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Auxiliary Gaff Yawl

  • Designer: G.U. Laws
  • Builder: W.E. Thomas, Falmouth
  • Year: 1905
  • Location IOW
  • Length on deck: 34'
  • Beam: 8'5"
  • Draft: 5'10"
  • Tonnage(TM): 9TM

£ 60,000

REF: 2965

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this Auxiliary Gaff Yawl

Auxiliary gaff yawl designed by G.U. Laws and built by W.E. Thomas of Falmouth in 1905.  Built as a yacht, she would have been a symbol of status and wealth when she was launched, originally having a small berth up forward for the paid hand, a common employee for well to do yachtsmen of the time.  Totally rebuilt in last two ownerships, now with all new gear in superb condition.

She has spent her life on the south coast of Devon and Cornwall cruising Westcountry waters, with occasional forays abroad to Europe.  Several significant alterations have been made during her well documented history, including the installation of the first engine, an Ailsa Craig petrol-paraffin unit, in 1923.  In 1950, Philips of Dartmouth made alterations to her deck layout, removing the original bridge deck and adding a larger cockpit and doghouse to give more volume down below and making the boat a more comfortable cruising yacht.

During the previous ownership of more than 25 years the boat has had a major rebuild including 95% re-planking, replacement of all steamed timbers and doubling of the sawn oak frames, new backbone, stem post, stern post, deadwoods and all strap floors.  In the present ownership she has undergone another period of rebuilding between 2014 and 2015 with a new sheathed plywood deck, toe rails and rubbing strakes, new rigging and some spars and a new Beta engine.  The result is a virtually new boat that has been strengthened beyond her original spec but retains the feel of a period yacht.  The addition of modern systems and machinery helps to make this a very practical yacht that will do the same job she was designed for 108 years ago.

A very pretty hull with a typical turn of the century spoon bow, running into a straight forefoot to the ballast keel.  Steeply raked stern post carrying the rudder with a fine canoe stern.  Very sweet sheer line with the original design of narrow coachroof leading into the more recent doghouse that has been designed extremely well so as not to affect the aesthetic line of her sheer.  A powerful gaff yawl rig set with a bowsprit and bumpkin and new sails, gives her balance and speed when desired.


LOA                                                  48’

LOD                                                  34’

LWL                                                  27’4”

Beam                                               8’5”

Draft                                                5’10”

Thames tonnage                           9TM




Planked in Iroko above the waterline, Larch below.  Four original Pitch Pine planks remaining.

Copper rivet fastened to doubled up sawn oak frames with 2 steamed intermediate timbers.  Intermediates and doubles all new in previous ownership.

Oak stem, stern post and deadwoods all new.

Galvanise strap floors with galvanise throat and floor bolts, all replaced.

2.5 ton external iron ballast keel with black iron keel bolts through a new Elm keel.

New sheathed marine plywood deck, 2 layers of 1/2″ ply glued with epoxy and sheathed in epoxy cloth.  60% of deck beams replaced.  New toe rails, capping rail and rubbing strake in varnished Iroko.  This was all completed in 14’/15′ refit.

Varnished teak skylight runs aft into the raised doghouse with a laid teak coachroof deck and painted coamings.

Self draining cockpit with varnished thwarts giving access to large lockers.  Tiller steering with a deformed iron tiller to pass around the mizzen mast.




Gaff yawl rig on keel stepped varnished wooden masts.

Mizzen mast and both booms replaced new with Douglas Fir in 2015.  Varnished wooden boom and gaff yards.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, new in 2015, to external galvanised chain plates.

Running rigging all new in 2015.

Running backstays for the main on Highfield levers.

Jib on a traveller and wickham Martin Furling gear, staysail hanked to the forestay.

Tan sails all new in 2011 by John McKillop Sails.  Main, mizzen, staysail and jib.  Older staysail, No.2 jib and topsail.




Beta Marine 30hp diesel installed new by Clare Lallows in 2016.

Single lever control to centreline 3 blade folding propeller.

100l stainless fuel tank.

25 gallon stainless water tank

3 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine start.




3 berths with a single settee berth to starboard and a pull out double settee berth to port.

The interior is all new, installed in previous ownership.

Steps down over the engine with galley to port and large chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a single stainless sink with draining board and manually pumped fresh water with a sea water tap.  Flavel 2 burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill.  Storage behind in deep lockers against the hull.

Chart desk is a good size with masses of storage beneath.

Moving forward the headroom remains ample under the skylight.  Hanging locker to starboard with louvered doors.

Settee berth either side, double to port and single to starboard.  Varnished Iroko sole boards.  Dickinson diesel cabin heater on the forward bulkhead.

Port side doorway going into the forepeak with a Baby Blake sea toilet and hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.  Good storage space in the forepeak.




Sestrel steeing compass

NASA log

NASA Clipper sounder

Neptune 100 DSC VHF

Seacourse Autopilot

NASA Target Navtex

XM handheld VHF

FCC Precision Clock and Barometer.


Radar reflector

4 x lifejackets

Safety harness

Fire extinguisher

Fire blanket

2 x Whale Gusher manual bilge pumps

Whale 12v electric bilge pump


35lbs CQR with 60m 3/8” chain

56lbs Fishermans anchor with 5m chain and 40m warp

Mooring warps



Sail covers

Cockpit cover

Boom tent for cockpit and doghouse


Boarding ladder

Beaching legs

2.5hp Mariner outboard engine

Assorted galley equipment



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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