Love's place of conception, Hibiscus Island South Miami Beach
The hull built from steel and aluminum for ultimate
strength by Topper Hermanson Boatworks,
sailboats for more info on Topper Hermanson, also further down this
page is an article
about the shipyard.
Love was designed for unlimited live aboard voyaging. The
Her length of
47' allows for a very roomy interior with large aft cabin, featuring a
queen size berth with private bath.
The comfortable forward cabin has a
"V" berth with separate bath.
6' 5" height in all the cabins.
Ventilation throughout the vessel
is excellent, enhanced by plenty of fans.
At the dock she has Air-Conditioning
Dutch Love is the perfect way to discover fringe island
beaches and cross the seas that cradle them!
Or tie her up some place and use her
as a home.
Motivated owner/seller at age 75 is
retiring after a highly successful and satisfying sailing charter career.
Could mentor new owner in achieving the same.
Below 3 reefs in the mainsail to stop
the role on a mooring ball
This 3rd reef is built to storm sail
5'5" Construction: Steel hull
and deck, aluminum cockpit and
Displacement: estimated 33,000 LBS
type: cutter rig
Ballast 13,000lb lead in
steel keel envelope, keel has 3/4" steel shoe and 1/4 thick sides
Standing rigging: new 2007 dyform wire
Engine: 85 HP
Perkins 4-236 diesel
Batteries: 4 X 6 V in 2 banks 660 amp/hrs, new in 15, wired and switches for
another bank or generator in engineroom
Fuel: 170 gal, 3 tanks, 2 New Racor 500 water sep. filters 2012
Range: 800 KN, with
2 18 gal. containers in the step on deck possibly 1,000 KN.
Water: 120 gallon + 12 V 6 gal/hr watermaker
Refrigeration: 12V air
cooled new in 2015, 13
cu box lined in stainless
12V some 110V 30A shorepower, 4 x 6V
sweeper batts make 2 x 12V banks under galley floor.
Inverter/Charger 2,500W/100A, new 2016, Solar: 2 X 100W tilting panels new
x GPS, 36 mile radar/plotter, VHF & SSB, Chart plotters, Garmin 740 with radar, ( new ) 2012
Autopilot: Simrad new 2006, Wagner from 1990 back-up
Air-Conditioning/Heat at the dock, 12,000 btu in salon, 5,000 in
aft-cabin. Most the boat is insulated,
3" in the hull, 2" in the decks
Generator: Honda 2000 whisper quite 200
hrs, can run boat or 1 airconditioner
Satellite Phone: Iridium
Worldwide / gets 7 day grib-files
Galley: Force 10 3 burner stove with oven and broiler (new) 2012
, LP gas,
instant hot-water-heater LP gas.
Main sail: 2 sails one old in use now, one new 2006 only used for
offshore work in 8 winters. Has 3rd reef equal to storm sail size.
3 slab reefs all done at the mast.
Jib: furling Yankee jib new in 2012, staysail hank on, drifter 4oz genoa jib on continuous roller, whisker pole
Distance: 150 kn / day, Key West to Roatan 4 to 5 days
Boat in Marathon, Florida,
at a private dock great sailing area,
No damage was incurred from the storms
Here is a comment from the insurance survey
" The SV DUTCH LOVE was designed and built for
offshore service. The vessel is immensely
strong and well fitted for offshore trans-ocean voyaging. The vessel is very
by her owner/builder and shows signs of continued maintenance, upgrades and
of ownership throughout. The vessel has seen regular duty in charter with the Boy Scouts of
since 1996 without incident."
Mark T. (Reef) Perkins Surveyer
We just hauled the boat in February of 2015, 2 coats
of allgrip on the topsides with the flagblue
stripe redone also, bottom sanded and ground where some spots had what I call
3 coats of primer on them, then 4 coats of ablative ABC 3 bottom paint and
splash she went,
good for 3 or 4 years. The bottom was very good, upon inspection, no pitting
Need to haul again, put some paint
A 2017 in water survey is
Video link of crossing the Gulfstream to the
Bahamas Oct. 2015
Watch out this link will take you out of the site!!!
