Sailing yachts

Pilot Cutter Yacht

(REF: 18038)


  • Builder: Appledore Ltd/ Bridgend Boat Company
  • Year: 1995
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 54'10"
  • Beam: 14'
  • Draft: 7'10"
  • Tonnage: 38tons disp.

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This pilot cutter has been sold. Similar yachts for sale:

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This pilot cutter yacht is being sold as part of a successful and current charter business.  Included in the sale is the following:

The Vessel including the inventory listed below.

Good will of the company

Ownership of the domain name

Rights and control over web site content

Control over the Facebook and Twitter accounts connected to the business

Ownership of the extensive mailing list

Various advertising and promotional displays


Built on the lines of the famous Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, ‘Marguerite T’, this fine big boat was constructed in steel by A&P Appledore Ltd, Falmouth, in 1995 as a private yacht.

Marguerite T was a pilot cutter built in Pill in 1893, and after a major rebuild, is still sailing today as a private yacht.  The pilot cutters have always been considered among the most seaworthy and reliable sailing vessels ever to have been designed and built.  Working in terrible conditions all year round, the pilot boats held station off our coasts waiting for the returning sailing ships with their valuable cargoes in order to get a pilot aboard and guide them safely to port.

The original owner, when looking for a boat to build, realised he could do no better than a replica pilot cutter, so took the lines from one of the larger boats, and decided to build his new yacht in steel.  A&P Appledore Ltd were used to building super yacht hulls, so this 55’ job was an easy task for them and their skilled workers.  The completed hull was then taken to Newton Ferrers in Devon where she was fitted out by Bridgend Boat Company.  They laid a teak deck over the steel, fitted solid teak deck structures and created a superb interior using old mahogany reclaimed from a disused Barclays bank.

The result is a very impressive and incredibly strong yacht with a great presence, and because of the history of her design, she is as safe and reliable at sea as any of the original pilot cutters, with a good turn of speed in any wind and being very stiff and strong can carry a lot of sail when the wind gets up.


LOA                                                    66’ 3″

LOD                                                    54′ 10″

LWL                                                    48’

Beam                                                   14’

Draught                                                7’ 10”

Displacement                                       38 tonnes

Ballast (Internal lead)                           10 tonnes

Sail Area                                                          1500sq.ft



Constructed of steel with an encapsulated lead ballast keel.  The whole hull has been treated with a professional epoxy paint system to protect the steel.

The topsides have been finished in Awlgrip and the underwater hull has been painted with a professionally applied copper treatment by Ecosea in order to eliminate the need for annual antifoul treatment.


Integral steel deck overlaid with solid teak straight laid payed with Sikaflex.

Steel stanchions with a scrubbed teak capping rail and solid teak bulwark planking.


Solid teak companion hatch, cockpit, skylight and forehatch.


Deep self draining cockpit built in solid teak with thwarts both sides and high coamings to give good shelter and security.

Tiller steering with a varnished teak tiller.  Option for wheel steering, all the gear for this is available and can be swapped over with a few hours work.

Ample deck space as would be expected on boat this size with plenty of room for a large crew to work the rig if necessary.  The attention to detail in the finish on deck is evident from the outset in the way the deck has been laid and the surperstructure has been constructed.




Gaff cutter rig on solid varnished keel stepped mast.

Solid varnished bowsprit, boom and gaff yard.  All spars by Harry Spencer.

Galvanised gooseneck fitting and galvanised leather clad gaff saddle.  Slab reefing boom with electric winch assisted reefing pennants.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, parcelled and served in the traditional way with dead eyes and lanyards to integral steel chainplates.

Stainless steel inner and outer forestay with synthetic braided running backstays on block and tackles.

The running rigging is well laid out and all falls are labelled with bronze plates at the gunwale making life easy for inexperienced charter guests.  Varnished Purpleheart blocks with synthetic braid or 3 strand rope.



All sails in cream Dacron.


Mainsail                       Ratsey and Lapthorn              1996

Topsail                         Ratsey and Lapthorn              1996

Staysail 2                     Ratsey and Lapthorn              1996

Staysail 1                     James Lawrence                      2012

Jib 2                             Ratsey and Lapthorn              2005

Jib 1                             James Lawrence                      2012

Jib Topsail                   Ratsey and Lapthorn              1996




BD6 Ford 6 Cyl 110 Hp marine diesel with a hydraulic gearbox and stainless steel centreline shaft to a 23” Autoprop folding Prop.

