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Pilot cutters have a proud and charismatic history, they stir the soul of all who sail them, built with performance in mind by and for men who knew what a boat was supposed to look like, they had to match speed with sea-worthiness in all weathers. It has been said that no pilot cutter was ever lost to the weather.
Elley Grey has recently been constructed of 14 layers of solid G.R.P. on the lines of a St.Malo pilot cutter of 1886. Elley was the last and at 60tons the largest pilot cutter to leave the yard of Gaffars and Luggers in Mylor Creek Falmouth U.K., an area that has seen this type of craft built for over two hundred years.
Elley is a fast and beautiful cruising home only for sale by her original owner due to his age, it has been said that fools build boats for wise men to buy, and at this price this is surely the case.
(Some text has been borrowed from the book “Pilot Cutters under sail” by Tom Culiffe)