SOLD | 1998 Little Harbor WhisperJet 40

(SOLD) 1998 Little Harbor WhisperJet 40

SPINDRIFT is an exceptionally maintained and upgraded example of the Little Harbor 40 WhisperJet Series.  She offers extensive open air seating for large parties on her bridge deck and aft cockpit, as well as a centerline queen berth forward and convertible salon area for comfortable family cruising. With a draft of only 1 foot 8 inches and newer Hinckley JetStick II controls managing the largest available 450hp Cummins diesels, she can maneuver with ease in very skinny water and get you where you want to go in a hurry with a 36 plus knot top speed.

SPINDRIFT benefits from many recent upgrades including a complete refit with Hinckley Jetstick II control system, all new canvas, and refinished bright work.  She has also had constant mechanical care such as a full 1000-hour engine service completed by Hinckley (less than 100 hours ago) and a recent removal and refinishing of her jet drives among other things.  One will find SPINDRIFT to be maintained in first-rate condition and in need of nothing. 

SPINDRIFT is priced aggressively at a point below all other WhisperJet's currently on the market (even the much smaller boats), so she is seriously for sale. All offers are encouraged


The Ted Hood designed Little Harbor WhisperJet 40 features a modern deep-V hull form (designed specifically for jet drives) with an innovative twin chine configuration that minimizes waterline beam for performance and fuel economy and maximizes interior volume for accommodations. In addition, the twin chine eliminates annoying "wave slap" common to many boats while at rest. Dead rise angle is 17 degrees at the transom. She has a classic hull profile with an aggressive bow and low-profile deck configuration.

The engines are surrounded by a carefully engineered, soundproofed compartment, making the bridge deck a comfortable, quiet place while underway, even at high speeds. Both the entire bridge deck and cockpit sole lift electrically at the touch of a button for extraordinary access for major maintenance. Main hatches are provided for routine engine checks. The water jet system is located well aft for easy access via hatches through the cockpit. Custom removable stowage bins are below the cockpit sole. The water jet configuration eliminates the need for external shafts, props, and rudders, thereby removing a substantial amount of running vibration and allowing one to virtually run right over floating hazards - such as crab trap buoys - without fouling. The resulting 20" shallow draft also allows one to safely gunkhole shallow waters off-limits to most boats of this size. As a final benefit, the water jets coupled with a bow thruster and joystick control system provides superior maneuverability in tight quarters.

The hull lamination is further reinforced with a Kevlar hybrid to increase collision strength and add stiffness. All fuel tanks are welded aluminum. Structural bulkheads are cored fiberglass bonded to hull and deck. All deck hardware is polished stainless steel. The deck - hull joint features a low maintenance molded rail with teak cap. A molded rubrail with solid stainless striker makes docking against pilings easy.



  • Manufacturer:Little Harbor
  • Model: WhisperJet 40
  • Year: 1998
  • Category: Power
  • Condition: Used
  • Location: Annapolis US
  • Hull Material:Fiberglass
  • Designer:Ted Hood
  • Make:Cummins
  • Model:6CTA 8.3 Diamond Series
  • Engines(s):2
  • Hours:1020
  • Engine Type:Inboard
  • Fuel Type:diesel
  • Horsepower:450|horsepower
  • Total Cabins:1
  • Total Heads:1
  • Length:40 ft
  • Beam:12.5 ft
  • Draft - max:1.67 ft
  • Fuel Tank:400|gallon
  • Fresh Water Tank:110|gallon
  • Holding Tank:400|gallon



Steering SystemJoystick Control

Further Description of Spindrift


Private Centerline Queen Berth is forward with Settee to port and is separated by a bulkhead and curtain. A hanging locker, several drawers, lockers and shelves provide generous storage.

The L-shaped Galley is to port with a Dinette to starboard that lowers to make a double berth. The Galley has a custom tile countertop with plenty of useful counter space. Another hanging locker is aft of the dinette. The Head is to port with Vacuflush toilet, porcelain sink and shower.

  • LCD TV (2016)
  • Jensen CD/stereo (2015) with Bose speakers in Cabin and Bridge Deck
  • Norcold 110/12 Volt refrigerator (2018)
  • 2-Burner electric cooktop
  • Panasonic microwave oven built into shelf
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Grohe pull-out faucet
  • Hot and cold pressure water


The Bridge deck has a steering station to starboard and a chart table to port. An L-shaped settee, aft, seats 4-5 comfortably at a varnished teak table. To starboard is a seat with on-deck refrigerator and storage within.

This area features a bimini top (2019) and is enclosed by the windshield and Isinglass curtains (2019), providing excellent visibility for all while seated in comfort.

  • Upgraded Hinckley JetStick II steering system (a $45K upgrade done by Hinckley -- 2010) that incorporates steering, jet and bow thruster into one for unsurpassed control and maneuverability
  • Stidd helm seat
  • Bridge deck cushions
  • Teak table
  • Teak chart table
  • Dual Cummins oil/temp/RPM gauges with alarms
  • Morse dual throttle/shift controls
  • Bennett trim tabs
  • Opening center windshield
  • Windshield wiper/washer controls
  • 110 Volt outlet
  • 12 Volt outlet
  • LED cockpit  lights
  • Maxwell anchor windlass control panel
  • Fuel tank gauge
  • Helm position indicator
  • Stainless steel steering wheel with varnished teak rim



The aft Cockpit has comfortable, upholstered seating (2016) for up to six at the rear. On-deck storage abounds in lockers, bins and compartments.  A radar mast provides mounting for all electronic antennas.



