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  1. #1
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    Default The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Here is a scanned copy of the catalogue for the Cutter 28 - approx 400 of these vessels were built in the 1970's in the USA by the Cargile Corporation.
    This is following on from the thread started by Benjenbav
    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...tery-explained
    about a new Steeler motor yacht which he thought (tongue in cheek!) might be mistaken for a House of Commons cruise vessel.


















    I did some googling, and found this Blog about Cargile Cutters :
    https://cargilecutters.wordpress.com/
    Last edited by Bajansailor; 18-01-18 at 04:21. Reason: Added new photos, this time with DropBox
    Here is a useful guide to Barbados - http://www.doyleguides.com/barbados/

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Well spotted. There's nothing new under the sun, eh?

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    I have been trying to find more details of their historic trans-atlantic voyage with a single engined Cutter, but it is all very elusive - I know they did do it, as I remember it was widely reported at the time, but that was almost 40 years ago now.
    And I am wondering if maybe they had installed storm boards over the large windows in the topsides.
    It certainly was a very novel idea at the time, and a lot of people liked it, as they built 400 odd vessels.
    Probably quite a few ended up as houseboats after their outdrive legs fizzled away...... :-)

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    I own one of these, Melrose, Florida. I have the press release you are looking for. Unfortunately "You (I) may not post attachments" - for whatever reason. Anyhow, send me an email cargilecutterboats@yahoo.com and I will send along a copy.

    Friz
    Last edited by Friz; 13-01-18 at 18:52.

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Thank you Friz for this update.

    I had previously posted scanned copies of my Cutter catalogue above using Photobucket - these were no longer visible, as I am not inclined to pay their ransom annual subscription, so I have just re-uploaded them using https://postimg.org
    Although they are only thumbnails as shown above, they expand nicely if you click on them.
    Here is a useful guide to Barbados - http://www.doyleguides.com/barbados/

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Great! I was able to download the catalogue/photos you posted. Thank you. I still am not allowed to post to this site for whatever reason. At any rate, there is a facebook page I started some months ago, Cargile Cutter Boats. I have uploaded the post Atlantic crossing magazine article in which you expressed interest and an advertising flyer. Please have a look. Obviously I am a bit enamored with these boats.

    I followed your Barbados link. I like the introduction "civilized and orderly". The US Navy brought me there for a week in the mid-90's. Thoroughly enjoyed the port call. As I recall there where some rather nice hotels/resorts north of Bridgetown. Quite possibly the nicest Caribbean island I have visited. Oh, and by the way, first class rum.

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Here is a link to Friz's Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/Cargile-Cut...5184204551481/

    Friz has posted a copy of the article (5 pages) about the transatlantic journey in the May 1978 issue of The Ensign (which is the journal of the United States Power Squadron).
    You can still see the article without logging in to Facebook.
    However it is very small print, hence easier to save a copy, and then blow it up a bit.
    And it is well worthwhile doing so - an excellent read.
    They set off from New York with 1,200 gallons of fuel on board, and were 12 inches down on their waterline...... but the stability calculations said they were self righting with all this fuel low down.
    They averaged approx 3 miles per gallon, and encountered a storm where they rode to 2 sea anchors in series in 40' seas, with some interesting notes on using the outdrive leg to help in these conditions.

    Changing tack, thank you Friz for your kind words about Barbados - hopefully we are still reasonably 'civilised and orderly', although I am sure that if you visit now you will see a lot of changes in the last 20 years.
    Here is a useful guide to Barbados - http://www.doyleguides.com/barbados/

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    Default Re: The Cutter 28 - a 70's version of Benjenbav's Steelaway

    Re the article from The Ensign, here is a more easily clickable copy with Dropbox :













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