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1977 Robert Rich Downeast Cruiser

Sedgwick, Maine


43' Robert Rich "Chummy" Downeast Cruiser, totally restored by Hylan & Brown, Sedgwick, ME

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: HUNNY
Make: Robert Rich
Model: Downeast Cruiser
Year: 1977
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Robert "Chummy" Rich, Bar Harbor, ME
Construction: Wood


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 43 ft
Waterline Length: 41'8 ft
Beam: 13 ft
Max Draft: 4 ft
Displacement: 23,400 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'3 ft

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 6LYA-STP
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 370hp
  • Engine Hours: 584


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Downeast


Annie Gray
Gray & Gray Yacht Brokers, Inc.


Gray & Gray Yachts
36 York Street
York, Maine, US, 03909


Construction:1-1/4" Carvel Mahogany planking on 1-1/2" x 3" steam bent oak frames on 10" centers.  Oak centerline timbers.  Silicon Bronze fasteners.  Maine decks are Marine plywood over Douglas fir, sheathed with dynel cloth in west system epoxy.  Cabin and pilot house tops are marine plywood over foam core with dynel sheathing. Cabin and pilot house sides are triple epoxy coated marine plywood with epoxy primer.  Bronze Hardware throughout.

Engine & Mechanical:
2002 370 HP Yanmar 6LYA-STP - 584 hrs, 6 cylinder. Soundown Flexible coupling- New! Soundown waterdrop muffler New!
Genset:  Northern Light 6kw with isolation mounts, sound enclosure and water separating muffler.  New!
Fuel Tankage: 245 gallons.
Fuel Filters: Dual Racor 75/1000 max.
Fuel transfer pump with manifold. 
Shaft: 2" Bronze
Prop: 4-blade bronze. PSS dripless shaft seal.

Cruising speed: 10 knots @ 2800 RPM.

Maximum speed: 12-13 knots @ 3100 RPM.

Ship Handling:
Steering - Hydraulic
Thruster: Side Power SE80-185T New!
Windlass: Lewmar V2/V3
Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 New!

Plumbing and tankage:
Water tanks: 275 gal
Holding tank: 40 gal New!
Head: Dometic Masterflush 8949 Mascerating New!
Plumbing: Pex Pressure system with accumulation tank and manifold New!
Water Heater: 20 gal Isotemp Basic 75 New!

House Electrical System:
12V DC - 120VAC
Batteries: (3) Victron 330 Amp Hr Lithium Ion Battery bank.  New!
Solar: 1500 Watt Solbian SR+ array.  New!
Inverters Chargers: (2) Victron Multiplus Inverter chargers. New!
Shorepower:  120V 50 amp
Li System Controls and display: Victron GX touch 50 New!
Alternator:  Balmar 210 amp alternator New!

Starting/ thruster/ windlass Battery System:
Batteries: (3) 1150 CCA Group 31 AGM New!

Electrical Appliances:
Refrigerator: Isotherm DR190 INOX New!
Freezer: Isotherm DR 55 New!
Dometic 16,000 BTU Reverse cycle heating and cooling New!
Dometic 10,000 BTU Reverse cycle heating and cooling New!
Water Heater: 20 gal Isotemp Basic 75 New!

Electronics: ALL NEW 2021!
Chartplotter: Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv
Radar: Garmin Fantom 18
AIS: Garmin AIS 800
VHF: Garmin VHF 315
Transducer: Airmar B150M
Weather station: Airmar 120WX
Windlass control: Auto Anchor
Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40
Wifi: KVH Tracphone LTE-1





COMMENTS: In the fall of 2020 a 1977 43’ Chummy Rich Downeast cruiser called HUNNY (ex SEA STAR) was brought into the shop for a rebuild. The boat was purchased with a low hour/ well maintained 370 HP Yanmar engine after a thorough survey by Tom Adams of Maine Design Company. Before long we had her stripped down to a bare hull and Doug was enlisted for designing all new superstructure and accommodations, while Ellery and Don Eley set about planning a cutting edge electrical system and Matt and Kit began making structural repairs and improvements to the hull.

Due to unforeseen circumstances HUNNY is now for sale with approximately 3/4 of her refit accomplished .  This is a unique opportunity to purchase a classic liveaboard cruiser in the late stages of a complete systems, superstructure and accommodations rebuild.  Every system aside from the main engine is brand new and state of the art, (see list below).  At this asking price HUNNY is a rare value approaching $0.50 on the dollar.  At this stage of  the project much of the work is completed, but an experienced and knowledgeable owner would still have the opportunity to customize some of the layout and style of the interior without setting the project back.  

HUNNY’S current owner hails from Mississippi and it was important for him to incorporate some southern charm into a boat that is otherwise all “Downeast.” He personally sourced hundreds of board feet of “sinker cypress” for interior joinery, trim and paneling from Albany Woodworks in Tickfaw Louisiana. “Sinker” cypress is old growth cypress that has been recovered from the bottoms of bayous, lakes and rivers in the south where it has been lying preserved for 100+ years. Not surprisingly it’s time in the bayou tells it’s tale in the color of the wood which varies from a rich “rainbow” brown reminiscent of fresh-sawn Teak, to an iridescent golden amber. We’ve enjoying getting to know this fascinating lumber.

Tastefully shrouded in this ancient lumber will be a cutting edge electrical system providing her owner every comfort of home without ever plugging in at a marina. A 990 amp Victron Lithium-Ion battery bank from PKYS will silently power two heat pumps (for climate control), an induction cook top, electric “multi oven” freezer, fridge, hot water, onboard Wifi, flat screen TV and much more. When the sun shines a 1500W Solbian SR+ solar array will keep the battery bank topped up without any noise. If HUNNY is underway a 215 amp Balmar Li alternator will keep her charged, and there's always the brand new Northern lights 6kw genset at the ready.  The engine room is thoroughly sound insulated with the latest materials from Soundown Corp. With flexible mounts, flexible coupling and Soundown water drop muffler on the main engine and isolation mounts and a sound enclosure on the genset, the pilot house and cabin will be remarkably quiet no matter what's running.

Her ample pilot house will make for a bright and comfortable salon with a generous galley to port.  To starboard aft of the helm is the dinette featuring a retractable table pedestal for conversion from dining table to cocktail table and all the way retracted for conversion to a double berth.  Down below the masters berth is a double to starboard with office and dressing space to port.  Moving forward there is a stand alone shower to port, opposite the head to starboard.  In the foc'sle are two single berths, a reading chair, and a hanging locker. 

The goal of HUNNY'S rebuild was to create an extraordinarily comfortable liveaboard cruiser with every comfort of home shrouded in custom joinery and classic details.  Her cutting edge electrical system incorporating the latest lithium-ion and solar technology sets her apart, and will set you apart from crowded marinas full of boats tethered to shore power.  When finished, HUNNY will be a wonderfully unique venue in which to experience the best and most remote secrets of the coast, quietly, responsibly and in complete comfort. 


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.


Mechanical Disclaimer: Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meter. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as ALL other representations noted on the listing.



DISCLAIMER TO BOARD VESSEL: In the event the Buyer boards the vessel either on land or in the water without a broker or owner, the Buyer(s) agrees and understands he boards at his sole risk and liability.




Additional Contact Information

Annie Gray is a longstanding YBAA member, offering 48 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.

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