LA DIFFERENCE is Hull #28 of the classic Ted Hood-designed Little Harbor 54 -- the last and finest of this popular model to be built. She features exquisite workmanship throughout and an utterly unique cockpit design that allows one person to handle all sail controls without leaving the helm, and easy access to side decks without stepping up and over. Her proven hull design features generous displacement and beam to provide exceptional stability and sea-kindliness offshore, as well as remarkable living and storage space below. Upwind performance is enhanced by a balanced rudder and a deep efficient centerboard that increases draft to 11'-4" when lowered. The low-wetted surface hull is also easily driven in light wind by a high-aspect sail plan.
LA DIFFERENCE offers a versatile three-cabin layout with owner’s cabin aft with queen berth, VIP cabin forward with V- berth, and second guest cabin forward with twin berths. The current, second owner purchased her in 2001 and has since used her only in the summers in New England with professional care and inside heated storage every year. For someone looking for a beautiful, high quality and comfortable sailing yacht at less than 20% of replacement cost, one need look no further.
LA DIFFERENCE sleeps six in three private staterooms with two heads and two stall showers.
Starting forward behind the forepeak locker there is a GUEST CABIN with a large V-berth. Abundant storage includes five drawers, seven lockers, a hanging locker and a large bulk storage area under the berth. The V-berth converts to a full-width double berth with use of a filler.
Aft and to port is a head with an electric toilet, vanity sink, and a shower stall accessible from the head or forward stateroom. A linen locker is outboard of the shower with several additional lockers within the head.
Opposite the head and to starboard is a second GUEST CABIN with upper and lower berths. Storage includes a hanging locker, three drawers and seven lockers. The upper berth expands for use as a workbench when needed.
The MAIN SALOON features a rectangular dinette to starboard with centerline seat that provides comfortable seating for six. To port is an L-shaped settee. Large topside windows to port and starboard enhance visibility while seated. A Yamaha keyboard is custom built into the saloon table.
The NAV STATION is further aft to port in the main saloon and features a full-width wraparound design and a custom pedestal chair. Navigation instruments are located along the aft face, with the ship's electrical panel and other controls outboard. This layout variation not only provides an extraordinary amount of table space, but also creates more privacy in the owner's stateroom further aft.
The GALLEY is located aft of the main saloon along the starboard side. Outboard is a Force 10 four-burner propane stove, a microwave oven, a top-opening freezer (4 cu. ft.) and a large refrigerator (10 cu. ft.) with twin custom vertical doors for easy access. Twin stainless steel sinks are inboard, plus additional counter space. Numerous lockers and drawers provide exceptional storage in the galley. There is custom storage for glasses, china, bottles etc. in galley and bar area in saloon.
The OWNER'S CABIN features a large walk-around queen berth with small seats port and starboard. Storage space includes five drawers, nine lockers and one large hanging locker. Hull port lights, a large deck hatch and four opening portholes provide a light and open feeling in this cabin. The private en-suite head with large shower stall includes a vanity sink, electric toilet, an additional hanging/wet locker and multiple storage lockers. The built-in safe is out of view.
The interior joinery is all teak, featuring solid teak raised-panel drawer and locker fronts with a satin varnish finish throughout. Floorboards are all built with 3/8" solid teak and holly laid over a lightweight core material for maximum durability and stability. All exposed hull surfaces are lined with solid teak ceiling strips and installed with spacers to ensure proper ventilation. The overhead is white tongue-and-groove divided into removable sections. There are built-in hatch screens and blinds that conveniently slide away when not in use. Hanging lockers are lined with aromatic western red cedar and have automatic lights. All other lockers above seat level are meticulously lined with teak or Formica trimmed in teak. All wiring and plumbing is completely hidden from view in these lockers by removable panels.
Galley and head countertops are black granite with matte finish. All other countertops in the boat are varnished teak. The head and shower floors are molded FRP covered with teak grating rounded off on the edges for comfort. Varnished teak towel racks, toothbrush/cup holder and other accessories are provided to match the interior. Canvas lee cloths are installed for all berths. Ample shelving, bookshelves and teak handholds are provided throughout the interior. Full-length mirrors are installed in each stateroom. All interior light fixtures and hardware are stainless or chrome plated. Water and fuel tanks are below floor level, providing extensive storage under seats and furniture throughout the interior. There are floor runners for entire cabin sole, crew covers for main saloon upholstery and custom linen blankets, fitted sheets, pillow shams etc.
All ship's wiring is of tinned copper run in a PVC conduit system from bow to stern. The yacht's DC electrical supply is 12 volt, supplied by six heavy-duty house batteries (new 2017) with a total capacity of 1,200 amp hours. Two independent 200 amp-hour batteries are dedicated to engine and generator starting, with two additional independent batteries provided for the bow thruster. House batteries are charged by a 135-amp engine alternator. Engine, generator and bow thruster batteries are charged by a second 135-amp alternator. Alternatively, all batteries may be charged by a 12-volt, 100-amp automatic battery charger run off the generator or shore power.
The yacht's AC electrical is 110 volt/60 Hz. AC power is supplied by two 50 amp shore power inlets, one supplying house functions and one dedicated to air conditioning. There is also a 220/110-volt isolation transformer for European use. AC power is also supplied by a 2800 watt DC Heart Interface power inverter/charger or by an 8 kW Westerbeke diesel generator (2001, 3,650 hours). AC functions include water heater, watermaker, battery charger, refrigeration, electrical outlets, inverter, microwave oven, air conditioning etc.
Westerbeke 108B freshwater-cooled diesel engine, rated for 100HP at 2800 RPM, painted white, and fitted with twin alternators for battery charging. Engine start is via single 12 volt, 200 amp-hour battery with an emergency start switch. A flexible engine coupler connects the thrust bearing to the engine allowing for installation on flexible mounts to eliminate nearly all engine vibration.
The hull is molded in FRP with Kevlar hybrid fabric and 3/4" Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. Vinylester resin is used on the exterior skins for the highest possible resistance to water osmosis, along with epoxy bottom coating. The balanced spade rudder is two-part female molded FRP with 3-1/2" S/S rudder stock. The centerboard is two-part female molded FRP with bronze 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 via wire cable to winch on deck close to helm (new cable 2019). Centerboard configuration offers minimum draft of 5’-8” with board up and maximum draft of 11’-4" with board down.
Bulkheads are built of marine grade plywood, 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 are integral to the hull, for additional stiffness to hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available.
The deck is one-piece molded FRP with Divinycell H-80 foam core for strength and stiffness. It is bonded and bolted down with epoxy putty to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16" bolts on 8" centers. There is a flush lazarette hatch with molded drain channels. The propane locker is molded separately and ventilated with direct drain overboard and ample space for storage of outboard motor fuel tank.
The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit each side without climbing over the cockpit 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 sail handling winches – a very nice feature rarely found on any other yacht. Another unique Little Harbor feature are built-in lockers for storage of rope tails next to each winch to keep things looking tidy at all times.
Topsides are finished with Flag Blue Awlgrip, with double white boot stripe, gold cove stripe and red bottom. Cabin house is White Awlgrip with light gray non-skid.
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