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While the Pilgrim was marketed as a semi-custom boat, there were many changes made to the basic boat during the production run.
An attempt at documenting these changes is detailed below.

Latest update: 4/17/2014

Differences; Forward to Aft

Anchor Pulpit

Initially the Pilgrim was built with out an anchor pulpit per say and chain storage was below deck. A miniature davit was used for anchor handling.
Later vessels dispensed with the davit and more traditional anchor pulpits were used. A box was also built to facilitate the mounting of a windlass and there was more room for chain in the now enlarged chain locker.


Some boats have had pulpits retrofitted to their older style Pilgrims for convenience.
One boat (Hull 18) has a hawse pipe through the side of the hull for their anchor, similar to Lord Nelson Victory Tugs.
This was possible done by an early owner.


Bow Rail

Hull 1 through Hull 35 & 37 had an open rail at the bow
Hull 38 through Hull 42 was changed such that the region below the rail was enclosed. The aft portion of the extended bulwarks was painted the same color as the accent stripes.
Hull 36 and 43 through Hull 45 had the entire bulwarks the same color


Forward Awning

Hull 11 has a permanent awning around the pilot house. This was more than likely an earlier owner addition.


Interior Layout

Earlier boats (Hull 1, 8 -11, 16 & 20) were laid out with a linear galley to port and a booth type dinette and head to starboard forward of the salon which could be closed off with pocket doors. The saloon featured a long desk a cabinet on the port side.


Most other boats including Hull 6 had the head to port with a U shaped galley on the starboard side. Saloon furnishings were either built in or free standing depending on the original owners requirements.


Front Deck, Pilot House height

Hull 36 and 38 through Hull 45 had the the pilot house raised about six inches requiring an additional step leading to the front deck along the walking deck. There was an additional step added from the galley to the pilot house on the interior. This change also increased the headroom in the forward stateroom.

Galley to Pilot House Steps

Raising the pilot house required an additional step from the galley

Walking Deck Step(s)

An additional step was added to later boats as the forward portion of the walking deck was raised


Additional Opening Port, forward stateroom

Hulls 1 through 17, 19 through 35 and 37 have no opening port.
Hull 36 and 38 through Hull 45 have an opening port added in the hull just above the rub rail.
Hull 18 had an opening port below the rub rail that was later glassed over during 18's major rebuild. This opening port may have been owner installed.


Rub Rail

Originally the Pilgrim had a white oak rub rail. Boats built later (date?) used an escalator hand rail attached over a T track for rub rail material. More than a few early boats have had the wooden rub rail replaced with some form of plastic or composite material. Some boats that still have the white oak rail have capped that with stainless or aluminum half oval material.


Pilot House Hand Rails

All pilgrims had teak hand rails on the pilot house.
Hulls 1 through 35 and 37 have an additional hand rail mounted on their sliding pilot house door.
At least one owner has replaced the teak rails with stainless.


Forward Cabin House Trim

Hulls 1 through ? have teak trim surrounding the house, hulls ? through ? have none.
The vent shown on the roof of the forward cabin house may have been an addition by an early owner.


Pilot House Doors

Hulls 1 through 37 have sliding pilot house doors and no provision for a screened opening. Is this true?
Hulls 38 through 45 have hinged "dutch" doors that narrow down to clear the bulwarks.
Early versions (hull 38 through 40) have an additional screen door that opens inboard.
Later versions (hull 41 through 45) the doors are built such that the upper part of the dutch door has an additional screened segment eliminating the need for the inboard opening door. This allowed the bench seat in the pilot house to be extended outboard to the edge of the house. This version also had a lift-off hinge arrangement.


Helm layout and Inboard opening screen door vs no (or outboard dutch screen door)

These pictures represent earlier helm layouts (almost vertical instrument panel) on Hulls 1 through ??


These pictures represent earlier helm layouts (angled instrument panel) on Hulls ?? through 45
Note the shorter helm seat and the inboard opening screen on the image on the left (Hull 38, 39 & 40)
The last boats built (41 through 45) had a wider helm seat as the screened portion opened outward.


Electrical Distribution Panel

Hulls 1, 8 -11, 16 & 20 with the non U shaped galley had the breaker panel located just aft of the port pilot house door (left image)
This panel was moved to the centerline on U shaped galleys on Hulls up to 35?? (right two images)


Hulls 36?? through 45 had the panel relocated aft of the port pilot house door


Galley Arrangements

Hulls 1, 8 -11, 16 & 20 built with a linear galley, opposite of the dinette


U shaped galley with center line electrical panel. Note the different arrangements of the stove and
refrigerators as well as the number of cabinets.


