This boat is in TOP, Cosmetic condition and shows pride of ownership throughout!!!
"Essence" is truly a one of a kind Falmouth Cutter!! The original owner purchased a factory completed hull and deck (Hull #7) and then employed an expert craftsman/Shipwright located in Corona California to finish the vessel. A feature article of this boat is found in the September, 1984 edition of Cruising World. Cruising veteran of Mexico, the Pacific North West as well as the Mid West!
Really and truly this work of art is quite possibly Lyle Hess' greatest achievement. He designed a transportable ocean cruiser can transport you to another world, figuratively and literally. The amazing Falmouth Cutter is a little vessel that speaks to the heart and soul from a bygone era and place. She is the vision of a man who enjoyed independence. The Falmouth Cutter is almost an exact copy of the famous vessel built and sailed by Lin and Larry Pardey. The Bristol Channel Cutter 28 is a slightly larger version of this Lyle Hess design. Many of the “experts” who have owned and sailed both boats believe that the Falmouth Cutter is the better sailor.
Please contact Listing Agent Mark Davenport at (310)804-7535 or email Mark@seacoastyachts.com
History of S/V "Essence" 22' Falmouth Cutter, Hull #007
The boat was custom built under the supervision of its well-known designer Lyle Hess in the early 1980’s. From the outset, it was regarded as a very special pocket cruiser. A three page feature article by Cruising World magazine (September 1984) was done on the boat shortly after its completion and launching.
George Ceolla purchased the boat from Los Angeles attorney Richard Maroney, who commissioned the construction of the boat and was its first owner. Under Maroney’s ownership, the boat was named Essence. The 2nd owner changed the name to Anne Marie, Mr. Ceolla’s daughter. The boat was little used by Maroney. It was berthed in Los Angeles, Ca, across from the Queen Mary. Mr. Ceolla owned the boat since about 1990. After its purchase, it was carefully prepared for ocean cruising.
Mr Ceolla had a custom-built heavy duty trailer (No longer available) made specifically for the boat and towed it from Wisconsin to the Sea of Cortez. Mr. Ceolla cruised with the Anne Marie in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California, Mexico) from 1997 through 1999. The boat was then moved to Port Townsend/Port Hadlock WA, which is located at the entrance to Puget Sound in Western Washington State and cruised there among the San Juan Islands for a time before returning to the Midwest in 2000.
The boat tows on the road beautifully. It has gone through the Midwest and the South to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. Further it was towed across the Sonoran and Mojave deserts and into California, through the Northern California Mountains to Puget Sound where it was sailed out of Port Townsend and Port Hadlock. Then, it was brought through the Cascade and Rocky Mountains back to the Midwest, all without incident. The boat was in storage after returning from the San Juan Islands in 2000, except for the 2004 cruising season where it was sailed on Lake Michigan and then in subsequent years sailed locally.
3rd and current owner of "Essence"
I am the third and current owner of Essence and I thought it would be appropriate to briefly describe how I came to acquire her. In my search for a Falmouth Cutter, I scoured every internet page I could think of that listed boats for sale. As this little Lyle Hess boat does not come on the market very often, it took approximately a year to find the right one (2013). As it turned out, I never saw 'Essence' in any of the boat listing pages. When I was looking at various FC pictures on the internet, I came across a picture of her on a trailer in what looked to me like a cow field. In the picture was a for sale sign on the trailer similar to what you would see in the back window of a car. Now came the dilemma of figuring out where the boat was and who owned it. Thinking back, I'm not sure if I was absolutely nuts, obsessive compulsive, or if I was just up for a challenge of finding the story behind this one small picture of a beautiful little boat that I happen to see on the internet. In any case, after many hours of investigative work I tracked down the owners work email and contacted her. I think Anne was a bit unnerved when she received my email asking if the boat was still for sale. This concern was because she had not yet contracted the boat with a broker! After I explained the process I went through to find her work email, and assuring Anne that everything was on the "up and up", she seemed more at ease and we talked about all things related to the boat and possible sale. After a couple weeks, I purchased a round trip plane ticket from Los Angeles to Chicago to see the "Anne Marie". It was a long flight and a 3 hour drive to get there, 4 hours to look her over and take inventory, a 6 hour sleep at the local motel, and then the reverse trip back home. Yes I must be crazy! After some weeks of negotiation, We had agreed on the terms of sale and it was time to bring "Essence" back home.
This little vessel is probably one of the most amazingly well designed pocket cruisers ever produced. Lyle Hess out did himself to create a boat you can sail around the world and at the same time, you can put her on a trailer and drag her across a continent. She is designed to take one or two people safely across oceans in some degree of comfort and a lot of style. The interior layout gives you everything you need on a boat with a 20 foot waterline that you can sail yourself anywhere in the world.
Walk through; as you drop down into the main salon, directly to port and starboard are two very large settees/quarter berths. Moving forward to port is the galley area which includes a 2 burner, propane stove and oven and single SS sink with foot pump. Directly across to starboard is a stand up navigation station with ice box below. Moving all the forward is the main berthing area which features a very large V berth with portapotti storage below. There is an abundance of storage found throughout the vessel including cabinets, drawers, hanging lockers and cubby holes. All usable space was utilized by the builders.
Navigation Equipment / Electronics:
7.5hp, Volvo Penta MD5A marina diesel engine with Volvo transmission coupled to ss shaft and 2 blade bronze propeller.
The diesel engine hours are unknown but it’s been reported to the broker and seller while cruising that the engine was used very little; the boat was sailed. It was motor sailed only when entering port, setting the anchor or in adverse wind conditions at sea. It was also reported to the broker that the engine starts very quickly from cold start with little to no smoke.
Sails and Rigging:
Deck Equipment and Canvas
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Owner's personal items excluded. Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller's personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.