Wooden ships comments on this Colin Archer Gaff Ketch
Length on deck 36’7” + 10’ bowsprit 11.5m + 3.5m bowsprit
Beam 12’6” 3.4m
Draft 6’7” 2m
Displacement 17 tons
Keel laid 1966
Completed and commissioned 1988
This extraordinary Colin Archer type yacht was commissioned by Devon owner Victor Pinkney from Moens, Risor, Norway in the late 1960’s. Victor Pinkney was a marine engineer and yacht surveyor and brother to the owner of the great Laurent Giles yacht Dyarchy.
The hull was built with deck beams and coach-roof when apparently the owner had a disagreement with the yard and shipped the unfinished boat home to Exeter where he set her up in his workshop to complete her.
All fittings, timber, machinery and equipment including an engine and down to boxes of screws and fenders had been bought to complete the yacht.
He spent the next 20 years playing with her but died before the job was finished.
Wooden Ships sold the yacht as an unfinished hull in 1987 and the yacht was completed by the Elephant Boatyard on the Hamble.
Construction.Carvel planked iroko hull all copper and bronze fastened to massive sawn oak frames in pairs. Hull sttripped to bare wood and repainted spring 2012
Long external lead ballast keel. Bronze bolts through massive oak floors. The bilge is still varnished from new.
Solid laid 1.25” teak deck, caulked and payed over oak deck beams. Deck recaulked 2012
Varnished iroko coach-roof coamings with bronze port holes, decked in teak over ply. Fore hatch on the coach-roof, sliding hatch and wash-boards to the cabin entrance.
Tiller steering in self draining cock-pit. Port and stbd cock-pit lockers.
12” bulwark all round carried on varnished through deck oak stanchions with heavy varnished iroko capping rail, substantial stanchions and guard wires over.
Massive quarter bitts.
Fine laminated hanging knees in the cabin which is built in all varnished hardwoods.
Gaff ketch rig on solid pine varnished keel-stepped pole masts. The yacht was first rigged as a cutter and changed in 2000 to a ketch for a blue water voyage, re-rigged with s/s rigging to s/s chain plates.
Heavy galvanised steel mast fittings.
Leathered gaff buckets.
Lower shrouds well swept back rendering runner unnecessary, pilot cutter fashion.
New sails in 2002 by Richardson Sails, Elephant Boatyard
Staysail 1 reefing 14sqm
Staysail 2 reefing 11.2sqm.
Main topsail 8.75sqm.
New sail covers and dodgers in present ownership
Beta Marine 50 hp diesel engine currently with around 750 hrs.
Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger.
Twin cross-over fuel filters
Cruising speed 5knts
Conventional shaft drive to centre-line 3-blade prop.
Single lever controls to ZF gear-box
Stainless steel 40gall fuel tank to port of cock-pit.
2 x 12v 90 amp/hr batteries on 24v domestic circuits.
2 x 12v engine start batteries New 2014
40 gall stainless steel fuel tank
Accommodation 6 berths.
Fore cabin, full head-room under coach-roof, port berth, stbd sail bin. The berth surface continues around the bow to form a surface as work-bench storage, chains under.
Stbd side bulkhead door aft to owner’s cabin with large double berth to port and single berth /settee to stbd. Mast in way.
Bulkhead door to saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths, lockers and shelves behind, stowage under. Drop leaf table between.
Aft to port galley with Eno stainless steel gas 2-burner and grill gimballed cooker, new 2008.
Stainless steel sink with foot pump from 2 x 44gall s/s water tanks under saloon cabins settees.
Aft to stbd heads compartment with recent Jabsco
sea toilet and hand basin.
Door through into the engine space under the cock-pit.
The bulkheads are white painted t&g pine all other joinery in varnished iroko with blue fabric, clean upholstery.
2 bottle gas storage on deck
6’6” head-room., polished cabin sole.
Plastimo steering compass
Tack Tick Windspeed,
Windvane at masthead,
Clock and barometer,
Tri-coloured masthead light.
75lb CQR anchor with 40 meters chain (+ another 80m stored ashore)
15kg kedge anchor with chain and warp.
12v Muir capstan type electric anchor windlass new motor 2007
MOB rescue sling
2 x life-buoys
Off-shore flare pack
Engine belt driven Jabsco bilge pump on a manual clutch
2 x manual bilge pumps
2 x fire extinguishers
Engine room fire extinguisher
6 x life jackets
It would be difficult to build a stronger cruising yacht. She has cost in the order of £1/4 million and sailed 4500 miles before sale to the present French resident UK owner in 2005 since when she has become a well-known sight on the French Brittany coasts and regattas. Berthed in Brittany.
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