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22' Falmouth Cutter Sam L. Morse

  • Year: 1983
  • Current Price: US$ 52,500
  • Located in Annapolis, MD
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel
  • YW# 32744-1388834

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:


Builder: Sam L. Morse Designer: Lyle Hess


LOA: 30'6" LWL: 20' 10" Beam: 8' 0"
Displacement: 7,400 lbs Draft: 3' 6" Ballast: 2,500 lbs.


Engine(s): Yanmar Engine(s) HP: 10 Engine Model: 1GM10
Hours: 40 Cruising Speed: 5 knots Max Speed: 6 knots


Fuel: 15 Gal Water: 15-20 gal Aluminum Holding: Portapotti (two)

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Saucy Bow, New Bags!
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Proud Owners - New Canvas!
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Ready to go sailing, anywhere!
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Mainsail (New)
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Salty and Seaworthy
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New Boomkin
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Rigging and Stainless are Nice
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New Electronics
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New Instrument Mount

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. 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.

There is a nice salon area amidships with two quarter berths port and starboard as sea berths. The forward cabin is a V-berth at anchor and a head. Just beneath the companionway, an ingenious slide-out table forms a dinette inside the salon. There are four bronze opening ports in the main salon, and forward there is a very large hatch that provides light and ventilation. The forward cabin has a little V-berth with the portapotti under it. There's a new portapotti stored in the lazerette for night time. (Great idea)

There is amazing storage on the vessel. Enouth to prepare for a substantial voyage of some months at sea. The Falmouth Cutter has stainless steal sink and a two burner gimballed propane stove with an oven and broiler for cooking and a large ice box. Foot pumps for fresh water and sea water. Cabin lights, oil lamps, and a very nice Chelsea Ships Clock and Barometer! Elise is a big little boat. She is everything a little blue water vessel should be.

Navigation and Electronics
Nice new stuff!
  • New Standard Horizon Chart Plotter
  • New ICOM VHF with Remote
  • New Standard Horizon Depth
  • Copper grounding strip in place for SSB

Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Systems
Elise lived most of her life with no engine as many of the Falmouth Cutters did, but now, just for you, she has a brand new Yanmar with less than 100 hours! Along with that engine are new engine mounts, a dripless shaft seal, and a beautiful new three blade prop. She's also got two new batteries and a new AC panel. Yes, she has shore power! And cabin lights! And nav lights.
  • New Yanmar 1GM
  • PYI Dripless shaft seal
  • Three blade prope
  • New AC panel
  • New batteries, Two 12-volt
  • Yanmar alternator
  • 30 amp shore power power cord
  • Three stage charger
  • 12 volt outlet
  • Propane shut off in the galley
  • New horizontal Propane bottle

Sails and Rigging
Shes got the rig of a 30 boat mounted on her, with an 8 bowsprit and shorter boomkin. With her powerful sail area of 403 sq. feet. for an 8,000 lb boat, she moves!
  • True Cutter rig
  • New Main w battens (new 2000)
  • Jiffy Reefing
  • High cut jib top sail (fair condition)
  • Staysail (fair condition)
  • Drifter (good condition)

Hull, Deck and Ground Tackle
If you want a boat you can sail yourself, this is it. You'll find everything truly manageable! All the winches are in easy reach. She's a delight to sail. Quick and lively with enough sails area to keep you going. You'll be amazed. And Sam L. Morse-built Falmouth Cutters are among the world's strongest boats!

In terms of the build quality, it is top notch. The hull has been leveled and the ballast encapsulated, the bulkheads are installed. Bulkheads are 3/4" marine plywood bonded directly to the hull on both sides with 10" of 1.5 oz mat, 24 oz roving, 1.5 oz mat, and 7.5 oz cloth. A 1" foam barrier is installed between the bulkheads and the hull. This cushioning pad prevents hard point failure of the hull after years of yielding to the forces of the sea. The more a bulkhead is bonded to the hull and deck, the stronger the boat. There are 2 bulkheads bonded 360 degrees, and two additional quarter bulkheads bonded to the hull and deck amidships. After the bulkheads have been installed, the furniture is fitted and bonded to the hull sides a similar fashion as the bulkheads. All furniture is bonded on both sides using two layers of 8" 1. 5 oz mat and 7.5 oz cloth. The bonding of the furniture is clearly visible because we make no attempt to hide it. Teak plywood is used on cabinet and bunk faces, and finished with solid teak trim. Solid ash ceiling strips line the hull sides. The cabin sole is 1/2" solid teak laid over 3/4" marine ply.

Sam L. Morse builds some of the strongest boats in the world. I like that!
  • Cutter rig
  • Standing rigging in beautiful shape
  • New Running rigging
  • Newish full batten mainsail
  • Staysail
  • Jib
  • Primary winches bronze Barient #10
  • Staysail winches bronze Barient #10
  • Halyard winches on the mast
  • Opening bronze ports and hatches
  • Exterior teak and mahogany
  • Wind scoops
  • Danforth (oversized anchor
  • PFDs (two)
  • Flare gun

Additional Information


Lin and Larry Pardey have sailed far and long in their little channel cutters. First sailing in Seraffyn and then in Taleisin. If you don't know the story, you need to go read all the books they wrote!

Seraffyn was the first little cutter that Lyle Hess designed for Larry Pardey. Lin and Larry Pardey built the vessel themselves and sailed her for the next 20 years. The Falmouth Cutter is a slightly smaller version of the famous Seraffyn. The cutters of Lyle Hess embody the perfect combination of tradition, seaworthiness, simplicity, style and pugnacious. His plumb stems speak of a confidence, an unwavering ability, in the face of all the sea can offer. His balanced rigs and outboard rudders speak of long days runs, with nary a hand on the helm, to tropical destinations.


The Falmouth Cutter is the biggest 22 foot boat you will ever see. Shes as big inside-as many 27-30 footers. Try on the headroom of 5'll".



When Sam L. Morse first started building the Falmouth Cutter he sold the boat in any stage of completion in order to get things rolling. Many of the cutters were sold as a bare hull. Later, Sam L Morse perfected the "kit" yacht making high quality vessels accessible to the people with the passion who just might not be a shipwright. But the best of them are the factory finished Sam L. Morse Falmouth Cutters. One like Elise is hard to find.


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.

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New Tiller (also spare tiller)
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Salty and Satisfying
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Beautiful New Screen - Large Hatch
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For a Small Boat, She's Big Inside
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Sleepting Cabin Forward
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The New Engine!
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Sistership on her trailer!