Basic Boat Info
Engines / Speed
- Make: Westerbeke
- Model: 63C diesel
- Fuel: Diesel
- Engine Power: 63hp
36 York Street
York, Maine, US, 03909
HULL & DECK: (Hull #2)
- All recent work done 2009-2019 performed by Billings Diesel & Marine, Stonington, Maine.
- 2011 FIREFLY’S hull was painted with 4 coats of Interlux Brightside gunmetal gray and black (3-2) with red cove stripe, white boottop, green bottom.
- 2009-2011 decks were completely refinished in awlgripped pearl gray.
- Hull is Corten steel. The nickel-rich blend has a tensile strength almost double of mild steel, and many times that of aluminum, and is less prone to corrosion.
- Topsides are coated with Dynel/epoxy and vinylester fairing.
- Hull bottom has West System epoxy (16 coats) and in 2002 five coats of Interlux Interprotect 2000 installed with antifouling bottom paint over.
- Decks: Corten steel deck flanges are welded to her sheer to support a thick 1/2” Bruynzeel teak plywood with Dynel cloth set in epoxy, and white oak deck beams.
- Cabin trunk sides are varnished solid teak.
- The cabintop/coachroof is one piece moulded teak plywood (1 ¼” thick at mast partners), sheathed in Dynel/epoxy with non-skid surface.
- 2009-2011 all deck hatches including companionway, were rebuilt.
- 2009-2011 rudder and centerboard were removed, inspected and reconditioned.
- 2009-2011 centerboard trunk was stripped and blasted and recoated in epoxy, and new CB cable installed.
- 2009-2011 S/S fuel tanks were removed for hull framing inspection, bilges cleaned and recoated in thick epoxy.NOTE: Interior hull surfaces were thickly coated with "coal tar" epoxy in construction.
- 2009-2011 aft of cockpit, new teak plywood bulkhead under mizzen step was installed.
- Rebuilt self-bailing cockpit in early 1990’s at Robinhood Marine.
- Cockpit sole is laid and caulked teak.
- All seacocks are bronze, isolated from steel hull by phenolic bushings with S/S bolts.
- 2009-2018 steel hull framing in way of rudder post was sandblasted and new epoxy paint applied; also, ultrasound survey conducted 2017-2018.
- 1991-1996 all aft and forepeak framing sandblasted and epoxied.
- S/S double bow and stern rails.
- S/S stanchions on bronze bases with double lifelines.
- 3 teak-framed deck hatches with lexan tops.
- 5 teak dorade boxes with chrome ventilators.
- Varnished teak toerails, handrails, cockpit coamings, lazarette hatches; aft deck box is natural teak.
- Four fixed portlights in trunk cabin aft.
- 6 aluminum opening portlights with screens.
- Steering: Edson pedestal wheel steering and S/S guard with aluminum wheel.
- FUEL: 100 gallons in two 50 gallon S/S tanks, mounted above steel framing either side of centerboard trunk.
- WATER: 200 gallons in two 100 gallon S/S tanks under settee extension berths.
- HOLDING: yes; bladder-type, outboard of the W.C. in head with y-valve to deck pumpout, or overboard discharge.
- All fuel and water tanks are fully serviceable with clean out ports.
- HOT WATER: 9 gallons.
ENGINE & MECHANICAL:
- 2000/2001 Westerbeke 63C diesel, 4 cylinder, 63 hp, FWC, installed by Essex Boatworks, with approximately 920 hours as seen on the hour meter.
- 2011 Billings Marine installed new exhaust system with 3” hose.
- S/S shaft and new 3 bladed stainless steel folding prop.
- 2010 Installed new dripless shaft seal.
- Also, has two and three bladed spare props.
- Racor fuel filter.
- Cruising speed: 7 knots @ 3000 RPM @ 1.1 gph.
- 12V DC electrical system.
- 2019 4-12V house batteries and one engine start battery.
- Circuit breaker panel.
- 12V cigarette lighter.
- For eight in a handsome, traditional Herreshoff-style interior of varnished teak cabinetry, and painted white bulkheads.
- Large forepeak anchor, chain and gear lockers (100´ chain & 100´ nylon rode) behind double doors.
- Next aft are two comfortable single berths with seat between, bookshelves over, and storage under.
