Life on Board Pellew

Join Pellew and her crew for one-of-a-kind Pilot Cutter sailing and experience the true authenticity of life at sea

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Life on board Pellew is one of great balance.

Enjoy wonderfully wild, exhilarating sailing while discovering the hidden treasures of the coast, all while enjoying great hospitality and good food.

Adventure Sailing

Sailing with Pellew is not for the faint-hearted. She is one of the fastest pilot cutters of her time so you’ll be sure to feel the wind whipping through your hair and sea spray on your face. It will be a truly exhilarating sailing experience and if adventure is calling you, this is one not to miss.

Believe it or not, you don’t need any experience to jump aboard Pellew – just a lust for adventure! You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals and the crew love to share their knowledge with guests, showing them the ropes and feeling the wind power in the sails. We welcome as much or as little participation as you want – from pulling up sails, sheeting in and steering, and even navigation.

Below Decks

You are welcomed into the main saloon with cushioned seating around a large table next to a generous galley. It’s a great sociable space with the traditionally built wooden finish giving a lovely cosy feeling.

In the fore, there are 8 guest berths in an open-plan cabin with each berth in twin bunk arrangements. She has a generous (for a boat!) shower room and two toilets for guest use.

A Typical Day

Normally, after breakfast, we will set sail for a day on the water aiming to reach a new destination every evening. We enjoy searching out quiet anchorages and hidden coves where we can spend the night enjoying the company, the stars and of course, our freshly cooked evening meal. There will be time to explore ashore once anchored and especially when visiting destinations like Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly or Brittany.

All food will be freshly-prepared onboard to the highest standard by a dedicated cook so guests can expect hearty breakfasts, freshly baked bread, delicious lunches and dinners, as well as plenty of home-made cake. All dietary requirements will be catered for and where possible, all our fresh food is locally sourced. You’ll certainly be well taken care of after a good day of sailing.

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Luke Powell

Pellew has been dreamt and built by shipwright and Skipper Luke Powell. You couldn't be in safer hands.

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Life onboard


Originally built to keep crews safe in wild seas, Pilot Cutters like Pellew offer guests safe but exhilarating sailing.

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A recreation of Falmouth Pilot cutter Vincent, Pellew has been built using traditional wooden boat building methods.

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