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47ft. GAFF RIGGED PILOT CUTTER – 1924 – Kings Lynn – Part Project – Lying: Birdham Pool

Boat Details

Overall Length: 47ft on deck
Waterline: 41ft
Beam: 13ft
Draught: 5ft
Displacement: 25 Gross Tonnage
Engine: 180hp Gardner 6LXB Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: Gaff Cutter Rig
Designer: Traditional
Builder: Worfolk Brothers, Norfolk
Year Built: 1924
Location: West Sussex


ARIADNE was built in 1924 by Worfolk Brothers, Kings Lynn, Norfolk as an East Coast Pilot Cutter, a role she fulfilled until the 1960s. During the early 1970s she was used as a Pilot Boat laying buoys for the Conservancy Board. Later in the 1970s ARIADNE was converted to a Prawn Fishing Boat. In 1983 she was sold for conversion to a private yacht and then bought by the previous owner in 1987. An eight year restoration began overseen by the original builder Bill Worfolk, then 99 years of age. ARIADNE was re-launched in 1995. The current owner bought ARIADNE during the Summer 2020 and commissioned a survey in October 2020. A summary is available to prospective buyers. ARIADNE has now been laid-up ashore for some years and requires further restoration work, chiefly to the Russian Redwood planking, futtocks principally in the stern sections, starboard beam shelf and some bulwark boards. The garboard planks have been replaced. Over the years the vessels has been named UNITED 1924-1960, DAVID BROWN 1960-1980 and CHRISTINA LYNN 1980-2016.

Carvel, Russian Redwood planked hull on double sawn oak frames. Douglas Fir laid decks. Oak bulwark stanchions. internal concrete ballast dating from 1970s when commercially fishing as a prawner.

Stainless steel guardrails included but not fitted. Traditional steering wheel c/w pedestal included but not fitted

180hp GARDNER 6LXB diesel engine


  • Large main saloon with galley, L-Shaped seating to port with stowage beneath and bench seat/berth to starboard. Chart table/desk to port and galley to starboard.
  • Forward cabin with double berth to port and single berth to starboard.
  • Heads Compartment forward with marine wc.
  • Aft cabin area, unconverted.

Sails and Spars

  • Original steel mast reduced in length.
  • Douglas Fir main boom, gaff boom and bowsprit, all in serviceable condition.
  • Mainsail, Jib and Staysail.


LYING: West Sussex


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