History of S/V “Essence” 22′ Falmouth Cutter, Hull #007
The boat was custom built under the supervision of its well-known designer Lyle Hess in the early 1980’s. From the outset, it was regarded as a very special pocket cruiser. A three page feature article by Cruising World magazine (September 1984) was done on the boat shortly after its completion and launching.
George Ceolla purchased the boat from Los Angeles attorney Richard Maroney, who commissioned the construction of the boat and was its first owner. Under Maroney’s ownership, the boat was named Essence. The 2nd owner changed the name to Anne Marie, Mr. Ceolla’s daughter. The boat was little used by Maroney. It was berthed in Los Angeles, Ca, across from the Queen Mary. Mr. Ceolla owned the boat since about 1990. After its purchase, it was carefully prepared for ocean cruising.
Mr Ceolla had a custom-built heavy duty trailer (No longer available) made specifically for the boat and towed it from Wisconsin to the Sea of Cortez. Mr. Ceolla cruised with the Anne Marie in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California, Mexico) from 1997 through 1999. The boat was then moved to Port Townsend/Port Hadlock WA, which is located at the entrance to Puget Sound in Western Washington State and cruised there among the San Juan Islands for a time before returning to the Midwest in 2000.
The boat tows on the road beautifully. It has gone through the Midwest and the South to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. Further it was towed across the Sonoran and Mojave deserts and into California, through the Northern California Mountains to Puget Sound where it was sailed out of Port Townsend and Port Hadlock. Then, it was brought through the Cascade and Rocky Mountains back to the Midwest, all without incident. The boat was in storage after returning from the San Juan Islands in 2000, except for the 2004 cruising season where it was sailed on Lake Michigan and then in subsequent years sailed locally.
3rd and current owner of “Essence”
I am the third and current owner of Essence and I thought it would be appropriate to briefly describe how I came to acquire her. In my search for a Falmouth Cutter, I scoured every internet page I could think of that listed boats for sale. As this little Lyle Hess boat does not come on the market very often, it took approximately a year to find the right one (2013). As it turned out, I never saw ‘Essence’ in any of the boat listing pages. When I was looking at various FC pictures on the internet, I came across a picture of her on a trailer in what looked to me like a cow field. In the picture was a for sale sign on the trailer similar to what you would see in the back window of a car. Now came the dilemma of figuring out where the boat was and who owned it. Thinking back, I’m not sure if I was absolutely nuts, obsessive compulsive, or if I was just up for a challenge of finding the story behind this one small picture of a beautiful little boat that I happen to see on the internet. In any case, after many hours of investigative work I tracked down the owners work email and contacted her. I think Anne was a bit unnerved when she received my email asking if the boat was still for sale. This concern was because she had not yet contracted the boat with a broker! After I explained the process I went through to find her work email, and assuring Anne that everything was on the “up and up”, she seemed more at ease and we talked about all things related to the boat and possible sale. After a couple weeks, I purchased a round trip plane ticket from Los Angeles to Chicago to see the “Anne Marie”. It was a long flight and a 3 hour drive to get there, 4 hours to look her over and take inventory, a 6 hour sleep at the local motel, and then the reverse trip back home. Yes I must be crazy! After some weeks of negotiation, We had agreed on the terms of sale and it was time to bring “Essence” back home.
This little vessel is probably one of the most amazingly well designed pocket cruisers ever produced. 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. She is designed to take one or two people safely across oceans in some degree of comfort and a lot of style. 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.
Walk through; as you drop down into the main salon, directly to port and starboard are two very large settees/quarter berths. Moving forward to port is the galley area which includes a 2 burner, propane stove and oven and single SS sink with foot pump. Directly across to starboard is a stand up navigation station with ice box below. Moving all the forward is the main berthing area which features a very large V berth with portapotti storage below. There is an abundance of storage found throughout the vessel including cabinets, drawers, hanging lockers and cubby holes. All usable space was utilized by the builders.
