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46' Ted Hood
Stonington, Maine
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For Sale

Sales Rep: Scott Woodruff, CPYB
Telephone: 207-236-8656

     Firefly is a classic Little Harbor yacht with traceable pedigree, having been built by a world class yard for one of the sailing industry's premier sailors, Ted Hood. From the moment you step over the toe rails onto the weather deck, you feel the strength and beauty of this design. Clean, open decks, large cockpit, and meticulously maintained bright work draw the eye. Stepping down the offset companionway, you enter an open and classically detailed cabin. Designed to be strong and fast, Firefly is in great shape, benefiting from years of quality maintenance. This Little Harbor 46 offers fantastic value in today's market. Proven performance, strong, well maintained and classic — these are just some of the ways to describe this yacht, but no words can replace actually seeing her. Call to arrange a viewing, you will not be disappointed.

Owner's Comments


Owner’s Comments

     FIREFLY, originally christened ROBIN by owner/designer Ted Hood, is a 46-foot keel-centerboard yawl built in 1963-4 by Frans Maas Yacht Yard in Breskens, Holland. She is one of three in the second generation of the Little Harbor 45, conceived in 1962 as a CCA cruiser-racer. These three later “stretched” versions were all built with Corten steel hulls and framing. Decks and upper works are made of teak framed in white oak. FIREFLY’s decks and cabin top are ¾-inch Bruynzeel teak plywood overlaid with Dynel cloth set in epoxy.

     Spars are aluminum—mainmast, mizzen and mizzen boom all from Hood’s spar division in Marblehead. Main boom is a 1994 Hall Spars extrusion. Principal working sails are from Fortune in Falmouth, Maine, and are in fine condition. These include mainsail, mizzen and #2 125% roller-furling (Furlex) jib. The rest of the ample inventory is listed elsewhere.

     FIREFLY is powered by a 1999 63-hp 4-cyl.Westerbeke diesel with feathering propeller driven through a dripless bearing. Cruising speed is 7.5 knots at 3200 rpm. Electronics consist of radar, autopilot, two GPS units, depth sounder, speed log and VHF radio. Refrigeration is a Grunnert DC model, with freezer built-in to the large stainless steel compartment. Her 3-burner propane stove/oven is stainless, by Paul Luke. Sinks and countertops are stainless as well, surrounded by teak cabinetry. Nav station features a varnished teak table for a full-sized chart and shelves for electronics.

     FIREFLY’s arrangement is as follows: private master forecabin with two berths and vanity/sink (a separate head is housed beneath a teak cover); main head with shower, large hanging lockers opposite; main saloon with three pilot berths outboard of two settees; a central dining table of teak on the centerline; galley to starboard, refrigeration and storage to port; navigator’s quarter-berth is to port outboard of the nav station.

The large cockpit features an Edson pedestal steering system, two wide cushioned seats, and is uncluttered and functional for managing her five Kenyon stainless winches and main sheet track and car (fully adjustable for mainsail draft control).

     The boat has undergone a major refit from 2008 through 2017: reworked shaft and new propeller; modification to rudder for larger aperture; new exhaust system; complete re-finishing in Awlgrip on decks and spars; re-built teak hatches; new propane system; service, inspection and maintenance to centerboard and trunk; removal of fuel tanks for inspection and refinishing in bilge areas; tanks pressure-tested and re-installed with new straps and plumbing. Complete underbody surveys have been done, including untrasound thickness-gauge measurements and replacement of plating in any suspect areas. All plating is up to original builder’s specs.

     FIREFLY is a fine sea boat. Her ample beam and heft make her stiff, able and fast inshore or on the open ocean. When asked what her best point of sail was, Ted Hood once remarked, “ weather in a breeze.” Typical of Ted’s modest ways, this turns out to be an understatement. We have found the big yawl to be powerful at any angle, having seen an average speed of eight knots close-reaching or hard to windward in moderate conditions. Ten knots is not uncommon when the breeze pipes up. On deck she is a work horse. Below she is warm, perfectly dry, comfortable and gracious.     

