Lyle Hess trailerable motorsailor

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

25' 1" 25' 1" 23' 4" 2' 0"/2' 0" 32' 0"

Designer: Builder:

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

Lyle Hess Coastal Recreation 1974-1975 245 sq. ft. 20 gal. 25 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 6,700 lbs.

You can almost imagine the client talking to the designer, laying out his needs: "I want a fast, shallow draft, trailer-able motorsailer I can easily tow with my pickup to Mexico— say La Paz—to launch off the beach and cruise for a few weeks with my wife, occasionally inviting a couple of my grown children to join us for a few days, maybe even with grandkids. I need good standing headroom below, a place for comfortable deck chairs in a spacious cockpit, and a stall shower. Oh, and my wife is a gourmet cook who likes to bake bread, so we'll need space for a big stove with an oven. She'll spend a lot of time in the galley, so make it bright and airy down below." That's a lot to ask, but Lyle Hess made a valiant attempt to satisfy the customer's needs. About the only thing missing is an inside steering station for sailing in inclement weather. Best features: She beats her comps in the space department—especially on headroom—and also on maximum speed (important under power, which motorsailors usually do a lot.) Worst features: With no centerboard and only two feet of draft, one shouldn't expect good upwind performance.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Watkins Seawolf 25

24' 11"

8' 0"

2' 6"

4,300

1,600

O'Day 25 (24)

24' 5"

8' 0"

2' 3"

4,400

1,525

Hunter 25 Mk II

24' 8"

8' 0"

2' 11"

4,400

1,800

La Paz 25

25' 1"

8' 0"

2' 0"

4,600

1,600

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

16.0

207

243

6.1

18.7

461

5

5' 11"

16.1

212

234

6.1

18.7

508

5

5' 6"

15.3

239

225

6.0

19.6

430

5

5' 8"

14.2

162

NA

6.5

18.6

519

6

6' 4"

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