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2014 Bristol Channel Cutter Pilot 29

location icon Santa Barbara, California
Year 2014
Length 42 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Kenneth O. Minor

On March 12, 2016 Kenneth O. Minor completed a lifetime achievement when his handcrafted masterpiece launched at the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor for the very first time. Nearly 30 years of painstaking precision formed one of the most impressive pieces of local maritime craftsmanship and history in modern times.

Wooden boat ownership requires attention to detail, willingness to invest in the craft and her daily maintenance needs. The sellers are looking for the right fit; a captain to pilot Morning Song who will continue a legacy that has the potential to span the next 100+ years with the proper care.

This Lyle C. Hess designed custom Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter is the sister ship to the famous Taleisin crafted by Lin & Larry Pardey. She is truly a piece of fine art that is equally as functional as she is beautiful to look at. This fine yacht is ready to be sailed, and has a short list of items yet to be completed by her next owner. She comes with many extra parts that are ready for installation.

A highly desirable 40’ upwind, starboard side tie, marina 1, Santa Barbara slip permit is also available please contact us for more slip information and permit transfer pricing.


Year Built 2014
Category Sail
Length Overall 42 ft
Length Of Deck 29'6 ft
Beam 10'10 ft
Cabins 1
Construction Wood
Keel Full Keel
Min Draft 5'4 ft
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Cruising Speed 6.87 kn
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 30 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Stainless Steel
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 64 gal
Water Tank Mat. Stainless-steel
Ballast 4600 lb
Displacement 14,000 lb
Windlass Manual

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Fuel: Diesel
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 2 BladeBronze, Feathering
Engine Location: Center
Drive Type: Direct
Additional Information

Morning Song was meticulously handcrafted by architect Kenneth O. Minor, following plans purchased from Lyle C. Hess. Almost thirty years of love and care went into building every aspect of this boat, and she was launched into the Santa Barbara Marina on March 12, 2016.

The sistership to Lin and Larry Pardey's TALEISIN is not only a beautiful, seaworthy vessel but a one-of-a-kind, hand-built, all wood piece of art.  She's been painstakingly cared for and we're looking for a home that will continue the detailed maintenance that she's grown accustomed to.

Ken Minor was an architect for over 40 years when he changed careers to become a boat wright.  With a masterful eye for detail, Ken hand-lofted this 29'6" Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter.



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.

Owner's personal items excluded.  Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller's personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.

Additional Contact Information
For more information about this yacht, or to schedule a showing, please contact
listing agent Spencer MacRae at 805.451.2079 or