LYING IN SOUTH AFRICA! LIDOFF is a mid-build Lyle Hess Falmouth Cutter 34. The Falmouth Cutter 34 was designed by Lyle Hess and intended for serious cruising and safe ocean passages. Allan the builder has done a magnificent job of building this boats, but unfortunately died before he could finish it When complete it will be worth over £200 000.00 each. From a Magazine Review; "Overall, I found the Falmouth Cutter 34 to be a masterstroke of design exquisitely executed by a dedicated artisan." Layouts and Plans come with the boat.
The very professional woodwork is almost finished and the ballast and engine will be placed onboard.
The engine comes complete with a control panel and a wiring loom.
There is no rudder, mast, rigging, sails or fittings.
For more Information on these boats call Roy Heeley on 0044 7880947376
In the morning, we took Half Lucky out on the waters adjacent to Ladysmith.
Normally I prefer to test a new boat in heavy wind conditions, but I'd repeatedly read stories that claimed that the designs of Lyle Hess showed a surprising turn of speed in light air. I confess to feeling somewhat skeptical that a relatively heavy-displacement vessel with the large wetted surface of a full-length keel with a draft of five feet one inch would move sprightly in the five to 10 knots of wind we encountered.
But Hess had a knack for solving such problems. He incorporated more powerful sections than he had in the 28 and employed a firm turn to a high bilge. This additional form stability and a .35 ballast-to-displacement ratio allowed him to virtually drape the cutter rig with 832 square feet of working canvas. The resulting SA/D of 18.7 surprisingly places the FC 34 in the cruiser/racer category.
We tacked effortlessly through mere zephyrs and, with the help of an extended waterline due to the near-plumb stem, held impressive speeds of five knots in very light airs. The FC 34 should dash off very respectable noon-to-noon runs under normal passage conditions. Fear not the doldrums, for the 40-horsepower Yanmar pushed the boat smartly at seven and a half knots.
The helm feels heavy when compared to modern designs, but that's because the large, transom-hung rudder helps this boat track like a train. While not as nimble around the buoys as a fin-keeler, the full-length keel and symmetric waterline fore and aft translate at sea into ease of handling, quieter motion, and less strain on the crew and equipment.
I especially loved the deck ergonomics. Wide, unobstructed walkways lead forward to sensible workstations at the mast and foredeck. A small, well-drained cockpit sits low enough to the waterline to protect rather than expose the person at the helm to high wind and excessive heel. Continuous bulwarks, numerous handholds, and 30-inch lifelines add to the overall sense of security.
All deck hardware is cast in silicon bronze, including the massive Maxwell windlass, the winches, stanchions, stern pulpit, chain-plates, turnbuckles, and tangs. Although initially expensive, future archeologists will find this marvelous material in much the same condition that it's in today.
The hull starts with ISO Ortho NPG Valspar gelcoat. The first layer of glass is impregnated with vinylester resin, and the following layers of hand-laid mat and roving with polyester resin. The molded glass decks are plywood cored and covered with half-inch teak planking.
Hess had a keen eye for aesthetic detail. From the stout boomkin aft to the arching bowsprit forward, he maintained a consistency of traditional style. Somehow, this style isn't interrupted with the concessions to modern equipment and materials, such as furling Dacron headsails and navigational electronics.
The interior fit and finish of Half Lucky is nothing short of perfection. Yet because of its snugness and simplicity, it feels more like a home than a hotel room. Traditional laddered steps lead below. A small but functional galley lies to port, complete with ample counter space, a large fridge/freezer, a three-burner propane stove and oven, and twin stainless-steel sinks.
To starboard lies a comfortable navigation station with room enough to actually use and store paper charts. A large pilot berth lies aft of the navigation station. The main saloon offers a traditional layout of a slightly offset drop-leaf table with thickly cushioned settees to port and starboard.
A stainless-steel diesel drip heater sits against the forward bulkhead; a curtained portal forward gives easy access to the head to port and stowage cabinetry to starboard. The head has a sink, shower, and an innovative composting toilet. The offset double berth in the forepeak is roomy and comfortable.
Although out of sight, the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems aren't out of mind, for they reflect the same level of meticulous attention to detail.
Overall, I found the Falmouth Cutter 34 to be a masterstroke of design exquisitely executed by a dedicated artisan.
Lidoff have obviously been lovingly and meticulously built. It a great sadness that Allan could not have finished. Lidon is sold along with the inventory! The asking price is less than a 1/16 of its finished value and the boats must be more than half finished. The shipping to Europe or USA/Canada will be abou