  • BUILDER: Frans Maas, Breskens, The Netherlands
  • LOA: 46'0"
  • LWL: 33'6"
  • BEAM: 12'10"
  • DRAFT, centerboard up: 5'10"; board fully extended: 11'0"
  • DISPLACEMENT: 33,000 lbs
  • BALLAST: 10,000 lbs
  • HULL MATERIAL: Corten Steel
  • Welded Corten steel hull; welded steel framing; welded steel deep longitudinals, centerboard trunk and mast step; welded steel breast hook, stern framing
  • Cast bronze seacocks, isolated on phenolic bushings, fastened with ss bolts
  • Teak plywood decks, fastened to Corten steel flanges with ss bolts
  • Stainless steel chainplates welded to inner hull plating
  • Stainless steel rudder quadrant, cables
  • Solid teak cabin and cockpit joinery set on oak framing
  • One-piece pre-formed teak plywood coachroof
  • Teak plywood bulkheads, trimmed and painted
  • Cabinetry, doors and joinery varnished solid teak
  • Teak hatches, cockpit sole and cabin sole
  • Aluminum spars
  • Stainless steel standing rigging
  • Stainless steel stanchions, bow rail and pushpit
  • Chromed bronze ventilators on varnished teak Dorade boxes
  • Master forecabin with vanity and sink (head under V-locker)
  • Master head with hot/cold shower, vanity and cabinetry
  • Three hanging lockers in main and fore spaces
  • Main saloon with two settee berths, four pilot berths p&s
  • Kenwood am/fm stereo/CD player with Bose speaker system
  • Nav station to port at foot of companionway
  • Galley to starboard
  • Galley gear: three-burner Luke gimbaled gas stove with oven; ss sink with hot/cold pressure water from 9-gal water heater; Grunnert DC refrigeration, machinery accessed through port side cockpit locker; two aluminum propane tanks in vented box on afterdeck; full stowage p&s
Sails and Rigging
  • Dacron main, mizzen and #2 roller-furling jib, all by Fortune, 1995
  • Hood "windward reacher" #1 genoa
  • Hood mizzen staysail
  • Two North nylon spinnakers, .75-oz and 1.5-oz
  • One Hood "flanker" Dacron storm spinnaker
  • Two forestaysails (Dacron by Hood; nylon by North)
  • Storm jib; storm trysail (Hood)
  • Hood working jib (ancient)
  • Hood main (spare)
  • Braided Dacron sheets and vangs, various weights
  • Braided high-tensile, low-stretch synthetic halyards and pendants
  • All standing rigging terminals are Norseman or equiv.
  • Stainless steel turnbuckles
  • Stainless steel chainplates welded to inner hull
  • Headstay roller furling by Furlex (jibs have foam luff inserts)
  • Slab ("jiffy") reefing on main
Ground Tackle
  • 45-lb CQR primary anchor
  • 60-lb Danforth storm anchor
  • 30-lb Danforth utility anchor
  • 200' all-chain rode
  • 300' additional nylon rode
  • Maxwell electric windlass for rope and chain
  • Bow anchor roller  
  • 110 gal fuel in (2) 55 gallon stainless steel tanks
  • 200 gal water in (2) 100 gallon stainless steel tanks
  • 20 gal holding tank
  • Brookes & Gatehouse depthsounder
  • Speed log with mileage readout
  • Garmin GPS/chart
  • Garmin hand-held spare GPS
  • Raymarine radar
  • Original Northstar loran C
  • VHF radio; spare hand-held VHF
  • Raymarine 6000 autopilot
  • 12v DC system
  • 4 / 12v house batteries; one engine start battery
  • Circuit breaker panel
  • Voltmeter
  • 12v accessory socket
  • Full engine panel in cockpit
  • New cockpit cushions
  • Radar reflector
  • Bronze C/B winch
  • Large fenders with gray fleece covers
  • 2 medium fenders with blue fleece covers
  • Large bronze deck cleats
  • Single bow roller
  • Teak liferaft cradle
  • International nav lights
  • Spray Hood (fair condition) with S/S frame
  • Cockpit awning with battens
  • Danforth binnacle compass
  • Two 12V bilge pumps
  • S/S swim ladder – removable
  • Portable searchlight
  • Docklines, 2 fenderboards
  • Stereo
  • Clock and barometer
  • Ensign and staff.
  • 10 life jackets
  • Flares, boathook, bell
  • LPG Marinetics shutoff at stove
  • 1999 Westerbeke 4-cyl, 63-hp diesel, fwc
  • New stainless steel 3-bladed feathering propeller (plus two spares)
  • New heat exchanger (2011)
  • New exhaust system (2011)
  • New "dripless" stuffing box (2011)
Recent Work
  • Rudder and centerboard removed, surveyed, refinished
  • Tanks removed, area beneath inspected, cleaned and epoxied; tanks pressure tested and re-installed
  • Area of lazarette around rudder post repaired, cleaned and epoxied
  • Decks and cabin top prepped and painted with Awlgrip
  • All spars stripped, inspected, prepped and painted with Awlgrip
  • Standing rigging completely replaced over past 7 years
  • Running rigging inspected and replaced as needed; halyards replaced in 2011 with low-stretch braided synthetics
  • Working sails vetted, cleaned and mended "factory-new" 2011
  • Hull refinished above and below waterline
  • Toerails and trim wooded and refinished
  • All teak deck hatches rebuilt
  • New aluminum propane tanks installed
  • Grunnert refrigeration rebuilt 2010
  • New exhaust system 2010
  • Stainless steel feathering propeller installed 2010; new dripless shaft seal
Represented by a Certified Professional Yacht Brok

    A Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) is recognized as having achieved the highest level of industry accreditation, available only to fully-qualified yacht sales professionals. The CPYB program is administered by Yacht Brokers Association of America in partnership with Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Northwest Yacht Brokers Association, California Yacht Brokers Association, Boating Ontario Dealers, British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association and Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association.

     The CPYB program is also endorsed by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) Marine Industry Certified Dealership (MICD) program and leading yacht manufacturers as a key component of their own industry standards; the highest level of achievement for their member yacht sales professionals.

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     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.

Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Length: 46' 0"
- LOA: 46' 0"
- Engine(s): Westerbeke 63C
- Hours: 920
- HP: 63
- Hull Construction: Steel
- Manufacturer: Ted Hood
- Model: Little Harbor 46 - Yawl
- Designer: Ted Hood
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