40ft Gaff Yawl, Southport Nobby, 1900


Reduced Price: £24,000 GBP
Location: Cherbourg, France

Pilkington was designed and built by Peter Wright
Year: 1900
Condition: Very good and well maintained


Category:  Traditional Sail

Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Pilkington, 40ft a National Historic Vessel, rigged as a Gaff Yawl and resides in France. She is the last known of the Southport Prawners.

Built on a beach in 1900, by the Wright & Sons, as trade for prawns declined so the vessels that were built were sold off or converted into yachts.

Pilkington was used for fishing along the North West Coast of the UK. North Wales / Liverpool. and was raced in with the Fleet of Nobbies and Prawners.
Her last survey was in 2014, she is in fine fettle. New Bukh diesel engine installed, 2017.
Her sails are “As new” condition. Her accommodation has been lovingly restored, in keeping with the early 20ieth century,

using original furniture, fixtures and fittings, in her fit out

She is like  a step back in time to the Victorian/ Edwardian period.
With her relatively shallow draft and the masts in tabernacles, she could be utilised on the inland waterways of Europe.
Auxiliary power was first installed in 1920 when she was still fishing.  Then there was a wheelhouse added to her in the 1950’s

when out of trade, she was converted for pleasure cruising.

Her rig configuration was converted from a Gaff cutter to an easier rig to handle, as a yawl  She  found to be a good safe boat steady vessel.

She underwent a major rebuild / restoration  in the 1980’s, by Fred Turner, hence why she is still with us today in such fine form.
Presently she resides on the water in Cherbourg, France.

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Nominal Length: 12.19m
Length Overall: 15.24m
Length Of Deck: 12.24m
Length At Water Line: 11.58m

Beam: 3.51m
Draft: 1.52m
Max Draft: 1.52m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 230litres
Water Tank Capacity: 200gallons
Displacement: 13tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 25hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: P.Wright
Designer: Wright & Sons
Boat Name: Pilkington


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Bukh dv24
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: New installed 2017.
Bukh DV24, 25hp diesel Twin cylinder engine, single lever Morse controls, from the cockpit. Raw water cooled . BW7 gear box.
Engine is sited under the cockpit sole and the wheel house floor. Shaft driven to a triple bladed bronze propeller . Last service 27th March 2021.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


A robust carvel planked semi displacement hull of Larch on oak frames. Lines of a Prawner, an ex working/fishing vessel boats. Straight stem and rounded counter stern. Planked decks with a paint finish.

Wheelhouse and superstructure constructed from Teak and Pine with all round windows/ portlights ( some of which are opening). Full length access door into the deep open aft self draining cockpit,

Large lockers for deck gear stowed under the surround fixed seating.
External iron keelson. Internal iron ingot trimming ballast.




From open cockpit aft. into the wheelhouse bench seating to starboard with fridge box stowed under.  6ft 3ins Headroom in the wheelhouse. Bosun lockers x 4 to port.

Navigation/ chart table is over the engine box, Isolator switch and batteries. An open gallery bulkhead looks down into the saloon (Victorian features).
Steps down into the saloon, starboard, a pilot berth ( 7″) which runs aft under the stb’d deck.  Leather button back “L “shaped fixed seating for 4 persons with a solid wooden dining table with fold out leafs.

Portside is a wide settee berth 6ft 2ins long, seating for 3 with Kilim upholstered fabric covering, under the port side deck.
Portlights on  all sides of the solid wooden coach roof.  Headroom 6ft 3ins.
A solid wood burner is installed forward end of saloon. Starboard forward corner is the galley (set under the mast decking and the stbd side deck. L shaped.

Double sinks Manual pump for water, 3 x burner gas hob and with oven and grill. new 2014.
Through door into large double cabin. (headroom 4ft 8ins) Double berth to starboard with storage under. To port, a single curved button back leather seat with writing desk and built in storage chest with drawers sited over the water tank to deck head, further corner cabinets. In forepeak through door way are the “Heads”  wash basin to port and a Blakes sea toilet (rebuilt 2014), more stowage in front of the chain locker.
Period lamps and lighting throughout the accommodation. The master cabin and saloon have 12v electrics and 240v sockets from the shore power.
Equipment: Manual winch for anchors x 2 of. 25m chain.
Warps and fenders
swim ladder.
Sails: Gaff Yawl.
Solid wooden masts both deck stepped.
A retractable bowsprit.
Varnished pine spars, traditional leathered features.
s/s Laurent Giles back stay levers
Poly hemp running rigging .
Wooden blocks
2 x sheet winches
Standing rigging replaced 2021. Stainless steel with deadeyes.
Jib, Stay sail Main Sail , slab reefing in the main sails.
Wykeham-Martin furling gear for the head sails.


Mizzen, Mizzen Staysail, Storm Jib. All Polyester material in as new/ excellent condition.

Navigation Equipment: Tiller steering from the cockpit.
Garmin plotter. NASA TII depth sounder,
Navman radio.
Sestral compass, chart table
Navigation lights.

Safety Equipment:

2 x life jackets,
2 x throw flotation buoys
flares( in dates)
fire extinguisher,
fire blanket.
Large manual bilge pump.