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1980 Bristol Channel Cutter 28

location icon Olympia, Washington
Year 1980
Length 28 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Channel Cutter Yachts

28' Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '80 "Cosmic Dancer"

The Bristol Channel Cutter is a fiberglass production version of the popular wood vessels by the late Lyle Hess.

This BCC was built in Vancouver, BC and launched in 1980. Her previous owner sailed the boat up and down the west coast before selling her to her current owners in 2007.

During the next 14 years, the current owners have rebuilt and upgraded nearly every system on board with an eye to ease of maintenance and serviceability while at sea. In lieu of refrigeration, the COSMIC DANCER's icebox is made from over 4.5" of foam and will hold the cold for up to a week. Navigation and interior lights are primarily LED to reduce power consumption. Her electrical system is double redundant with oversized wires and clean routing. All hardware attached through the deck coring has been isolated to protect the coring from any future leaks. Rigging terminals are found both top and bottom meaning repairs can be made at sea without need for special swaging device. She is 95% ready to go to sea should her next owner decide to take her there!


Year Built 1980
Category Sail
Length Overall 37'9 ft
Length Of Deck 28 ft
Beam 10 ft
Cabin Headroom 6'2 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID WNZ31908D080
Keel Full Keel
Min Draft 4'10 ft
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 18 hp
Cruising Speed 6 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 2700
Maximum Speed 6.5 kn
Range 345.23 mi
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 32 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Stainless Steel
Water Tanks 2
Water Tank Cap. 45 gal
Water Tank Mat. Plastic
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 16 gal
Holding Tank Mat. Plastic
Ballast 4,600 lb
Displacement 14,400 lb
Bridge Clearance 45 ft

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Model: 2GM20F
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 18hp

Beginning with the forward cabinPort side workbench/Berth with 3 lockers under plus head plumbing. Center head with fold down cover.  Starboard 3 shelves with fiddles for sail storage etc.

Main Cabin

Port side Dickenson propane cabin heater

Weems and Plath clock and barometer

Settee berths both port and starboard with storage behind and below.  Starboard berth has extension for more room.  Bookshelves with fiddles and cabinets above on both sides.

Icebox with 4.5 inches of foam insulation

Main electrical control panel, including VHF radio, Stereo, USB chargers, 12 volt charger, main cabin battery switch and auto bilge pump switch.

Next aft quarter berth with storage under also containing  double redundant electrical compartment.    

Center Cabin aft.

Engine room.   Large removable access door. 

Companion ladder to cockpit.  

Starboard side moving forward

Double deep galley sinks with foot pump.

Dickenson Caribbean 2 burner stove.

Behind sink storage designed to hold Tupperware “Modular mates” oval containers.

Aft of stove large open pot and pan locker.

Lazarette in cockpit

Shore power inlet and engine throttle controls.  Under floor is stern anchor. 

Aft is propane locker.


Icebox with 4.5” foam insulation

Dickenson Caribbean 2-burner propane stove with oven and broiler

Dupont Universal water filtering system with carbon filter

Deep double sinks

Electronics and Navigation

Speed and distance logs

Depth sounder

Cape Horn Toucana wind vane (brand new, never installed)

Richie compass

Garmin 546s GPS with transducer

Uniden Standard Horizon VHF radio

Weems & Plath clock and barometer

WM7000 stereo/CD player with (2) 6” speakers forward


12V DC

(2) Lifeline GPL-31T batteries – 105 amp hrs each

Blue Sea battery parallel switch

Blue Sea battery monitor

Mastervolt 12/40-3 battery charger

Older style lights converted to LED

Alpinglow Tuscany NV fluorescent light with red LED night light

50’ Smart Plug shore power cord


35lb CQR with 225’ 5/16” chain

40’ 3/8” BBB chain with200’ 3/4” nylon 3-braid with shackle to attach to primary anchor or additional 25lb Bruce anchor

Fortress FX-11 stern anchor with 40’ 1/4” chain and 200’ 1/2” 3-strand nylon rode

Sea Tiger 555 manual windlass

Anchor and steaming lights

Tricolor light

Lifelines and stanchions

Boarding gates

Dock lines and fenders

Radar reflector



Actual LOA: 37’ 9”

Last bottom paint – July 2020

Sails and Rigging

Manual boom vang

Wire standing rigging

Hayn terminals top and bottom (no swage fittings)

Wood deck-stepped mast

Mast steps

Sails and rigging approx. 5yrs old


 (2) Andersen 34ST

 (2) Andersen 16

 (1) Andersen 10

 (2) Barient 18


 White main, jib and staysail

 Tanbark trysail and extra staysail

Engine and Mechanical

Campbell Sailer 3-blade prop

Fuel filter

Raw water sea strainer

Stove fuel shut-off valve

Firebox Clean Agent automatic engine fire extinguishing

(1) manual Whale Gusher 30 bilge pump

(2) electric bilge pumps

Tiller steering

Manual Jabsco head

16-gal plastic holding tank

Dickenson 9000 propane heater

Weems & Plath oil lamp


(3) Kidde fire extinguisher

(1) Firebox Clean Agent automatic extinguisher



All seller’s personal effects on board are excluded from the sale of this vessel.

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.