Share this boat:

Sailing yachts

Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

(REF: 17992)


  • Designer: Halford, W.H.
  • Builder: W.H. Halford
  • Year: 1899
  • Location: Canada
  • Length on deck: 50'
  • Beam: 13'
  • Draft: 8'
  • Tonnage: 28 tons Disp.

Enquire about Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

Call us: +44(0)1803 833899

Email us:

Alternatively please fill in this form and we will contact you about this boat

Apply for finance

Visit our partner’s website to apply for finance

Apply now

Full specification

Share this boat:

Wooden ships comments on this Bristol Channel Pilot cutter

Original Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter built 1899 by Halford, Gloucester.

Refitted in present Canadian ownership 2004- 2012


In this recent refit the following work was completed:


New deck,  deck beams,  bulwarks,  rail caps,  knightheads,  arch board, rudder trunk, Burmese teak cockpit, cockpit framing and deck, bitts, quarter bitts, wale strakes, mast partners, topmast spreaders, pin racks

Some frames replaced with Purple Heart

Some planking replaced with fir

Some keel bolts replaced with silicone bronze

New interior


All standing rigging replaced new

Ironwork re-galvanised

Mast pulled, repaired 2010

New main boom, new topmast, new bowsprit


New 2012 engine, transmission, exhaust, fuel, water, battery, plumbing, and electrical systems installed

2012 Beta Marine 75 hp engine on a hydraulic drive out port quarter with Darglow feathering Featherstream propeller.

Dripless seal at shaft/hull

Anti-siphon exhaust with new thru-hull

Sea strainer on water intake with new thru-hull

Raycor fuel/water separator

Fuel gauge

New plastic fuel tank – capacity 27 gals


 New electrical systems throughout – all wiring, fuse panel, etc.

65 amp and 175 amp house alternator

Battery monitoring display system

New 6 volt (x2) house batteries and 12 volt starter battery


Bilge/Fire water pump option

Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter




All made in UK, Dacron, old but serviceable

Mainsail, main topsail, Flying jib, Staysail, working staysail, Drifter.   Total sail area 1700 sq ft.


Ground tackle

New anchor windlass/winch

300’ of ½” chain anchor rode

110lb Fisherman anchor

75 lb. Danforth

75 lb. folding Fisherman

25lb. Danforth kedge anchor with chain & rope rode



2012 Raymarine chart plotter/sounder with platinum chart series and new transducer

Sestrel Compass

2 x handheld VHF.



New Shipmate Model 211 woodstove

New icebox

New freshwater tanks

Water calorifer option– heated potable water

Traditional oil lamps and electric lights


10’ wooden dinghy circa 1920-1940’s vintage

18’ pilot’s sweeps

Fender boards, Fenders, Boathook, Pike pole

Sun awning

Mainsail cover


Coast guard requirements (flares, fire extinguishers, life rings, etc.)


Various associated tools, hardware, and spares


Portfolio of old letters, history, documents, photos, etc.




Best Restored Sailboat 2012 Victoria Classic Boat Festival

Bottom anti-foul painted October 2014

Topsides painted September 2014

Anodes replaced  October 2014

2010 Survey available

Vessel is completely operational and ready to go




8 berths.     6’2” headroom throughout


Plan: Traditional pilot cutter layout.

Forecastle: 2 berths fwd with chain locker

Amidships: galley to stbd, head to port

Saloon: two pilot berths and benchs down each side of folding gimballed table

Aft cabin: double berth to stbd, two tiered single berths to port, Chart table to port, engine hidden under companionway steps.


Head:  chemical                      Waste tank: none



Location. 1 in head, 1 deep galley sink  Drain overboard, manual waste pump


Hot water system:  yes – not attached   Heat source: engine


Water tanks:    2       Capacity      100 L        Location  blige       Material soft bladder


Galley cooker:         Shipmate model 211 woodstove (new 2012)

Origo 2 burner spirit              Gimballed – no


Galley sink:             s/s  – Drain overboard –  Pumped

Cabin heater: solid fuel –  provided from Shipmate 211

Notable features of the cabin:

Recently restored following traditional original pilot cutter layout.

Bright and clean.

Many original bronze/brass fittings, original table, handholds etc .

Oil lamps and Electric lamps



These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.