  • Kevlar reinforced fiberglass hull w/Vinylester resin, Corecell A550 core and bi-directional E-Glass
  • Structural grid stringer system
  • Molded FRP deck with A550 Core
  • Stabilizer fins added to improve maneuverability
  • Molded stern seat, swim platform, steering console, instrument box and settee
  • Rub rail with stainless striker, molded to hull
  • Awlgripped hull – Aqua Mist
  • Off-white Gelcoat deck, deckhouse, trim, waterways, and cockpit sides
  • Laid teak bridge deck
  • Varnished teak windshield, cap rails, drip rail and cockpit trim (exterior stripped and built up with 6 coats of Cetol in 2017)
  • (6) Stainless steel cleats
  • Stainless steel bow rail
  • Stainless steel swim ladder
  • (6) Opening Lewmar Atlantic portholes
  • (4) Opening Lewmar deck hatches w/screens, shades
  • Stainless steel handrails on deckhouse
  • Anchor locker
  • Maxwell anchor windlass w/control at helm and on deck
  • 45 lb. galvanized anchor w/200' chain
  • Fiberglass bowsprit w/self-launching anchor roller
  • Burgee staff
  • Flag staff
  • Hot/cold shower in cockpit


  • 12” touch screen GPS/chartplotter (windows-based system running OpenCPN with integrated wifi and full PC functionality -- 2017)
  • Raytheon R40XX Radar
  • Raytheon Tridata speed/depth/log
  • Raytheon Ray240 VHF radio
  • Uniden UM525 VHF radio
  • Azimuth KVH 1000 electric digital compass


  • Electrical system engineered in accordance with ABYC standards
  • 12 Volt DC, 110 Volt AC systems
  • Control and distribution breaker panel with volt and amp meters
  • Tinned copper wire throughout
  • Split loom fire retardant cable conduits
  • 110 Volt, 30 amp shore service with 50' cord and reverse polarity indicator
  • 5 kW Northern Lights Generator (301 hours)
  • Trace inverter/charger
  • Separate house and engine start batteries (7 total – all new in 2017)
  • (2) Engine alternators for house and start batteries
  • 12 Volt cabin lighting, (8) stainless steel dome lights, (2) reading lights, (2) fluorescent lights
  • 110 Volt outlets in galley, head and engine room
  • Courtesy lights in cockpit
  • Engine room light
  • High water bilge alarm
  • ACR searchlight with controls at helm


  • Twin Cummins 450hp Diamond Series diesel engines – the most powerful engines available (1052/1020 hours)
  • 1,000 hours engine service performed by Hinckley @ 962/932 hours (2017)
  • ZF transmissions
  • Hamilton HJ291 WaterJets updated to HJ292 specs by Hinckley (2010)
  • Upgraded Hinckley JetStick II integrated joystick control system installed by Hinckley
  • WhisperJet sound barrier in engine compartment (2010)
  • (2) Bronze raw water strainers
  • SeaStar hydraulic steering
  • Dual Racor filters on both engines
  • Bennett Trim tabs
  • (3) Automatic bilge pumps
  • Automatic Fireboy fire extinguisher in engine compartment
  • Bronze ball valve thru hulls below waterline
  • 6-Gallon hot water heater
  • Vacuflush head with 25 gallon holding tank, discharge pump and gauge
  • Vetus BOW 50 bow thruster
  • AIR dual cycle heat and air conditioning


  • Annually: HWBL, winterization, engine/generator service and oil change (Grande Yachts)
  • 2019: New canvas bimini top and isinglass curtains (Cavco Canvas)
  • 2019: Jet drives removed, blasted and epoxy coated (American Stripping)
  • 2019: All zincs replaced for jet drives, hull, trim tabs, thruster, etc. (Owner)
  • 2019: Fresh bottom paint (Owner)
  • 2018: Impellers replaced (Grande Yachts)
  • 2018: All jet drive potentiometers replaced (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Heat exchangers and aftercoolers removed, cleaned and pressure tested @ 962/932 hours (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Injectors removed, cleaned and pop tested @ 962/932 hours (Hinckley)
  • 2017: All engine belts and hoses replaced @ 962/932 hours (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Engine valves adjusted @ 962/932 hours (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Jet drive bucket pistons replaced (Hinckley)
  • 2017: New house and starter batteries – 7 total batteries (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Throttle cables replaced (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Steering piston replaced (Hinckley)
  • 2017: Exterior teak stripped and refinished with 6 coats of Cetol (Hinckley)
  • 2016: Cutlass bearings replaced (Zimmerman)
  • 2016: Halon system recharged (Zimmerman)
  • 2016: New exterior cushions (Canvas Connection)
  • 2015: AC pump replaced (Hinckley)



  • Flare kit
  • Life jackets
  • Throwable cushions
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Basic tool kit
  • Docklines
  • Fenders
  • Shore power cord
  • Miscellaneous spares



  • 2011 Achilles 8'8” soft floor inflatable tender
  • 2010 Tohatsu 4hp 4-stroke tender motor
  • Hurley dinghy davit with mount on swim platform

DisclaimerThe Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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