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1976 Dyer 29

Denton, Maryland


Classic New England Lobster Boat. Sea-kindly. Fuel efficient 230 hp Yanmar diesel (946 hrs showing). Cruises at 15-16 kts, 21 kts WOT. Recent refit, including (2) NEW custom fuel tanks, fuel lines, gauges; NEW batteries; NEW battery charger; NEW raw water strainer; NEW PSS Dripless Seal; NEW motor mounts; NEW mahogany windshield and NEW laminate glass. More. Garmin touch-screen chart-plotter. Sleeps 2 in large v-berth; head. Huge cockpit. Great for “creek crawling” and fishing. Handsome boat.


Wilson Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by North Point Yacht Sales.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Hyla
Make: Dyer
Model: 29
Year: 1976
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Dyer
Designer: Nick Potter
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: DYEJO1380176
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 29 ft / 8.84 m
Length Overall: 29 ft / 8.84 m
Beam: 9'6 ft / 2.90 m
Max Draft: 2'5 ft / 0.74 m
Cabin Headroom: 5'10 ft / 1.78 m
Dry Weight: 6,700 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4LH-STE
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2004
  • Engine Hours: 946
  • Engine Location: Center


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Downeast, Cuddy Cabin, Antique and Classics

Additional Information

The engine was Installed in 2005 by Bayshore Marine. It is Yanmar 230 hp, 4LH-STE; 946 hrs currently showing on it. 


The 2020-22refit (by Mathews) includes:

New alum fuel tanks by Dyer to their specs (2x 50 gal ea); fuel drain lines installed;

New fuel fill and fuel lines;

New tank senders (existing gauges);

New raw water strainer;

New thru hull for strainer;

New engine mounts; most hoses replaced;

alt belts replaced, as well as impeller;

New batt charger;

New batteries (2); group 28, Wet cell;

New elec bilge pump mount;

New mahogany windshield

  with painted Awlgrip;

New laminate glass windshield.


2019 Refit (by Mathews) items:

Remove, repair, rebed and repaint

  spray rail;

Rebuild engine box cover; repaint.


2016 New canvas top and eisenglass side curtains by Galesville Canvas.


2015 refit (work done at Hartge YH

  By Bernard Willem carpentry)

New teak/holly sole in cabin & head;

New custom mahogany door to head.


2014 refit at Hartge Yacht Harbor

Repair, rebuild, repaint side windshields;

Repair, rebuild, repaint lower P&S

  bulkhead cockpit panels;

Topsides painted: Jade Mist Green

Deck and windshield panels painted

  Hatteras white.


2013 refit (By Bayshore Marine)

New hydraulic steering cables and 

control box;

New Bennett trim tabs motor.

Other misc mech repairs.


Since 2008, The boat has been stored inside for winter, first at Hartge and, since Dec 2018, at Mathews.

Also included with the boat:

Spare 4-Blade Prop

2 Teak rod racks in the Cockpit

2 Rod Holders on the coaming

Boating Magazine: The Great Constant: Dyer 29

This past spring the order came in for hull No. 356 of the Dyer 29, a link in an unbroken chain that goes back to 1956, when the anchorage in Warren, Rhode Island, began offering the same model to owners who appreciate a boat that never goes out of style.

In the early days of fiberglass, Bill Dyer took a chance and asked Nick Potter for a design that, as Dyer put it, “would be a traditional hull that could take more than its crew could.” The result was a boat able to travel at a steady 15 mph no matter what, while burning only 2 gph. Designed for comfort, not speed, it succeeded as a great sea boat, and some with its design do service as pilot boats off the Virginia capes.

With its sweeping sheer line, rounded chines and long keel, it’s a classic bit of New England. The cockpit is massive, almost half the boat’s length. It’s also built to last. Hull No. 1 is still alive and well, plying the waters of long Island sound. Bob Stine, of Black Dog Boat Works in Denton, Maryland, who specializes in maintaining old 29s, likes to say they grow old gracefully. Few, if any, come to him with major problems resulting from age. Mostly he’s just upgrading systems or swapping out an engine.

New 29s come as a soft top, hardtop or extended hardtop, or as a flush-deck bass boat. The latter sports a tiller at the transom, as well as a helm, and is used by anglers pursuing stripers. Prices start at $180,000 with a single 200 bhp Volvo Penta diesel. Not cheap, but they’re well-equipped and, unlike most boats, one of these guarantees a good return on your money. That is, if you’re foolish enough to sell it.


