37VT58 Eight Bells
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HIN: OEY370580487 more photos
Hull Laid: April 1987
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Tim Bates & Susan Hamilton September 2020 Eight Bells Seattle, WA
Richard and Connie Hildahl August 2012 September 2020 Awesome! Filucy Bay, WA
Mike and Margaret Smith April 2009 August 2012 Lady Margaret Seattle, WA
Bruce and Margrit Elliot December 2000 April 2009 Equinox La Conner, WA
Jim and Judy Gilles December 2000 Equinox Pleasant Harbor, WA
Frank Radich Motivator

Tim Bates & Susan Hamilton: Tim grew up sailing on Lake Erie. After coming to Seattle in 1975, he purchased a 23' wooden Stone Horse and sailed throughout the Salish Sea for 18 years. Boatless for 25 years and now empty nesters, he and spouse, Susan Hamilton, decided to return to boating. What better pandemic project than taking care of a classic boat.

Richard and Connie Hildahl: Richard and Connie Hildahl purchased “Lady Margaret” in the early fall 2012. The boat will be renamed “Awesome!’ with Filucy Bay listed as the home port. The name was selected after their 5 year old grandson Haakon, who upon his first visit to and inspection of the boat exclaimed “Grandpa - this boat is “AWESOME”!

Rich and Connie live near the entrance to Filucy Bay in Longbranch, Washington. We have been involved in boating for over 40 years. Until now we have owned primarily motorsailers, the latest of which was the Vikingprins, a Fisher 37. They were attracted to the LNVT because of its character and quality of build.

Thanks to the inspiration of Robin and Kae Paterson and several others they have immersed themselves into researching the rich history of the Key Peninsula’s and South Sound’s early days .

Mike and Margaret: After renaming their new tug Lady Margaret, the Smiths repainted her bulwarks green. They have cruised her extensively in British Columbia.

Bruce and Margrit: Owned a Sundowner 32 and a Willard 30 before they bought Equinox. Just after Christmas of 2000 Bruce and Margrit took possession of Equinox and cruised her to her new home in La Conner, WA. As Bruce says "The boat is a dream come true. I feel great every time I look at her and go aboard - this is a REAL boat, and I now know why I have been attracted to them for so long - the appearance and execution of design; the quality of the materials and hardware used (real wood and brass where they ought to be); and the quality and care with which they were assembled and built. … All of our cruising was essentially local — mostly throughout the SJ islands (many times to Fisherman Bay, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, and Rosario), as far north as Bellingham and Semiahmoo, and south to Gig Harbor for the rendezvous there…and of course Seattle, Eagle Harbor and Poulsbo." After selling Equinox Bruce and Margrit purchased a Nordhaven 46.


  • Reverse layout
  • Mehrkens Galley (i.e. galley to starboard)
  • Companionway to port
  • Table and settee to port
  • Stateroom
  • Full width berth
  • Hanging lockers port and starboard
  • Shower room has no sink or bifold (factory option)
  • Two engine room access floorboards in pilot house

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 4BT3.9M turbocharged diesel engine, 3250 hrs Aug 2011
  • SE-100 Bow Thruster (2021)
  • Hard wired Reverso oil change pump (2010)
  • 2" Stainless steel propellor shaft
  • Prop LH 24"
  • Webasto DBW-2010 circulating hot water heating system rated at 45,000 BTU/hr using 0.4 gallons/hr. of fuel
  • Aquadrive engine anti-vibration system
  • PSS dripless packing gland
  • Aqualarm for bilge, coolant flow, water temperature
  • Rule 3500 bilge pumps (2) with helm mounted controls
  • Air horn with compressor
  • Mechanical steering
  • Manual spotlight on pilot house
  • Tankage
      • 240g diesel in 4 original black iron tanks
      • 150g water in 2 original stainless tanks
      • 24g holding tank welded plastic under bunk (2020)
      • 30lb aluminum LP cylinder
  • Electric macerating head and all new plumbing (2020)
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Pressurized fresh water system w/expansion
  • Water heater (from 120 VAC or engine cooling water) 40L (2020)
  • Windshield wipers on front two windows (factory option)
  • Pilothouse window defrosters (2) (factory option)
  • Engine room and bilge blower (exhausts via the top of the smoke stack) (2020)


  • Battery charger 125V
  • 2000 watt inverter
  • Gel batteries
  • Two spreader mounted LED deck lights (2020)
  • All interior and exterior lighting converted to LEDs (2020)


  • Ceiling mounted cabinet with lights beneath (factory option)
  • Propane range
  • Microwave oven
  • 9 cu/ft reefer with frigaboat refrigeration (2011), new fan (2020)


  • WH Autopilot
  • Icom 501 VHF w/DSC
  • Garmin HD Radar (2001)
  • Garmin tridata depth, speed and water temp (2011)
  • Garmin 740 S GPS/Plotter (2010)
  • Sony AM/FM radio CD player (2011)
  • Cellular booster (2020)


  • Mast and boom
  • Steadying sail 110 sq/ft (2010)
  • Gig Harbor 8 ft Nisqually dinghy with flotation collar and 2hp four cycle Honda outboard (2010)
  • Maxwell 1000 windlass with down foot switches.
  • Sunbrella covers for all windows , doors, cap rail and dinghy (2010)
  • Danforth HT anchor w/ 200 ft 3/8 chain (2009)
  • Auxillary Danforth and Forfjord anchors with rode
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