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Lyle C. Hess designed, the Falmouth Cutter which is famous as a passage maker and known for her robust quality construction, and sea kindly sailing characteristics.
This is the outboard version of the Falmouth Cutter. She is a stoutly built vessel and her owner has taken her everywhere in the Salish Sea comfortably and safely. This is a very simple boat with simple systems. There are no fancy electronics just a fun, very safe and seaworthy boat.
She is being sold as is, where is. The owner is not interested in trades or financing.
This boat has never had an inboard engine, head or water tanks. There is a 2.5 gallon gravity tank and movable filler tanks of 30 gallons. Comes with piles of new bronze from the Port Townsend foundry ready for installation.
The hull and deck were built by the Sam Morse company. The rest was finished by an accomplished shipwright in southern CA.
Email Max for owners contact information. See below
ast 11 years with Sookie have been the most wonderful memories in my life. She has never once let me down. The Falmouth 22 is small, yes, but very seaworthy and comfortable. You never really own a boat like this, you are simply a custodian.
Starting in 2011, Sookie was given a complete mast painting and rebuild. She has 1/4” wire with Stay-loc fittings. All her uppers were replaced as well as all shroud fittings. Her lowers and inner forestay were rebuilt and are close to being ready to replace. I’ve hauled and dry stored this boat every other winter. During these times the mast has come down, all rigging inspected, cleaned, and polished. Her bottom has been barrier coated since new and there are no signs of osmosis, hydrolysis, or any voids. In 2011, her bowsprit was replaced by Mike Anderson of Newport Beach. She also received a new bronze Cranz iron from the Port Townsend Foundry and a custom polished gammon iron. Her roller is mid bowsprit and the easiest boat to anchor on earth. At this time, new bits were made of teak with bronze baseplates and FC stamped caps, again made by Port Townsend Foundry. Her Boomkin was also replaced in Burmese teak with a custom polished stern roller, which carries the perfect anchor for instant and easy deployment. When I’m sailing sans engine, which is often, this has always served as my brakes. Her Taff rail was also replaced again by Mike Anderson who was taught by Larry Pardey. I added new ABI teak blocks with bronze needle bearings. These are smooth, strong, and will last a lifetime. I should add here that no expense has ever been spared in the upgrades done on her.
Last summer, Cape George replaced her bow strap and rudder fittings, again made by Port Townsend Foundry. Her rudder is solid and bone dry. She has new Teak rudder Cheeks and the prop aperture was filled to make her faster and more responsive. She has a 2016 Tohotsu 6HP 27” Sail pro with approximately 6 hours. Engines aren’t my thing, but this works quite well to push her should the wind die and you need to beat a tide. She comes with an uninstalled Wind vane should you want to push off and sail the world, but that has never been my thing. I have found her to be the perfect boat for gunk holing. She is a warm, dry, romantic, and cozy boat. I should add that her use of space is far greater than any other small yacht. She has an amazing galley layout with space for anything. You won’t find this comfort on any boat in this size range. I haven’t added any fancy electronics as real sailboats don’t need them. In my humble opinion, the Falmouth 22 was Lyle Hess’s best design. Sookie is fun and easy to sail. She handles like a dinghy but when push comes to shove she is a ship.
These boats aren’t for everyone but if you have the wherewithall I highly suggest you give this little yacht careful consideration for your future. Strength isn’t everything in boat construction. Having said that, this boat is by far the strongest, best sailing pocket cruiser ever built. I’ve raced every other design and always pulled away. Every place you sail in the Salish is on a lee shore, you want a boat that can comfortably claw off that lee shore. This boat heaves to in seconds and rides gales like a champ. She was designed and built to the highest specs that will have her still sailing in 100 years. No other high end small yacht can make that claim. As all of the wonderful pocket cruisers from the 80’s start to age, all of their design flaws and weaknesses are starting to show. There is not one single known flaw in the mighty FC.
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