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36′ Cornish Gaff Cutter

  • Designer: John Jackson
  • Builder: John Jackson, Mylor, Cornwall
  • Year: 1979-82
  • Location Dartmouth
  • Length on deck: 36'
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 5'


REF: 5619

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this 36′ Cornish Gaff Cutter

Designed by John Jackson and built by him at Mylor, Falmouth over several years and launched in 1982.  Rebuilt by the previous owner between 1997 and 2000 with a complete new deck and coach roof plus a new interior.

Sold to the present owner in 2016 after which she had a thorough refit in Cornwall which included a new mast and rigging plus some new sails.  Full work list available.

She is an unusual boat due to her size, there are few gaff cutters around of this size, most are much smaller such as the old working boats, or considerably larger like the pilot cutters.  Her size makes her very attractive, being easily managed by a small crew but with enough weight and space to be a comfortable boat at sea.  Her large beam gives a lot of volume below and allows for wide decks to work on.

She is not an old boat and with recent updates including a new engine, new mainmast and modern navigation gear she is a very attractive and rare boat which catches longing glances wherever she goes.

Length on Deck                 36′

Beam                                    12′

Draft                                      5′


 36′ Cornish Gaff Cutter



Planked in Iroko all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Galvanised steel strap floors fitted new in 2000.

External iron ballast keel with mild steel keel bolts

Cedar T&G subdeck overlaid with a marine plywood and sheathed in epoxy glass cloth, al new in 2000.

Bulwark all round on Iroko stanchions.

Varnished Iroko coamings with bronze portholes.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck, new in 2000.




Gaff cuter rig on a keel stepped pole mast, new in 2016. Varnished wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Galvanised standing rigging with spliced eyes, all new in 2016.  External galvanised chainplates.

New running rigging in 2016.

Complete suit of sails by Patrick Selman.  New jib and storm sails in 2016.

2 pairs of cockpit sheet winches.




Beta Marine 43hp diesel fitted new in 2006.  Less than 400hrs running.

ZF hydraulic gearbox to centreline stainless shaft and 3 blade bronze propeller.

stainless steel fuel tanks under the aft cabin berth, approx. 200 litres.




5 berths including a very large double in the aft cabin.

Steps down from deck level into the main saloon

Galley to starboard with a single stainless sink and a Force 10 2 burner stove with oven and grill.  Masses of galley storage.

Forward facing chart desk to port electronic navigation gear and a large chart desk.  Fridge under the desk.

Entrance into the aft cabin on the starboard side with a very large double berth and huge storage cupboards on the port side.

Heads compartment aft on port side with a door behind the chart desk.  Jabsco manual toilet pumps directly overboard.

Main saloon with a settee berth to port and a larger pull out settee berth to starboard.

Saloon table folds up against the galley bulkhead.

Port side door into the forecabin with a work bench to starboard and a small berth to port.

Huge storage space in the forepeak for sails etc.

She also has very large lazarette lockers accessed from the deck with two separate hatches, very useful for storing equipment on long passages.



Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.

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