WILD THING is one of the newest and latest Ted Hood-designed Little Harbors built in the United States at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She combines three double cabins plus crew’s quarters in a spacious, traditionally-styled offshore yacht designed and equipped for long-distance cruising and gunkholing in shallow waters. With her handsome design pedigree, warm cherry interior and extensive equipment, WILD THING is one of the finest sailing yachts afloat in this size range.
Sleeps eight in four cabins, including two spacious forward cabins and a magnificent owner's stateroom aft. They are individually decorated and furnished, with an abundance of storage space. A separate crew cabin and head enhances the feeling of privacy.
The forepeak contains the anchor chain locker, as well as storage for fenders, dock lines, spinnaker and spares, and is separated from the living spaces by a watertight collision bulkhead with a Freeman Collision door. Aft of this bulkhead is a roomy head and washbasin to port with a generous shower area opposite to starboard, shared by both forward guest cabins. The washing machine is located on the starboard side of this head.
The guest cabin to port has an upper and lower berth. The cabin to starboard has a lower double berth. Both cabins are quite large with generous hanging lockers and more than ample storage areas. These cabins are well ventilated and lit with deck hatches, opening portholes and hull ports. A specially-designed chart drawer is located under the starboard berth for world-wide chart portfolios.
The main saloon is located amidships and takes full advantage of WILD THING'S beam of almost 19 feet. A huge U-shaped settee to port seats six around a unique cherry table with maple border that folds along its length. There is a rather unique navigation/office area opposite in the forward starboard corner to provide a separate office area that, with a quick turn on the grand leather chair, can become part of the main saloon activity. Further aft to starboard is a settee that can be used as an overflow sea berth. There is a liquor cabinet located below the TV/entertainment center that is hidden by cherry cabinetry when not in use. The fixed hull windows – a Little Harbor trademark – add to the light and open feel below.
The double crew cabin is aft of the main saloon to starboard, entered through a day head. This cabin is located near the engine room for instant access. The day head also contains a shower and a large storage locker.
The very spacious galley is aft to port with all the accoutrements expected on a yacht of this quality. Features include:
The owner's full-width aft cabin has an L-shaped settee to port with a queen off-center berth to starboard. Opposite the berth is a marble top vanity with inset sink and beveled wraparound mirror. There are his and hers hanging lockers, numerous drawers and storage lockers and a private head and stall shower.
Aft of the owner's cabin is an oversized lazarette containing the life raft, a passerelle, spare parts, and four scuba tanks. Two smaller aft lazarettes contain two propane bottles, PFDs and snorkel equipment. All three aft lazarettes are accessible via flush Rondal locking hatches on the aft deck.
The interior of WILD THING is beautifully crafted with satin-finished American cherry joinery with custom raised panel cabinetry and gloss highlights. The cabin sole is gloss-varnished teak and holly with stainless recessed latches. All exposed hull surfaces are lined with solid cherry ceiling strips. The overhead is divided into removable sections covered with off-white leather with hatch screens and blinds that conveniently slide away when not in use.
Hanging lockers are lined with western red cedar. All other lockers above seat level are lined with cherry or Formica trimmed in cherry. All wiring and plumbing in these lockers is completely hidden from view by removable panels.
All heads have granite countertops and marble shower floors. Vertical surfaces in the heads are bright white with teak trim. Berth and seat tops are Formica-lined, with access to storage below through multiple lift-up openings. There are separate removable floorboards for access to tank tops, seacocks and machinery. All water and fuel tanks are below floor level, leaving volume under settees and seating for extensive storage throughout the vessel.
Interior upholstery is green leather, with white cockpit cushions including comfortable backrests.
All interior and cockpit lighting is 24-volt halogen on dimmer controls. Additional fluorescent light fixtures are located in each head, the galley and navigation station. Red night lighting throughout interior. Exterior lighting includes nav lights, up/down spreader lights, boom lights and aft deck light.
Three Dynaplates are attached to the hull of the boat and connect all thru-hulls, shafts, chain plates, deck fills, stanchions, mast, bow thruster and stemhead to establish the vessel's ground. Also, copper bonding straps are laid into the hull that attach into the bonding system.
