43′ – HUNNY – Newly Restored Robert “Chummy” Rich Downeast Cruiser – SOLD!


Displ: 23,000 lbs
LOA: 43′
Beam: 13′
Max Draft: 4′

In the fall of 2020 we brought a 1976 43’ Chummy Rich Downeast cruiser called HUNNY (ex SEA STAR) into the main shop. The boat was purchased with a low hour/ well maintained 370 HP Yanmar engine after a thorough survey by Tom Adams of Maine Design Company. Before long we had her stripped down to a bare hull and Doug was enlisted for designing all new superstructure and accommodations, while Ellery and Don Eley set about planning a cutting edge electrical system and Matt and Kit began making structural repairs and improvements to the hull.

Due to unforeseen circumstances HUNNY is now for sale with approximately 3/4 of her refit accomplished .  This is a unique opportunity to purchase a classic liveaboard cruiser in the late stages of a complete systems, superstructure and accomodations rebuild.  Every system aside from the main engine is brand new and state of the art, (see list below).  At this stage of of the project much of the work is completed, but an experienced and knowledgeable owner would still have the opportunity to customize some of the layout and style of the interior without setting the project back.

HUNNY’s current owner hails from Mississippi and it was important for him to incorporate some southern charm into a boat that is otherwise all “Downeast.” He personally sourced hundreds of board feet of “sinker cypress” for interior joinery, trim and paneling from Albany Woodworks in Tickfaw Louisiana. “Sinker” cypress is old growth cypress that has been recovered from the bottoms of bayous, lakes and rivers in the south where it has been lying preserved for 100+ years. Not surprisingly it’s time in the bayou tells it’s tale in the color of the wood which varies from a rich “rainbow” brown reminiscent of fresh-sawn Teak, to an iridescent golden amber. We’ve enjoying getting to know this fascinating lumber.

Tastefully shrouded in this ancient lumber is a cutting edge electrical system providing her owner every comfort of home without ever plugging in at a marina. A 990 amp Victron Lithium-Ion battery bank from PKYS will silently power two heat pumps (for climate control), an induction cook top, electric “multi oven” freezer, fridge, hot water, onboard Wifi, flat screen TV and much more. When the sun shines a 1500W Solbian SR+ solar array will keep the battery bank topped up without any noise. If HUNNY is underway a 215 amp Balmar Li alternator will keep her charged, and there’s always the brand new Northern lights 6kw genset at the ready.  The engine room is thoroughly sound insulated with the latest materials from Soundown Corp. With flexible mounts, flexible coupling and Soundown water drop muffler on the main engine and isolation mounts and a sound enclosure on the genset, the pilot house and cabin will be remarkably quiet no matter what’s running.

Her ample pilot house will make for a bright and comfortable salon with a generous galley to port.  To starboard aft of the helm is the dinette featuring a retractable table pedestal for conversion from dining table to cocktail table and all the way retracted for conversion to a double berth.  Down below the masters berth is a double to starboard with office and dressing space to port.  Moving forward there is a stand alone shower to port opposite the head to starboard.  In the focsle are two single berths a reading chair and a hanging locker.

The goal of HUNNYs rebuild was to create an extraordinarily comfortable liveaboard cruiser with every comfort of home shrouded in custom joinery and classic details.  Her cutting edge electrical system incorporating the latest lithium-ion and solar technology sets her apart, and will set you apart from crowded marinas full of boats tethered to shore power.  When furnished, HUNNY will be a wonderfully unique venue in which to experience the best and most remote secrets of the coast, quietly, responsibly and in complete comfort.

HUNNY – Robert “Chummy” Rich downeast cruiser, restored and updated by Hylan & Brown.


Construction:1-1/4″ Mahohany planking on 1-1/2″ x 3″ steam bent oak frames on 10″ centers.  Oak centerline timbers.  Silicon Bronze fasteners.  Main decks are Marine plywood over Douglas fir, sheathed with dynel in west system epoxy.  Cabin and pilot house tops are marine plywood over foam core with dynel sheathing. Cabin and pilot house sides are triple epoxy coated marine plywood with epoxy primer.  Bronze Hardware throughout.

Engines fuel and Running gear.

  • Engine:  370 HP Yanmar 6LYA-STP – 584 hrs.
  • Soundown Flexible coupling- New!,
  • Soundown waterdrop muffler New!.
  • Genset:  Northern Light 6kw with isolation mounts, sound enclosure and water seperating muffler.  New!
  • Fuel Tankage: 245 gal
  • Fuel Filters: Dual Racor 75/1000 max
  • Fuel transfer pump with manifold.
  • Shaft: 2″ Bronze
  • Prop: 4-blade bronze.

Ship Handling

  • Steering – Hydraulic
  • Thruster: Side Power SE80-185T New!
  • Windlass: Lewmar V2/V3
  • Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40 New!

Plumbing and tankage:

  • Water tanks: 275 gal
  • Holding tank: 40 gal New!
  • Toilet: Dometic Masterflush 8949 Mascerating New!
  • Plumbing: Pex Pressure system with accumulation tank and manifold New!
  • Water Heater: 20 gal Isotemp Basic 75 New!

House Electrical System:

  • 12V DC – 120VAC
  • Batteries: (3) Victron 330 Amp Hr Lithium Ion Battery bank.  New!
  • Solar: 1500 Watt Solbian SR+ array.  New!
  • Inverters Chargers: (2) Victron Multiplus Inverter chargers. New!
  • Shorepower:  120V 50 amp
  • Li System Controls and display: Victron GX touch 50 New!
  • Alternator:  Balmar 210 amp alternator New!

Starting/ thruster/ windlass Battery System:

  • 12VDC Batteries: (3) 1150 CCA Group 31 AGM New!

Electrical Appliances

  • Refrigerator: Isotherm DR190 INOX New!
  • Freezer: Isotherm DR 55 New!
  • Dometic 16,000 BTU Reverse cycle heating and cooling New!
  • Dometic 10,000 BTU Reverse cycle heating and cooling New!
  • Water Heater: 20 gal Isotemp Basic 75 New!

Electronics: ALL NEW 2021!

  • Chartplotter: Garmin GPSMAP 8616xsv
  • Radar: Garmin Fantom 18
  • AIS: Garmin AIS 800
  • VHF: Garmin VHF 315
  • Transducer: Airmar B150M
  • Weather station: Airmar 120WX
  • Windlass control: Auto Anchor
  • Autopilot: Garmin Reactor 40
  • Wifi: KVH Tracphone LTE-1

Interested in this project?

HUNNY has now sold!  If you are interested in a project like this, or for more Information on HUNNY, please contact us at 207-359-9807, or send email to ellery@dhylanboats.com.