Cornish Crabbers Bermudan Pilot Cutter 30 - 1995 - £64,950
'Aliesje' is a one-off and represents a super opportunity for someone that appreciates just what they are looking at.
Back in the mid 1990's, upon his purchase of the Cornish Crabbers business, the new Managing Director of the time (who is half Dutch) recognised that in the moth-balled Cornish Cutter 30 moulds he had an asset that had been significantly under-utilised and, as a priority, he immediately had the moulds refurbished. He felt that there was latent demand for traditionally styled boats, but didn't accept that they had to be heavy to work, slow to windward and tiresome to maintain; he argued that the use of modern materials and fittings, blended with traditional looks and fittings would make for a boat to be proud of; a boat that contrasted with the all pervasive 'All White Boats' and one that wouldn't be any more demanding to maintain.
'Aliesje' was equipped with a Bermudan cutter rig (whilst retaining the bowsprit) on aluminium spars (cream enamelled as a nod to the traditionalist), wheel steering, a generously powered auxiliary engine and accommodation to suit a growing family. Modern deck hardware such as self-tailing winches, ball-race blocks and a self-tacking staysail were employed, while indulging in bronze hatches and winches to go with traditional portlights and the swept laid 10mm teak deck sheathing - she is a handsome boat.
September 2023 – Ashore in a tent for two months to have all varnished brightwork stripped back to bare wood and freshly varnished professionally. Rudder removed and new lower bearing fitted. Underwater surfaces freshly antifouled and other works completed.
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