Sailing yachts

Replica Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

(REF: 18085)


  • Designer: Ayers/Burnett
  • Builder: Yashka Boats
  • Year: 2009
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 49'
  • Beam: 13'3"
  • Draft: 7'10"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this replica Bristol Channel Pilot cutter 

The design for this yacht was inspired by the Bristol Channel pilot cutters Baroque and Cariad, not based solely on one particular vessel.  The owner, a highly experienced wooden boat surveyor, worked in conjunction with naval architect Ed Burnett to produce a vessel that had all the hallmarks of a pilot cutter and also displayed the same superb seakeeping and sailing qualities that make these boats so attractive to sailors these days.

Once both were happy with the design the owner commissioned Yashka Boats of Cochin in India to build the hull.  The reason for this was that the desired timber for constructing the hull could not be shipped out of India as a raw product, however once it had been used to manufacture an item, that item could be legally exported.  Therefore in order to make use of the incredibly durable and resilient Aini (Artocarpus Hursutas)also known as Indian Teak, the vessel would have to be built in India.

The yard set to work under the strict supervision of the owner who ensured every bit of timber used was of the highest quality and that the workmanship was to the highest standard, if he wasn’t happy with any part of construction it would come out and be done again.

Once the hull and decks were complete, the boat was shipped back to T.Nielsen & Co in England where the interior, systems and rig were fitted.  All the electrical, mechanical and gas systems have been installed to ISO/BS standards and the rig was put together by Nielsens to their high standards.

The result is a boat unlike any other in UK at this time.  The hull is built of materials that are simply not available in this country and we can be sure that with the combination of Aini timber and all copper and bronze fastenings this is a boat that will outlast most others.

Vessel is registered under Part 1 and is VAT paid in the EU with full evidence of this passed to a new owner.

The quality of materials and construction in this yacht cannot be over stressed.  There is nothing quite like her in UK and to build another boat of this quality would cost a vast amount more than the price of this yacht. 49′ replica Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter


Length on Deck                                                 49’

Length Waterline                                             42’

Beam                                                                    13’2”

Draft                                                                      7’10”


49′ Pilot Cutter replica


The construction is to very large scantlings making her a very strong vessel.

All non-ferrous fastenings.

Planked entirely of Anini, all copper rivet fastened to large section sawn Anini frames in futtocks.  All bronze futtock bolts.

Anini keel with grown floors and bronze floor bolts.

All internal ballast.

Straight laid solid Anini deck, screw fastened to the deck beams.




Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid pine mast.  Varnished pine gaff, boom and bowsprit.

Norselay standing rigging to external galvanised chain plates.

Full suite of sails from 2009/2010

Single line furling jib.

Roller reefing boom




Beta Marine 90hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2009.

7 knots cruising speed.

Total of 510lt of fuel in two tanks.

Large battery capacity with installed shore power system.




9 berths in total with 2 separate double cabins, single quarter berth, two pilot berths and two saloon settee berths.

Full standing headroom throughout.

Large saloon with a centreline drop leaf table

Large heads compartment midships and a separate heads forward.

Galley starboard side midships with 3 burner Force 10 stove, hot and cold pressurised water and a 12v fridge.

Masses of storage space for bosuns stores and extra gear in the forepeak and lazarette.



Full specification and details available upon request





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.