26′ Bowler – TIP YOUR CAP – Built 2019 – Harpswell, ME – SOLD

TIP YOUR CAP is built to the Doug Hylan’s BOWLER design and is a “cruising” version of his earlier TOP HAT design. These boats are descended from Harry Bryan’s inspired Handy Billy design, which in turn can trace its roots back to William Hand’s vee bottom designs from the early 20th century. One hundred years later, Hand would still recognize these boats – handsome, efficient in operation, sea kindly and somewhat improved by incorporation of a little extra beam, modern construction techniques and the availability of today’s wonderfully quiet and clean burning outboard motors.

TIP YOUR CAP is constructed using modern epoxy glued wood, fiberglass and Dynel cloth construction. Her bottom is marine plywood and her curvaceous topsides are strip planked. All is sheathed in Dynel and epoxy for a boat that stays good looking with less maintenance. Her fine bow will handle a chop with ease, and her semi-displacement hull can be driven up to 17 knots with just 60 horsepower.

Down below is a generous vee berth, followed by a toilet to starboard and a sink & counter to port. A step up brings you to the shelter, with 6′ 3” of headroom. The helm station is to port and to starboard is a “co-pilot” seat with storage under. A luxurious settee extends across the aft end of the cockpit just forward of the motor well and is a perfect place to enjoy the day either underway or at anchor in a quiet cove. Speaking of quiet, TIP YOUR CAP’s motor is in a covered well, which makes engine noise almost negligible.

Some might consider TIP YOUR CAP as a day boat and she’ll work splendidly in that capacity but with her accommodations (galley, head and double berth) below and pilot house above a weekend cruise is very much in the picture as long as simple eating (or dinner reservations) is acceptable fare. A young (or young at heart) and adventurous couple might head off for a week and with curtains around the shelter, even a pair of kids (or grandkids) can be included in the fun.

TIP YOUR CAP is currently in-water and being actively used by her owners. She will be available for purchase in the last week of August 2021. If TIP YOUR CAP seems to be the right boat for you (and why wouldn’t she be?) contact us to arrange an in-person inspection, a quick transfer of ownership and a great boat to enjoy for the remainder of the 2021 summer and fall boating season…or…. make use of her Loadmaster double axle trailer and head south for more fun in the sun.

Principle Dimensions and Information
  • Name: TIP YOUR CAP
  • Designer: Doug Hylan
  • Builder: Robert P. Whitehouse
  • Design Model: Bowler
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • LOA: 26’, 06”
  • LWL: 25’, 04”
  • Beam: 8’, 02”
  • Draft: 1’, 04” (with engine raised)
  • Displacement: 3,680 lbs.
  • Hull Construction: Composite of wood, epoxy and Dynel cloth
  • Propulsion: Evinrude E-Tec 4-stroke outboard
  • Horse Power: 60 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 35 Gallons
  • Freshwater Capacity: 12 Gallons
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 26 Gallons
  • Boat Speed Max: 17 Knots
  • Boat Speed Cruising / Planing: 9-10 Knots
Hull and Deck Construction

Solid and laminated Mahogany and Douglas Fir structural members. Breast hook and lower rub rails White Oak Bottom (below waterline) is constructed of two (2) layers of 9mm Meranti marine plywood with a single layer of Dynel cloth set in epoxy. Inside butts of plywood seams are reinforced with fiberglass tape and coated with multiple layers of Petit “Protect “epoxy primer Topsides are of 7/8” x 1 ½” Spanish Cedar Speed Strip with interior single layer of Dynel cloth set in epoxy and exterior double layer of Dynel cloth cut on bias and set in epoxy.

Foredeck is 3 layers of1/4” Okume marine plywood butted to a laminated18mm marine plywood center plank and reinforced with a 3/8” by 9” laminated center-line butt strip on the underside of the deck.  After deck is 3/8”marine plywood All deck areas are over laid with Dynel cloth set in epoxy.  Superstructure is solid mahogany and marine plywood with painted surfaces.  Shelter roof is marine plywood overlaid with Dynel cloth set in Epoxy.

Interior Accommodations

Basic but elegant accommodations suitable for overnight and weekend excursions but capable of longer cruising. Interior finished off in the Herreshoff style of White painted V-match bulkhead accented by varnished Mahogany joinery and furniture. Large berth provides sleeping accommodations for two persons forward followed by Galley area to starboard and head / marine toilet hidden under counter to port. Plenty of storage under berth, in lockers and drawer space. Lots of natural light from brass fixed ports (4 per side) and overhead opening hatch with additional artificial light provided by well-placed fixtures. Excellent ventilation provided by way of opening hatch and louvered companionway doors.

Propulsion and Fuel
  • 2019 Evinrude E-Tec 4-stroke, 60 HP outboard motor
  • Engine located in covered well to minimize sound
  • 35 Gallon Poly tank
  • Primary water separator type fuel filter
  • Secondary (engine) fuel filter
  • Baystar manual hydraulic steering system
  • Traditional 6-spoke bronze and wood steering wheel
  • 12-Volt DC system
  • Two (2) heavy duty AGM marine batteries stored in secured and covered battery boxes Main
  • battery selector switch
  • Electrical panel with individual circuits for control of all ship’s electrical demands
  • Victron battery combiner
Plumbing and Sanitation
  • Manually supplied fresh water system
  • Stainless steel sink basin with hand pump in galley
  • 12 Gallon Fresh water capacity
  • Jabsco Compact model marine toilet plumbed for discharge overboard or to holding tank
  • Holding tank plumbed for discharge / emptying at shore side pump-out station
Electronics and Navigation
  • Ritchie helm compass
  • Garmin GPS Map 942xs chart plotter chart and radar display
  • Gamin radar
  • Gamin 210 VHF radio
  • Garmin heading sensor
  • Weems & Plath time and tide clock
  • NEMA 2000 backbone
Ground Tackle
  • Hooker 13 lb. Danforth style anchor
  • 10 ft of 1/4” chain
  • 150’ of 3/8” nylon rode
  • 100’ of 3/8” nylon rode
Dewatering Equipment
  • Thirstymate manual portable bilge pump
  • Johnson 600 GPH electric automatic bilge pump with float switch
  • Rule 500 GPH electric automatic bilge pump with float switch
Safety Equipment
  • Type II adult PFD’s (4 ea.)
  • Type II child PFD’s (1ea.)
  • Type V adult PFD’s (2ea)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Orion flares kit with 4 flares (handheld), signal mirror and distress flag
  • 12-Volt ship’s horn
  • Manual horn
  • Life ring with 60’ of floating line
  • Boarding ladder
  • Sea anchor
  • Fire extinguisher

Additional Equipment

  • Loadmaster double axle trailer
  • Nutshell Pram (7’, 7”) tender with oars and oar locks
  • Boat Hook
  • Dock lines (4ea.)
  • Fenders (2ea.)

For More Information

  • TIP YOUR CAP is located in Harpswell, ME and in available for in-person inspection.
  • For more information, please email Ellery at ellery@dhylanboats.com, or call 207-359-9807

Listing text courtesy of Yachtworld.