Sailing yachts

Looe Lugger

(REF: 18017)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Pearce of Looe
  • Year: 1904
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 13'
  • Draft: 6'6"

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Wooden ships comments on this Looe Lugger

Built by Pearce of Looe in 1904 to traditional West Country fishing boat lines with a transom and straight stem.  She has very fine underwater lines common to the early boats built for sail only.  At the time of her build there were 60 boats in the Looe fishing fleet, all sailing out to the fishing grounds on a daily basis to haul their nets and lay the long lines.  The design developed from many years of building these boats with ideas and techniques passed from generation to generation, these early sail only boats being exceptionally fast if handled correctly and very sea kindly helping the crews work in all conditions.

Built for George Pengelly, a local fisherman, and named after his seven sons, she was put to work in the family fishing business, drift netting for pilchard and herring or long lining for conger and turbot in the spring.  She has undergone several changes over the years to adapt to the changing fishing industry, including the installation of her first engine in 1912.   During World War 2 she was a guard ship for the Looe fishing fleet, and until the quite recent replacement of her deck she still had the fittings bolted on the foredeck to carry the machine gun.

By the end of her long and prosperous fishing career in the late 1970’s she had twin engines and a small steadying mizzen to help with directional stability when hauling the nets.  It was then that she was first converted to a yacht with the replacement of her two mast lug rig and a new interior.

Looe Lugger

Planked in 1.25” pitch pine fastened with iron nails to 4” x 3” sawn oak frames at 13” centres.  Greenheart keel and Iroko garboards replaced new in the 1980’s with all internal iron ballast.

Sawn oak floors bolted through the frames.

Heavy sawn oak stanchions with varnished Iroko capping rail and painted bulwark planking.  Much of the bulwark planking has been replaced in the present ownership.

Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder.


Solid Iroko deck, straight laid and screw fastened to oak deck beams with varnished Iroko coverboards.  Caulked and payed with Sikaflex.

Low coachroof amidships to increase headroom over the main saloon.  Iroko coamings finished in white paint with two bronze port holes each side.  Marine plywood coachroof deck, sheathed in epoxy and finished in deck paint.  Varnished trim around with a varnished skylight in the centre of the coachroof deck.

Forehatch aft of the main mast offset to starboard for access to the forepeak.  Lazarette hatch aft of the mizzen mast.

Spacious and uncluttered working deck.  Galvanised stem head fitting with a stainless chain roller and anchor stowage system.  Heavy oak cavel bars for mooring warps and galvanised fairleads on the capping rail.  Varnished teak consol to the starboard of the mizzen mast with engine controls and navigation aids.



Two masted lug rig on keel stepped solid varnished masts.

Rig was designed by a previous owner in order to make her a fast and powerful boat.  As with many lug rigged boats, she requires several hands in order to push her hard, however the current owner sails her quite happily with himself and one other.

Fibreglass lug yards on each mast to decrease weight aloft.

Long varnished bowsprit and bumpkin take her overall length to nearly 80’.

Galvanised wire standing rigging replaced in the 1990’s.
Sails.  All in good condition.


Mizzen No.1

Mizzen No.2

Genoa No.1

Genoa No.2

Jib No.1

Jib No.2

Jib No.3

Mizzen staysail



Twin Nissan LD20 55hp 4cyl marine diesels installed in 2010 and 2011.

PRM Delta 20 gearboxes with single lever controls on each engine.

Stainless steel shafts to fixed 3 blade bronze propellers gives 6 knots cruising speed at 5lt/hour.  8 knots max speed.  Spare pair of 3 blade folding bronze propellers to go with the boat.

2 x 150 litre stainless steel diesel tanks in the aft.

Engines fitted as brand new units, one in 2010 and one in 2011 by the present professional marine engineer owner.  Comprehensive spares onboard.



4 x 165ah 12 volt gel batteries in two separate banks with a split charging system from the two engine alternators.

240 volt shore power charging system.



Accommodation                      8 berths

The interior of the boat has been converted very sympathetically, making the most of the space available and creating a nice ambience as can only be found in a traditional wooden boat.

Entrance into the main cabin thought a sliding hatch offset to starboard in the coachroof.  Steps down into the main saloon.  Hanging locker behind the steps under the deckhead.

Chart desk to starboard facing outboard with storage under.  Chart drawer, DC switchboard and navigational equipment.

Galley in the aft port corner of the main cabin.  U shaped galley facing outboard with a gimballed Force 10 2 burner gas oven.  Stainless steel sink pumped overboard.  Hot and cold pressurised running water.

Hot water from an engine heated calorifier with 240v immersion.

Plastic Vetus 170lt water tank sited behind the galley under the deckhead.  Collapsible 200lt tank under port side seating.

Ample storage and working area around the galley.

Main saloon has an L-shaped settee to port constructed from an old church pew with a varnished mahogany drop leaf table capable of seating 6 in comfort.  Settee to starboard with a solid fuel stove against the forward bulkhead.  Port side seating converts to a double berth.  6’4” headroom in the saloon.

Centreline passageway going forward with a large double berth to starboard and heads compartment to port.

Heads compartment has been made into a complete ‘wet room’ by lining with epoxy sheathed plywood.  12v electric sea toilet with basin and shower.

Forward of the main mast is set aside for bosun’s stores, chain locker and other general storage.  4’6” headroom throughout the forward area of the boat.

Aft of the main cabin below the aft deck are two large double bunks port and starboard and an unobtrusive box over each engine.  Access to the engines, the shafts and associated gear is very easy from within the aft cabin.



Plastimo steering compass

Raymarine sounder


Raymarine combined chart plotter, GPS and radar


6 man Seago liferaft

6 lifejackets

3 lifebuoys

1 danbouy

4 fire extinguishers

Flare pack


35kg CQR anchor

35kg Bruce anchor

Electric windlass

60m of 10mm galvanised chain

60m 25mm warp


Beaching legs

Ample mooring warps


Tool kit

Engine spares

Galley equipment, pots, pans, plates, cutlery etc






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.