Below; Today's dress code in
Isla Mujeres a few years ago.
The Dutch Love has made many, many trips
to all parts of the Bahamas as well
as 7 trips from the US to Roatan, Honduras,
Belize and Isla Mujeres in the Mexican Yucatan
Dutch Loved was built to be able to perform with weather in the Yucatan and
Have to get back to take care of business.
photo 2012 Isla Mujeres
Toppers shed where the hull got fabd 1988/9
check out them lines!!
photo 1989 paid 60,000 for the hull painted
Showing the promise, has
3/4" steel shoe on bottom of keel, keel enveloppe is 1/4" steel,
hull is 10 gage like 3/16" steel
13,000 lb's. lead in keel, that is 13,000$$ right there
picture Feb. 2015
round shine picture Feb 2015
The power-surfing stern, canoe, when leaning over hard
she takes off, 1 - 4" and 1 - 2" cockpit drains.
Aluminum house and cockpit bolted over steel combing with rubber gasket
isolating the metals.
picture Feb 2015
When offshore the 10' inflatable would
sit on this aft deck.
We would have hard time finding a 70 footer with this much open deck, nice for
all kind of activities.
Great place to spend the night, as many have.
aft deck early on
The aft rail section comes out to bring
10' infl. dingy onboard, the saddle for the dink can be seen under the rail section
Not classic, not traditional, Ergonomic. Single hand
easily. Little hammock right there behind the wheel just inside the house.
There is an isinglass curtain with windows and zipper door to enclose the
wheel house, nice and cozy when cold or raining
Up Nav station for cruising guides
charts, radios just inside the companion way, so can be used while dwnstrs.
Simrad autopilot sits on top of spare Wagner. This place stays dry 99% of the
time. the port window has been
replaced as well as the plexi sliding windows in the side!
New glass 2016
2 dinghies on deck, one 10' Trinka rowing / sailing/ 5hp
motor on foredeck, one 10' inflatable hard bottom 15hp on aft deck.
Wide side decks for going forward.
The mast has good work space around it,
very safe to work in a sea way!
Bucket seat for safe watch standing, no foul weather
The bucket, 4" drain on port side
piece of round wood, will empty cockpit fast in case of seas coming on board,
2 inch drain starbd side.
10 foot hard bottom inflatable dink cradled on aft deck, 10'
Trinka on foredeck.
picture Nov. 2015
Picture Bimini Bahamas. Nov. 2015
Dingy can launch in 1 minute
Stretching it, Yoga on board, hard top
can walk on for furling the sail! There is a stack pack up there now.
Hurricane bow work, 1,500 lb gipsy
windlass, 77 lb Delta anchor, 200' of 3/8 hi-test G4 chain.
Also hundreds of feet of 3/4 and 1" nylon rode for storm anchoring!!!!!!
Cockpit with covered steering, can talk
to galley! Think Amel
Isinglass curtain can close in wheel
house, nice and toasty on cold days.
7 self tailing winches, 4 in cockpit, 3
on mast, 6'6" standing height behind wheel and in front of
Simrad autopilot reads 7" Wagner magnetic compass. Hydraulic Wagner
steering ram under aft bunk.
Flush fore deck build around 10 foot Trinka
to part the waves coming onboard.
Code 0-drifter-genoa, 900 sq' on removable
continuous line furler
More hurricane bow work, yep sitting
hard aground between tides
More code 0/drifter. Pole out the Yankee
jib one side, let the drifter fly the other, great for downwind stretches.
2 reefs in the main to stop role and as to not foul the jibs.
All from the bow, think wave penetration
Hurricane Charles Anchor rodes
Chain Locker 2016
rudder and prop
Master aft cabin, 6'5" ,,
6'5" ceiling in center path
safe plus or minus 12 X 12 X12"
Aft-cabin, Queen size,
though not a center bunk can be accessed from both sides, ( see floor plan.)
