Elkins Boatyard - 32ft Pilot Cutter
Built by Elkins Boat Yard, Christchurch, Dorset, in the late 1930's of teak on oak frames. Her early years are not recorded, but could well have been involved in WWII due to location of South Coast. However, in 1974 the craft was totally re-built including a new engine - a Gardner 4LW rated at 72 hp - and operated by the Anglo American Oil company as a Harbour Launch/Pilot Cutter.
In the late 1980's the present owner purchased the vessel and under-took a conversion as a long range motor sailer. Long passage making was in his mind, with sails as the principal mode of propulsion, but with the back-up of the Gardner engine.
The vessel carries a GPS unit, 3 x VHF radio units and a conventional magnetic steering compass.
The vessel has 3 x 12v batteries with 300 Amp/hr capacity and dedicated alternator for engine start circuit. There are 3 aux. outlets @ 12v 25amp in the accommodation. A 240v AC shore supply circuit is installed providing charging for batteries when alongside, together with six 3-pin outlets in 3 cabins. An Italian built generator is also installed providing 3.5Kw output at 1 Kva.
Single c1974 GARDNER 4LW 55 ltr diesel engine producing 72 hp. Fitted with matching Gardner 2.1:1 ratio manual gearbox, with helm controls. Ability to select fwd/neutral/astern, to conventional shaft and 3-bladed propeller. The engine is fitted with a 12v 80amp/hr alternator, charging a dedicated battery circuit for engine start. Cruising speed: 7 knots - max. 8 knots. Approx. 1.75 glns/hr at cruising speed. Estimated fuel capacity - 36 glns - stored in steel tank. Fresh water capacity 70 glns in composite material tank. Additionally, an electric start diesel generator is installed, rated at 3.5 Kw for main battery charging purpose.
The following safety equipment is included:
- A 4-man life-raft
- 4 x Life-jackets (Norwegian origin to Code)
- 3 Lifebouys (to MSC code)
- 6 x hand-held fire extinguishers
- 2 x manual & 2 x Auto electric bilge pumps
Sails and Rig
The vessel has twin 'self-supporting' masts being rigged with rigid steel 'tripod' type support located above the main accommodation. The main mast is located immediately aft of the accommodation.
The sail plan is:
i) a furling Foresail with 'sheets' coming aft to the Cockpit.
ii) an inner forstay also allows for a smaller, inner sail to be set - again controlled from the Cockpit.
iii) the Main mast carries a triangular sail forward of the mast and a Gaff-rigged Mizzen aft. Again, controlled from the aft position.
All fitted with control lines coming aft with hoisting lines at masts. All sails are in tan. Mast and spars are in painted wood.
The accommodation has a sole lower than the side decks but with windows set to each side maginally above the side decks. Boarding the craft can be made along either side. The location of the access to the wheelhouse and accommodation is reached via a sheltered Starboard entry, aft. The wheelhouse is immediately found with raised seat to the helm position with traditional wheel, engine controls and listed navigation units. Windows are set to Forward, Port & Starboard. Adjacent is the enclosed Heads compartment with manual Blake toilet unit (sea water flushed). A stainless steel hand-basin with pressurised cold water supply, is set within a purpose-made timber carcass providing a locker for toilet accessories, etc. It is understood that a flexible shower attachment is included to allow a 'wet room' facility, draining into the bilges for automatic pump out. Forward, through a bulkhead door is the Engine Room, with the Gardner engine on the centre line, completely accessable for servicing ,etc. ( See 'Mechanical section' for details) To the sides are associated equipment/spares etc. Ahead, through the next bulkhead is a ' Day Cabin' set across the width of the vessel. The fit-out includes seating - doubling as single berths - and a de-moutable table which can be lowered to form a double berth. Upholstered cushions to both back-rest and seating. The Galley - also located in this space - comprises a CALOR gas-stove with hob and oven, with gas cylinder located externally. Adjacent is a stainless steel sink and drainer, set on a timber carcass with open-fronted lockering below. The sink has pressurised cold water supply and hot water provided by way of a calorifier as part of the engine cooling system when run. Ahead, again through a bulkhead, is a Fore Cabin with generous double berth in the Fore Peak, with stowage under.
Cabin heating is by use of a gas-fired element in a panel fitting, as well as electric units, supplied by shore-side connection when available. A number of windows are fitted, each with curtains for privacy and conservation of heat.
The fore-deck has a manual winch fitted for anchor work. The anchor is a CQR-type with chain and warp lead to the manually operated centre-line winch. The vessel carries mooring lines, fenders, spare lines, tackles and boat hook. A number of fairleads and cleats are fitted for both mooring lines and other control lines. D-shape fendering lis fitted at the gunwhale.
Forward is a substantial Pulpit prepared in painted round section steel elements providing both ability to fasten safety lines as well as useful 'hand-holds' when working on deck. The accommodation super-structure is also provided with hand-rails.
'I have owned the vessel for a number of years and set about making her ready for 'open sea' passages. I have concentrated upon the 'necessary' elements, such as the engine, tankage, navigation units and 'home comforts' including the Heads compartment and the berthing arrangements. Regretfully, I recognise perhaps my 'halfway around the world plans' are not possible. As a strongly built craft, she would suit owners with similar plans but starting a little younger!'
The vessel has clearly been adapted for passage-making, based upon the substantially built hull and the added safety features. At the same time, the accommodation has also been prepared for long periods at sea. An opportunity to acquire a vessel of interesting history, with the build and fit-out for distance passage-making. Lying close to the Broker, on tidal moorings.
|Model:32ft Pilot Cutter|
|Mooring Country:||United Kingdom|
|Length:||9.75 m/32 ft|
|Width:||2.96 m/10 ft|
|Draft:||1.14 m/4 ft|
|Engine manufacturer:gardner 4lw|
|No. of engines:||1|
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