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Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd

33 High Street
Poole
E12
BH15 1AB
United Kingdom

Fax:  +44 (0)1202 330060

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1994 Lyle Hess Gaff Cutter 1994

£45,000 (Listed price: US$72,536)

United Kingdom

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Boat Details
Fuel DieselHull Material Wood 
Beam 8.92 feetDry Weight 5500 kilogram 
Fuel Tank 12 imperial gallonWater Tank 25 imperial gallon 
Designer Thomas Lyle Hess    


Detailed Specifications
Specs
Builder: IBBTC Lowestoft
Designer: Thomas Lyle Hess

Dimensions
LOA: 31/00 ft/in
Beam: 8/11 ft/in
Maximum Draft: 4/09 ft/in
Displacement: 5500 kgs

     Accommodations
Number of single berths: 4

For Sale by

Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd

33 High Street
Poole
E12
BH15 1AB
United Kingdom

Fax:  +44 (0)1202 330060

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Description

Lyle Hess is one of the most respected designers of offshore cruising boats and CONSTANCE owes her lines to both RENEGADE and SERAFFYN, that were to start a revolution in small boat long distance cruising.  She appears a sturdy little boat with attractive detail both above and below deck - CONSTANCE would be as useful on family weekend adventures as she would be heading for blue water. When asked if there was a common quality running through his designs, the response from Hess was “…..Bring skipper and crew home in one piece, no matter what”




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Brokers Comments

Lyle Hess is one of the most respected designers of offshore cruising boats and CONSTANCE owes her lines to both RENEGADE and SERAFFYN, that were to start a revolution in small boat long distance cruising.  She appears a sturdy little boat with attractive detail both above and below deck - CONSTANCE would be as useful on family weekend adventures as she would be heading for blue water. When asked if there was a common quality running through his designs, the response from Hess was “…..Bring skipper and crew home in one piece, no matter what”

History

Built from plans bought from Lyle C Hess, of California the designer renowned for the well known yachts SERAFFYN and TALEISIN of Pardey fame as well as the Bristol Channel Cutters, Sam Morse Co and other GRP production yachts, the hull is identical to SERAFFYN and that of the first Hess design RENEGADE.  Some dimensions differ; the cabin 9 inches longer and the cockpit shorter by the same amount. The bowsprit bitts were also moved one frame further forward 9 inches to add space in the fore cabin.
Commissioned from the International Boat Building Training College in Lowestoft as hull, deck, cabin top and spars she was completed to that extent in 1989. Her Canadian owner a specialist boat interior fitter was to complete the fit out then aiming to follow the “Pardey” dream of long term world cruising.  Changed circumstances  forced his move back to Canada leaving CONSTANCE laid up incomplete until 1993 when he decided to sell, “as is  where is”  then in Wivenhoe UK.   Her buyer moved her to Salcombe for completion by Winter Marine Yard, Traditional Sail (John Moody) and Starey Marine.

Commissioned in 1994, she has been enhanced subsequently and   enjoyed a variety of sailing including low key classics and gaffer races, classic boat festivals and cruising - South Wales, Scilly and Brittany. She has proved safe and easy to manage for both single handing and family sailing. Her owner, needing a larger yacht for his growing family reluctantly puts CONSTANCE on the market but has yet to find a prettier yacht to replace her.

Construction

- Iroko planking, bronze and copper fastened to laminated mahogany frames
- Massive laminated mahogany hanging and lodging knees
- Lead external ballast keel bronze bolted
- Iroko centreline structures bronze bolted 
- 100 x 40 mm Douglas fir beam shelves and bilge stringers copper fastened with  bronze knees to transom fashion piece and bronze stem bracket, through bolted with bronze bolts
- Teak transom bright work
- Iroko rudder, glass sheathed on aluminium bronze gudgeons and pintles 
- Aluminium bronze grounding shoe on heel of keel

