Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter
Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. 51' x 46' x 14'6” x 9' + b'sprit. 34TM £ 175,000

Built by Liver & Wilding Ltd of Fleetwood, Lancs in 1904 for Pilot Wm Prosser out of Newport. The pilots went north for the faster designs than the West Country built cutters Alpha Is a very fine example with her reduced fwd draft, very long run, straight stem and superb short counter stern. Planked In pitch-pine with some recent renewal In larch on the port side fastened with iron dumps' to grown oak frames on an oak back-bone. Approx 2 1/4 ton iron and concrete ballast + 2 1/2 ton lead, all Internal. Steel keel shoe. Decked in 1 3/4”-1/4-sawn Douglas fir on 3/4” ply sub-deck between varnished cover-boards. 12” bulwark all round, varnished Internally on new stanchions with varnished capping nail over. Original deep, varnished cock-pit with high coamings couple to entrance hatch. Clear, spacious deck, fore hatch & massive b'sprit bitts.

Gaff cutter rig on keel-stepped varnished pine1998 58' pole mast. Varnished boom with original Appledore roller reefing. 1993 galv rigging, 3 lowers + cap shrouds to dead-eyes to new external chain plates. No runners. 1200.sqI in 1998. mainsail, large jib, '95 topsail., '93 staysail +2 small jibs, storm mainsail.

Ford Thornycroft 85hp 4-cyl 4.3l diesel, with Volvo hydraulic gear-box to port off-set 3-blade 25” prop gives 7 knts. 2 x 45 gall steel fuel tanks aft 400 mls. 4 x 12v service batteries, 2 x 12v engine batteries In l2v system..

10 berths. 2 stbd berths in fore cabin. Stbd heads, port lockers. Port galley in way of mast, stbd heads & shower. Large original saloon with curved seating, 2 pilot berths behind each side. Stbd chart table, port stowage. Port & stbd berths. 6' head-room under varnished deck beams. Lavac sea toilets. 60 galls water under saloon table + 135 galls in 2 tanks fwd for shower.Grey water tank. Gas water heating. Much original varnished int joinery.

Binnacle compass , sounder, log, VHF, GPS, 3 anchors, chain & windlass. Lufe raft etc to Code. Documented rebuild for present owner In 1990-92. Code of Practice cert. Successful charter business. A very fine example In full commission with business opportunity. Full spec & photos available.

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