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Alert, Smuggling Boat Replica, Lying Devon

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Alert was built when I set up alone after an apprenticeship building pilot cutters and an MA studying the design and construction of fast sailing vessels up to 100 tons between 1780 and 1850. Alert is a smuggling boat of circa 1835. 

My research found that yachts, naval cutters, revenue cutters, pilot cutters and smuggling vessels were generally being built by the same builders who had earnt a reputation for fast and seaworthy boats. She was built as the most exciting boat from this period of history that is no longer represented.

She has a dipping lug rig which makes her close winded and fast. The best 24 hour run on her journey from Plymouth to Iceland was 164 miles between the Faeroes and Iceland. This equates to an average speed of almost 7 knots. 

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Particularly as a passage boat she is good as there is minimum chafe to the gear and one can run down wind with the fore lug set as a square sail so that there is no risk of gybing. In confined spaces she is very maneouvrable under jib and mizzen as these sails provide leverage from beyond the hull itself. There is quite alot one can do with the sail plan to reduce canvas or balance the boat. 

This old fashioned shape gives a comfortable and dry boat and generates lots of interest and enthusiasm from those who see her alongside. She has improved since her launch as all the snags have been ironed out.


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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