Built at the Hinckley Boatyard in 1966, Caper (nee Tecumseh) has continually been professionally maintained, and is in Bristol condition now, having had all bright work on deck renewed in Spring , 2020. Her bottom was thoroughly cleaned in mid-June.
She sails like new.
Below decks is all original with the exception of the propane conversion on the galley stove. The little wood-burning fireplace (a rarity among the Pilots) extends the cruising season.
Caper’s decks and coach roof are not cored; they are rock-solid fiberglass. Caper will never have deck rot, a very serious consideration in older boats.
Equipment: Sails Main Headsails 180% Genoa 110% Working Jib Storm Jib (all headsails roller furling) Spinnaker Storm Trysail Anchor riding sail (hanks onto the backstay) Spinnaker pole, whisker pole
Ground Tackle 35 Lb. CQR, 10 chain, 200 nylon rode Danforth 20H, nylon rode (unsure of length)
Instruments Depth gauge, Data Marine TP400 Knot meter, Raymarine ST60
Batteries 1 Starter, 80 amp hours 2 House, 100 amp hours each
Steering Tiller Steered, great on a fine-sailing boat like Caper Tiller pilot, Simrad TP32
Includes original wheel (28 destroyer type with elk hide), Edson pedestal , binnacle and compass, which were removed when Caper was converted to tiller steering. If preferred, reconversion to wheel steering would not be a major undertaking. But you ought to sail her with a tiller first. Very rewarding.
Head Manual, works fine. 20 gallon holding tank, with deck extraction or manual discharge where legal Exhaust fan Sink with hot/cold water
Propulsion 27 hp Westerbeke diesel, 2369 hours. Runs very nicely, does not burn oil
Galley 2 burner gimbaled propane stove with oven 2 (? Lb.) aluminum cylinders in factory-built vented locker forward of the lazerette Propane detection safety interlock system Pressure water system Foot operated water pump Hot water
Heating Factory installed solid fuel (wood, charcoal, coal) fireplace
Miscellaneous Swim ladder Life Sling man overboard retrieval system Boat hook Canopy Teak cockpit grate Insulated Sunbrella canvas covers for all teak hatches, Dorade box Screened companionway blocks Dodger frame, bronze (lacks canvas) Electric bilge pump Manual bilge pump, Gusher Whale 10 operable from cockpit American flag on staff, mounted on stern pulpit Flares Fire extinguishers (4) Walker Bay 8’ dinghy with oars.
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S&S design #1727. This, the third generation PILOT, was designed specifically for Hinckley to be built of fiberglass.
A previous Pilot (S&S design #1219) was first built of wood in 1956.
Available as sloop or yawl (12).
About a dozen boats to this design were also built, under license, in South America for the Chilean Navy.
The ‘custom’ version is shown in the drawing with a raised ‘dog house’. Of these, only 5 were delivered, all of them, sloops.
Thanks to PILOT 35 owner Eric Machinist for providing updated information.
I: 42.50’ / 12.95m
J: 13.90’ / 4.24m
P: 37.20’ / 11.34m
E: 15.20’ / 4.63m
Yawl Rig: (13 delivered)
I: 38.80’ / 11.83m
J: 12.25’ / 3.73m
P: 33.83’ / 10.31m
E: 15.50’ / 4.72m
PY: 18.10’ /5.52m
EY: 7.60’ /2.31m