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10th Classic Boat Awards, in association with traditional chandler Classic Marine.


Conceived from fresh thoughts and built by hands that were marked by the sea, the LCPC is the ship for sailors who yearn for the pristine and a connection to nature. Deliberately reduced to the bare essentials, this ship wants to take her crew on a cruise away from the mainstream and close to the elements.

Lake Constance Pilot Cutter (LCPC)
Simple Functions and Easy Operation

Low maintanence effort and plan operability characterise this ship. As such, all parts on board are made in a way that allows them to be repared or replaced anywhere in the world. Furthermore, there are no winches, only pulleys. The vast deck surfaces offer much space to work, sunbathe and relish. The low freeboard promises a pure sailing sensation and close proximity to the elements.

Despite her simple functionalities, this ship possesses excellent sailing features. The modern hull, the low weight and the large gaff rif make her a secure companion – on rough seas as well as calm inland waters. The ship is conceived so she can be sailed single-handedly problem-free and offers a high degree of safety regardless of the conditions. Even though it is relatively spartan, the equipment still offers everything you need for a multi-week cruise with your family.

“Swift, beautiful, and easy to operate – that’s the way it’s meant to be.”

Stefan Züst wanted to build a ship for adventurers like himself, who go against the mainstream and seek to be close to nature. With his 5.8 m golant gaffer, the “Eilean Mor”, he has been on many a one-handed cruise. Be it across the French Atlantic coast, around Scotland, Ireland or even the North Cape.

His new, optimised ship combines the best of “Eliean Mor” and the northern pilot cutters, who are renowned for their seaworthiness. As her namesake, the Lake Constance Pilot Cutter is built extremely robust to withstand difficult weather and unsafe seas. The sail surface can be easily adjusted as needed to match the prevalent conditions. As such, the LCPC is not only a sailing yacht for inland waters and breezy areas like Lake Constance, but also a boat for stormy seas. She’s the ideal ship for all who want to go away out and discover the world. Alone or with family.

A Pilot Cutter for Lake Constance

Back in the day, every stretch of water had its own pilot cutter. At night or during bad weather, she would send a pilot to guide sailors safely into the harbour. Today, many of these old cutters are privately owned and are used for extensive cruises. With the Lake Constance Pilot Cutter, Lake Constance now has its own pilot cutter as a memento to this sailor’s tradition.