Hell’s Bells was designed by Van Dam for a southern gentleman who wanted a boat suitable for evening "cocktail" cruises and watching the local sailing regattas with friends and family.
Not designed to be a fast boat, she's powered with a custom in-line 6 cylinder gasoline engine of 200 hp which easily gets her up on plane. She cruises effortlessly and efficiently at a leisurely pace with this power. A small diesel would also be well suited to this arrangement.
The client had several requirements: An open cockpit for watching the stars and enjoying the sunshine; a small wet bar with a built in ice chest below the mid seats for serving libations; generous freeboard forward to allow excursions into the coastal waters of Lake Michigan; and a period-correct "Dietrich-style" top for those that want to stay out of the sun. In typical Van Dam fashion these requirements were met in elegant style.
- LOA: 29’0”
- Beam: 7’9”
- Draft: 2’
- Displacement: 3700 lbs