This makes it so that at least on a starboard tack one can find lee support
stuffing some pillows.
On a port tack one can sleep atwardship, feet against the bulkhead shown
aft cabin mattress new 2016 foam
laminate 64 X 84 X 6 Queen
Master bath, the round mirror is gone,
so are the flowers! But other ones can be put.
shower in master bath, room for 2 !!
Pantry stove, instant LP hot water
heater top right
sink area 2016
Sink companion way
110 electrical panel around the corner
from hot water heater in picture above.
across from the pantry shelves.
12 V panel is right around the corner of
companion way in side cabin in picture below
oh yes a lot of exposed wiring, just like on all navy ships, as well as Han
Solo's starship millennium.
It is not like you want to start looking for a screwdriver to open up a panel
to look for trouble when offshore.
The VHF radios are hanging just inside
the companionway up there so you can use the radios from upstairs as well as
TV can be turned and used as plotter
from the cockpit
One computer to run a program like
Nobeltec for planning and plotting when offshore,
the other to do weather and communications like email, and the SSB is right
side cabin looking aft, it does not look
as good today, but someday soon it will.
Forecabin, lift bow on Trinka dink over
hatch to pump air below!
Medicine cabinet forward
Aft Door, sucks heat out of boat when
opened at anchor, rope locker, air-conditioning
with the back door open at anchor, the aft cabin as well as the rest of the
boat ventilates very well.
Back door open for great ventilation at
anchor, Trinka dink forward is up to catch the air.
Water tight door to fore cabin, Roatan for
rust work, compression post for deck-stepped mast ( green post )
Oak filling cabinet, 2 legal size drawers,
under "yachting world" magazine
Furniture wood: Walnut, maple, teak, fur,
holly, cypress, oak, mahogany, epay, purple heart.
Aft cabin watertight door between master
bath and aft-cabin
Temporary braces to pull door in on gasket
Work shop, side cabin sleeps one,
with watertight door into aft cabin , tools under bunk, sleep
stores to free up workbench!
electrical panel on the left
Shop, companionway, Nav station, wet/dry
Engine room seen from behind companionway
removable stairs, A/C cooling pump low left,
waste treatment up right, water maker up left, 4" cockpit drain right up
Below engine pictures from 10-12-2013
Port side engine room, sitting in the
Port side again, sitting in the door
way, Borg Warner 2 to 1 transmission below, water maker up right.
one can just about stand up in here! New fuel filters 2013
everything easy access.
engine access door starb. side, ready
access to alternator, oil filter, heat exchanger, air filter
Just installed new heat exchanger, and new Alternator, ( not in picture ) 2014
To come to understand that this 4-236 Perkins diesel is
the best small diesel ever made, it is and was used, in tractors, forklifts
and generators all over the world, The marinized
version had no equal, and still would be hard to replace with a motor as
dependable and lasting.
This motor will be good for many many more years!!
No Electronics/Computer to fail on this
Just arrived June 2015 in the
completely rebuilt like new good for 14
to 18,000 hours Perkins 4-236
all seals, bearings, cylinder liners, piston rings, injectors, fuel injection
pump like new
Solar tilting panels
2 X !00W
new May 2015
This structure with the solar
panels just went thru hurricane Irma
with steady 100 kn winds gusting to 140,
proving its strength beyond question
these 2 panels carry the electrical
needs of the boat while offshore.
Dutch Love has on board in spare most all appendage parts, just short of
piston liners and bearings,
and could be rebuilt inside the boat if ever the need arose.
For now her oil pressure is right where
it should be, and she uses no oil between oil changes other then when pushed
as she should be then.
At slow cruise she uses just over 1 gal/hr, giving the boat a 1,000 mile range
with a couple of cans on deck.
Diner converts to double bunk, this
bunk as well as couch have lee clothe for offshore work
All around access to engine room, 2 side
doors and take out stairs.