- Laminated mahogany deck beams and ply sub deck
- Teak deck planking bronze screw fastened, joggled to teak king plank and cover boards
- Ash folding tiller
- Teak Cabin sides, cockpit, fore hatch skylight, sliding garaged companion and washboards - Douglas fir match boarding to cabin top with marine ply and glass sheathing
- Teak moulded trim strips
- Oak bitts to stem apron
- Iroko bulwark (8 inch)

Accommodation and Domestic Equipment

- Teak and Douglas fir match boarding interior
- 4 single berths all 6 ft 3 in x 2 ft min, of which 2 in forepeak  and  2 in saloon
- 9 locker spaces 
- Bunk boards - laminate finish to both faces
- Galley to port abaft mast
- Taylor’s 028 paraffin stove
- Stainless steel sink, stowage under
- Chart table, chart stowage and instruments to starboard of companion seat on engine box
- Force 10 cabin heater paraffin / diesel on bulkhead.
- Blake WC port side fore peak
- Henderson pump with switch over to act as additional bilge pump from accommodation.

Rig Spars and Sails

The rig is the same as the original Hess yacht RENEGADE launched in 1950 and which won a number of West Coast USA offshore races.  It is a gaff cutter rig carrying a topsail and fore topsail if wanted and is based on the Bristol Channel pilot cutter layout but with the security of running backstays as needed.
- Twin stainless steel forestays  
- Bowsprit stay to masthead intermediate and lower rigging stays
- 2 x Running backstays galvanised wire hand spliced on 4 fold tackle to bronze chain plates
- Running rigging mostly in buff Liros traditional braid
- Colin Frake bronze and teak custom blocks
- Douglas fir bowsprit, bronze cranse iron and heel bar to twin oak bitts
- Bird’s mouth jointed hollow mast
- Tapered pole Douglas fir topmast
- Douglas fir hollow boom, aluminium bronze cap and horse for outhaul
- Bronze mast bands and gooseneck fittings
- Loose footed aluminium bronze outhaul iron and boom end cap / sheet attachment
- Double tapered gaff spar bird’s mouth jointed hollow in Douglas fir  
- Bronze leathered gaff end and saddle

Sails by RJ Stevenson, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and John McKillop, Kingsbridge
- Working jib on “Dyarchy” forestay and aluminium bronze traveller 
- Stevenson working staysail on twin forestays
- Stevenson gaff mainsail 2 reefs
- Drifter staysail l - Stevenson
- Gaff topsail on spruce spar; Stevenson
- Storm jib - McKillop (unused) hanked wire luff

Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle

- Bronze mushroom vents on teak deck rings
- Bronze chain pipe to chain locker
- Bronze bulwark stanchions 
- Stanchions and bases in aluminium bronze 
- Aluminium bronze bow rollers to bowsprit
- Aluminium bronze and teak gallows
- Iain Oughtred Feather dinghy 4 mm bruynzeel ply clinker; fits on cabin top.
- Bronze Plath windlass gypsy and warping drum on bowsprit
- 100 ft x 8 mm chain 
- 50 ft nylon warp
- Delta oversize anchor on bronze bow rollers
- Fenders, warps, mooring lines

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage

- 722 Beta Marine 20 HP diesel engine
- Hurth gearbox to stainless steel shaft drive
- Volvo dripless seal bronze shaft log and a bracket  
- Teignbridge aluminium bronze folding propeller operating off centre to port  
- Lucas up-rated alternator
- Flexible Trickle charge solar panel 15 watt
- 90 AH domestic and 110 AH starting batteries under saloon berths
- Hand held flood light
- Whale 25 manual bilge pump operated from cockpit
- Stainless steel fuel tank circa 12 gal / 55 litre tank below cockpit to stbd
- Stainless steel water tank circa 25 gal / 114 litre under fwd bunk space

Navigation Communication and Electronics

- Garmin 128,
- Navtex
- Icom VHF
- TP10 electronic auto helm
- Clear steer wind vane to trim tab on rudder

Safety

- EPIRB
- Plastimo 4 man life raft RORC pack

Disclaimer

These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.