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Superb ownership and maintenance history. Twin waterjets and bow thruster provide easy and intuitive maneuvering, and her best-in-class sightlines from the comfortable, spacious bridgedeck are a boon to captain and passengers alike. Significant updates include newer engines, electronics and canvas. She’s a “must see, must have” standout.
Q-TIP is an exceptional example of the WhisperJet 34 Class and the only one of her sisters to have been re-powered (2013) with state-of-the-art common rail and fully electronic diesels. This distinction, along with exceptional care, light seasonal use (with indoor storage), and consistent updating with improvements makes this spirited Express Cruiser a true standout. Q-TIP offers a unique combination of high-performance features: upgraded Cummins QSB 5.9 liter engines with 380 horses apiece on a modified deep-vee hull; true shoal draft, thanks to her Hamilton Waterjets; easy and intuitive maneuvering in tight spaces and when docking, with a combination of twin waterjets and a powerful bow thruster (complete with joystick AND custom footswitches).
Another signature feature of all WhisperJets is best-in-class sightlines for captain and passengers alike from the roomy bridge deck. Here one finds plenty of comfortable seating, an ergonomic helm and space for a large cooler. Additional highlights include recent topsides paint, electronics upgrades, bimini with full enclosure and bridge deck tonneau cover, autopilot, major waterjet service and windlass – all details of which can be found in the listing.
Currently offered for sale by her second owner, Q-TIP has been well cared for since new and it shows.
Solid cherry interior trim, locker frames, drawer fronts, corner posts and hull ceilings with hand-rubbed finish
Teak and holly cabin sole; satin varnish
Comfortable V-berth (5” cushions) with filler, which converts to seat when not in use; stowage outboard and above, port and starboard
Settees to port and starboard, with shelving outboard
Hanging locker to starboard with shelf above and built-in drawer forward; storage locker and drawer to port
12v lighting: (5) stainless dome lights, (2) Danish reading lights and (2) fluorescent lights in galley/head
Aft of the V-berth and settees and to port is the functional galley with plenty of counter space and storage.
Stainless steel galley sink with Grohe combo faucet/sprayer
Norcold 110/12V refrigerator (2020)
GE microwave oven with turntable on shelf above counter
Roller bearing drawer slides with Kroon-style flush positive latches
Aft of the galley to starboard is the roomy en-suite head and shower, with opening port and solar vent for light and ventilation.
Marine toilet with holding tank and discharge pump overboard
TankWatch III holding tank monitor
Nicro Fico solar vent with cherry frame; cherry-framed mirror
(3) Stainless towel bars
Shower sump with automatic pump and removable king starboard grate
Stainless sink with pull-out shower and adjustable height fixture
The bridge deck is the focal point of this design and serves as the prime entertainment area on the Little Harbor Express, with plenty of wiggle room, comfortable seating and the aforementioned best-in-class sightlines in all directions. The state-of-the-art helm station is located forward and to starboard, with full electronics and instrumentation and a helm chair. Forward to port is a companion pedestal chair to match the helm. An L-settee behind (with storage beneath) seats three to four comfortably. Behind the helmsman's seat is an oversized cooler in teak chocks with Sunbrella cushion and backrest that provides additional seating as well as quick access to cold drinks. The entire bridge deck sole lifts open electrically, with a switch at the helm for excellent access to the engine compartment. The helm console is hinged for easy access to steering and electronics modules.
