A shippy little Lyle Hess design

Lyle Hess Sailboat Designs

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

23' 4" 20' 10" 2' 5"/4' 11" 33' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 43%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Lyle Hess

Montgomery Marine

1979-1981

portable

12 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 5,400 lbs.

This is an unusual fiberglass boat, partly because her hull is lapstraked (that is, simulated overlapping planks are molded right into the hull), and partly because she has one of the tallest rigs (33' 6" bridge clearance) of all the 23-footers in this guide. (The Pearson 23 Cat is an exception.) The M23 was available either factory-finished or sold without the usual fiberglass interior liner for finishing by owner. If you're buying one of these boats used, check the finish to see if it is up to the factory standard (which was fairly high), or was homebuilt. In recent years a "new"

Montgomery 23 has been introduced by a company on the West Coast formed by Bob Eeg, formerly of Nor'Sea Yachts, but the new design is quite different from that of the model reported here. The new version, called the "Montgomery 23 Offshore Cutter," has a longer waterline of 22 feet, a heavier displacement of 4,600 pounds, an inboard 10 hp diesel as standard, bridge clearance of only 31 feet, and a different cabinhouse design. Best features: The boat looks admirably "shippy." Worst features: Her trailering weight of 5,400 pounds means a hefty truck is needed to tow her.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Bayfield 23

23' 0"

8' 0"

2' 11"

3,500

1,300

16.7

205

270

5.9

15.8

400

4

5' 9"

Morgan 22 (23)

22' 10"

8' 0"

1' 10"

3,500

1,400

16.5

186

249

6.0

15.5

347

4

4' 6"

Montgomery 23

22' 7"

8' 0"

2' 5"

3,600

1,530

17.0

178

234

6.1

16.1

378

4

5' 4"

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