The image on the left (Hull 33) shows the region directly behind the steering station totally blocked any view aft.
The last boats built, Hulls 36?? through 45 with the electrical panel moved next to the port pilot house door had room for
additional cabinetry space inboard of the refrigerator as that was able to be located closer to the vessel center line (right image).



Hulls 1, 8 -11, 16 & 20 are the only boats with dinettes.


Bulwarks Door

Hulls 1 through ?? were built with narrow flanges at the bulwarks opening and correspondingly thin doors. The cap rail was hinged and needed to be pivoted out of the way to allow access.


Hulls ?? on had an inboard liner surrounding the opening and hollow doors to match. Stainless strip was used to cover the joint. The cap rail is attached to the door and pivots with it requiring only one operation to allow full access.


Fly Bridge

The fly bridge was an option on the Pilgrim. About two-thirds of the boats had one installed.

There are slight variations in the trim levels as shown by the different doors and if there was a fiddle attached shown on Hulls 9 & 34.


At least one boat (Hull 16) had additional wood trim on the vertical facing, under the rails on the side seats and a table although this might have been done by a prior owner.


Boat Deck Support Tube Base

Early boats (Hulls 1 through ??) had stainless brackets supporting the ends of the tube at the walking deck. This method seems to produce corrosion issues.
Later boats (right most image) had a simpler arrangement where the tube landed in a counter bored hole in the walking deck with the tube having a bolt welded into the end. This bolt pierced the deck and had a washer and nut on the underside. Of course this method requires that the bedding (butyl rubber) be in good condition to prevent leaks. Water doesn't flow as freely past these tubes but it doesn't seem to make much difference.


Forward Stateroom

Hulls 1 through ?? were built with an enclosed walk in forepeak. Boats built after hull ? were changed to only have cabinetry in this space.


A second head was optional on the boats with the walk in forepeak. They had closet space to port and starboard with drawers forward. Access to the chain locker and bow thruster was behind the drawers. The chain locker drained into the bilge. Later boats had hanging locker space (and a tilt out hamper) in this region. The chain locker was modified to be self contained and drained through the side of the hull. The forward opening port was eliminated although some boats opted to add a vent in this location.


All boats accessed the forward cabin via a set of stairs on the port side. Later boats generally had lighter woodwork and less wood trim most noticeably on the inner cabin house sides where a fiberglass liner was used.



It took a few boats to decide on size and placement of the mast.
Hull 1 had a relatively short mast positioned on the top of the pilot house similar to the Gozzard conceptual drawing (left image).
Hull 2 through ?? had a longer mast positioned between the end of the pilot house roof and forward of the stack (middle image).
Hull ?? on had the longer mast located aft of the stack (right image).


Evidently shroud locations were also in a state of flux over the production run.
Hull 10 (left image) shows the shrouds being located outboard (under the rails), the headstay on the centerline at the aft edge of the pilot house roof and the backstay run to the back of the boat in the traditional fashion as on a sailboat.
Hull 21 (center image) has four shrouds supporting the spar, close inboard. The forward shrouds are set far enough forward to act as both side stays and the headstay, the after shrouds set far enough aft to act as side stays and back stays.
Hull 43 (right image) has the forward shrouds moved outboard and a few feet in front of the aft edge of the pilot house roof and a single standing backstay to the back of the walking deck.

It should also be noted that some boats had a mast that simply was used to mount equipment such as radar, some boats were equipped with a "cargo" boom and a number of boats carried a steadying sail. These options were evidently not a function of the year built but more than likely determined by the original owners requirements.


Boat Deck Ladder

Access to the boat deck is generally by a ladder that stows against the aft portion of the house and pulls out when in use.
Hull 1 had this access on the port side (left image), while later boats had the ladder moved to the starboard side (center image).
There were also differences in style. Early boats had the ladder rails extend above the boat deck requiring a slot in the companionway hatch to allow it to be slide closed. The right image shows the later style that did not extend above the boat deck allowing the companionway hatch to completely seal the opening keeping rain from entering the veranda region along the ladder rails.


Some boats (notably Hulls 9, 10 and 18) had an additional ladder on the starboard side at the back end of the pilot house.


Saloon Sole

The oak parkay cabin sole was listed as standard with the teak and holly flooring being an option.

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