- Custom Interior
- Weems and Plath Atlantis quartz ships clock with watch bells
- Weems and Plath barometer
- Shipmate 2 burner gimbaled stainless steel propane stove and oven
- Single SS sink with foot pump
- Large Ice Box
- Heel indicator
- (2) Weems and Plath lanterns (kerosene)
- All interior woodwork is solid teak or Port Orford cedar.
- Solid teak and holly cabin sole
- All cabinet doors are teak framed with woven wicker front grills for air circulation. (21 total)
- All interior wood refinished (Feb, 2021)
Navigation Equipment / Electronics:
- Bulkhead mounted compass
- Garmin chart plotter depth sounder (EchoMap 50s) with in-hull transducer.
- Icom VHF radio
- Standard Instruments knot log
- Standard instruments depth sounder (non-operational)
- Apparent wind masthead indicator
7.5hp, Volvo Penta MD5A marina diesel engine with Volvo transmission coupled to ss shaft and 2 blade bronze propeller.
The diesel engine hours are unknown but it’s been reported to the broker and seller while cruising that the engine was used very little; the boat was sailed. It was motor sailed only when entering port, setting the anchor or in adverse wind conditions at sea. It was also reported to the broker that the engine starts very quickly from cold start with little to no smoke.
- Custom stainless steel 14-gallon fuel tank located in the keel below the engine.
- There is a second spare parts engine included with the sale. The fuel lifting pump was removed from the spare and installed on the current engine Jan, 2018.
- AC/DC Distribution panels
- 30amp shore power
- 2- West Marine Duel Purpose batteries, one house and one starter.
- Smart battery charger (Pro Mariner new 2015)
- Solar panels (2) 35W plus one new 35W spare panel with regulator
- Whale Gusher 10 manual bilge pump and rebuild kit.
- Electric bilge pump with installed interior switch for auto and manual modes.
Sails and Rigging:
- Aluminum LeFeil custom mast, boom and tabernacle
- SS standing rigging and double SS vinyl coated lifelines. (New Aug, 2015)
- Harken Furling system. (New 2015)
- Lazy Jack system
- Slab reefing (two reef points in mainsail, one reef point in stay sail).
- Two sets of spare standing rigging, hand spliced Swedish stainless steel with 3/8” solid bronze turnbuckles and thimbles.
- Bronze Murray bottom pull winches – MW4. (Currently not installed.)
- Self-tailing bronze primary winches (Lewmar #16, New Oct, 2015) mounted on teak riser pads to prevent overrides.
- Deck mounted running lights, steamer/deck lights and LED anchor light.
- Skip Elliot furling Jib Topper with padded luff (New Aug, 2015).
- Hank-on Staysail (one reef point)
- Cruising mainsail (no batons, two reef points).
- Spare hank-on Yankee headsail sail (Skip Elliot, excellent condition) plus like new hank-on genoa (used twice).
- Tri-sail (attaches to mast track)
- Rigging spares (standing and running)
Deck Equipment and Canvas
- Bronze Stanchions.
- Bronze Bollard
- All through hull fittings are bronze
- Sunbrella full boat custom cover. (Habor Canvas New Apr, 2016/).
- Miscellaneous older Sunbrella covers pulse heavy canvas cockpit tents.
- All exterior wood (except bowsprit, boomkin, and toerails) is solid teak
- Teak deck boxes housing two propane fuel tanks 11 lb. capacity each tank, w. hoses, valves, and gauge.
- Teak opening forward butterfly hatch
- Teak cockpit floor grate
- All exterior wood stripped and refinished with Cetol, natural teak color and multiple clear coats. (2015) three additional coats applied July, 2020.
- A&B manual bronze double action windlass
- Bower Anchor is Bruce 22#
- Rode: 210’ 5/16” high tensile chain
- Anchor – 40# Luke galvanized cast iron storm anchor
- Anchor – Danforth stern anchor
- Anchor – Fortress storm anchor
- 300′ 5/8” nylon rode, spooled, stowed below decks for immediate use
- Stern boarding ladder
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.
Please contact Listing Agent Mark Davenport at (310)804-7535 or email Mark@seacoastyachts.com