The main engine is a 2004 6-cylinder Cummins 6BT5 .9M marine diesel rated at 210 HP at 2600 RPM. (8,810 hours, Jan. 2021) Major rebuild early 2021 including cooling system, water pumps, injectors and valves.
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HULL CONSTRUCTION: Built in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to American Bureau of Shipping standards, with +A1Yachting Service Classification. The hull is molded in FRP using E-glass, and Kevlar from female molds with 3/4" Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. Vinylester resin is used throughout for the highest possible resistance to water osmosis, plus epoxy bottom coating with Interlux 2000 system. Airex core material eliminated in areas of shearline, centerline, ballast, rudder post, hull ports and thru-hulls with solid FRP lay-up in these areas. Fore and aft stringers are glassed to the inside hull for added stiffness and in keeping with ABS standard. There is a molded FRP rubrail with stainless steel striker for protection to the hull in docking situations. Hull color is Flag Blue Awlgrip (2015) with single white boot stripe, gold cove stripe and green bottom. Deck color is Matterhorn White Awlgrip with white non-skid.
DECK CONSTRUCTION: The deck is one-piece molded FRP with Divinycell H-100 foam core for strength and stiffness. In areas where deck equipment is installed, core is replaced with Divinycell H-200 high-density foam. Outer skin is built to 1/4" thickness, inner skin to 3/16" using Vinylester resin. Deck flange is solid glass, approximately 9/16" thickness. The deck is bonded and bolted down with 3M5200 to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16" bolts on 8" centers. Additional fastenings provided with teak toe rail thru-bolted on 8" centers. Decks and cockpit sole are hand-laid teak. All deck hatch landings are molded in FRP. There are three flush Rondal lazarette hatches with molded drain channels. The propane locker is molded separately and ventilated with direct drain overboard.
CENTERBOARD: The centerboard is two-part female molded FRP with a protective shoe on leading edge and solid FRP around pin area. The centerboard has a highly efficient foil shape and is filled with structural putty and lead ballast to provide negative buoyancy. Centerboard hoist is via wire to rope pennant to winch on deck, with draft increased to 13' – 8” when lowered for enhanced upwind performance.
RUDDER: The balanced spade rudder is two-part female molded FRP with 5" S/S rudder stock. Rudder blade molded around S/S frame welded to rudder stock. Rudder stock supported by upper bearing (Harken) and lower Duromax bearing. A bronze stuffing box is provided with graphite impregnated packing. The emergency tiller can be deck stepped in a matter of seconds.
BALLAST: All ballast is lead cast in place and fully encapsulated by the fiberglass hull and keel. The lead is covered with approximately 1/2" solid FRP.
OTHER: Primary bulkheads are fiberglass cored, reinforced with FRP in areas of chainplates. All structural bulkheads bonded to the hull and deck with FRP and Airex foam spacers. Floor beams are extruded FRP, interlocked and bonded to hull for rigid and durable support of cabin sole. FRP fuel and water tanks integral to the hull for additional stiffness to hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available. All tanks fully baffled with ample inspection ports. The water tanks are coated with clear Gelcoat. Corrosion-resistant resin used in fuel tank construction and FDA-approved resin in two water tanks.
COCKPIT FEATURES: The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit each side without climbing over coaming. A custom-designed molded FRP steering pedestal houses all engine instrumentation, sail handling functions and sailing instruments for easy access by helmsman, as are all deck winches. Stainless steel Destroyer wheel covered in teak; a Ritchie 6" compass installed on the steering pedestal; solid teak table with drop leaves, installed ahead of the pedestal; includes built-in storage with access from top-opening lid. Built-in lockers for storage of rope tails outside of cockpit. All sail handling functions and electronic functions are located within easy reach of the helmsman, enabling one person to operate the boat.
A permanent hard dodger is located forward for protection from the weather. The hard dodger has an opening window forward to provide good ventilation. There is also a drop-down bimini with side curtains.