Launched in 2020, Pellew is the largest and fastest Pilot Cutter of her time. She is ready to take her guests for exhilarating sailing, exploring Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides and Brittany.
Pellew is a faithful recreation of the Falmouth Pilot Cutter Vincent, originally built in 1852 and based in St Mawes she was a familiar sight on the Fal estuary for 70 years, eventually retiring from service in 1922. Today, the spirit of tradition lives on and Pellew is strongly built to sail the oceans of the world with her guests travelling in utmost comfort and safety.
Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.
With her vast sail plan, think fast, invigorating sailing with the lee rail kissing the waves, Pellew is certainly not for the faint-hearted. So if you are looking for that next adventure at sea on a beautifully powerful wooden vessel, then Pellew is the boat for you.
You are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table and a generous galley. Delectable home-cooked meals will be freshly-prepared on board by our dedicated cook using locally sourced produce wherever possible. The 8 guest berths are arranged around an open-plan cabin with a shower and two toilets for guest use.
She is oak framed throughout and planked with locally sourced Douglas fir mast and spars. Although she is tiller steered, she does have two large electric capstan winches to help get the sails up and in. Guests are welcomed and invited to get involved in the sailing of Pellew. In fact, it will be hard not to want to feel first hand, the power of this beautiful boat as glides seemingly effortlessly through the water.
She will usually sail with a skipper, mate and dedicated cook, with a fourth crew member joining for longer voyages. She will be spending her sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands, the Breton Coast and exploring the majestic isles of the Scottish Hebrides.
- Number of guest berths : 8
- Number of bathrooms : 2
- Cabin configuration : Open fore cabin
- Smoking policy : On deck only
- Port of Registration : Falmouth, Cornwall
- Year built : 2020
- Length overall : 90'/27m
- Draft : 10'/3.1m
- Sail Area : 3500 sq'
- Number of Sails : 5
- Rig : Gaff Cutter
- Crew : 3-4
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Meat eaters and vegetarians only please!
Are there any added extras?
There's an honesty bar for soft drinks and alcohol.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Shared quarters, 8 berths in the open fore cabin with easy access to a toilet
Is there a porthole in my berth?
There are deck hatches in the fore cabin.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets, 1 shower for guests.
Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding is provided but please bring your own towels. Micro-fibres are a great lightweight, quick-drying alternative.
Is there a hairdryer on board?
No, please do not bring one. The sea breeze makes a great natural alternative!
Will I be able to wash my clothes?
No, Pellew does not have laundry on board.
Is there heating onboard?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken onboard?
Is there WIFI?
No! It's time to disconnect from the modern tech and reconnect with nature! When within shore range, you should be able to reach 4/5G.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, each bunk has a 12v USB charging port.
What is the currency on board?
GBP - pounds sterling.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
There are off-shore jackets available for guests when sailing but please bring your own waterproof for time ashore.
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
Does the boat have any water toys?
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
Is there an age limit?
Preferably over 12's accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio but please check with us in the office as each voyage is different.
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A recreation of Falmouth Pilot cutter Vincent, Pellew has been built using traditional wooden boat building methods.Read more