37VT22 Tess II
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HIN: OEY370221184 more photos
Hull Laid: November 1984
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
In Sidney, BC 2013
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Bruce Griffiths 2008 Tess II Skagway, AK
Richard and Mary Mehl 2000 2008 Tess II Georgian Bay, Ontario
Bob & Nackey Scagliotti 1997 2000 Tess Boothbay, ME
Jim and Jane McKinney1 24 Jan. 1985 1997 Tess Seattle, WA

About the Owners Past and Present

Bruce Griffiths: From a July 2008 email Bruce Griffiths writes: I have had a love affair with the lnvt for a long time. I was in Juneau AK years ago and saw Perserverance for the first time. I did not know what type of boat she was but I really liked her lines. Once I found out what she was I had a hard time finding information about them. One day I ran across something on the webb from Mitch Page, he also liked them but information was limited. Anyway I contacted Mitch and he mentioned he would like to start a club and maybe buy one at some point. Well he started the club with his first wife and I became one of the first wannabees. I learned as much as I could about the boats over the years and as soon as I was in a position to buy one I bought Tess. From a 9 September posting to the LNVT Forum Bruce wrote: Well we made it! Tess is in Skagway Ak. We ran 107.5 hr in 12 days, arrived 8:30 am Sunday. Lots of rain, no wind, very little fog a couple of minor mechanical problems,great trip.

The McKinneys: The original owners of Tess lived aboard for six years. They cruised from Alaska to Mexico and then trucked Tess to Brownsville, TX. From there they cruised the Gulf all the way to Tampa, FL. One night something went wrong, the shaft bent, and it cost $2000 for a tow in. The shaft was straightened by heating it.


  • Straight salon settee
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Stateroom has single seat with vanity to starboard

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • BMW diesel engine, 2500 hours (1/08)
  • Detailed log of all work performed
  • Engine fine-tuned annually
  • Regular 100 hour oil changes
  • Extensive spare parts inventory including spare starter and alternator
  • Fuel consumption - 1.7 gals/hr @ 7 knots, increases with speed
  • Twin Racor filters
  • SPUR line cutters at propeller
  • Dripless PSS Shaft Seal
  • Espar Heater
  • Added a propellor zinc
  • Rudder cheeks


  • 4D Starting Battery
  • Multi-step Voltage Regulator
  • Dockside Electrical Cables
  • 4 Solar Panels installed on pilothouse roof
  • Balmar 145amp Alternator
  • 6 Golf Cart House Batteries
  • 30 amp Battery Charger
  • Battery Solar System Regulator


  • 11 cu. ft. top-load refridgerator
  • A 4-burner propane stove with oven
  • A TV/VCR is built into the shelves aft of the galley


  • Furuno 24mi Radar
  • Compass
  • Depth Sounder
  • Fish Finder
  • Wagner hydraulic steering and autopilot(reverts to cable steering when auto off)
  • Solar Panels
  • Standard Horizon VHF Radio
  • Sony CD/AM-FM Radio, 4 speakers and 2 woofers


  • Teak deck salt-water washdown
  • Lifesling MOB package
  • Fenders and mooring lines
  • Sun/insect screens for all windows and ports
  • Windshield wipers
    • Primary ground tackle: 250' 3/8 chain, Bruce anchor w/SS backing plate
  • Electric Muir Vertical windlass
  • Stern or back-up anchor with chain & line
  • Hinged wood mast and boom with custom Lidgard steady sail

2013 Refit

  • All the exterior bright work was done with three coat of Sikens marine natural teak.
  • Rebuilt the after entry hatch (rot) on sliding part and removed fix portion improved drainage and added missing factory drain holes.
  • Replaced all the delaminated window glass in the 5 forward pilot house windows.
  • Replaced the 4 s.s. pilot house windows glass c/w new retainers.
  • Removed all the rotten wood in the bottom of the pilot house vertical opening windows. Then repaired the cracks in the fiberglass window wells. The drain/weep holes were installed 1” above the bottom of the fiberglass wells. The factory just used a plywood filler to bring the bottom upwards to the same level as the weep holes.
  • Repaired and painted the bulwarks
    • Removed all the gel coat between the rub and cap rails, filled and faired.
    • Fixed the cracked 3” holes on the inside of the bulwarks (through which the factory injected foam).
  • Adjusted the waterline.
  • Repaired the mast and boom and refinished with Sikens marine natural teak.
  • Replumbed the fuel tanks.
  • Moved the fuel fills and vents to the Port cabin side wall mid ship, up 3” off the deck.
  • Installed dip sticks in the fuel tanks.
  • Replaced the cutlass bearing in the drive shaft.
  • Balanced the prop.
  • Rebuilt the rudder shaft supports (new cutlass bearing and stern tube).
  • Replaced the transmission shift cable.
  • Replaced the copper two piece illegal propane line with the proper line.
  • Had the missing (never been one) engine room s.s. vent built and installed on the stack.

Original Purchase Information2

Date Ordered Buyer Hull Laid OEY's Cost to Build3 Shipping Cost from Taiwan Date Shipped Date Arrived in US Closing Sale Date Misc. Expenses4 Admiralty Ltd. Profit Approximate Delivered Price5
10/25/84 Cruising World Yachts 11/84 $53,600.36 $8,270.32 12/12/84 01/01/85 04/07/85 $3,675.18 $10,051.64 $75,597.50
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