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Bristol Channel 38 ft Pilot Cutter Replica 2011



Bristol Channel 38 ft Pilot Cutter Replica 2011

Designer Pilot Cutter
Builder John Raymond-Barker Bristol
Date 2011
Length overall 50 ft 10 in / 15.5 m
Length deck 38 ft 5 in / 11.7 m
Length waterline 35 ft 5 in / 10.8 m
Beam 11 ft 6 in / 3.5 m
Draft 7 ft 7 in / 2.3 m
Displacement 17 Tonnes
Construction Carvel larch planking on oak frames
Engine Beta 25 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 220,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



EDITH GRAY was built by John Raymond - Barker of RB Boatbuilding Ltd, Bristol in 2011 and was designed along the lines of the smaller transom stern pilot cutters. John Raymond-Barker also her designer took his inspiration from 1887 BREEZE as well as the Bristol Channel Pilot cutter DIARCHY built by Copper in 1901. EDITH GRAY has already proven herself to be extremely fast when raced in the pilot cutter fleet often taking first in class - she certainly has that magic blend of function and simple beauty for which this style of boat is well known.

This is a boat that seems to hit a “sweet spot” for a number of reasons - at thirty eight and a half feet she is a handy size to sail short-handed yet she can accommodate up to 7 persons comfortably with berths to spare; her build quality is impressive both in her structure and detail above and below deck but if her pilot cutter roots hint at how capable a vessel she is; her lines hint that she will be an exciting boat to sail and own. Seeing EDITH GRAY tied to the dock it is almost impossible not think of adventure!



Launched in Bristol in 2011 her fine lines are based on the last of the sailing Bristol Channel pilot cutters and drawn for speed and weatherliness. With three pilot cutter builds already under his belt owner John Raymond-Barker wanted for himself something smaller, faster – and frankly easier to sail as well as affording some reasonable comfort below. With EDITH GRAY, unconstrained by any other client expectations, he has been able to achieve all of these and since her launch has already made her mark at the races and in the yachting media.

See “Classic Boat” articles
- No 278, Aug 2011, page 19; News, Pilot Cutter review
- No 280, Oct 2011, page 18; News, Fastnet record
- No 280, Oct 2011, page 34; Build Launch and St Mawes
- No 281, Nov 2011, page64; Fastnet race

Race Honours in her first two years:

2011 Cock of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Race
- Tern Cup 2nd place

2011 Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review at St Mawes
- 1st place overall
- Individual races 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st

2012 Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review at St Mawes
- 1st place overall
- Individual races 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd

2012 Pilot Cutter Fastnet
- Fastnet Challenge Cup 1st overall on handicap
- Fastnet Race Cup 1st in class

2012 Round the Island Race
- 2nd in Class

2012 Plymouth Classics
- Yacht Haven Cup 1st in Class and over 30 ft

2012 Fowey Classics
- Trafalgar Cup 1st overall
- Most Ansom Transom - for showing off in the harbour!



- Traditionally built, larch on oak frames bronze and copper fastened
- Traditional Douglas fir planked deck; caulked and pitched
- 5 ½ ton Lead on keel


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Sleeping accommodation for up to 9, with 7 single berths and 1 double
- White painted deck head and bulkheads
- Contrasting varnished oak deck beams and joinery trim
- Excellent light afforded by the numerous deck lights, deck head and 5 x brass bulkhead lights
- Solid wood cabin soles

Sliding hatch and companionway steps down
- Seetru tank level gauge by steps to stbd
- Wide quarter berths port and stbd

Large galley to port
- Alize Horizon gimballed 4 burner hob and oven
- Gastronorm containers
- Pull out bin
- Belfast sink set in worktop
- Hot and cold running water from bronze dragon head taps
- Sea water pump
- Stowage under and above outboard
- Bosuns Locker

Full size chart table and chart storage to stbd
- Navigation instruments
- Electrical distribution panel
- Morso Squirrel wood burning stove can be kept alight under way
- Wood store behind stove
- 2 x Settee berths with lee cloths; one each side
- Stowage in deep lockers outboard, under and shelves
- 2 x Pilot berths above and outboard; one each side
- Butterfly skylight over
- Deck lights throughout vessel
- Folding saloon table off centreline
- Coolbox under cabin sole
- Book shelves and laptop shelf on fwd bulkhead to port
- Bulkhead mounted clock
- Anchor locker access below

Corridor fwd to foc’sle
- Head compartment
- Jabsco manual WC
- Valve to holding tank
- 2 x Berths up and over to port
- 2 x Berths up and over to stbd


Rig, spars and sails

Gaff cutter rig with roller furling on the main and jibs set flying
- Solid Douglas fir mast
- Traditional Rigging galvanised wire standing rigging with leathered topends around hounds
- Galvanised bottle screw and deadeye lanyard tensioners
- Running backstays with Highfield levers
- Hollow boom, gaff and bowsprit
- Appledore main sail reefing
- Leather gaff saddle

Sails Clipper Canvas except where stated
- Mainsail
- 2 x Topsails - large with jack yard
- 2 x Jibs; large and working
- 1 x Staysail with deep reef
- 1 x Terylene jib topsail


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Raised bulwark with ash main sheet block mounted to steel braced taffrail
- 2 x Mushroom vents over transom
- 2 x Large lazarette hatches
- Fairleads in bulwarks port and starboard
- Tiller steering
- Cockpit with iroko coaming and main sheet Sampson posts each side aft
- Steering compass
- Spacious side decks
- Stanchions on bulwarks fwd of cockpit
- Round deck lights
- Sampson posts each sided for aft mooring lines
- Running backstay levers P&S
- Deck prisms P&S
- Trunk cabin with 2 x cleats and 4 x large round lights in roof and port light each side
- Period companionway sliding hatch raised aft and drop down door
- Chimney for cabin stove stbd side
- Kedge anchor stowed fore end of trunk cabin
- Gas bottle locker offset to stbd
- Raised butterfly skylight hatch
- 3 x Belaying pins each side by shrouds
- Running lights mounted on light boards in shrouds P&S
- Deck prism to stbd and round deck light to port
- Raised mushroom vent to port over head compartment
- Raised foredeck hatch offset to port with round deck light
- Bowsprit easily reefed and bitts offset to stbd
- Anchor windlass mounted to port
- Round deck light to port and mushroom vent stbd
- Sampson posts P&S
- Large Rockner 33 Kg self stowing anchor and c 200 ft / 60m chain


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Beta 25 HP Diesel engine; controls stbd side of companionway
- Flexifold prop on the quarter
- Stainless diesel tank c 40 gallon / 180 litre with sight glass
- Solar panel
- Waeco integral battery charger
- Engine start battery
- Domestic battery 200 Ah
- LED lights throughout vessel
- Fresh water 53 gallon / 240 litre
- Calorifier 9 gallon / 40 litre
- Pressurised water system
- Hand pumped water
- Sea water pump
- Deck wash pump


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Raymarine VHF
- Raymarine ST 40 depth sounder – display stbd companionway hatchway bulkhead
- Garmin 152 H GPS
- Sestrel steering compass
- Radio / CD/ mp3 player with large speakers



- Bilge alarm
- Electric Bilge pump
- Manual Bilge pump
- Gas alarm
- 2 x Fire extinguishers
- Life jackets
- Dan buoy and safety line secured to gas locker


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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