30ft A Channel Island Pilot Cutter, c1870

Price Details

Asking Price: £19,950 GBP
Afloat: Woodbridge, Suffolk, GB
Year: 1861, extensively reworked 1954 and 2007
Condition: Good, continually well maintained.
Category: Classic Sail
Class: Traditional Cruiser Sailer
Keel Type: Full Keel


30ft Bermudian Cutter, a substantial vessel. A robust Pitch pine carvel planked hull.  Accommodation for 2 plus 2 and a dog! Standing headroom in the saloon.
Bright and airy cabin. Re-engined in 2008.
To be Sold afloat, in commission, refitted and serviced “Ready to Go” Mid May 2024. Insurance survey March 2024.

TRY AGAIN is a Traditional Channel Island Pilot Cutter, originally constructed circa 1870, she has been completely rebuilt two/three times in her long history. MCA registration 1907.  .  Re-engine.
Her Bermudan Cutter rig was re-designed from a Gaff Cutter by Mssrs Camper and Nicholson. Newspaper articles of her major rebuild in 1953. Her accommodation was refashioned with the edition of a raised dog house coach roof aft – giving good standing headroom below at the navigation station and the galley.
In 2007, she suffered a freak accidental fire, which resulted in having to be re-engine, re wired, etc. the vessel herself got away relatively unscathed.  She has spent many years being cruised around the East Coast, with her long term family owners.
She has been continually loved, maintained and sailed.

Kept on a swinging moorings through the Summer months.

Crew in 1939


Length Overall: 10.97m
Length Of Deck: 9.14m
Length At Water Line: 7.62m

Beam: 2.90m
Draft: 1.68m
Air Draft: 12.19m
Max Draft: 1.68m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 40 gallons
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Engine Power: 29hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Builder: George Le Maitre of Guernsey
Design: Her lines taken off a Brittany Fishing Boat
Boat Name: Try Again

Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 10knots


In 2008, the vessel had a brand new Nanni 3 cylinder 29HP diesel engine with reduction gearbox and 100amp alternator, professionally installed. Heat exchanger cooling system. The installation also included all new pipework, exhaust & fuel systems, new filters, seacock controls, a new Aqua drive flexible 16″ x 12″ bronze propeller with rope cutter.  2 x stern greasers
New shaft . Single lever control in the cockpit and engine gauges visible from the helm .


Carvel planked hull of Pitch Pine on sawn Oak frames. An Elm keel, transom of Iroko, A transom hung rudder of Iroko with Oak cheeks ( Bronze hangings etc.), Long keel external lead ballast keel, Bronze keel bolts.
Internal lead trimming ballast, all shaped to bear their weight on her frames and the keelson rather than the planking.
Raised dog house to her coach-roof. Portlights let into the coach roof.


Accommodation:Step into the accommodation over the engine box Saloon has a comfortable standing headroom of 5ft 10ins. good sitting headroom in the fore-cabin. 2 x single berths with trotter boxes in the saloon in the fore cabin there are again two single berths with trotter boxes, above is a small roll out pipe cot for a child/ extra storage of gear.  Small wood burner in the saloon.
Taylors paraffin stove double burner and oven,  Cold water manual pump to the sink, Crockery/ cutlery and utensils.
Jabsco sea toilet. Privacy curtaining. Upholstered berth cushioning.


Mooring warps and fenders
Manual windlass – used for rope and heavy duty chain. Main anchor 35lbs CQR with 3/8ths chain Kedge anchor CQR 35kgs
Dodgers, 2 x cockpit covers 1 x fitted , 1 x simple overall.
Winter cover: Two pieces, can be fitted on her whether ashore or afloat…. a dinghy tender (TBC)
Boathook/ Deck broom/ bucket etc.
Pair of Beaching legs ( hull has strengthened fixings for the bronze bolts.), they can be stowed onboard.


Bermudan cutter rig, a hollow keel stepped Spruce mast.
Varnished wooden boom, fixed bowsprit and bumpkin. She was a Gaff Cutter in her early days.

In 1953 during her last rebuild her rig was re designed by Camper and Nicholson to her present Bermudan Cutter.
White main sail with a brown sail cover, slab and boom reefing.
Brown Staysail with Wyckham Martin furling gear.
Jibs No:1 & No: 2  reef on a Plastimo reefing foil
Nylon Ghoster – which will set from the end of her bowsprit to the masthead.
Standing rigging is in the main Galvanised wire: spliced, served and kept oiled.
2 x bronze under lever winches, 3 x Halyard winches.  Wooden booming out pole

Navigation Equipment:

Wooden tiller
Navigation lights
steaming lights
Deck lights hung from spreaders.
An anchor oil lamp.
VHF radio – DSC Icom & VHF aerial
Simrad tiller pilot TP22 interfaced to the GPS
GPS – Garmin 120 links to autopilot , the radio and a laptop
Radar reflector
Brass Barometer

Safety Equipment:

Electric Automatic bilge pump with float switch, 1 x Double diaphragm Whale pump.
An original lead deck pump with wrought iron pump handle.
Emergency Tiller
Galvanised pulpit
Stanchions, guard wires
Stainless steel life lines.
Teak boarding ladder
Flares (expiry unchecked)
3 x dry powder Fire extinguishers.