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Westcountry Gaff Cutter - SOLD

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1905 approx
  • Location Devon
  • Length on deck: 22'6"
  • Beam: 7'8"
  • Draft: 4'6"


REF: 4422

Full Specification

Wooden ships comments on this Westcountry Gaff cutter

Westcountry gaff cutter working boat with an unknown history, thought to have been built around 1900.  Typical lines of the Cornish boats above the water line with a straight stem, gentle sheer line and a slightly raked transom stern with a transom hung rudder.  Slightly more unusual lines below the water line with a very full midships section with a sharp turn to the bilge, and a fine run on the planking fore and aft.  Raking keel making her considerably shallower at the fore foot than at the heel.

Complete professional rebuild finished in 2005 with all receipts.  Any work necessary in the hull was completed with a new deck, rig, sails, mechanics and paint work.  The result was a sound first class little boat with no nasty hidden corners as is usually found on these old working boats.

Large cockpit with coamings at waist height which helps keep the children aboard.  Small cabin under the foredeck with twin berths.

2010 survey plus all receipts and photos from the rebuild are available.

Westcountry Gaff Cutter

Planked in larch copper fastened to sawn oak frames.  Much of the framing and planking appears to be older than the ’05 rebuild, except for evidence of new futtocks and a few frames and the sheer strake on the port side.


Internal lead ballast rather than the traditional external iron keel.


Laid deck in Iroko over a marine plywood subdeck.  Iroko is yacht laid and joggled to a king plank, glue fastened to the plywood, seams payed with butyl rubber.

Deck, deck beams, stanchions, toe rail and capping rail were all new in 2005.


Iroko cockpit coamings around the large open cockpit



The gaff cutter rig was completely renewed in the 2005 refit using historical plans for a Plymouth Hooker.  All new spars , standing rigging, running rigging and sails.

Keel stepped solid spruce pole mast with single spreaders.  Stripped and varnished in 2010 with 12 coats of Epiphanes.

Single cap shroud and twin lowers in stainless steel wire with deadeye terminals to galvanised rigging screws and external chainplates.

Single forestay in s/s wire to the stemhead fitting.  Running backstays in s/s wire with 4:1 block and tackles.

All standing rigging new in 2004.

Varnished spruce boom with galvanised gooseneck fitting incorporating a mast band and pin rail for securing halyard falls.  Mainsail sheets to a galvanised horse bolted through the transom.

Mainsheet led forward through a turning block each side with a jammer on the cockpit coaming.

Sails made of Clipper Canvas by SKP Sails in Cornwall.  Mainsail, topsail, staysail and jib.

All sails as new with little use.  Main is bent on the mast with ash hoops.  Hanked on staysail.  Jib has a luff wire, set from the tip of the bowsprit to the masthead.  Headsail sheet leads to turning blocks on a track fixed to the side decks with a pair of Lewmar 6 winches each side.



Yanmar GM1 12hp horizontal single cylinder marine diesel engine installed in 2005.  Complete rebuild prior to installation with receipts to prove.

Twin lever controls.  Stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propellor.

Engine centrally mounted on new engine beds under a hinged engine box for easy access.

6 gallon copper fuel tank under the aft deck.  Inline CAV fuel filter and water separator.



2 x 12 volt batteries.  Dedicated engine start battery with separate 110ah domestic battery.  Charging from engine alternator.

System isolator and switchboard in the forepeak.

240v shore power input with circuit breakers and 13amp sockets.



CQR with 18 fathoms of 8mm galvanised chain.

New kedge anchor and warp

Mooring warps

Clipper echo sounder and log



Fire extinguisher

Flare pack

Horse shoe lifebuoy

Radar reflector

Manual bilge pump


Berth cushions and cockpit cushions

Boom tent

All over winter cover


This is a lovely little boat which has had a lot of good quality work done to her.  The current owner has carried on the good work by bringing the paint and varnish work up to scratch and having a valuable all over cover made to protect the boat from the elements.  This is just the sort of boat most of us should have, easy and cheap to look after you can coastal hop from port to port, go sailing round the bay, catch some mackerel and camp on board.  Exciting and cheap sailing in a stunning little boat that will get praise wherever she goes.


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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