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Cockwells 45 ft Pilot Cutter 2007 - Sold



Cockwells 45 ft Pilot Cutter 2007

Designer Rowles of Pill
Builder Cockwells Falmouth
Date 2007
Length overall 60 ft 0 in / 18.3 m
Length deck 44 ft 11 in / 13.7 m
Length waterline 40 ft 0 in / 12.2 m
Beam 13 ft 5 in / 4.1 m
Draft 7 ft 7 in / 2.3 m
Displacement 22 Tonnes
Construction Larch planking on oak frames
Engine Caterpillar PRM 75 HP diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



POLLY AGATHA might well define the term "Modern Classic". With her long keel, bronze fastened carvel construction and well proportioned gaff rig, she has the charm and presence of a fast Edwardian cutter. When first commissioning this boat her first owner was adamant he wanted not only a thing of beauty but also a yacht capable of sailing anywhere - all the time keeping his family safe and comfortable.

Her contemporary classic interior is cleverly designed with detail and finish befitting that of a vintage yacht - she has an owner's cabin with a large double berth and en suite; a forward cabin also en suite and unheard of on a classic yacht of this size!

POLLY AGATHA has totally succeeded in her original design brief - looking and feeling like a yacht from the turn of the last century she has looked after her owners impeccably cruising UK and Scottish Waters in all conditions.

She has also operated as a successful charter vessel, taking guests cruising along the south coast of England, the Western Isles of Scotland, as well as the Channel Islands and Brittany.


The build and historical notes

Cockwells the builders of POLLY AGATHA are very much traditional shipwrights with the skills, alongside advanced engineering and boat building techniques, were ideally qualified to be the creators of this bespoke Edwardian cutter. Thus use of modern as well as traditional materials has been optimised for the benefit of durability and to reduce the need for ongoing maintenance; thereby also achieving a classical look and feel with the benefits of modern advances in technology.

POLLY AGATHA was conceived as a replica of the pilot cutter PEGGY, built in 1904 by Rowles of Pill – and these Bristol Channel pilot cutters were developed to sail efficiently in one of the most difficult seaways in the world with its strong tides, narrow channels and short steep waves - as well as the blue waters of the Western Approaches. They would spend weeks at sea in all conditions waiting for work so they not only had to be faster than their competitors but also capable of withstanding all the storms the Atlantic Ocean could throw at them. Thus they were demonstrably very seaworthy – yet imbued with beautiful lines nonetheless. These cutters evolved with the fastest and strongest being replicated and improved upon - until by the early 1900s steam took over……………

“Yachting World” in August 2008 commented that “This new pilot cutter is a sheer delight to sail and deceptively fast to boot”. POLLY AGATHA is of such note that she has been accepted onto the National Register of Historic Ships.



For the most part, the structural integrity of hull and deck is replicated from the original boat PEGGY with the same construction techniques used. The exceptions are the use of bronze fastenings instead of iron, and in the construction of the deck. This improved even on the strength, stiffness and durability of the original by having two layers of marine ply sheathed in epoxy and glass, overlaid with ½ inch by 3 inch teak planking. The keel is opepe and frames are oak with larch planking, all fastened with bronze screws.


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

- High bulwark and broad cap rail
- Bronze fairleads each side
- Six fold tackle main ash blocks to bronze horse
- Bronze vent over lazarette
- Chromed main sheet winch
- Tiller
- Auto pilot ram
- Bronze and timber boom crutch
- High cockpit coamings
- Sampson posts and cleats outboard each side
- Cockpit – self draining with teak seating over hatches each side, fore and aft
- Engine controls
- Steering compass fwd
- Nav and engine Instruments in forward bulkhead lockers
- Chromed back stay winches each side
- Pair bronze deck winches each side
- Butterfly skylight with drop leaf table mounted over
- Companionway sliding hatch sloping forward with side windows
- Butterfly skylight hatch
- Stowage for life raft
- Mast
- Muir horizontal 12 V windlass; chain gipsy; warping drum
- Sloping sliding fore hatch with side windows offset to port
- Bitts and bowsprit
- 1 x 40 Kg CQR anchor on 60 m 10 mm chain
- 1 x Kedge – smaller anchor on shorter chain
- Misc fenders of which some inflatable
- 3 x 14 mm warps various lengths


Accommodation and domestic equipment

POLLY AGATHA is coded for 12 guests plus two crew members for one day passages and can sleep 10. The luxuriously fitted interior has cabinets finished in ‘Pippy oak’ and satin varnished. Access is from Main sliding hatch in mid deck down 2 flights of companionway steps to lobby.

Galley to port by companionway steps
- Plastimo 2 burner gas hob and oven
- Plate racks outboard and lockers above; drawers below
- Double sink; mixer tap and cold water pump with removable worktop
- Frigoboat fridge
- Oil lamp over half bulkhead fwd

Pilot / navigation stbd
- Generous table and stowage for charts
- Navigation instruments
- Doorway access to head aft

Saloon fwd
- 2 x Settee berths
- 2 x Berths outboard above curtained
- Drop leaf dining table with drawer stowage set around mast on centreline
- Doorway offset to port fwd

Fore cabin
- 2 x Single berths with stowage
- 2 x Single occasional berths above
- Doorway fwd

Head compartment in bow
- Electric WC; fresh or seat water flush
- Wash basin with H&C
- Locker stowage

Coming aft through saloon past galley

Master cabin
- Double berth with deep marine pocket sprung mattress
- Dressing table with drawers under and mirror over
- Fitted cupboards and a central skylight
- Doorway to head fwd

En-suite head
- Auto WC; fresh or sea water flush
- Shower
- Wash basin H&C, mirror
- Hanging locker and other lockers
- 2nd doorway access to lobby fwd


Rig, spars and sails

Cutter rig
- All wood spars from Nobel Spars with galvanized fittings
- Galvanized steel wire standing rigging with dead eyes in elm
- Navy Flex running rigging
- Traditional ash cheeked wooden blocks

Sails by SKB in Terylene
- Main – with Appledore reefing and topsail
- Staysail
- 3 x Foresails; working jib, storm jib and drifter
- Profurl continuous line furling system for headsail


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Caterpillar PRM 75 HP diesel engine
- Gearbox 2:1
- Teleflex / Vetus ancillaries, including a standard three-blade propeller
- 12 V Electric circuits
- Engine start battery
- Domestic 12 V 390 Ah battery
- Max Power hydrogen fuel cell
- Bespoke main electrical panel
- LED domestic lighting throughout
- LED night lighting
- 2 x 150 litre stainless steel fuel tanks each with their own filler, deck gauges and supply line
- 1 x 450 litre stainless steel water tank
- Digital water level sensor and deck filler gauge
- Pressurised hot and cold fresh water system throughout boat
- Sea water galley pump
- 1 x 61 litre black water tank with pump out facility


Refit note

- 2016 The mast serviced fully and varnished - and all standing rigging replaced
- 2016 / 17 Full hull paint treatment


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Steering compass
- Raymarine sailing package including two E series displays
- Echopilot forward facing sonar,
- McMurdo Navtex
- Comar AIS unit and SeeMe radar reflector



- 16 x Serviced lifejackets 175 Newton
- 16 x Sets of lifelines with webbing jackstays running fore and aft on deck
- Electric bilge pump
- Engine driven bilge pump
- Brass stirrup fitted hand pump
- Fire extinguishers in engine compartment, aft, main and fore cabins
- Fire blanket in galley
- (Life raft is not owned but hired annually)



POLLY AGATHA was MCA coded for 12 guests plus 2 crew members for day passages and can sleep 10


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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