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About "DUTCH LOVE" a custom offshore cruiser        1989            

   conception.jpg (56187 bytes)  Dutch Love's place of conception,  Hibiscus Island South Miami Beach

The hull built from steel and aluminum for ultimate strength by Topper Hermanson Boatworks,

Google: hermanson sailboats for more info on Topper Hermanson, also further down this page is an article
            written about the shipyard.

Dutch Love was designed for unlimited live aboard voyaging.  The Adventure sailor    
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 specs.           Picture  2016


Particulars:       LOA    47'       Beam    14'        Draft    5'5"   Construction:    Steel hull and deck, aluminum cockpit and deckhouse.                         
Displacement:     estimated 33,000 LBS    
Sail type: 
  cutter rig   
13,000lb lead in steel keel envelope, keel has 3/4" steel shoe and 1/4 thick sides
Standing rigging: new 2007   dyform wire
   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      
 170 gal, 3 tanks, 2 New Racor 500 water sep. filters 2012 
  800 KN, with 2  18 gal. containers in the step on deck possibly 1,000 KN.  
 120 gallon + 12 V 6 gal/hr watermaker    
  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 2015
Navigation: 3 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     


One owner


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 well maintained
by her owner/builder and shows signs of continued maintenance, upgrades and obvious pride 
of ownership throughout. The vessel has seen regular duty in charter with the Boy Scouts of America
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 blisters,
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 was found.

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!!!



Photo Gallery:     

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 Florida straights.
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!!


The Virgin

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
photo 2014

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
from behind.
photo 2014


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!

photo 2014

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.
photo 2014


The mast has good work space around it, very safe to work in a sea way!
photo 2014


March 2017




photo 2014

Bucket seat for safe watch standing, no foul weather gear please.
photo 2014


Watch seat

photo 2014


The bucket, 4" drain on port side side, under piece of round wood, will empty cockpit fast in case of seas coming on board,
 2 inch drain starbd side.
photo 2014


photo 2014


10 foot hard bottom inflatable dink cradled on aft deck, 10' Trinka on foredeck.
photo 2007

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.
photo 2009


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!!!!!! on board.
photo 2011


Bow 2017



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 companionway.
Simrad autopilot reads 7" Wagner magnetic compass. Hydraulic Wagner steering ram under aft bunk.
photo 2008



Flush fore deck build around 10 foot Trinka to part the waves coming onboard.
photo 2000


Code 0-drifter-genoa,   900 sq' on removable continuous line furler
photo 2007

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
photo 2011


All from the bow, think wave penetration
photo 2009



Hurricane Charles Anchor rodes

Chain Locker 2016


rudder and prop




Galley,               6'10" ceiling
Front Bath,         6'4"   
Master Bath,       6'8"     ,,
Master aft cabin, 6'5"     ,,

Salon                  6'5"  ceiling in center path







photo 2014


safe plus or minus 12 X 12 X12" volume                                              save covered

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 below.


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
photo 2014

sink area 2016

Sink companion way

110 electrical panel around the corner from hot water heater in picture above.
across from the pantry shelves.
photo 2014


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 or cabinet
to look for trouble when offshore.

photo 2014


The VHF radios are hanging just inside the companionway up there so you can use the radios from upstairs as well as down.
photo 2014


Way handy

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 there also.

photo 2014


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!


Front bath
photo 2014


Medicine cabinet forward
photo 2014






Aft Door, sucks heat out of boat when opened at anchor, rope locker, air-conditioning top left
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 pad stores to free up workbench!
electrical panel on the left


Shop, companionway, Nav station, wet/dry locker


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 to down.

Below engine pictures from 10-12-2013


Port side engine room, sitting in the door way


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 probably
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 motor!!!

Just arrived June 2015 in the tool shed:

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 hard,
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 setting                                    
2 Water tight bulkheads, one enclosing fore cabin, one enclosing aft cabin with watertight doors
This boat will be your life raft                                                                                                               
Anchor chain locker is lined and enclosed, has dedicated bilge pump                                                          
Engine room has wet bilge with 1500Gal automatic pump plus 3000gal pump with float switch
higher up with alarm in case 1st pump fails, if both pumps where to fail this compartment overflows
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 100W                                                                                                                
30 Amp boat, Electric could use improvements, but goes to work every day just fine.
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 Adventure Machine. 


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 Email 


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 with
a generator, 2 flat screen TV's and a small refrigerator still below.

Bambino offloads building materials in Roatan 2012, Dutch Love's winter home for the last 10 years.

photo 2011


Also got 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.

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