Certificate no 2152
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location Arcachon Bay
Vessel type Essex Smack
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Unknown
Built in 1842
Hull material
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Length: Overall
36.50 feet (11.13 m)
Tonnage: Gross


Little is known about FLY's history, although she is believed to have been built in 1842. Her builder is unknown, but she has been a fishing boat all her life, working out of Maldon since the 1930s when she was owned by the Pitt family. She is thought to have been used by the water police at one time to patrol the oyster grounds. Re-built in the early 1980s, FLY is still sailing and remains in good all-round condition cruising French west coasts, between North Spain and French Brittany.

Key dates

  • 1842

    Built by an unknown builder in possibly Ipswich or Maldon as a Fishing Smack

  • 1930

    Bought by the Pitt family and used to fish out of Maldon

  • 1980

    Rebuilt in Maldon

  • 2016

    Vessel is in Brightlingsea, Essex in sailing condition

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