Soundings Magazine

It’s 1955. Dwight Eisenhower is in the White House, James Dean is the movie matinee idol, and the Brooklyn Dodgers finally win the World Series. In Warren, Rhode Island, designer and boatbuilder Nick Potter is finishing a new powerboat based on the traditional New England lobstering and fishing boats he knows so well.

It’s a simple craft with a single engine and lots of cockpit space — seaworthy and with salty good looks. It’s the Dyer 29, and it will outlast them all.

Still available nearly 60 years later from the company that built the first one — The Anchorage — the Dyer 29 is thought to be the oldest continuously produced powerboat in the United States. “The next one out of the mold will be No. 356,” says Tad Jones, the company president and grandson of founder Bill Dyer.

There was nothing radical or unusual about the design back in 1955 — or now. In fact, Potter’s boat reflected the tastes of the time for small, easily powered fishing boats that could work the coast and rivers for stripers and bluefish, and perhaps handle lobstering, as well.

The semidisplacement fiberglass hull — 28 feet, 9 inches overall — has a tall bow with a sharp entry that flattens to a broad transom. A full-length keel offers stability and protects the prop and rudder. A single engine gives the boat a 15- to 17-knot cruise, with a top end of about 20 knots (depending on the size of the power plant).

The boat has been configured in several flush-deck and trunk cabin models, with modest interiors featuring a V-berth and a small galley. Early trunk-cabin models had a dinette on the starboard side and a marine head beneath the V-berth. An enclosed head replaced the dinette on later models. A center console version also has been offered.

The Dyer 29 is not the only history-making boat in The Anchorage’s fleet. The 9-foot fiberglass Dyer Dhow, designed by Dyer, dates from 1949 and is the oldest continuously built fiberglass boat of any kind.

November 2014 issue

Soundings April 2010


Designed by Nick Potter, whose classic sailboats include the 60-foot double-ender Serenade, the Dyer 29 was first built in 1955.

"The Dyer 29 was designed to be a hull that was comfortable, seakindly and a boat that a couple could take cruising - even for an extended period," says Dyer Jones, part owner of The Anchorage Inc., the Warren, R.I., family-owned company that builds the boat.

Compared to today's wide-bodies, the Dyer 29 is relatively narrow, with a 9-foot, 5-inch beam for its 28-foot, 6-inch length, which allows it to run efficiently with minimal horsepower, says Jones. Standard power is a 225-hp Volvo Penta diesel, which pushes the boat to a 22-knot cruise and top end of 28 knots.

Cecil Lyon's Dyer 29, with its Crusader 350 gas inboard (270 hp), cruises at 17.5 knots (1.5 nmpg) and hits 23 knots at full throttle. He uses the boat to fish and commute between his home on the Connecticut coast and his other home on Fishers Island, N.Y. "Fishers Island Sound [can be] a rough little body of water and you need something that is pretty seaworthy to get you back and forth," he says.

Lyon also appreciates his boat's versatility. "To a certain extent, this is the pickup truck of boats," he says. "It'll do anything you want it to do. If you want it to be a yacht, it can be a yacht. If you want it to be a workboat, it can be a workboat. If you want it to be a club launch, it can be a club launch. It'll take you where you want to go, and you'll get a hell of a lot of compliments."

Yachting Magazine Oct 2007

Dyer 29: 351 Owners Can’t Be Wrong An icon of the New England style, the Dyer 29 recently celebrated its 50th year of production. An avid fisherman, Bill Dyer built the Nick Potter design in 1955 as a seaworthy little boat to cast a line from. During its phenomenal run, this lovely bass boat with gleaming brightwork has attracted 351 owners. The 29 has ridden to success on its classic penetrating hull -also called semi-planing or semi-displacement. Powered by a single 250 hp diesel, she’ll cruise all day at 17 to 18 knots and reach a top speed of about 21 knots. What’s more, you can maintain a comfortable cruising speed in fairly snotty conditions, because her fine entry parts the seas, leaving behind a subdued patch of water. The boat’s substantial keel protects the prop and rudder and gives her excellent directional stability.

Dyer builds the 29 in five versions-the original flush-deck Offshore Bass Boat; three cabin versions, one with a soft top, two with a hardtop; and a center-console boat. Almost each Dyer is different as owners can customize the interiors and specify what type of engines they want. Interiors are often gleaming classic white with cherry or teak trim. Although each model has its endearing qualities, the spirit of impulse boating shines most brightly in the Offshore Bass Boat. She’s sleek and sporty, will entertain a crowd in her large cockpit and shelter chilly children in the cuddy beneath her flush foredeck. Dyer Boats

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