That what can go right will go right!!
Both dinks in the water!
Boat Value Specialties:
These values illustrated below are not
for everybody, but for those who appreciate them, well worth the extra money!
Large dive deck in stern
Work shop / side cabin with great tool storage
Doghouse steering with hard top with laminated glass and windscreen wipers (
no need for a
new dodger every 5 years
Bridge nav-station next to wheel
Companionway door up and down slider for quick in and out, or partial up any
2 Water tight bulkheads, one enclosing fore cabin, one enclosing aft cabin with
This boat will be your life raft
Anchor chain locker is lined and enclosed, has dedicated bilge
Engine room has wet bilge with 1500Gal automatic pump plus 3000gal pump with
higher up with alarm in case 1st pump fails, if both pumps where to fail this
into galley dry bilge with additional automatic pump.
2 manual hand diaphragm pumps as back-up,
one in cockpit and one in pantry
Aft cabin not insulated and not fully paneled out, and could use more cabinets
2 X !0 foot dingies strapped on deck, easy on and of, 1 Trinka 10', one hard
bottom infl. 10'
Great engine room with easy access while underway or any other time. Can
still work it at 72
2 Deck drains with filtration can catch rainwater into tanks: 120 gal.
Small Cockpit has 4" and 2" drain for rapid draining.
12V watermaker, 6 gal/hr
64' mast can pass 65' bridges 2 hrs before or after high
Large salon with 3 separate interfacing areas plus large galley that cooks
will love, plus pantry
13 cube 12V aircooled stainless refrigerator box
2 drawer legal size oak filling cabinet built into salon
11 Hella fans thru out
Air-conditioned: 12,000 BTU in salon, 5,000 BTU in aft cabin
Solar tilting panels, 2 X
30 Amp boat, Electric could use improvements, but goes to work every day just
Capstan windlass can do both anchors. Main anchor = 77 lb Delta with 200' high
test 3/8 chain ( new 2013 )
Back-up Viking alum equal to Danforce 65 with 30' chain then 3/4 nylon
Spare parts: engine heat exchangers, alternator, starter, pumps, hoses, belts,
clamps, nuts & bolts
Hurricane: shackles, heavy long lines, chaffing gear, storm anchor, chains,
straps, sealants plus plus
Can single hand easy, ( with sleeping canvas stretched in doghouse )
Everything works, this boat goes to sea daily.
Dutch Love has a fairly heavy
displacement hull, making it so that she can carry a load without
negatively affecting her performance, I am reminded where on trips where she
was carrying a lot
of extra weight to take to the Islands how nice her motion in the ocean was.
I am also reminded of the days
before she was loaded up with spare parts and tools for construction
projects in the NW Caribbean, when she was freshly rigged with her first sails
how in impromptu
races she would do really well against comparable boats.
A live-aboard Ocean going
This boat is like no other!
"A form that follows function"
We are in Marathon Fl. Keys, The
boat will available for viewing presently several days a week
305-989-7181 Please leave message or
To understand that steel is forever as a
building material, is important in evaluating a steel boat of
her age like this.
Sometime Island Trader
Many trips from Key West to Roatan with
goods for Islanders, both these loads together where on the last trip along
a generator, 2 flat screen TV's and a small refrigerator still below.
building materials in Roatan 2012, Dutch Love's winter home for the last 10 years.
this property above
with this dock in "Calabash Bight" Roatan for sale,
for inquiries pls email.
Calabash Bight caught my attention as a perfect hurricane hole, the best in
the NW Caribbean
not counting the Rio Dulce in Guatamala. as a matter of fact one would have a
hard time finding
its equal anywhere in the Caribbean.
We own 2 1/4 acre with 300'
deepwater front on the Bight, the dock shown
above is over 100' long and could dock up to 5 boats like Dutch Love. there is
a building as well.
I have been developing this
property for the last 8 years there. Quite the Gem.
For more pictures open