Certificate no 91
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Pilot Vessel
Location Unknown
Vessel type Pilot Cutter
Archive reason Overseas Watch List
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Davis & Plain, Cardiff
Built in 1875
Hull material
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.30 feet (3.75 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
39.77 feet (12.13 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



MADCAP is believed to be one of the oldest surviving examples of a pilot cutter, built by Davis & Plain of Cardiff in 1875.  In 1936 an engine was added.

2019 - Believed to be in France

 Although this vessel is on the Overseas Watch List, we are currently lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.


Debretts Register of Yachts, Debretts, 1982
Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive, 1993
Stuckey, Peter, The Sailing Pilots of the Bristol Channel, David and Charles, 1977
Classic Boat: The Carrick Criac, September 1995
Classic Boat: The final few, June 1999
Classic Boat: Mapcap Memories, July 1999
Classic Boat: Madcap - Last unrestored Bristol Pilot Cutter, August 2012

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