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To the inexperienced eye, Lizzie May’s deck may appear to be a confusion of ropes and rigging, however, the layout is in fact very simple and with instruction and guidance from your skipper you will very quickly learn the basics of traditional boat sailing. Pilot cutters carry a versatile gaff rig which is designed to give the vessel power and speed whilst arranged to be handled by an experienced crew of two. This rig has proven to be extremely adaptable for both racing and long distance voyages. When carrying all their sails, these elegant vessels are most exhilarating to sail, while in their working rig they are able to maintain a steady cruising speed with an easy motion. When balanced the boats are easy on the helm and an absolute joy to sail.
Life on board Lizzie May means sharing the available space and working with your fellow crew members, joining in to lend a hand with sailing and below deck routines, enjoying the camaraderie that develops as your week unfolds as new and exciting anchorages are explored.
Access below decks is via the main sliding hatch and down the companionway steps to the light and airy galley. This is the heart of Lizzie May where minor miracles are performed and good wholesome food is produced throughout the day. For those interested in navigation the large chart table adjacent to the galley area enables guests to observe the boat’s position and pick out points of interest through each leg of a voyage. Forward of the galley is the saloon with a central table and seating each side of which converts into bunks each evening. There is a third ample pilot berth in the saloon up on the port side. Above the table there is a large oil lamp providing additional lighting and heating and on the forward bulkhead there is a solid fuel stove for the occasional damp evening we experience on the west coast! We find it is needed only occasionally. Forward of the saloon is the ‘heads’, or toilet, complete with marine toilet, wash hand basin and stowage locker for your waterproofs and wellies. In the forepeak there are two large bunks, port and starboard, with a hatch above providing ventilation to the fore cabin and toilet areas.