- The hull is lined in varnished mahogany ceiling and the berth cushions are off-white Sunbrella material.
- Next aft are hanging lockers to starboard, and an enclosed head to port.
- Head includes a Wilcox-Crittenden manual W.C., S/S sink with hot and cold pressure water, handheld shower, and a teak grate.
- Next aft is the main salon, bright and airy, and very traditional of the CCA interiors of her age.
- With her near-13´ beam, there is ample space for two port and starboard transom settee berths, and three pilot berths which are excellent sea berths, outboard of the settees.
- A teak dropleaf table is on the centerline, and an attractive Simpson Lawrence coal/wood/charcoal fireplace is mounted on the forward bulkhead.
- Numerous lockers and drawers are located under the pilot berths.
- Further aft to port is the S/S icebox lid, which has 12V Grunert refrigeration-freezer/holding-plate system rebuilt 2010/2011 by Billing’s Marine (checked and in good order 2019).
- A full-sized nav table, aft-facing with seat, is next with a quarter berth outboard.
- Opposite to starboard at the base of the companionway ladder, is an L-shaped galley with a Paul Luke Heritage LPG 3 burner stove and oven, a S/S sink, S/S countertops with numerous cabinets and drawers, hot and cold pressure water, and manual pump as well.
- The cabin sole throughout is an oiled teak and holly sole; the joinerwork is exquisite, typical of the Dutch craftsmen of the era (there are leeboards for each berth). (please note owner’s additional comments at end of listing).
- 6'4" - 6'9" headroom.
- Raymarine ST 6000 autopilot with new autopilot head in 2002.
- Garmin 180 GPS-Map.
- Raytheon R10 radar.
- Brookes & Gatehouse speedometer-log and depthsounder.
- ICOM M56 VHF radio.
SAILS & RIGGING:
- Approximately 1000 sq. ft. sail area in masthead yawl rig.
- 1994 Fortune Dacron Mainsail, good condition.
- 1994 Fortune roller-furl 115% high-cut Dacron #2 jib, good condition, with luff pad.
- Hoodroller-furl 150% Dacron “windward reacher” #1 genoa, good condition.
- 1994 FortuneDacron mizzen, good condition.
- Dacron “flanker” chute, by Hood, good condition.
- Nylon ¾-oz North racing chute, like new.
- Nylon 1.5-oz North “monster” racing chute, like new.
- Dacron mizzen staysail, Hood, good condition.
- Spare Hood mainsail (uncertain condition).
- Dacron spinnaker staysail, Hood, good condition.
- Nylon “tall-boy” or “shooter” forestaysail, North, new condition.
- 2011 all hardware removed and inspected from spars and replaced as needed.
- 2011 all spars Awlgripped pearl gray.
- All S/S standing rigging has been replaced in last 15 years – new headstay, backstay, new uppers with Sta-lock fittings installed when replaced.
- 2011 Billing’s Marine inspected all standing rigging; also in 2019.
- 2011 all running rigging replaced as needed; new Spectra jib and spinnaker halyards.
- Furlex roller furler on headstay.
- Spruce/aluminum spinnaker pole, painted varnish and light gray.
- Four shroud rollers.
- Storm trysail track on main mast.
- Single spreaders on main.
- Mainsheet traveler aft of helm.
- 2 Barient #30 S/S primary sheet winches.
- 2 Barient #26 S/S secondary sheet winches; one smaller utility winch.
- Harken turning blocks.
- 3 Barient halyard winches and one Barient mainsheet winch.
- S/S chainplates welded to hull plating full-length.
- Spinnaker gear.
- Various sheets and blocks.
- Boom vang, small vang.
- Main and mizzen sail covers.
- Maxwell-Nillson 12V anchor windlass (up only), rebuilt 1997; confirmed in good order in 2019.
- 35 lb CQR plow with 1 chain and 100´ nylon rode; 40 lb and 65 lb Danforth anchors with rodes.
- New cockpit cushions.
- Radar reflector.
- Bronze C/B winch.
- Large fenders with gray fleece covers; 2 medium fenders with blue fleece covers.
- Large bronze deck cleats.
- Single bow roller.
- Teak liferaft cradle (no liferaft).
- International nav lights.
- Spray Hood (fair condition) with S/S frame.
- Cockpit awning with battens.
