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Lyle C. Hess
1912-2002
Lyle C. Hess
Lyle Hess designed and built his first boat at the age of 14. During WWII, he worked as a shipwright at Harbor Boatworks in San Pedro, building wood torpedo boats and minesweepers for the British Navy. After the war he built fishing boats for the Humbolt Bay Boat Company.

In 1946, with partner Roy Barteaux, he founded L. A. Yacht Yard in Harbor City, California.
He later sold his share and went into home construction business with his brother but still working at yacht design in his spare time.

With the introduction of the BALBOA 20, built by Arthur Marine, Hess was able to work at yacht design full time.

In addition, with the success of Larry Pardee's Seraffyn, designed by Hess, and the subsequent articles written about her, he was asked to design a 28' version, the BRISTOL CHANNEL CUTTER, for construction in fiberglass by the Sam L. Morse Company of Costa Mesa.
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BY THIS DESIGNER:
NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
BALBOA 20 20.00' / 6.10m 1967
BALBOA 26 25.58' / 7.80m 1969
KONA 14 14.08' / 4.29m 1971
ENSENADA 20 20.00' / 6.10m 1972
MONTGOMERY 12 12.20' / 3.72m 1972
RK 20 20.00' / 6.10m 1972
LA PAZ 25 25.00' / 7.62m 1973
MONTGOMERY 17 17.08' / 5.21m 1973
MONTGOMERY 17 FD 17.08' / 5.21m 1975
BRISTOL CHANNEL CUTTER 28.08' / 8.56m 1975
BALBOA 27 8.2 26.50' / 8.08m 1976
NOR'SEA 27 27.00' / 8.23m 1976
NOR'SEA 26 PILOTHOUSE 27.58' / 8.41m 1978
MONTGOMERY 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1979
AQUARIUS 24 PILOT CUTTER 24.00' / 7.32m 1979
FALMOUTH CUTTER 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1980
NOR'SEA 37 36.42' / 11.10m 1992
FATTY KNEES 9.00' / 2.74m 2000



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