Sailing yachts

Falmouth Pilot Cutter Pellew

(REF: 25361)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Working Sail Ltd
  • Year: 2020
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Length on deck: 68'
  • Beam: 18'
  • Draft: 9'8"
  • Tonnage: 74 tons displacement

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Wooden Ships Comments on the Falmouth Pilot Cutter Pellew

Built by Luke Powell and his working Sail Yard in Truro, Cornwall, launched in February 2020.

The lines were taken from the Vincent, a Falmouth Pilot cutter built in 1852 for the Vincent family of St Mawes.  She worked for 70 years as a pilot boat, finally retiring in 1922 and ending her days as a houseboat on the Percuil River very close to the yard where she had been built.

When the idea to build a new pilot cutter of considerable size was born, the lines of Vincent were seen as the ideal basis and the project to build Pellew began.  Her keel was laid in 2017 and less than 3 years later she was launched to begin a career as a commercial charter vessel.

The boat was designed and built from the very start to comply with the MCA regulations and has been constructed to MCA Category 0 standards so that she can operate worldwide.  She is currently coded to Category 2 (60Nm from safe haven) but with extra safety and communication gear she is eligible for Category 0.  She is fastened throughout with bronze and copper and is planked in oak top to bottom so has been built to last from the best available materials.

Pellew is an extremely tough and capable vessel, but elegant and graceful as well.  She works well as a charter boat, offering awe inspiring holidays on the west coast of Scotland, but she could very well be used as a sail training vessel or for expedition voyages to remote parts of the world.

She has 8 guest berths and is licenced for 15 persons in total with a comfortable crew cabin aft, large saloon, guest accommodation forward and 3 heads compartments with showers.  Her commercial grade galley can easily cater for a full complement of crew with large fridge and freezer, dishwasher and oven.

This is the biggest boat to have been built in wood in the UK for many years and was a landmark project, the result is a superb vessel that will survive for decades to come and this is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a new boat of this size and type

Length on Deck                 68’

Length Waterline             61’

Length Overall                   90’

Beam                                    18’

Draft                                      9’8”

Displacement                    74 tons


Carvel planked in 2” oak, all bronze screw fastened to sawn oak frames. Frames are constructed from futtocks, fastened into pairs and held together with bronze drifts.

The floors are formed as part of the frames in sawn oak and tie the two halves of the frame together.

Oak stem, keel and stern post structure. External lead ballast keel of 8 tonnes fastened with silicone bronze keel bolts.

Internal keelson sitting on top of the floors and fastened through the centreline structure with silicone bronze bolts.

Internal ballast of lead ingots set in concrete, total of 20 tonnes.

3 watertight bulkheads made from double diagonal T&G timber with water tight doors.

Straight laid solid deck in opepe, caulked and payed with Teak Decking Solutions (TDS).  Painted coverboards are made of ekke, a durable hardwood.

Oak stanchions mounted through the coverboard with a bulwark all round and a painted capping rail.

Forehatch, central skylight and aft cabin hatch in opepe finished with Osmo oil.  All set on painted coamings  and can be easily lifted off if access is required.

Main companion hatch is a traditional sliding hatch in opepe set on a small coachroof with painted coamings and a straight laid coachroof deck, finished in gloss paint.

Opepe deck boxes for storage on deck, finished with Osmo oil.


Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped douglas fir mast. 

Total working sail area of 2,270sqft of sail.

The trees for the mast and other spars were obtained from a Devon estate. Douglas fir boom, gaff yard and bowsprit and fidded top mast.

Galvanised standing rigging, parcelled and served, with dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates.

3 lower shrouds per side with a single cap shroud to the top mast set over the spreaders. Running back stays on tackles to main mast and topmast.

All blocks are varnished ash from Colin Frake with traditional 3 strand type running rigging.

Running rigging falls to belay pins on the bulwark and the base of the mast.

Pair of 24 volt electric bronze vertical capstan winches mounted on the deck midships.  Can be used to haul halyards, sheets or mooring warps.  Operated with foot buttons on deck.

Bowsprit has galvanised whisker stays tensioned with a block and tackle and a bob stay chain on a block and tackle.  Bowsprit is set to port of the stem and can be run inboard.

Sails in cream Clipper canvas by North Sea Sails, new in 2020.  Mainsail, topsail, staysail and jib and flying jib.  Light weather sails of larger topsail, big flying jib and big jib.  Storm jib and trysail accompany a reefed staysail in heavy weather.


John Deere 125hp 4cyl turbo charged diesel installed new in the build.

Hydraulic drive to a port side shaft.  Fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

1031 litres of diesel in 4 separate stainless steel tanks.

1860 litres of fresh water in 4 separate stainless steel tanks.

Northern Lights M844LW3 16kw installed diesel generator located in aft crew cabin.

Hydraulics off main engine drive the barrel windlass on the foredeck.

Webasto Pro 90 diesel fired heating system powers the radiators throughout the boat and the domestic hot water system.


13 berths in total including 8 guest berths, a single pilot berth in the saloon, 3 single berths in the aft crew cabin and a single pipecot berth in the forepeak.

The interior is fitted out in solid oak with painted bulkheads and solid douglas fir sole boards.

Aft cabin can be accessed via the aft hatch near the helm, or through the water tight door in aft starboard corner of the saloon.  Aft cabin has 3 single berths arranged around a central oak table, which in fact sits on top of the diesel generator.  The sound proof box around the generator makes for acceptable noise levels in the cabin. Heads compartment to port with a Baby Blake sea toilet that discharges into a black waste tank.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water plus a hand basin. Chart desk is to port, forward facing with chat plotter and radio easily to hand.

Main companion hatch has steps down into the main saloon over the engine compartment.

To port is a heads compartment with a Baby Blake sea toilet that discharges into a black waste tank.  Stainless steel hand basin set in oak joinery with a pullout tap to make a hot water shower.

To starboard of the companion steps is the watertight door into the aft cabin and the electrical locker with the custom made switch panels.

Steps down into the main saloon with a long settee to port behind which are numerous lockers. 

Large oak saloon table with a large top loading chest freezer built into it.  Folding leaf on the inboard side that comes up to increase the area for larger groups.

Galley along the starboard side with a small step up from the saloon.  This works well as a charter galley being communal but also separate to allow the crew to work in the galley without interruption.  All joinery in the galley is oak with numerous lockers and storage spaces. Miele oven with a 4 ring induction hob and electric oven set on gimbals.  Commercial grade stainless steel Fischer Paykel dishwasher  Built in top loading fridge, keel cooled.  Other items including toaster, kettle and slow cooker along with all crockery and cutlery required for commercial sailing.  Twin stainless sinks with pressurised hot and cold water.  Instant boiling water tap.

Starboard offset water tight door into the accommodation space with 8 single berths, arranged in 4 pairs of one up/one down with open plan type cabins.  Each berth has its own storage space plus light and usb socket. Central ladder to the forehatch.

Forward through another water tight door into the forepeak with a heads compartment to port.   Baby Blake sea toilet that discharges into a black water waste tank.  Pressurised hot shower with full standing headroom and stainless steel hand basin.  All joinery is oak.

Bosuns store and workshop to starboard with storage space forward for extra sails and other gear. 

Pipe cot berth in the forepeak for crew.



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