Sunday, 23 October 2016



Length on Deck 34'      LWL 30' 10"    LOA 45'   
Beam 11' 7"     Draft  5' 1"    
Displacement 19,000lbs  Ballast  6600 lbs

Designer Lyle C. Hess

Builder: Kaj Jakobsen / Channel Cutter yachts (Hull)

Full building details and photos are available at the build Blog: knjwoodworking.blogspot.ca



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 The Lyle Hess designed Falmouth Cutter ASTRID is for Sale. She was launched in November 2016 and is absolutely pristine. A rare opportunity to own a new and very special custom Hess Cutter built to the highest standards in material and workmanship.

ASTRID is a boat for a person who appreciates Lyle Hess's very capable and seaworthy traditional designs executed with the finest workmanship and detail. The 34ft Falmouth Cutter was the last of a line of cutters designed by Lyle Hess. He counted this design as one of his best and made a number of refinements to the lines.  ASTRID has been built as a cruising boat for a couple who appreciates simplicity and beauty in life and sailing. She has a very comfortable and roomy interior and is built to accommodate taller people with 6ft 7in headroom at the centre line and longer and higher bunks and counters. She has the interior room of most 40 footers. Throughout the build the emphasis was on quality of materials, strength, function, longevity, understated elegance and fine workmanship. She was built without compromise.


ASTRID has been built from a bare fiberglass hull from Channel Cutter Yachts. The decks and cabins have been built using cold-molded building techniques which combine traditional aesthetics with a watertight and strong construction.

She will be available without spars and rigging or can be ordered with the very best Sikta Spruce spars and all bronze hardware.


Additonal details and video will be available in the coming months. Watch the Building blog for updates at knjwoodworking.blogspot.ca

Please only serious inquiries can be directed to FC34ASTRID@gmail.com


$450,000 USD completed without rig.

With Sika Spruce spars, bronze rigging and working sails  price depending on specifications.


Accommodation Details:

ASTRID has a very spacious and open layout with only two full width bulkheads in ASTRID. The result is a very spacious feeling and from the fwd cabin one see all the   way aft to the lazarette and transom. When below the feeling of space never fails to amaze people, even when four or five adults are sitting in the salon. 

 The Focs'le  has a large sitz tub and a workbench with a flip up lid to port. To Starboard is a hanging locker and linen/clothing lockers. There is full standing headroom under the scuttle. The stize tub is a generous size and is drained by a hose and foot pump. Fwd at the centreline is the head with a flip up teak lid.


Forward of the Focs'le is a large sail locker/ chain bins with access through removable vented double doors. 


The Salon is a traditional symmetrical design with two settee end cabinets fwd and pilot berth to port and bookshelves to stb. A 46" long ash salon table that flips out to 34" wide allows comfortable sitting for four or more people. 


Aft of the salon to stb is the icebox / chart table and the heater. The heater is a diesel "Herring" made by Navigator Stove Works. Aft of the salon to port is the "L" shaped galley. There is an ash flip up table that connects the galley and icebox which together creates a very generous amount of galley working space. The galley has a custom made stainless steel counter top with one large round sink welded in for a seamless joint. There is one hand pump for salt water and one foot pump for fresh water. The stove is a Force Ten North American compact double burner.

Aft of the galley in order comes a 2ft wet locker, small storage cabinet and open storage bins in the port quarter. Under the cockpit is the equipment area open to the boat and easily accessed.

Aft of the heater is a generous double bunk. Then a storage bin and lazarette locker that also houses the 20L aluminium heater fuel tank.


The engine box was designed with maximum access to the motor. Once the companionway ladder is removed from it's spring pin hinges, the lid is double hinged and can be fastened up. Then front door can be lifted off it's lift off hinges and two drop boards can be removed port and stb. The result is very good access with no silly gymnastics necessary to work on the engine.

All tankage is under the cabin sole and the room under all the settee's and in all cabinets is free for storage. There truly is an incredible amount of storage aboard.


The cabin sole and cabin roof camber was set to give 6ft 7in headroom at the centreline. Bunks and settees are also designed with slightly longer lengths. The cabinet counter heights are 38inches.



Building Specifications:

The very best materials, fasteners, adhesives, hardware and coatings was put into building ASTRID. Some material details are:
  • All plywood is French made BS 1088 either sapelli or Occume mahogany plywood
  • All screw and bolt  fasteners are silicon bronze. Sizes above #8 and 1/4" are USA made.
  • Structural adhesives are either Aerodux Resorcinol, System Three G2 epoxy or West System epoxy
  • A number or adhesive destruction tests using heat and impact were carried out on the various glues. 
The hull was built by Channel Cutter Yachts. The hull was coated below the waterline with Interux Interprotect 2000E and sprayed with Awlgrip paint above the waterline.

Bulkheads are set on 18mm closed cellular foam and epoxy 'glassed to the hull with epoxy and biaxial cloth and 10oz finishing cloth. The plywood was planed so the fiberglass would be flush with the plywood and would be adhering to more than just one layer of veneer. The hull was prepped with a coarse grit ginder and wiped down before laminating.

Deck and Cabin Roof Beams are air dried tight grained Douglas Fir and laminated with Aerodux Resorcinol. Five Laminations per beam.

The Deck is cold molded Western Red Cedar with an overlay of SilverBali. The lamination schedule is:

  • The first fore and aft layer is 5/8" Western Red Cedar that is glued and bronze ring nailed to the beams
  • The second and third lamination's are 5/16" x 6" opposing diagonal Western Red Cedar
  • The final layer is 7/16" Silverbali, a tight fine grained oily wood that makes for excellent deck material and wears smoothly unlike teak.
  • All the staple fasteners were pulled out after gluing the diagonals
  • the Silverbali deck was set without permanent fasteners. The temporary fasteners set in the rabbet were removed and each carefully filled with epoxy. Three rounds over the boat over a whole day was spent filling each of these holes in the subdeck to ensure no water passages into the deck should a leak occur in the seam rubber.
Cabin Roof. The cabin roof is cold molded Western Red Cedar and Areodux. One layer 5/8" fore and aft T&G and two opposing diagonals or 1/4". The roof is 'glassed over with epoxy and dynel and 10oz cloth. 

