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Luke Powell Pilot Cutter

(REF: 18234)


  • Designer: Powell, Luke
  • Builder: Luke Powell
  • Year: 2009
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 44'
  • Beam: 13'6"
  • Draft: 7'
  • Tonnage: 24 tons Disp.

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Luke Powell 44 ft Pilot Cutter For Sale

Wooden Ships Comments on this beautiful classic sailing boat

Designed and built by Luke Powell of Working Sail in 2009.  Luke Powell pilot cutter Amelie Rose is the sister ship to an earlier boat, ‘Ezra’,  and as such, was a proven design with a track record.

Built for the present owner, this 44ft boat has operated as a charter and sail training vessel since her launch through what has been a very successful business.

The business aspect of this set-up is available for purchase by separate negotiation.

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Since her launch in 2009, she has worked every season and, as such, has benefitted from continual maintenance and inspection to keep her in top fettle and satisfy the MCA commercial coding surveyors.  She has a current Category 2 MCA certificate.  At just 11 years old, she has the satisfaction of a new sailing boat combined with the benefits of one that has been properly sailed and tested to iron out the numerous small issues that can crop up.

Her design was chosen as it is a perfect size, combining manageability, space and comfort, giving 10 berths and ample deck space while still being a sailing yacht that can be handled by a small crew.

She became well known after appearing in the BBC programme ‘The Hungry Sailors’ and has become a common sight in harbours along the south coast and in Brittany, as well as proving her speed by winning the 2015 Pilot Cutter review in St Mawes.

A very classic yacht for sale in solid condition, capable of continuing her role as a charter vessel or moving to be a comfortable and capable private yacht.


Length on Deck                 44′

Length overall                   61′

Length Waterline             38′

Beam                                    13’6″

Draft                                      7′

Displacement                    24 tons




Planked in larch except for the top three strakes which are in oak.

Bronze screw fastened to heavy sawn oak frames in pairs, through bolted with bronze.

Full length external lead ballast keel of 6.5 tons fastened with numerous bronze bolts.

4.5 tons of internal lead trimming ballast.

Grown oak floors across the centreline.

Knee high bulwarks all round on oak stanchions through the coverboard and an oak capping rail.

Straight laid solid Opepe deck, caulked with cotton and payed with Sikaflex.  All new deck caulking in 2020 using Teak Deck systems SIS440.

Solid Opepe coach roof coamings with bronze port holes.




Gaff cutter rig on a solid keel stepped wooden mast with a fidded topmast.

Solid gaff, boom and topmast.  Hollow bowsprit by Noble Spars (2011)

Galvanised standing rigging to external galvanised chain plates with deadeyes and lanyards.

Traditional style synthetic running rigging.

Full wardrobe of sails by Patrick Selman in 2009, all in good order.  New jib 2021.




Beta Marine 75hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2009.  Approx. 4800 hours running time.

Regularly serviced and easily accessed behind removable panels.

PRM hydraulic gearbox with single lever controls.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  New coupling, shaft, stern gland, cutlass bearing and propeller in 2019.  Cruising speed of 6 knots at 4 litres/hour.



320 litres of fuel in two separate stainless steel tanks

400 litres of water in two separate stainless steel tanks

30 l stainless black tank for waste from the heads.



3 x 105ah AGM domestic batteries

1 x 12v AGM starting battery.


SFC Efoy 1200W Hydrogen fuel cell provides constant and automatic trickle charging to the batteries making the boat self sufficient.

Balmar 100 amp smart alternator plus installed shore power system with 240 volt charger.  Removable solar panels.

1000W inverter provides 240 volt when not on shore power.

All LED light bulbs throughout the boat.

Recently replaced shore power system with galvanic isolator and sterling Power 20 amp charger.




Interior is fitted out in the typical style of all Lukes Powells boats with painted T&G panelling and varnished oak trim.  Everything is substantially built and intended to stand up to the rigours of life at sea.

10 berths including 2 doubles and 6 singles.

Largely open plan saloon with lots of headroom, masses of storage space and plenty of hand holds.

Large double quarter berth either side of the entrance hatch under the aft deck.

Galley to port with a 4 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  75l fridge with keel cooling system.         1 1/2 bowl stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water.

Chart desk facing forward to starboard.

Centreline dropleaf oak table with a settee berth to port and a pilot berth outboard under the deck head.  Shorter settee to starboard with a comfortable reclined back and shelves behind.

Passageway forward to starboard with the heads compartment to port.

Heads compartment with hot and cold pressurised water, hand basin and shower.  Blakes Lavac sea toilet discharges over the side or into a black tank.

Forward cabin with 4 single berths approximately 6’4″ in length plus plenty of storage.


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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.

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