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"Yseult", 46ft Pilot Cutter Lying  Isle of Wight

Sails and Deck Gear
Nav Station
Aft Cabins

Owner's Comments

Yseult became a gleam in the Owners eye virtually from the moment he saw a picture of what would become her sister ship in a reprint of the Boatman magazine. Two years later that gleam became a reality and heads other than his began to turn as well. They have done ever since, hence 'she stands out in a crowd, as well as attracting them'.

Our cruising ground has been the Channel and the western coast of France with an excursion to Santander and Bilbao in Northern Spain. As with any cruising in this part of the world we have taken the rough (well not that rough) with the smooth and she has looked after us well.

Passages are made usually with four and sometimes five on board whilst she can accommodate nine this has so far only happened once. Her deck space means plenty of room for lazing as well as handling, occasionally one can mix with the other when we are accused of moving the sun the other side of the sail!!

Like most boats of her type the reach is a joy in most weathers, to boom out the staysail on the run gives a fair turn of speed and indeed surprise to those production boats nearby. Beating to weather in a flattish sea presents a beautiful picture and on occasion a scupper full of water, a sea will require us to fall off a few degrees as well as making sure we have the right amount of sail area for the conditions.

The cockpit table especially with the awning in place has seen many jolly parties and not a few breakfasts of rather quieter hue. The awning has really come in to its own in la Rochelle and Spain when the heat of the day found many running for shade, equally good at providing shelter from the rain though remembering to remove any lakes and keeping an eye on the wind.

Manoeuvring with a bowsprit has provided some interesting moments but she performs well and use of the propeller walk gives the possibility of turning in something like her own length. Having always been in favour of the proper use of ropes and with very useful engine power, getting on and off various mooring positions has not been a problem (together with a little patience).

Winter Maintenance 2009/2010

The standard winter works are: engine and generator run, once a month and inside checked at same time with heater on, as she remains afloat.
We have just changed three of the domestic batteries as they had reached the optimum life span. We are currently wiring in a new electric loo and effecting electric repairs to wind instrument.

Otherwise routine maintenance of engine and generator is scheduled for Spring as is haul out scrub and antifoul and anode change. Stuffing box on shaft will be inspected as well.
All hatches and cockpit are covered as are boom and gaff and most of bowsprit. all blocks were taken down and removed ashore together with all running rigging halyards etc, so checking and varnishing as required will take place in the Spring.


We shall miss the shear joy of being part of this lovely boat and hope her new Owners will have as much pleasure and perhaps be able to take part in the various regattas she has been invited to but not able to attend; Benodet and Bilbao to name but two. Perhaps just one word of warning, she is noticed, certainly on the Continent, you will be asked "were you not in....." or "we heard you were coming" . 


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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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