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Alert, Smuggling Boat Replica, Lying Devon

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Alert was built, clinker, Larch on Oak, by Stirling and Son, Devon, in 2007.

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  65ft 19.81.
Length on Deck  37ft 11.28m
Waterline Length  33ft 10.06m
Beam  11ft 8ins 3.56m
Draft  6ft 3ins 1.91m
Displacement  14.2 tons
Ballast 5 tons


The interior is fitted out to a high standard with solid varnished Oak and painted Pine panelling. 
There is well over 6' head room below both the coach roof and the cargo hatch beams above an oiled Larch cabin sole.
Two single berths in the forepeak 
Pilot berth to port, in the saloon. 
Double and single berths aft
Berths and seating area are complete with 3" fitted foam cushions finished with a canvas substitute covering.
Navigation table

Rig, Sails and Spars

The two masts are hewn from locally cut Douglas Fir trees. 

The bowsprit, outrigger and yards are laminated Douglas Fir to give them more rigidity in their smaller sections. 

The iron work for the rig is all custom made by the Morwellham blacksmith and galvanised. All structural joints are arc welded for extra strength. The metal work is another particular feature of the Alert.

The lug rig requires a minimum of rigging. The running rigging is of three strand hemp style polyester rove through Ash blocks.

Galvanised standing rigging.  

The suit of sails are in tanned clipper canvas (a synthetic flax) traditionally made and finished with hand sewn bolt rope and reefing points by the well known James Lawrence Sailmakers. 

The working rig comprises jib, fore sail, mizzen. 

This gives a sail area of 1150 square feet. 

For those wanting to race a staysail is an optional extra. For those wanting to cruise long distance a small jib and second small mizzen are optional extras.

Deck Equipment

60 lb fisherman's bower anchor with approximately 50 metres of 3/8" galvanised chain.
CQR Kedge anchor
Winch with chain gypsy, brake and warping drum
Carved Oak tiller 
Steering compass binnacle 
Boat hook

General Equipment

Faversham solid fuel stove with heat protection and copper sheet.
Taylors 2 hob + oven paraffin cooker 
Hand pumped cold water to galley
Two bronze mushroom vents 
Four glass deck prisms

Engine and mechanics

Yanmar 3JH4 40hp marine diesel engine  (300 hours November 2008) 
Approx. 250nm range on full tank
Engine controls are mounted on the mizzen 
Bronze stern tube
Bronze 3-bladed propeller
All sea cocks are Bronze 
All skin fittings easily accessed 


Water - rigid plastic 240 litres 
Diesel - rigid plastic 170 litres

Electrics / Electronics

One heavy duty battery for engine start and one large deep cycle battery for domestic use.
Garmin GPS 152
Icom DSC VHF Radiotelephone
Chart table light 
Navigation lights 
Bunk reading lights 

Safety Gear

Radar reflector (active)
2 x Dan buoys
Deck fittings for Jack stays
2 x fire extinguishers
2 x manual bilge pumps - one on deck, one below decks
Electric automatic bilge pump

Shore Gear


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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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