Lytham Pilot 12’ 6”This craft has its origin in the small working craft used by the local pilots and fishermen as boarding boats. The long shallow keel enables her to be launched and sailed straight off the beach and she can be run ashore without the damaging on landing. Ballast in the keel gives her better stability than dinghies of a similar size and more sea kindly motion. The craft has rigid buoyancy built in and is certified as a category C craft for three persons under the EU recreational craft directive. Like all Character Boats the Lytham Pilot can be launched with the rudder and engine in place, as they are protected by the keel, and therefore can be sailed immediately afloat without the hassle of getting into deeper water to ship a rudder or lower a centre-plate. They are sturdy boats with good sailing performance, ideal for teaching children to sail or for the owner who wants a small but stable and forgiving craft.
The Lytham Pilot is available with a choice of rigs. She has two mast positions allowing use of either as a single sail rig with the mast forward for simple leisurely sailing or with the mast aft for a sloop rig. The boat is well balanced under either sail plan. The spars are a similar length to the boat making for easy transport. The Lytham Pilot has a stowage locker under the foredeck and an aft locker which is large enough to store a small 4 stroke outboard engine, its bracket and spare fuel. The engine is mounted on a removable bracket which simply slots into a base plate mounted on the transom, which is less obtrusive than a permanent bracket. Oars are stowed along the side seating leaving the cockpit unobstructed.