- Danforth binnacle compass.
- Two 12V bilge pumps.
- S/S swim ladder – removable.
- Portable searchlight.
- Docklines, 2 fenderboards.
- Clock and barometer.
- Ensign and staff.
- 10 life jackets.
- Flares, boathook, bell.
- LPG Marinetics shutoff at stove.
OWNER’S COMMENTS: FIREFLY, originally christened ROBIN by owner/designer Ted Hood, is a 46-foot keel-centerboard yawl built in 1963-4 by Frans Maas Yacht Yard in Breskens, Holland. She is one of three in the second generation of the Little Harbor 45, conceived in 1962 as a CCA cruiser-racer. These three later “stretched” versions were built with Corten steel hulls and framing. Upper works were made of teak framed in white oak. FIREFLY’s decks and cabin top are ¾-inch Bruynzeel teak plywood overlaid with Dynel cloth set in epoxy.
Spars are aluminum—mainmast, mizzen and mizzen boom all from Hood’s spar division in Marblehead. Main boom is a 1994 Hall Spars extrusion. Principal working sails are from Fortune in Falmouth, Maine, and are in fine condition. These include mainsail, mizzen and #2 125% roller-furling (Furlex) jib. The rest of the ample inventory is listed elsewhere.
FIREFLY is powered by a 1999 63-hp 4-cylinder Westerbeke diesel with feathering propeller driven through a dripless bearing. Cruising speed is 7.5 knots at 3200 rpm. Electronics consist of radar, autopilot, two GPS units, depth sounder, speed log and VHF radio. Refrigeration is a Grunnert DC model, with freezer built-in to the large stainless steel compartment. Her 3-burner propane stove/oven is stainless, by Paul Luke. Sinks and countertops are stainless as well, surrounded by teak cabinetry. Nav station features a varnished teak table for a full-sized chart and shelves for electronics.
FIREFLY’s arrangement is as follows: private master forecabin with two berths and vanity/sink (a separate head is housed beneath a teak cover); main head with shower, large hanging lockers opposite; main saloon with three pilot berths outboard of two settees; a central dining table of teak on the centerline; galley to starboard, refrigeration and storage to port; navigator’s quarter-berth is to port outboard of the nav station.
The large cockpit features an Edson pedestal steering system, two wide cushioned seats, and is uncluttered and functional for managing her five Kenyon stainless winches and main sheet track and car (fully adjustable for mainsail draft control).
The boat has undergone a major refit from 2008 through 2018: reworked shaft and new propeller; modification to rudder for larger aperture; new exhaust system; complete re-finishing in Awlgrip on decks and spars; re-built teak hatches; new propane system; service, inspection and maintenance to centerboard and trunk; removal of fuel tanks for inspection and refinishing in bilge areas; tanks pressure-tested and re-installed with new straps and plumbing. Complete underbody surveys have been done, most recently in 2017, including untrasound thickness-gauge measurements and replacement of plating in any suspect areas (2017-18).
In summer, 2019, the vessel was launched. Propulsion and all other mechanical systems were run up under load and proved to be in good working order. Spars, rig and sails were hauled out of the shed and checked closely. Centerboard and steering were vetted and lubed. She is presently at dockside ready for inspection.
FIREFLY is a fine sea boat. Her ample beam and heft make her stiff, able and fast inshore or on the open ocean. When asked what her best point of sail was, Ted Hood once remarked, “...to weather in a breeze.” Typical of Ted’s modest ways, this turns out to be an understatement. We have found the big yawl to be powerful at any angle, having seen an average speed of eight knots close-reaching or hard to windward in moderate conditions. Ten knots is not uncommon when the breeze pipes up. On deck she is a work horse. Below she is warm, perfectly dry, comfortable and gracious.
BROKER’S COMMENTS: One couldn’t find a more handsome yawl than FIREFLY, shapely and so attractive with her low trunk cabin and pretty sheer. She looks fast just sitting on the mooring. Please take note of all the recent improvements made by this knowledgeable owner. We look forward to getting you aboard for your inspection. Thank you for your interest.
Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.
Annie Gray is a longstanding YBAA member, offering 46 years of experience in assisting clients in the purchase or sale of high quality yachts of distinction.
Please call Annie at 207-363-7997 or on her cell at 603-498-3450.