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Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter

Cutter from the year 1889 - 15m length - in United Kingdom

Second hand boat

451.269 €
 Pilot Cutter
Ref:: 4866488

Features of Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter:

Basic data

  • Type: Cutter

  • Year : 1889

  • Length: 15 m

  • Location: United Kingdom

  • Name: MARIAN

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Bristol Channel

  • Material: Wood

Dimensions

  • Beam: 3.6 m

  • Draft: 2.25 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 28123 Kg

Capacity

  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -

More information on the boat

  • Classic

This Cutter's equipment

Observations

One of only two survivors from the great Cardiff yard of Hambly, known for producing famously elegant working cutters, MARIAN is the 2nd oldest of only 18 remaining Bristol Channel pilot cutters. In 1999 master shipwright David Walkey, notable surveyor David Cox and designer Ed Burnett were all involved in the rebuild that has left MARIAN immensely strong. The qualities that served her during her working life contribute now to an incredibly seaworthy, comfortable vessel with long legs - and she is one of the fastest pilot cutters afloat. The beauty, simplicity and almost humble presence of this boat will take your breath away.
Restorations can sometimes struggle to restore the simplicity of the original – and hence the spirit of such a vessel. The current owner was adamant that MARIAN should be as she had been – a working pilot cutter and has therefore succeeded on all counts – not least that she can be sailed as hard as originally intended too!
Brokers Comments
One of only two survivors from the great Cardiff yard of Hambly, known for producing famously elegant working cutters, MARIAN is the 2nd oldest of only 18 remaining Bristol Channel captain cutters. In 1999 master shipwright David Walkey, nocounter surveyor David Cox and designer Ed Burnett were all involved in the rebuild that has left MARIAN immensely strong. The qualities that served her during her working life contribute now to an incredibly seaworthy, roomy ship with long legs - and she is one of the fastest captain cutters afloat. The beauty, simplicity and almost humble presence of this boat will take your breath away.
Restorations can sometimes struggle to restore the simplicity of the new – and hence the spirit of such a ship. The current titleholder was adamant that MARIAN should be as she had been – a working captain cutter and has therefore succeeded on all counts – not least that she can be sailed as hard as newly intended too!
History
MARIAN’s captain was John Morse, and at her launch in 1889 the boat was named after his daughter. Yet it was not many decades before the First World War ended the era of competing sailing captain cutters in the Bristol Channel that had produced at its evolutionary peak some of the fastest, most seaworthy and most appealing working craft in the history of sail. Like all captain cutters MARIAN was thrown up on the mud at this time. Later, she was rescued and converted into a yacht and renamed COLABA. In the 1930s she was bought by a pioneer of aircraft design, Johnny Aherne-Heron. He, inspired by Erling Tambs and “The Voyage with Teddy”, had plans to sail her with his wife and daughter to New Zealand, but the Second World War intervened. COLABA lay during the war in a mud wharf on the Hamble. By the late 1950s she was filling with the tide against the King’s Quay in Brixham where a young man of adventurous spirit, William Taylor, found her and fixed her up. When the current titleholder caught up with MARIAN in 1997, she was at Gweek near the top of the Helford River. It was apparent that before long she would need a thorough rebuild - but her beauty shone through. Soon, the timber for the rebuild was piling up on the quay (the larch from 160-year-old trees blown down on a Scottish estate in the October 1987 storm, and much of the oak from the same Herefordshire forest that supplied the rebuilding of the Great Hall of Windsor after its fire). Meanwhile, MARIAN provided some delightful seasons of cruising, racing and festivals in the Bristol Channel and in Brittany. In late 1999 the master shipwright David Walkey and crew with the nocounter surveyor David Cox as project manager and designer, Edward Burnett as consultant on sail plan and ballasting, took her in hand and at Gweek began the rebuild that has brought MARIAN rear to full glory and an immensely strong state.
Construction
- Larch planking on oak frames bronze fastened throughout- Bullet-proof Ekki for stem, kee

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