Wylo 2 Can Pyran Liveaboard Sailing Cruiser
by Sylvia and Peter
(Calstock, Cornwall, UK)
Before Alacazam and Can Pyran crossed the Atlantic first time round, Dick and Mary came on board Can Pyran in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Dick left some of his fine doggerel for us:-
To repel those unwelcome boarders
Such as pirates and other marauders
Can Pyran deploys
Not guns or such toys
But a squeeze box and assorted recorders!
Now with many cruising miles behind us and as we get older, Can Pyran is for sale. The boat has far fewer wrinkles than us. Two part epoxy paint is marvelous on steel and we would like you to come and search for rust.
Wylo 2 CAN PYRAN 32ft liveaboard sailing cruiser
Can Pyran a strong steel gaff cutter built to the plans of Nick Skeates' Wylo 2 designed to go to ‘Oxford or Tahiti’.
She has already proved to be a seaworthy and kindly cruiser in rough weather across the Atlantic and north to Nova Scotia and the present owners have written several articles about her in Yachting Monthly. With her centreboard up, she has been equally successful in the shallow coral waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the French canals. Sister ships have circumnavigated again and again.
The steel hull was built in 1997 by John Thomas of Morvoren Seacraft – one of the finest small steel boat craftsman in the country at the time, and has been coated inside and out with epoxy paint in the workshop. She has been fitted out by the present owners with longevity and comfort being prime targets. All woodwork is primed with West epoxy and the whole is finished in two-part Jotun paints.
Can Pyran is 32ft over the deck, 10ft beam and a designed draft of 3ft.
Fully loaded for long distance cruising she draws a few inches more and weighs about 9 tons all up. The centreboard allows up to 3ft more depth and is used only to prevent leeway when the wind is for’d of the beam. The ballast is all lead, encapsulated in oil in the keel.
Her rigging on a 34ft mast is mostly galvanized wire. The sails are main, staysail, fisherman staysail, jib, jib topsail and topsail. She has a 6’ bowsprit with Wykham Martin furling gear for the jib and stern davits for the dinghy. She has an A frame in the Dutch pattern which enables the mast to be raised and lowered without recourse to a boatyard or crane. This can be done (and has been) on the water. It draws an admiring audience every time we raise or lower it.
Since the boat will sit steadily against a quay on the 12mm steel base of the keel it is not necessary to use expensive marina equipment. The centreboard is fixed by a frame secured above the waterline, so there is no centreboard bolt to leak. The board can also be removed whilst afloat if needed. The engine is a Lister LPA 23 hp. An Aerogen 6 has charged 2 domestic and one dedicated engine-starting battery each of around 100 a/h. However this is not so good against a quay as she sits at the moment and is taken down. Solar panels are a good alternative.
She has raised topsides in the Maurice Griffiths style, and standing headroom under the deck for the 6’4” owner. There is a large comfortable double bunk in the forecabin. The toilet and shower compartment is aft of this with a toilet that conforms to American or canal requirements but may be pumped over the side out at sea or where regulations permit.
The main cabin has three bunks, which provide secure seaberths or seating at anchor round a large table. The boat is heated with an attractive individual multifuel stove. The galley has a double sink, work surface, two burner Taylors paraffin stove and fridge.
Tanks store 12 gallons of paraffin which fuels the Taylors stove for 6 months, 40 gallons of diesel (we used 20 gallons between Falmouth and Nova Scotia ) and 60 gallons of water.
Equipment includes Garmin GPS, Furuno radar, VHF radio, depth sounder, Sony radio and cd player, wind vane self steering, Sestrel Moore steering compass. She has two CQR anchors (45lb and 35 lb), together with a massive fisherman’s, a Davey’s hand windlass and two 40 metre 5/16th chain rodes with other shorter lengths of chain for attaching to a sea anchor or to a mooring in bad weather.
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is presently on the Tamar River in Cornwall, UK. She is for sale at £38,000 Owners:
Peter and Sylvia BonseyE-mail:
+44 (0)1822 832267