Morwenna – The Boat

Morwenna was a Cornish saint born in the 5th century. She made her home in the cliffs near Bude at Hennacliff, which is now called Morwenstow. Her small hermitage overlooked the Atlantic and, as the derivation of her name is possibly maiden or white seas, it seemed an appropriate name for a Bristol Pilot Cutter.

Morwenna, the boat, is 45ft on deck (60ft with bowsprit) and is built by craftsmen to create a modern classic. They used traditional boatbuilding skills, working with sustainable and renewable resources. Having been built with English oak frames and larch planking, she displaces 28 tonnes and is capable of sailing anywhere, in any conditions.

She is rigged in a traditional Gaff style, with a huge Douglas Fir mast and boom, which were grown in the forest at Longleat, Wiltshire. While Morwenna looks like a truly traditional vessel from the outside, she is designed to be very comfortable, light and airy on the inside, and is equipped with the up-to-date electronics and navigation equipment.

Technical Info


Underfall Yard,Bristol


April 2009



Length on deck

45 ft (13.7m)

Extreme lenght *incl bowsprit)
60 ft (18.0m)

Beam (max)

 13 ft (4.0m)

Design draft

8 ft (2.4m)


27.6 tonnes

Main engine

Beta 75hp four cylinder

Fuel system


Navigation equipment


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