon climbing over the lifelines was that this was not a 28 foot boat... the Bristol Channel Cutter is, by all accounts, a big 28 footer... We shot off on a close reach and our little photo boat struggled to keep up... We beat our way south, close tacking through both commercial and pleasure traffic...I was amazed at how easily she came through the wind, trimmed up and accelerated. She certainly did not feel like a heavy full-keeled cruising boat... Surprise was clipping along at seven knots."
PRACTICAL SAILOR September 1995; Volume 21, Number 17 and 18; "Three Semi-Custom Cruisers". A critique on a Alerion Sloop, Bristol Channel Cutter and Morris 40. "The BCC, inspired by British work boats, is a heavy displacement cruising boat with a long waterline, short overhangs, full keel and big rudder. The cockpit, while quite small(it holds just 700 lb. of water) is quite comfortable, with generous backrests... This is a go anywhere boat, which like the Alerion, is a piece of furniture that you hope your children will cherish when you pass on."
The BOATMAN (A British magazine) October 1993; "The Bristol Channel Cutter" by Randall Brink. The author gives his opinion of the Bristol Channel Cutter. "The BCC is rich in character-sufficiently so to satisfy the most stalwart of traditionalist-yet, despite its traditional line and its look of a very purposeful boat, it is fast-remarkably so for a beamy, heavy-displacement cruising hull. The BCC's performance history includes many days of 180 nautical mile passage in the logs of its owners due, mainly to the generous sail area and long waterline length. The boats have also marked a number of race victories: first overall in the Newport-Ensenada race in 1978 (out of some 400 boats), first in its class in the Newport Ensenada race 1979 and first overall in the 1980 Panama Canal Yacht Club race. Most recently, in 1990 won the overall season's "A " class trophy for outstanding performance in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea... While underway the BCC will sail 30 degrees to the apparent wind at hull speed. It performs very well under windvane, hands-off. This is a boat that you can comfortably leave alone on long passages. Some owners have reported twenty days or more during a passage when they have barely touched the tiller."
BEST BOATS TO BUILD OR BUY: A book by Ferenc Mate. "One For the Eyes, Bristol Channel Cutter". Also the cover photo. A personal review of the Bristol Channel Cutter. "Exaltations aside, the boat is strong, stiff, beamy and heavy, and considering its wetted surface, fast. To put it simply, it's really a 34 foot boat without the overhangs... Below decks the boat is a wonder. In spite of the narrow deck house there is much volume, and Mr. Hess' original layout is one of the most sensible I've seen for an off shore cruising boat designed for two people... The Bristol Channel Cutter is built like the proverbial brick relief station... they use traditional floor timbers with plywood soles and no liners so any alteration is possible. The bonding of the furniture to hull is very thorough -- and if you are contemplating the purchase of a complete boat, I can say that the quality of finish is of the best I have seen anywhere. If I sound like I am raving about all the wonderfulness of these boats, remember the title of this book. The chaff has fallen by the wayside long ago."
THE WORLD'S BEST SAILBOATS: A book by Ferenc Mate. "Sam L. Morse Co.". A personal opinion of the Bristol Channel Cutter. "I might as well start off by telling you that the Bristol Channel Cutter and the Falmouth Cutter are the most beautiful 28 and 22 foot fiberglass boats in the world... If you look at the lines of the Bristol Channel Cutter, you will see she reaches maximum beat well aft of the mid station, and her entry lines are straight, very much like the best of modern cruisers... As to how well she handles, all you have to do to answer that question is read the Pardey's books, for they sailed her without an engine all over the world, which means a lot of mean light tacking in mean tight harbors, and they came back to the same design again... If you're not converted yet, then let me tell you how she's built. A good indication of solidity of this good yacht is that in spite of her 28 feet she weighs almost 9,000 pounds without ballast." SAIL Magazine: October 1993;
Cover Photo SAILING NEWS Issue unknown; "ROLL, REEF AND SELFSTEER"-, by Tom Linskey. An article about roller reefing and windvanes on a sail from Melbourne, Australia to Osaka, Japan on a BCC. "Unfortunately, all our cruising friends are right; no one crosses the Tasman Sea, the 1,500 miles of ocean separating New Zealand and Australia, without getting dusted at least once. And tonight is our night. A gale-enforced systems test of boat, crew, seaworthiness, man handling... So our Tasman Sea gale descended, instead of doing courageous battle out on the bowsprit, I stayed in the cockpit and pulled the furling string. Now, I realize that I may be the last seagoing shellback on earth to shed my hanks, but the five-second transformation from a rail-down, overpowered and unhappy boat and crew to an upright, balanced and happy boat and crew struck me as nothing less than magical. The drama had disappeared, thank you very much, from heavy weather. If I'd known it was this easy...Rolling or unrolling just a few rolls of headsail made an astonishing change in how successfully our boat steered in heavy air and seas... When the line squalls began pushing the wind into the 40-knot range, we rolled the jib completely, dropped the main and carried on under staysail alone since Freelance is cutter rigged. Between squalls I unrolled about six-feet of jib, just the clew radials, and even that tiny flag of sail was enough to stop us from wallowing in the seas and start us powering through them again."