Cruising speed of 6.5 knots at 2gph

Calorifier running off the engine with a 240v immersion and an Ebespacher diesel heater for domestic hot water.

Engine has had continual professional maintenance throughout present ownership and parts replaced as necessary.  New heat exchanger, water pump and alternator in recent years.

Access to engine is very good through the hinged hatch in the companionway and a forward access hatch for belts and alternator.

2cyl Yanmar Diesel 6KVA generator in an insulated case on the port side as you descend the companionway.  Provides 240v power while running and charges the domestic battery bank through combi inverter/charger.

Sidepower Bow Thruster

Epespacher Heater for radiators and hot water



Diesel tank is integral with the hull and is constructed of steel.  1000 litre capacity.  Racor water separators.

2 Fresh water tanks are plastic with total capacity of 1000 litres, located under the forward double berth.

2 grey water tanks for the heads and galley sinks and showers with electric pumps to empty.



2 x 12v Domestic Batteries

2 x 12v Engine starting Batteries

1 x 12v Generator Batteries

2 x 12v Bow Thruster Batteries

2 x 24v engine alternators to charge the start bank and domestic bank separately.

Battery charging also comes from the built in inverter/charger which is powered by either the generator or shore power.  Inverter side gives 240v from the domestic bank when neither generator nor shore power are live.


Accomodation                        11 berths

The accommodation was created by craftsmen from the Bridgend Boat Company in Newton Ferrers, Devon.  The flame mahogany for the panelling was reclaimed from a disused Barclays bank and has a lovely dark rich colour.

Originally designed as a private yacht, the interior works very well for charter also with separate accommodation for the crew which is essential if they are to stay fresh and ready to provide a top quality experience.  The chart area is a dedicated alcove so either crew or guests can work away without disturbing the rest of the ships company.

Access below is through the enormous companionway which is easy to descend in any weather, wearing full oilskins or not.  Steps down over the engine space with doors to port and starboard giving access to the generator and battery banks respectively.

Skippers cabin at the bottom of the companion steps to port with two single berths and storage for clothing.

Chart desk area to starboard opposite the skipper’s cabin.  This is a separate alcove with chart desk, seat and electronic switch board.

Heads compartment beautifully finished with antique effect tiling forward of the chart area with a Jabsco sea toilet and shower with a stainless steel lined shower tray.  Heated towel rail.

Half glazed double doors into the main saloon.

Galley in aft starboard corner with double sink and a Plastimo 2 burner stove with oven and grill.  Deep chest fridge in aft port corner built into the mahogany joinery.  Corian worktops with plenty of storage and a microwave.

Larder in a full height cupboard in aft port corner of the saloon with a pull out shelf unit.

Main saloon with centre line drop leaf mahogany table and port and starboard settee berths.  Pilot berth outboard of the port side settee and a library area behind the starboard side.

Watertight bulkhead just forward of the mast with a door in the starboard side leading to the forward cabin.

Forward cabin has two singles on the starboard side against the hull and a large double berth in an alcove on the port side.

Centre line door through a forward bulkhead into the forward heads compartment with a Jabsco sea toilet and hand basin.  Heated towel rail and hooks for Foul weather stowage above

Hot and cold pressurised running water to both heads and the galley.



Steering Compass

Autohelm log and sounder

Autohelm ST5000 autopilot

Wind Instrument


Chart Plotter



Satellite Telephone



Gas leak Detector

12 Man Liferaft

2 x horse Shoe Lifebuoys


4 x Fire Extinguishers

4 x bronze Sheet Winches

Seafire Engine room Extinguisher

14 Self-Inflating Lifejackets.

16 Sets Foul-weather gear


Bilge alarms in all compartments

1 x Manual Bilge Pump

2 x Automatic Electrical Bilge Pumps

1 x Emergency Engine driven Bilge/Fire pump


Anchor Windlass – Simpson Lawrence

Electric Deck Winch

70kg CQR Bow Anchor with 50m ½” chain

25kg Kedge with 30m chain and warp



16ft GRP launch tender with Bukh Inboard Diesel engine + trailer

Inflatable Dinghy

5hp Yamaha Outboard


Fenders and Warps

Boarding Ladder

3 x Gas Bottles

Cutlery and Crockery and all other galley equipment




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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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.