I am in the process of tidying my late uncle’s affairs. He was a coxswain on patrol boats powered by Spitfire Engines after WWII and then the owner of a boatyard on the Thames. 40 yrs ago he moved to Plymouth and brought this little treasure with him by trailer when he moved to Plymouth over 40 yrs ago. It has been kept under wraps in his garden all of that time. Since he did know what he was doing even the engine was seperately insulated and waterproofed as well as the whole boat being wrapped under industrial tarp. I wouldn’t be surprised if the engine started first time! The boat was lifted to clear out its corroded old trailer from underneath. It appears to be in excellent structural condition, although I can offer no formal guarantee. These boats were built to last. The crane driver estimated the overall weight at about 2.5 to 3 tonnes. I can WhatsApp a video of me hammering the hull to show its integrity. The mast, rigging and sails all appear to be complete and in great condition. Seemingly only in need of a bit of sailor’s twine in one patch. The woodwork on the rigging is beautifully burnished and the bowsprit is solid as can be. The Tiller is pure craftsmanship and would be a joy to hold whilst sailing her. As is customary with these boats she has a main keel + 2 bilge keels, all with great ballast. The prop is missing, but I wouldn’t mind betting it is in a locker somewhere! My crazy uncle wouldn’t have missed that bit of bronze! Whilst unwrapping her of her canvas storage tent we couldn’t help allowing a deluge of water into her so drilled 4 exit holes to allow the water out before lifting her. Non structural and easily repaired – but worth mentioning. She has an easily accessible engine compartment. Personally I would swap in a new engine. I had a brand new Barrus Shire fitted to my barge 5yrs ago costing £5k for 40hp ex factory including gearbox, 2 alternators + controls. I reckon 20hp should suit this boat. A small bill to pay for the reliability of a modern engine. I would personally have a cabin fabricated onto this boat to create a two bed cabin with the usual offices. You then have Dulcibella from Riddle of The Sands. Truly beautiful, romantic, indestructible sea going boat. Restored to that condition it is a £50k boat. Viewing by arrangement by contacting me by text or WhatsApp on 07 9 73 61 5 9 04.At 2.5-3 Tonnes you can buy a road trailer on Ebay that will haul her across the UK or Europe and can be towed legally with a good 4×4 car. Hardstanding for this beauty could be your driveway. I have organised transport options: the crane lift on site will be £200. She can then be loaded onto a flatbed which will charge £200 for the first 100 miles and £2 per mile thereafter. The postcode is PL5 4LD so you can calculate delivery costs for yourself. Those costs fall to the buyer, but I have already arranged the mechanism. She has been lifted on site so we know how it can be done. There is a reserve price set and I’m not letting her go for a song, however I’m not sure I have enough space in my life to take on this project. Somebody needs to take her on, she deserves it! Sale is on the basis that I can offer no warranty other than that I’m an experienced boat owner and all appears to me to be in good order, but I have never given her sea trials or untangled the rigging. The last time I was aboard her I was 5 yrs old and that was 41 years ago! Any questions please text, don’t call on the first instance. I don’t take calls from unrecognised numbers. A reserve price is set, although with a short auction window. If she doesn’t sell for a fair price then I’ll buy that trailer and mothball her for another year whilst I decide what to do with her! This is a rare opportunity to buy a vintage vessel and whilst it’s an added burden I’m not selling this piece of history for a song! As per Ebay rules there is no “buy it now” price and I am not open to offers to end the auction early. Must be removed within 2 weeks of auction end. Payment by bank transfer.
Current Price: £3000.00
This Plymouth Pilot (sail + Diesel Inboard). Vintage. Excellent Condition. Approx 24′ boat is located in Plymouth, PL5 *** and is being sold on eBay by richard.i.miles.