1996 Russell Yachts Inc. Falmouth Cutter 26

  • 26 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Haddam Neck, CT, US

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  • Bow Sprit
  • At mooring
  • House entrance
  • Welcome aboard
  • Salon
  • Starboard view of salon
  • Galley
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Shipmate 2 burner propane stove and oven


Lyle Hess designed this beautiful 26' Falmouth Cutter as a pocket cruising cutter; small enough for novice sailors to be comfortable, yet large enough not to be a compromise in her sea keeping ability.  Her hull was built by Russel Yachts in North Carolina and purchased new by Johnson Millwork Inc. of Connecticut.  Over the next 10 years her interior, deck, mast, rigging, fittings were lovingly created by hand by an extraordinary craftsman.  Sailed for only 5 years from 1996 to 2001 in the Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay she has been kept in pristine condition with annual attention in a shed at the millwork.

This boat features custom woodwork and joinery that only a highly skilled craftsman can produce as a labor of love for his craft and for the love of sailing.  Combine that craftsmanship with a Lyle Hess design and the result is a vessel that is both beautiful and a capable blue water pocket cruiser she was designed to be.

If you are in the market for either the Bristol Channel Cutter 28 or a Falmouth Cutter 22 then you owe it to yourself to come take a look at this vessel.  You will immediately take notice of the quality of the build, the dimension and quality of the various component lumber in the deck, mast, rigging and interior; all custom manufactured at the millwork.  You will see the attention to detail in all the bronze fittings.  You will find a complete inventory of sails in excellent condition and you will see a Volvo-Penta engine with just 307 hours that shows like new.  You will find your next boat!


Basic Information

Russell Yachts Inc.
Falmouth Cutter 26
Haddam Neck, CT, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Carol Ann
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Lyle Hess
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Dimensions & Weight

26 ft - 7.92 meter
34 ft - 10.36 meter
9 ft 7 in - 2.92 meter
Draft - max:
4 ft 7 in - 1.4 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
12000 lbs


Volvo Penta
Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
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Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
18 (Individual), 18 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
30 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
40 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
20 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Fit and Finish

The interior of Carol Ann is beautifully finished with traditional yacht features, colors, materials and finishes.  From her custom made extra thick white bead board, to her highly finished mahogany trim, her custom made dining table, and her abundant custom storage lockers, bins, shelves and drawers, to her beautiful teak and holly floor.  There is nothing standard about this interior.  It is functional, durable and beautiful. 


The interior layout is comfortable for a couple and a guest with private owner's cabin forward featuring a double berth to starboard and storage lockers to port. Just aft the forward stateroom is the enclosed head featuring a manual toilet, holding tank and good stowage.  The main salon features two settees port and starboard separated by a custom made mahogany dining table with a fold down leaf.  In the aft area of the main salon there is a long quarter berth to port and a large chart table to starboard.  There are assorted stowage areas built into the bulkhead and access to the engine which sits below the cockpit.

Headroom in the main cabin is 6' 4". 


The galley is forward to port and features a two burner Shipmate propane stove and oven, a large deep stainless steel sink with a wood cutting board cover and two hand pump faucets for either fresh or sea water.  Behind the port settee is a huge well insulated ice box.


Carol Ann features an extensive inventory of sails


Mainsail #1 6.5 oz. Dacron 221 sq. ft.  Clark Sail

Mainsail #2 7.0 oz. Dacron 221 sq. ft.   Clark Sail

Genoa 368 sq. ft. (purchased used)

Jib 6 oz. 235 sq. ft. Dacron Clark Sail

Stay sail 7.5 oz. Clark Sail

Storm jib 7.0 oz. 57 sq. ft. Clark Sail


Sitca spruce spar with bronze fittings, solid below deck, hollow above deck with foil interior

Sitca spruce bowsprit

Whisker pole

Fir boom and  boomkin

Stainless steel standing rigging

1/2" teak blocks

Running rigging

   1/2" braided dacron (600')

   5/8" stranded nylon (350')

Two self-tailing bronze jib winches

Two cabin top halyard bronze winches

Canvas (beige)

Awning for cockpit

Canvas sail bags for jib and staysail

Mainsail canvas



12 volt electrical

Two 12 volt batteries

Engine alternator

Interior lights

Navigation lights


Volvo-Penta 2 cylinder 18 h.p. diesel engine

MS2 transmission

Engine hours: 307

Raycor fuel filter and water separator

Engine control panel in cockpit

Bronze engine controls in cockpit

Three bladed bronze prop

Mechanical bilge pump


The deck was constructed with 1/2" marine plywood sandwiched between hand laminated fiberglass then finished with extra thick 1/2" teak decking, glued and screwed down.  The deck hardware includes ten cast bronze stanchions with double lifelines, six bronze hawse holes, six extra large cleats, eight inch mahogany bulwarks and taffrail. A bronze windlass


The hull was built by Russel Yachts of Morehead City North Carolina.  The hull is hand laminated fiberglass consisting of 2 layers of 1 1/2 oz. mat followed by alternating layers of 24 oz. roving and 1-1/2 oz. mat to give the hull a thickness of 1/2". Additional layers are applied to the transom, bow, deck flange, chain plates and to the turn of the bilges to a thickness of 5/8" or more due to overlapping material for strength and resiliency.  The hull was then insulated with 1/2" blue insulation board to prevent condensation inside the boat.


Mahogany cabin with six opening bronze ports and two fixed bronze ports, 1/4" v grooved ceiling, 1/2" double diagonal cypress  topped with canvas laminated with West System for a full 3/4" cabin top with large opening teak and bronze hatch for ventilation to main cabin and opening hatch to forward cabin with light prism.



Docking and Anchoring

CQR anchor on bow with 3/8" proof coil chain

75lb Fisherman anchor

Bruce anchor with chain and 5/8" rode

10' boat hook

Dock lines



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.


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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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