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Historic Cutter Peggy Bawn Designed by GL Watson Is Up for Sale

8th July 2019
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Hal Sisk at the helm of Peggy Bawn competing in the 2017 Classics Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The historic Cutter is on the market at €300k Hal Sisk at the helm of Peggy Bawn competing in the 2017 Classics Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The historic Cutter is on the market at €300k Photo: Afloat

The famous cutter Peggy Bawn that last raced on Dublin Bay at the 200th-anniversary harbour regatta in 2017 is up for sale with an asking price of €300k.

Northern Ireland builder John Hilditch built the 36ft G L Watson-designed cutter in 1894, and she still sails. In fact, she sails in better shape than ever, as she had a meticulous restoration completed for Hal Sisk of Dun Laoghaire in 2005. Afloat's W M Nixon wrote about the famous boatyard that built her here

Now for sale through a UK yacht broker, she is advertised as 'quite simply the best-behaved yacht anyone had the pleasure to sail'.

Peggy Bawn CutterPeggy Bawn in her first season afloat in 1894. She was built for A J A Lepper, Commodore of Carrickfergus Sailing Club, who was one of John Hilditch’s most loyal clients. Photo courtesy RUYC

With many of Victorian designer G L Watson's work now gone, it is left to Peggy Bawn to carry the flame for Watson’s groundbreaking mid-1890s work in setting the standard for moderation in sailing yacht design, work that has never been challenged – only endorsed by those who followed his lead through the 20th century, especially Olin J. Stephens, who was a self-confessed Watson fan.

More on the boat here.

 

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