Belle was designed and built by Ron Bell in Richmond British Columbia in 1981. She is one of three sister ships built at the same time. She is 47’ long and 12’ wide, her hull is fiberglass but her heart is mahogany. She is powered by an Isuzu 120 diesel and cruises easily at 9 knots using less than 2 gallons of fuel an hour. She makes 13 knots under full power.
She is a very comfortable vessel with plenty of room. She can sleep four with her king size bed in the forepeak and on a U shaped couch that converts to a double bed. There is also a "captains berth" in the pilot house. She can seat six people in the main salon, four at the dining booth, three in the pilot house, four on the aft deck and two in the Titanic replica teak recliners on the foredeck.
She has won the Peoples Choice Award twice at the Bell Harbor Classic Rendezvous. She is one of the only fiberglass boats ever allowed to attend the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. We have cruised Belle from Olympia WA to the Broughton Islands. Belle would make a wonderful live-aboard, which she was for the 22 years before we purchased her. She is available with or without our boathouse (B246) at the Tacoma Yacht Club.
[Photos by Tom Brayton.]