The Bulwark is three laminations of solid teak for a finished thickness of 1 1/2". The bulwark is through-bolted with 3/8" bronze rod and also supported with blocking and stanchion bases. The bulwark was bedded with 3M5200. The bulwark cap is solid teak with Arodux glue joints.

The deck to hull joint; The deck beams are bedded and bolted to the 1/2" x 4" fiberglass flange with 3/8" carriage bolts. The decking overlays the flange and is permanently bedded with 3M5200. The gelcoat was removed over the top 12 inches of the hull and the subdeck rabbeted and  the joint 'glassed over with 2 layers of biaxial and 1 layer of 10oz finishing cloth. The fliberglass joint was covered with the covering board and hull sheer strake.

The Teak Transom and Hull Sheer Strake are both epoxed to the hull with System Three G2 epoxy. The transom is also fastened to the hull with 1/4" machine screws tapped into the fiberglass. 

The Rubrail is a solid piece of Angelique. There are no scarf joints to break open. It is carefully bedded with 3M5200 and through-bolted with 1/4" carriage bolts.

The cabins are cold-molded 3/8" teak over marine plywood. Through bolted with 3/8" bronze and glued with Areodux. 

All Hardware is Silicon Bronze and carefully bedded with prepared surfaces and countersunk holes so a ring of polyurethane forms around the bolt or screw. Wood surfaces such as the rubrail and bulwark are prepared with shallow grooves so there is bedding compound stuck in the joint . Fasteners were hardened up after the appropriate setting time for the bedding compound so it would not all be squeezed out. Much of the hardware is custom cast by either Port Townsend Foundry (Port Townsend) or Achinback Foundry (Langford, BC). Most other interior and exterior hardware is either USA or European made.

Samson Post and Mast step are purple heart. Mast step is set on solid fiberglass floors and secured with bronze bolts and bronze brackets.

Interior woods:
  • Cabin sole is solid 7/8" teak
  • Plywood bulkheads are overlaid with 1/2" tight vertical grain Douglas fir set in Areodux
  • All shelving and bunk and settee slates are Yellow Cedar
  • Hull Ceiling and counters are Ash. 
  • Cabin trim and cabinets are Honduras mahogany
  • Deck head and cabin roof and sides are painted white for a light look.
Ballast is solid lead casting 'glassed to the hull with 8 layers of mat / roving

Rudder is solid Sapelli mahogany with bronze drifts and black locust cheek plates epoxy glued and copper riveted. Bronze pintles and gungeons are bronze riveted to rudder. Tiller socket is lined with bronze plate. Tiller is solid black locust with socket end lined with bronze

Finishing
  • Exterior brightwork is 8-9 coats of Epifanes varnish.
  • Exterior paintwork is Interlux Brightside and on the cabin roof Epifanes Mono-Urethane.
  • Wood exterior painted surfaces received a coat of System Three S1 penetrating epoxy before priming. 
  • Interior varnished surfaces received three coats of Epifanes Gloss and one or two coats of Epifanes Rubbed Effect varnish for a total of four to five coats.
  • All exposed surfaces throughout the boat were properly sealed and finished. The level of finish is to a very high standard.
Equipment Specifications:

Engine: 36hp Buhk 3 cylinder Diesel motor with heat exchanger. Kobelt bronze engine controls. Stainless steel propeller shaft with Norscott dripless shaft seal and Campbell Sailor three blade propeller.

Ground Tackle: Plath USA  bronze single speed manual windlass. 35Lbs CQR with 300ft 5/16" Hi-Test chain. 20Lbs Hi-Test Danforth stern anchor with 300ft 3/4" nylon rode. 55lbs Kingston Yachtsman thee piece fisherman storm anchor.

Bilge Pump: 30gpm Edson bronze bilge pump. 

Winches: LVJ or Wilmex self tailing. Mast winches M5 Murray bottom action winches.

Tanks: Two 316 stainless steel water tanks each 100L each baffled and custom built to fit. Whale galley foot pump and Fynspray brass hand pump for salt water.

Propane: The propane system for the galley stove is located in the lazarette locker and is completely isolated from the rest of the boat and drains directly overboard. There are two fiberglass 17lb propane tanks hooked to a single stage regulator. This ensures that you know when one tank is empty and have to physically change the tanks. There is a manual gas shut off valve that can be operated from the galley area. 

Electrical: The electrical system was kept purposefully simple and is built upon a 100 watt solar panel and two Trojan group 31 AGM batteries.. While there is room to expand the only demands are lighting and two 12V charging outlets. All other electrical requirements such as VHF and GPS are hand held. Other components:


  • Main panel is a ten position Blue Seas panel with analog  DC Ammeter and Voltmeter.
  • Victron BMV-700 battery monitor
  • Blue Solar MPPT solar controller
  • Blue Seas ACR and AC charger
  • Blue Seas Busbar
  • All wiring done to ABYC standards with Anchor marine wire and heat-shrink terminals
  • All wiring is tidy and accessible and runs in conduit.

Other Deck Equipment

  • Sunbrella cockpit awning, dodger and covers
  • Three strand dacron "Vintage" lifelines
  • Polyform F-Series fenders
  • bronze and ash boathook
  • Oil back-up nav lamps
  • Teak boarding ladder
  • Cape George Cutter lapstrake fiberglass dinghy