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Thread: Save a real pilot cutter ?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Northern NSW Australia

    Default Save a real pilot cutter ?



    Posted on December 28, 2018by NewsNet
    Frolic (nearest the camera) in a pilot cutters’ race.
    The classic Bristol Channel sailing pilot cutter “Frolic“- one of the last of special breed of sailing vessel which frequently sailed from Penarth Cardiff and Barry in the early 1900s – is being offered free to anyone who is prepared to restore her.

    There are just three snags:-

    • Frolic is now in Norway
    • Getting her shipshape again could cost over £400,000.
    • If she isn’t moved from her current location – a field North West of Bergen – by 31st January 2019 – she faces being sawn-up for firewood.

    “Frolic” on a starboard tack.
    “Frolic” was designed to be crewed by just one man and a boy – whatever the weather, and she had just one mission – of taking her owner – Channel Pilot Alf Edwards – out to meet incoming sail and steam merchant vessels and beat the competition in doing so .
    Captain Edwards had her fitted with all the cutting-edge sailing techology of her day – including a tubular steel main boom capable of withstanding the enormous loads imposed when reefing the mainsail or when carrying out a crash gybe in high winds.
    Later in her career “Frolic” was converted to a yacht – winning the Bristol Channel Race of 1936 in the hands of the legendary retired pilot Frank Trott.
    On August 1st 1921 The Western Mail published a piece on the annual Penarth Regatta in which Frolic won the race for pilot cutters (circular inset) (Original photo W.H.Webber)
    In 1952 she was bought by Peter Stubbs who restored her, converting her to schooner rig to be more manageable with his family. In the late 1970s she was sold to her present owner and has remained in Norway since then, undergoing restoration.
    However time has now caught up with what is a piece of history and she now faces the indiginity of death by chain-saw unless she can be rescued.
    Bristol Channel Pilot specialist boatbuilder John Raymond Barker says it would cost an estimated £400,000 fr a complete restoration and commented “It’s a pity she couldn’t have been sunk somewhere she could be preserved, at least until someone with the wherewithal to rebuild her came along – at least that would preserve her”
    Anyone interested in the vessel can contact the current owner Atle Sundal directly on

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Northern Europe

    Default Re: Save a real pilot cutter ?

    Saw this elsewhere. I watched the PC Kindly Light get rebuilt over a period of 18 years. You have to be obsessed to take on a project like that, because the "cheap" alternatives are out there...

    Interestingly, many of the old Pilot Cutters ended up in Sweden/Scandinavia, and one of Lukes commissions was from a Swedish couple. Often it is better, faster and cheaper, to start from scratch.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    South Puget Sound/summer Eastern carib./winter

    Default Re: Save a real pilot cutter ?

    There has been at least a million bux spent on Carlotta since she was here ( on the forum).

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