This Bristol Channel Cutter is one of the first boats built by the Sam L. Morse with the hull laid up in 1977 and completed in 1983. She was completed by the master shipwright at the Sam L. Morse Company. The BCC is a classic fiberglass pilot cutter based on the beautiful wooden cutters that Lyle Hess designed for Lin and Larry Pardey. There are so many sailors in love with a very few channel cutters. You probably already know that the Bristol Channel Cutter is a proven offshore capable voyager. You might know we owned two of them at the same time and we’ve sold 132 of them over the past 20 years.
Our current offering "Mon Desir" is special. The Bristol Channel Cutter is designed to be easy and safe to sail single-handed or easily by a couple. You must remember that this was one of the first BCCs completed back in the early ‘80s. At that time Lyle Hess was active and Lin and Larry Pardey had already been sailing a long time on Serraffyn and Taliesin.
The story is that Mon Desir was in a BCC Rendezvous race in the early 80s and she was amazingly super fast! She won! It turns out that Mon Desire was way faster than other BCCs. The reason why is that the mast is six inches forward of the location of the other BCCs. It was Larry Pardey who figured out why she was so fast. I believe it. When I bought my BCC in 1999 and visited the Sam L. Morse Company they all wanted to tell me about the mast and the rake and weather helm. It turns out that positioning the mast a bit forward is that the weather helm is much reduced and so she goes to weather with a lesser angle on the rudder. It’s a very good thing to know.
Mon Desir also has a deck stepped tabernacle mast which a few BCCs had at that time. We sold a 1981 sistership that lived on Mission Bay in CA under a bridge. To leave the harbor, the owner eased the rigging and tilted the mast forward to get under the bridge. It worked as we witnessed at sea trial! It’s also a good thing when you need to transport the boat by truck.
Regardless of the nuances of Mon Desir, you will appreciate the beauty of the design of this salty littlecutter. You will feel very secure sailing this vessel by yourself! 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 about 650 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.
The current owner has enjoyed sailing locally in the Channel Islands for many years. He has maintained Mon Desir and took pains to do no harm and keep her pristine and beautiful. He’s done a good job. She is still a natural beauty with a gorgeous cozy interior with many special features.
Great news! The standing rigging as well as running rigging were replaced in 2003 when the mast and boom were sanded and painted. The bulwarks are painted with epoxy paint which is a wonderful thing and she looks beautiful. The exterior teak trim is in good condition.
Don't wait...because we just sold four BCCs and this one is really really nice!
Reach Bernie Jakits and the RogueWave Division at 443-742-1792 or Bernie@DavidWaltersYachts.com
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This Sam L. Morse Bristol Channel Cutter is a beautiful example of a classic boat with a teak and mahogany varnished interior that is as lovely today as it ever was. The light fiberglass tongue and groove panels are trimmed with teak battens. The bronze ports are lovely against the mahogany cabin house sides. The cabinetry and furniture is all solid teak and mahogany and the cabin sole is heavy marine plywood with teak overlay. This little beauty is as perfect a boat as you can possibly find for two people to cruise. And it is one of the best boats in the universe for a solo sailor. Mon Desir is designed to take advantage of every feature to create the optimal space for her people. The galley has wood counters trimmed with Formica and there is workable space because of the innovative design The galley is located to port, right when you walk down the companionway stairs. The gimbaled propane stove and oven is outboard with cabinets above and outboard. A deep stainless steel sink close to the centerline holds everything. Unlike the later BCCs there are two quarter berths port and starboard instead of just one. To starboard just forward of the quarter berth, there is a full-size navigation chart table and under it, the well insulated ice box. The salon has cozy settees port and starboard with a fold up table on the bulkhead to create a much more open feeling of space to move around. Roger Olsen consulted on the design of the full berth that can be created in the salon as he did on his BCC. It’s a wonderful thing and easy to set up. There is immense storage under and behind the settees as well as book shelves outboard. The forward cabin has a spacious sleeping berth offset to port with and insert to convert this berth to a comfy double. The toilet is hidden under the starboard side of the double berth. The dog house forward on deck has a huge hatch that opens to create a beautiful spacious berth up forward with light and ventilation.
GALLEY & PLUMBING
NAVIGATION & COMMNICATION SYSTEMS
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS:
The Bristol Channel Cutter is the most simple and functional vessel you can find. It is designed to be simple, easy to maintain and comfortable to sail far. All the systems are engineered to the form, fit and function to which she was designed. The Volvo diesel engine is simple and straight forward, but does have an upgraded fuel system with a Racor 500 filter system. The engine room is spacious with great access. There are access panels on both sides from the quarter berths to provide extra special room the reach every side of the engine.
Electrical12 Volt System:
110 Volt System:
SAILS & RIGGING
HULL, DECK, & GROUND TACKLE
The BCC is an incredible yacht to look at and even more incredible to contemplate the build and design. She is built to extraordinary standard. Our offering is completely factory finished to the high standards of the Sam L. Morse factory. The hull is solid fiberglass, hand-laid by skilled craftsman. The deck and cabin top are marine plywood and hand laid fiberglass an inch thick. The thru hulls are bronze with bronze ball sea cocks.
The ground tackle set up is solid and robust and will take you anywhere. Her side decks are ultra wide and are skirted with 8 inch solid mahogany planks slightly raised off the deck, and then supported by massive posts on 20 inch centers. This means the entire deck is a scupper, guaranteeing quick drainage. You feel like a baby in a cradle when playing/working on this deck. The cockpit is comfortable, safe and with lovely curved teak coamings surrounding, making for a good back rest. Massive sampson posts support the mooring lines and make her a little ship. This vessel is topped off with a beautiful teak rub rail with a bronze striker.
It’s hard to describe these amazing little boats in only a few words, and you can see their function and purpose clearly by their lines and stout construction. Their plumb stem, nice beam, and broad stern gives them a long waterline with charging power. Their massive sail plan of nearly 650 square feet drives her well. You’d be proud to enter any harbor in any corner of the world with this little vessel, our BCC offering.
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