Severn Swan

The Pilot House

There are two steps up from the saloon to the pilot house. The grey water tank sits below in the engine room and an inspection port is located below the steps. The pilot house is of steel construction and the interior has been painted with epoxy and fully insulated above the white tongue and groove effect panelled ceiling. There is 2m (6.5 ft) of headroom.

The windows have varnished wooden frames against a contrasting off-white vinyl background. This too has been fully insulated behind. Removable acrylic double glazing panels prevent window condensation in colder climates. There are also all-round lined curtains for retaining warmth or sun shading, as needed. Below the window level the pilot house is finished in varnished teak panelling throughout.  


The main features (anticlockwise from saloon steps) are:


The main features (anticlockwise from saloon steps) are:

The main features (anticlockwise from saloon steps) are:


The main features (anticlockwise from saloon steps) are:












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The ”bosun’s locker”  is another enormous storage space by boat standards (slightly larger than the laundry room) and accessed through the door next to the chart table. In here we keep , 2 x folding bicycles(not included), numerous  power tools and tool boxes (some of which are included see “Included Items”) and the deflated 5 man dinghy (which is included). There is hanging and shelf space for tools and materials and the locker also gives access to the house batteries, 110/240V to 12V battery chargers, inverter, wind generator and solar panel regulators and 12 to 24V battery charger. and associated instrumentation (see “Electrical, Water and Other Systems” for details). Below the floor are 3 storage lockers.


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The 12V battery panel is behind a door, with the main switches, fuses and high current busbars.

A varnished table with seating for 3 (or 4 using a folding barstool). We use this a lot as it is at window level and so is well lit with a good view!  It also has a 240V socket beneath so it is ideal as a computer desk. There is storage under both seats and the long bench seat along the galley end wall conceals the chest freezer (AA rated with extra insulation and a temperature controlled fan to maximise cooling efficiency) and additional space that we currently use for a vacuum cleaner. There is a varnished turned wooden pole at the end of the table which serves as a useful handhold when at sea and also serves as one end of a pivot around which the table swivels to allow access to the “laundry room” behind.

The table can also be detached completely and dropped between the seats to form a 1.8m long pilot bunk, for which there is a vinyl upholstered cushion which matches the bench seat cushions and a lee cloth.

The companionway is solid varnished teak with anti-slip removable covering on the steps. The varnished teak companionway door is very solid and has a bronze opening porthole set in.  Washboards can be fitted behind the door for added security.  Just inside the door is the VHF and radar screen (which swivels to allow use from the pilot house or from the cockpit).  There is another turned spindle handhold part way down the companionway to provide a handhold.

Next to the companionway is a  “pilot seat” with folding footrest from which one can keep watch in the warm and dry.

Steps lead down to

(i) the wet locker with louvred teak door which has ample hanging space for waterproofs, lifejackets, boots etc, with teak grille below,

(ii) the aft heads (described under separate heading on the next page) and

(iii) the master cabin (also described on the next page).

Above the steps are a brass clock, brass barometer and brass inclinometer and also the control panel for the cockpit instruments and also the EPIRB.

To the left is a bookcase for pilot books etc, with SSB transmitter below and the 240V control panel above.  Below the bookcase is a removable cover over the house battery bank.  (see “Electrical, Water and Other Systems”)


Access to the good-sized engine room is via lifting panels in the pilot house floor. The two fuel tanks are located under pilot house floor to each side of the engine room and there is access to the 6 tank inspection hatches under the parquet flooring.  The engine room and other systems are described separately.


The chart table and main control panel – a superb full sized chart table with inlaid dark green gold embossed leatherette. It has four large teak chart drawers with brass fittings below and a swivel-out stool.  A large number of charts and pilot books are included in the sale (see  “Included Items”/Charts, manuals and books). The control panel is teak with brass labelled toggle switches. On the wall to the right are 3 phone/tablet charging sockets, an NMEA socket, 240V sockets and a multiple input music system with good quality speakers in the pilothouse and waterproof speakers built into the cockpit. There is a laptop stand which is pivoted from the wall so that it does not interfere with the chart below and an SSB receiver. Above the control panel we have a navtex receiver, GPS and handheld VHF.  (For further detail see ”Radio and Instruments” section).


The laundry room is a large storage area below the side deck which contains a 5kg drum washing machine and has ample space to store outboards, the dinghy etc.   The washing machine is fully plumbed in and sat in a purpose made tray so that if there were to be any spillage (eg when cleaning the filter) any water will be directed to the grey water tank.   The laundry room does not have sufficient headroom to allow for standing but does have a comfortable amount of space for loading the washing machine.  Below the laundry floor are 2 storage lockers.  (NB We have two outboards; the outboard shown is not included – see “Included Items” for the larger one that is included in the sale).