43ft Pilothouse Cutter

Design Number: 96401

This design is an offshore pilothouse cutter of moderate proportions to permit transportation over land. As the owner remarked: “Repositioning from Seattle to Miami could be done in days rather than months.”

The hull features conically developed bottom and side joined with a radius bilge. Performance and directional stability enhanced by a moderately long fin keel (which permits ‘drying out’) and a large skeg mounted transom rudder. At the customer’s request,  all hull plating is of extra thickness to increase resistance to external damage

The first vessel was a custom design and had some unique owner requested arrangements. These can be modified to suit individual tastes.

Other features include:

  • A well-appointed galley
  • The deck head in way of the galley may be left open to provide good communication to the helm station and obtain plenty of natural light.
  • The pilothouse has good visibility and features a full helm station, navigation station, along with settees/quarter berths, and lockers.
  • The cockpit has bench seats with bridge deck layout. Steering is by tiller or wheel with pedestal.
  • Built in steps aft of the cockpit at each side of the rudder to facilitate access from dinghy, when swimming, or overboard recovery.

Plans: Stock Plans consist of several detail design drawings, a set of stock details sheets, plus consultation during construction. For prices see separate price listing.

Note: Plans are furnished in U.S./British units/measure.


1995-6 Design; construction commenced in Graham, WA

1998-9 Launch; cruise Puget Sound named Liza Jane

2000 Road transport to Wisconsin; cruise to Clayton , NY via St. Croix,  Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers, Lake Michigan, Mackinac, Lake Huron, Trent-Severn waterway across southern Ontario, Lake Ontario, and St. Lawrence River

2001 Cruise to Annapolis, MD via St. Lawrence and Richelieu Rivers, Lake Champlain, Champlain Canal, Hudson River, New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, Cape Cod Canal, Boston, return to New York harbor,  Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake Bay

2002-3 Rigged (Annapolis); cruise Chesapeake Bay region

2004 Cruise Chesapeake region; Intracoastal Waterway to Florida

2005 Cruise locally and to Bahamas

2007 Sold; road transport to Anacortes, WA; cruise to Victoria, BC

Put into Canadian Registry & renamed MACLAS

Cruise BC & Vancouver Is. waters

2009    Move to Bella Bella, BC

2011    Upgrade for offshore

2012 Cruise Bella Bella, BC – south to Mexico

2013    on hard- & for sale, LaPaz Mexico