Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

Sailboat from the year 1904 - 15,60m length - in Angus (United Kingdom)

Used boat

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480.000 €
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The Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter type has long been held in the highest of esteem as the perfect all round sailing vessel, and ALPHA completely fits that billing. Her long and interesting life has been guaranteed to last many more years after a restoration undertaken by and under the supervision of some of the best possible practitioners of their craft, for owners who really knew what they wanted based on long experience under sail, and an intense two seasons of intimacy with ALPHA as purchased and pre-restoration. Independent of all the superb craftsmanship, the key element that has been restored in ALPHA is
her ability from birth as a superbly easily handled vessel under sail and power by just two people,
whilst offering the most comfortable of accommodation for long periods with plenty of space for
friends.

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Features of Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailboat

  • Year : 1904

  • Length: 15.60 m

  • Location: Angus (United Kingdom)

  • Name: ALPHA

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Bristol

  • Material: Wood

Dimensions

  • Beam: 4.2 m

  • Draft: 2.7 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 38000 Kg

Capacity

  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -

Motor

  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: 90 HP

  • Fuel capacity: -

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Beta Marine

  • Engine usage (hours): -

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Brokers Comments

The Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter style has long been held in the highest of esteem as the perfect all round sailing boat, and ALPHA completely fits that billing. Her long and interesting life has been guaranteed to last many more years after a restoration undertaken by and under the supervision of some of the best possible practitioners of their craft, for proprietors who really knew what they wanted based on long experience under sail, and an intense two seasons of intimacy with ALPHA as purchased and pre-restoration.
Independent of all the superb craftsmanship, the key element that has been restored in ALPHA is her ability from birth as a superbly easily handled boat under sail and potential by just two people, whilst offering the most spacious of seating for long periods with plenty of space for friends.

History

ALPHA's story deals a fascinating glimpse into a period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the design principles of handy and fast commercial sailing boats and private pleasure yachts were overlapping and feeding between disciplines. Commercial designers / builders were learning from the rapidly developing understanding of what makes a sailing yacht fast and weatherly, and as the sailing captain and fishing craft improved, their desirability as a model for trusty, short-handed cruising yachts became legend - and remains so.
ALPHA's designer, William Stoba of Fleetwood, Lancashire, had never manufactured a captain cutter for the notorious waters of the Bristol Channel before being commissioned by her first proprietor, William Prosser of Newseaport but Stoba had gained an enviable reputation for the design of his fast Morecambe Bay Prawners and Lancashire Nobbies - and some fine yachts. Prosser was prepared to take a risk on Stoba in order to steal a march on his competitors: to be first to the ships requiring captainage, time and again.
So ALPHA, with her typically “Prawner” cutaway and rounded forefoot profile, is a little different from Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters by other designer-builders, and that feature is credited for her famous turn of velocity, particularly in beam gusts. That she was successful is proven by her retention by Prosser for 20 years.
As sail gave way to potential in the between-the-wars captainage world, it's no wonder that boats like ALPHA became sought after as superb cruising yachts: in their working life they'd had to be fast and manoeuvrable, and spacious hoved-to when spending long periods at sea on the lookout for paying work.
Her life as a pleasure craft began as the renamed BLACK BESS in 1924 under the proprietorship of Royal Cruising Club flag officer Sir Sidney Rowlatt. According to John Buchan, author of “The 39 Steps” Rowlatt had a “boyish zest for sailing… in the gusty channel”. It is known from the log of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter CARIAD that in August 1926 she met BLACK BESS (ex ALPHA) off Dodman Point; and to quote from the log, BLACK BESS then “sailed away from CARIAD”.
A succession of proprietors from the 1930s, when she regained her fresh name, to the near present succumbed to her charm and ability - and her demands for just deserts - to ensure her survival into the new world of love and care for wooden boats that arrived in the 1980s.
Her present, very experienced traditional boat proprietors were looking specifically for a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter at a time when ALPHA was luckily available. After her major restoration they have honoured her past life, more often than not by sailing her easily short-handed and successfully racing her fully teamed - just as she was in her earlier working life.
It is true to say though that her superb present day seating, whilst honouring the layout and spirit of her working days, deals rather a lot more luxury than her captains and team would have enjoyed in times past.

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Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter is the make and model of this sailboat of 15,60m of length and 4.2m of beam. The sale price is 480.000€ and you can see it in Angus (United Kingdom).

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