Pettifox’s History

The last traditional wooden boat to be built in the Isle of Scilly.

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Pettifox was built in 1992 by Peter Martin and Alfie Hicks and is the last sailing boat to be built on the Isles of Scilly and is still registered (SC 139) with the British Registry.

Alfie worked and sailed from St Mary’s on The Scillies and took holidaymakers out on sailing trips around the islands.

Pettifox is a replica of a Breton Camaret Crabber (langoustier) to a design by Francois Vivier. A Caravel built of Larch on Oak timber frames, 11 meters in length with a gross tonnage of 12 ton. She is capable of taking the ground making her the perfect size to sail into small and tidal harbours like Polperro and Looe in Cornwall.

Her ability to take up in shallow waters means she can anchor off many secluded beaches in beautifully secluded sailing grounds; a very unique experience for such a gaff-rigged cutter.

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Johnny Barley

Owned & skippered Cornish born Johnny Barley.

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Relax, kick back & enjoy island life under sail.

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The last of her kind to be built in the Isles of Scilly.

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