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.
FIREFLY: A TED HOOD YAWL
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, “...to 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.
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