CRUISING WORLD October 1982; "Pulling Up Stakes", by Christopher Chadwick. A Michigan family of four trades it all for a Bristol Channel Cutter bare hull. "I am enjoying the fruits of the two and a half years labor it took to finish Whistler, our 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter, which I built from a bare hull... The search to find the right boat for us began in 1975. It was at that point that we realized we were not happy with our lifestyle and weren't getting what we wanted out of life... The money would come From the sale of our custom-made dream house, but first the search to find our proper boat was launched. The list of requirements included a heavy displacement hull with a broad, full keel for stability, ease of handling and drying out in a tidal range. We wanted an outboard rudder as it was easily serviceable without hauling out and would take a self-steering vane easily. Wide side decks were a must for going forward in a seaway and we wanted something more than a 1-inch toe rail for security on a heeling deck. A divided rig and jiffy reefing were also a must for easy sail handling. Below decks our list included good sea berths and ventilation, full headroom, lots of storage space and enough room so we didn't feel like sardines on rainy days... We've lived aboard Whistler on a mooring... She's easy to live aboard... She has been a delight to sail... despite her heavy displacement (14, 000 pounds), moves very well in light to medium air."
WOODEN BOAT June 1987; "Dream-Boat Man by Morry Edwards. An article about Lyle C. Hess and the boats he designed from the beginning to the present. SAIL magazine: February 1989; "Passage making, First Reckoning' by Tom Linskey. An article about crossing the Pacific to the Marquesas on a Bristol Channel Cutter. "Freelance is a physical part of the trades now, and I think of how long I've dreamed about being out here, doing exactly this... We are seeing the graphic importance of light-air performance, a quality largely written off by many cruisers who fall back on their motors in winds below 6 knots. But you can't motor across an ocean. Any barge will sail in 20 knots of breeze, but in light air the performance differences among cruising boats are dramatic."
SEA magazine October 1985; 'Modern Classic: Bristol Channel Cutter"; by Peter Bohr. A review of the Bristol Channel Cutter. The Seraffyn/BCC is about as well tested as a design can be: Lin and Larry Pardey cruised Seraffyn around the world for eight years... Though she's no Transpac downwind sled, she's remarkably quick for a heavy boat with lots of wetted surface... The BCC has even managed to chalk up a few racing laurels... But make no mistake, the BCC is first and foremost a bluewater cruiser with ample living space for at least a couple of long-distance voyagers... While the BCC is handsome and functional, perhaps more endearing is the boat's quality... Sam Morse Company makes certain that each boat is a gem. You won't find tacky telltale signs of a mass-produced production boat in a BCC... she has no fixed interior fiberglass liner so buyers may modify the standard layout."
SAIL magazine: October 1988, "Shaping Course, A New Boat; a New Life", by Tom and Harriet Linskey. An article about sailing a Bristol Channel Cutter in Baja, Mexico.
YACHTING magazine: September 1979; "New Boats, The Bristol Channel Cutter". A review of the Bristol Channel Cutter.
48 DEGREES NORTH: February 1995; "Ask The Surveyor, Deck to Hull Joint", by Tom Averna. "An excellent example of a proper deck to hull joint for an offshore designed boat was on a Bristol Channel Cutter I surveyed. The type of joint was an inward turning flange that was thru bolted every six inches and also bonded with a liberal amount of 5200 adhesive/sealant. The 5200 looked almost new and the stainless steel bolts were still bright and like new even though the boat had just returned from a Pacific cruise. I was impressed with the thickness and width of the flange which did not show any signs of fatigue or damage. The thru bolt diameter was also substantial and it was apparent to me that the builder was not cutting corners and built the joint with the intention of heavy offshore use in mind."
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