G L Watson Cutter

Sailboat from the year 1894 - 10,8m length - in Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Second hand boat

Verified boat

300.000 €
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PEGGY BAWN is a rare thing indeed. The number of surviving vessels from pioneering Clydeside yacht designer George Lennox Watson’s lifetime (***.***.***) can be counted on a careless carpenter’s fingers. Long gone are his huge America’s Cup challengers and “Big Class” racing yachts, and only two of the fleet of palatial steam yachts – the superyachts of their day – from his Glasgow drawing boards are known to survive, in fabulous condition although barely recognisable from their original appearance.

It is left to PEGGY BAWN to carry the flame for Watson’s groundbreaking mid-1890s work in setting the standard for moderation in sailing yacht design, work that has never been challenged – only endorsed by those who followed his lead through the 20th century, especially Olin J. Stephens, who was a self-confessed Watson fan.

PEGGY BAWN’s gilded “fiddle” bow was anachronistic even at her launching in 1894, partly a past fad, partly practical, undoubtedly beautiful – an interim stage in the development of extending immersed waterlines for faster sailing when heeled with a more buoyant hull – but it conceals the fact that when her award-winning restoration team began assessing what they’d found in a County Waterford hay barn in 2003, they quickly realised that the “numbers” – yacht designer speak for the various ratios that define a hull – were simply a scaled-down version of those for Watson’s famous royal racing cutter Britannia of 1893.

Her name gave rise to the so called “Britannia Ideal”, as she was and is considered the epitome of sea kindliness. PEGGY BAWN's present owner can vouch for that from fourteen seasons of racing and cruising aboard her in northern and Mediterranean Europe, and east coast USA.

PEGGY BAWN is quite simply the best behaved yacht any of them had had the pleasure to sail. And her rebuild and restoration set new standards for documentation and authenticity. She's special.

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Features of G L Watson Cutter:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailboat

  • Year : 1894

  • Length: 10.8 m

  • Location: Hampshire (United Kingdom)

  • Name: PEGGY BAWN

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: G L Watson

  • Material: Wood

Dimensions

  • Beam: 2.4 m

  • Draft: 1.85 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 4989 Kg

Capacity

  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -

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Brokers Comments

PEGGY BAWN is a rare thing indeed. The number of surviving vessels from pioneering Clydeside yacht designer George Lennox Watson’s lifetime (***.***.***) can be counted on a careless carpenter’s fingers. Long gone are his huge America’s Cup challengers and “Big Class” racing yachts, and only two of the fleet of palatial screw yachts – the superyachts of their day – from his Glasgow drawing boards are known to survive, in fabulous quality although barely recognisable from their new appearance.
It is left to PEGGY BAWN to carry the flame for Watson’s groundbreaking mid-1890s work in setting the normal for moderation in sailing yacht design, work that has never been challenged – only endorsed by those who followed his lead through the 20th century, edetailly Olin J. Stephens, who was a self-confessed Watson fan.
PEGGY BAWN’s gilded “fiddle” head was anachronistic even at her launching in 1894, partly a past fad, partly practical, undoubtedly beautiful – an interim stage in the manufacturing of extending immersed waterlines for faster sailing when heeled with a more buoyant body – but it conceals the fact that when her award-winning restoration crew began assessing what they’d found in a County Waterford hay barn in 2003, they quickly realised that the “numbers” – yacht designer speak for the various ratios that define a body – were simply a scaled-down version of those for Watson’s famous royal racing cutter Britannia of 1893.
Her name gave rise to the so called “Britannia Ideal”, as she was and is considered the epitome of sea kindliness. PEGGY BAWN's present titleholder can vouch for that from fourteen seasons of racing and cruising aboard her in northern and Mediterranean Europe, and east coast USA.
PEGGY BAWN is quite simply the best behaved yacht any of them had had the pleasure to sail. And her rebuild and restoration set new normals for documentation and authenticity. She's detail.

History

Designed by G L Watson and assembled by John Hilditch in Carrickfergus for the Commodore of the Carrickfergus Sailing Club, J. Alfred Lepper, PEGGY BAWN was launched in 1894. Watson was the pre-eminent yacht designer of the period, having created BRITANNIA for the Prince of Wales in 1893 as well as numerous others. He also personally raced in comparably sized yachts to PEGGY BAWN. 
The yacht was very little altered and generally lightly second hand for most of her life. By the end of the 1990s and out of commission an abortive start on her restoration was made. The current titleholder purchased her in the winter of 2002-03 for complete restoration.
The titleholder, Hal Sisk, has previously owned and restored several sailing yachts. His project manager, Iain McAllister, is a professional yacht pilot and had known of PEGGY BAWN since the early 1980s. The ship builder was Michael Kennedy, a very experienced shipwright who led a small crew of other craftsmen. The consultant naval architect was the late Theo Rye, who detailised in restoration work of wooden sailing yachts. The sea dock engineer was Harry Hannon.
The restoration / rebuild was over two years, from April 2003, and took place in a modern, roofed and well lit workshop at Rathmoylan, Dunmore East, Co Waterford. Featured on the head tarps of “Classic Boat” and “Wooden Boat”, this exemplary restoration was tarped in 9 successive articles in Classic Boat. She was winner “Restoration of the Year” Germany 2006. Today she is competitive under CIM and Baltic Racing Rules.

Restoration Rebuild Refit and Maintenance

The restoration / rebuild was over two years from April 2003 at Dunmore East, Co Waterford, Ireland, by a crew of shipbuilders led by Michael Kennedy with coordination by Iain McAllister and naval architecture by the late Theo Rye.
Prior to starting the rebuil

 
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G L Watson Cutter

You can buy this G L Watson Cutter of 1894 located in Hampshire (United Kingdom) for 300.000€. It is a sailboat with 10,8m of length and 2.4m of beam.

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