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Falmouth Pilot 9 ton Ketch

(REF: 22153)


  • Designer: Rodney Warrington-Smythe
  • Builder: Falmouth Boat Construction Company
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 30'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Designed by Rodney Warrington-Smythe who, with his brother Nigel owned the Falmouth Boat Construction Co, Falmouth in the 1960s. Two sizes of Falmouth Pilots were built, the small 6 tonner and the larger 9 tonner like this yacht.  Only some 6 examples were built of the larger 9 tonners, being more expensive yachts. This one was built for the author Nigel Tangye in 1964 and he recorded her in several books.

Bought by the current owners in 2006, she was sailed for several seasons before undergoing a thorough professional refit in 2010 which included a new deck and new rigging.  This refit was recorded in detail and all photos and records can be made available for a new owner.

The Falmouth Pilot offers a lot of volume for the length, an easily handled rig and a large cockpit suitable for sociable sailing days.  Her shallow draft is a bonus for many, allowing access to waters out of bounds to deeper draft yachts.  This draft does not take away from her sea keeping abilities and she is a very capable design.

This yacht has been well cared for and is presented in smart cosmetic condition.

Lifted ashore in June 2021 for survey, report available to perspective purchasers.


Length on Deck                 30’

Length Overall                   30’2″

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    9’6”

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             9TM




Carvel planked in pitch pine, all copper fastened to sawn oak frames with 3 steamed intermediate timbers.  Hood ends and garboard screws replaced in 2010 with 2.5” bronze screws.

Floors are formed with galvanised steel gusset plates across the bilge between the sawn frames, side bolted through the frames and with throat bolts through the keel.

Cast iron ballast keel with galvanised keel bolts, all new in 2005.

Transom hung rudder with varnished tiller.

Yacht laid teak deck, epoxy glued to a plywood subdeck, laid new in 2010.  3” toe rail all round with a varnished teak capping rail.  Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit guard wires and stanchions.  New oak Sampson post.

Bronze mooring cleats and fairleads.

Slightly raised doghouse aft to increase headroom below.  Marine plywood coachroof coamings veneered in varnished teak.  Sheathed plywood coachroof decks finished in gloss white.  Chromed bronze portholes and window frames.

Canvas sprayhood on stainless steel frame.

Varnished teak forehatch and grab rails on the coachroof.  Dorade vents on teak boxes.

Self draining cockpit with teak sole gratings and laid teak thwarts.

Thwarts lift to give access to lockers either side and aft.  High varnished teak coamings all round.  Bridge deck at the forward end.  Varnished teak companion doors with chromed bronze fittings.




Bermudan cutter rig on deck stepped hollow varnished spruce masts.

Mainmast is stepped in a galvanised shoe on the coachroof, mizzen mast stepped on cockpit sole with substantial support below.

In 2010 the masts were split and re-glued.  Varnished in 2018.

Varnished wooden slab reefing main boom, new in 2010, with stainless steel fittings.  Alloy slab reefing mizzen boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2010, to external galvanised steel chain plates.

Mizzen sheets to a stainless horse on the aft deck with a 3:1 pulley and jammer cleat.  Mainsail sheets to a track on the coachroof in front of the sliding hatch.

Furlex 200S roller furling genoa system installed new in 2010.

Pair of Lewmar non-self tailing 2 speed cockpit sheet winches.  Pair of halyard winches on the main mast.

Mainsail, mizzen, No.1 and No.2 genoa by Lucas sails from 1985.  Working jib 1991, Cruising chute 1992 and storm jib 1991.




BMC 1800 4cyl diesel, reconditioned in 2006.  Fresh water cooled.  Engine serviced in 2021.

Mechanical gearbox to a centreline 3 blade bronze propeller.  Water lubricated stern gland.

38 gallons of diesel in a stainless steel tank on port side of the engine.  Tank new in 2010.

3 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting.  Charging from 70 amp engine alternator or through installed shore power system with a sterling Power 240v 30 amp charger.

New customised electrical distribution panel and engine control panel.




4 berths including a double in fore cabin.  6’ headroom in the galley, 5’8” in the saloon.

White painted coamings and bulkheads with varnished trim.  Original chromed fittings throughout.

Steps down over the engine box with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a Plastimo 2 burner gimballed gas stove.  Twin stainless steel sinks with manually pumped fresh water.  Various storage shelves and lockers giving ample space.  Pilot gas alarm.

Chart desk faces aft with a comfortable set and a lifting desk.  Instrumentation outboard.

Half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon with a settee berth either side,  trotter box at aft end on starboard side and forward end on port side.  Berths are 6’4” and 5’11” in length respectively.  Very smart off-white upholstery new in 2010.  Storage shelves each side above and below the settees.

Varnished teal drop leaf centreline saloon table.

Centreline door going forward with the heads compartment to starboard and hanging locker and storage space to port.

Heads compartment has a Jabsco manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard with easily access sea cocks.  Stainless hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.  Passageway doors close in such a ways as to make the whole passageway into a large heads compartment.

Door into fore cabin with 2 single berths that have a centreline infill to create a double.  Bunk lengths are 6’9”.  Headroom in fore cabin is 5’10”





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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.