Aluminum windshield with interior teak covering board trim, exterior Awlgrip paint and large center opening panel
Teak louvered companionway doors with smoked Lexan panels and teak tri-fold companionway hatch, varnished bright
(3) Pantograph wipers
Port and starboard washers
Custom oversized stainless-steel Destroyer wheel with leather cover
Stainless pedestal for Pompanette helm pedestal chair with adjustable height footrest
Binocular/drink holders outboard of helm
Teak covered board step to cockpit
Navy Top (Tan Stamoid) with removable side and aft curtain enclosure (tinted clear plastic) (all new, 2016). Top folds forward of windshield to lay flat on cabin top
Side curtains have large zip-open/roll-up panels
Tonneau cover, covers the bridge deck and may be used with the Navy Top up or down
L-settee with Sunbrella fabric, light tan with subtle stripe
Pompanette pedestal chairs with padded armrests covered with high-quality light tan vinyl to color match L-settee Sunbrella fabric
Pioneer stereo speakers mounted under L-settee, with flush-mounted, covered stereo controls on front of settee
12 V/110 V control and distribution panel with voltmeter/ammeter
(2) Engine starting (2016) and (4) House batteries deep cycle
Tinned wire throughout; bonded system for all underwater hardware
Charles inverter/charger (2016)
Victron Energy digital multi-inverter/charger control
Victron Energy SMV-72 battery monitor
Cole Hersee house battery breaker switch at panel
Engine alternators for battery charging, with automatic combiner
Split loom fire retardant conduits; separate for AC, DC and electronics wiring
40-amp battery charger
Battery switching with Cole Hersee switches and selectors in engine room
Momentary parallel battery switch
110 V/30 amp shore power with 50' cord
Reverse polarity indicator
110 V outlets at galley and head, with GFCI
12 V outlet at helm
(2) Cummins QSB 5.9l Common Rail electronic diesel engines, 380 hp each, with Vessel View smart craft gauges (all new 2013)
Hamilton 273 WaterJets, with major overhaul by Hamilton (@$25k) (2018/2019)
ZF Transmissions and drive shafts (2013)
Isolation engine mounts
WhisperJet sound barrier (ultrasonic insulation around engine boxes; muffler wraps and gaskets on all openings)
Custom Soundown exhaust mufflers with discharge through transom
Morse throttle/clutch controls
Bennett trim tabs with indicators
Racor fuel filter/separator
Groco bronze sea strainer for cooling water
Bronze thru-hulls and ball valves below water line in engine compartment
Engine room vents painted to match gel coat on deck
Engine room lighting
Automatic oil change system (2016)
Bow thruster with footswitches and joystick control (2010)
(2) Fuel tanks, 150 gallons each, welded aluminum
Hot water heater: 6-gallon with heat exchanger off engine (2011)
Hull is Awlcraft Jade Mist green (2011) with single white boot stripe, molded-in gold cove stripe and red bottom.
Corecell A550 foam-cored hull bottom; Corecell A500-cored topsides with knitted bi-directional E-glass with Vinylester osmosis barrier resin with Kevlar hybrid throughout the hull and lightweight composite carbon-grid stringer system. Main bulkheads are FRP laminated with marine grade plywood. There is a molded rubrail with stainless striker.
Cored deck with sprayed Awlgrip nonskid, cream gelcoat and cream non-skid
Fiberglass bowsprit with anchor roller
Lewmar up/down anchor windlass with remote at helm and foot switches at bow with 100ft chain (2011)
Hawse hole with stainless steel cover for second anchor rode
Bruce anchor with stainless steel swivel to chain
Stainless steel bow pulpit with flag socket and rail
Stainless steel bow rail 1.25” with angled stanchions
(6) Stainless steel Herreshoff-style mooring cleats at bow, amidships and stern
(2) Stainless bow chocks
Varnished teak cap rail with stainless steel chafe guard strips at cleats; teak drip rails
(4) Lewmar opening portholes
Lewmar anodized aluminum opening deck hatch; second cabin trunk hatch with screen
FE 241 Fireboy Halon fire control system with auto engine shutdown
(3) 12 V bilge pumps with automatic switches
(2) Fire extinguishers: (1) at helm and (1) to port of companionway
High water bilge alarm with test panel at helm
Fenders with covers
Q-TIP is a perfect dayboat, comfortable with 6-8 adults and children. She is a nice cruiser for two. We have enjoyed her along the coast of Maine for twenty years, and are now sizing down - a little wisdom with age. We have tried to maintain Q-TIP as new. Build records will convey with the sale and all service records shared with a serious buyer.
The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale.
Series, Model, Class:
12' 6" (3.81m)
1' 10" (0.56m)
Speed / Weight
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