Classic Gaff Cutter

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Classic Gaff Cutter Stern
Classic Gaff Cutter Starboard quarter
Classic Gaff Cutter Starboard view
Classic Gaff Cutter Bow view
Classic Gaff Cutter Bows
Classic Gaff Cutter Anchor
Classic Gaff Cutter Foredeck
Classic Gaff Cutter Anchor and forestay
Classic Gaff Cutter Anchor windlass
Classic Gaff Cutter Looking aft, starboard side
Classic Gaff Cutter Looking aft, port side
Classic Gaff Cutter Mast base, Boom and Gaff.
Classic Gaff Cutter Mast base
Classic Gaff Cutter Forward coachroof with dinghy
Classic Gaff Cutter Pilot house
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Classic Gaff Cutter - Details

Built in 1949 by Blackstones of Bideford for Trinity House as a General Service Launch, her rugged construction and attractive lines made her ideal for conversion into this powerful strongly built Gaff Cutter.

She was stripped to a bare hull and rebuilt by the present owner between 1999 and 2005. The design, construction and quality of finish clearly demonstrate the owner's years of boat building and sailing experience.

The hull is constructed of larch on oak frames, copper nailed and bronze screw fastened. The deck, superstructure and cockpit are marine plywood sheathed in glassfibre woven cloth and epoxy resin. She has teak hatches, bulwark and cockpit coaming cappings, handrails etc.

The engine is the classic Ford Sabre D6 6 cylinder 120 hp diesel engine, supplied as a re-manufactured full unit and has now clocked approximately 250 hours running. It uses an economical 4.5 to 5 litres of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of 6 to 6.5 knots and gives a maximum speed of 8.8 knots.

Her powerful gaff cutter rig is on a solid Finnish pine varnished pole mast with hand spliced 13mm galvanised wire rigging and galvanised rigging screws. She has a hollow Douglas fir varnished boom and varnished spruce gaff both with traditional jaws at the mast. Running rigging is from the Gleistein "Classic" range with varnished wooden blocks. Under sail this rig gives excellent performance with many options for all weather conditions and can push her up to 7.5-8 knots in strong winds.


Hull : Wood
Year : 1949
Berths : 6
LOA : 42' 0" (12.8m)
LWL : 38' 6" (11.8m)
Beam : 12' 0" (3.7m)
Draft : 5' 9" (1.8m)
Displacement : 33600lbs
Ballast : 8960lbs
Keel : Long
Rig : Gaff Cutter
Engine Type : Ford Sabre
Engine : D6 120hp 6 cylinder
Fuel : Diesel
Fuel Capacity : 100 gallons
Engine Hours : 250
Water : 110 gallons
Location : Clyde


5 to 6 berths.
Double berth in forecabin. Saloon settee berths to port and starboard. Heads/Shower compartment to port. Galley to starboard. Starboard passageway below bridgedeck passes midships engineroom and emerges into pilothouse. Forward facing chart table. Pilot berth under side deck to port converts to double for in-port use. Hanging locker to starboard can also convert to single berth. Companionway ladder and hatch to cockpit. Interior joinery is white painted T&G/plywood with varnished teak trim.


Gimballed SMEV 2 burner, grill and oven in stainless steel.
Sink and drainer with manually pumped cold water, coolbox, teak work surfaces.


All new in 2005, by Jeckells.

Mainsail - 361 sq.ft.
Staysail - 120 sq.ft.
Jib - 180 sq.ft.
Cruising Chute - 820 sq.ft.

Jib and staysail are hank on.


Garmin GPS 125, Raymarine ST40 Bidata log/sounder, Icom VHF, Simrad Tiller Pilot, Sestrel Medina compass, Silva 70 handbearing/bulkhead mounted compass.

Electrical System:

12 volt. 230 volt shore power. Bosch 100 amp alternator. 2x Elcosol 220 AH batteries.


SL555 anchor windlass. 45lb Delta Anchor. 85 metres 10mm chain. 60lb plough anchor, 70lb fisherman anchor.
44 metres of 25mm multiplat anchor rode with 5.2 metres chain.
60 metres anchor rode. Grapnel.

2.8 metre GRP dinghy.

XM ORC 6 person liferaft. McMurdo 406 MHz EPIRB. Danbuoy. Horseshoe lifebuoy and light.

JVC radio/CD player in forecabin.

Additional Info:

Reflex diesel heater. Teak saloon table. Dark blue upholstery. Carpets.
The yacht is immaculately maintained and, since 2005, has cruised extensively on the West Coast of Scotland.

Ballast : 2 tons lead keel + 2 tons internal lead ballast

Air Draft 12.3 metres.

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visited and photographed by Claire France and Robert White for Western Horizon Yachts, Scotland
Listing started in July 2009

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