Yacht: Pioneer

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Pioneer in the Stroo Channel (1942-1998)

Rescued from West Mersea mud in 1998 by the Pioneer Sailing Trust and after a six year rebuild was launched in Brightlingsea in September 2004.   She was built for dredging oysters and scallops offshore.

Now works as a sail training vessel for young people and still based out of Brightlingsea.

More information at Pioneer Sailing Trust.

Designer: Harris Brothers
Type of Boat: Essex Skillinger Smack
Rig: Gaff Ketch
Year Built: 1879
Built By: Harris Of Rowhedge
LOA m / ft: 27.43m / 90'
LOD m / ft: 21.3m / 70'
LWL m / ft: 18m / 59'
Beam m / ft: 4.81m / 15'8"
Draft m / ft: 2.4m / 8'
Yard No:
Sail Stats Sail No. CK18
Construction: Welsh larch on English oak grown frames. Carvel construction.

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