img2537Channel Cutter Yachts of British Columbia, Canada is now building the Lyle Hess designed Falmouth Cutter 34. She is the evolutionary culmination of Lyle Hess' cruising cutter series, which includes the Bristol Channel Cutter 28, the Falmouth Cutter 22, as well as Lin and Larry Pardey's famous Seraffyn and Taleisin (Editor's Note: For more on cutter-style sailboats, read Pilot Cutters: A Lasting Appeal).

img2536Channel Cutter Yachts builds the Falmouth Cutter 34 one boat at a time, on a custom basis. No hull liner is used, so any interior configuration is possible. With 19,000 lb displacement, 800 square feet of sail and a LWL of 30'10", the FC34 is a much larger boat than her LOD would suggest. Her displacement/length ratio of 274 suggests good light air performance, in addition to the exceptional seaworthiness for which the Lyle Hess cutters are noted.

img2535The owner of Channel Cutter Yachts, Bryan Gittins, is an experienced single-handed offshore voyager. He was formerly involved in building the Canadian version of the Bristol Channel Cutter 28. In "Best Boats to Build or Buy" author Ferenc Mate discusses the massive construction and meticulous finishing of the BCC and comments "Bryan will never get rich, but he will sure sleep well at night".

img2534The hull and deck are fiberglass, hand laid onto their respective molds using quality resins to prevent osmosis. The hull and deck join at their respective flange and are bonded and through-bolted.

img2533The boat is available as either a bare hull and deck, hull and deck with ballast installed, semi-complete (includes exterior finished and roughed in interior, engine installed and standing rigging) or as a complete sail-away boat. Support is provided to owners completing the yacht themselves.

Falmouth Cutter 34 Specifications:

Length on deck34 feet
Length waterline30'10"
Length overall43 ft.
Lead Ballast6600 lbs.
Displacement20000 lbs.
Sail Area800 sq. ft.
Storm Trysail120
Storm Stays'l82
150% Drifter619
135% Genoa557

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For a profile of the late Lyle Hess, designer of the Falmouth Cutter 34, see