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Gaff Cutter

  • Designer: Frazier
  • Builder: Frazier
  • Year: 1914
  • Location Devon
  • Length on deck: 22'7''
  • Beam: 7'5''
  • Draft: 4'8''


REF: 15942

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments

Built by Frazier of Mevagissey in 1914 as a yacht, one of only two boats built as yachts on the lines of his working boats that more commonly graced the slipway in the sheds commonly known as Mevagissey Toshers.  Originally she would have been ¾ decked with a large open cockpit but had a cabin top fitted at a later date.


She was shipped to Canada in the early 1980’s and was sailed extensively on Lake Ontario before coming home.  She underwent a period of very thorough refit work in 2009, mainly carried out by professional shipwright Chris Rees in Cornwall.  She was re-fastened where necessary, had a new transom and rudder, new stern post and aft deadwoods, new deck and coachroof plus all the frames were replaced from the water line down.  New keel bolts and strap floors were also put in.  The rigging and sails are all replaced as was the engine.


A vast amount of work has been done and she has a lot of good gear and equipment on her including all new sails, rigging and engine, however there is of course more to do and be jobs to be completed to get her in sailing condition.  This is a project which requires plenty of man hours rather than a huge investment of cash so would be ideal for a skilled amateur with time to put into her.


An unusual and very interesting yacht where all the hard work has been done but in need of some finishing and a lot of tidying up, for sale at a very reasonable price.


Length on deck                 22’7”

Length Overall                   30’

Beam                                    7’5”

Draft                                      4’8”




Planked in 1” Pitch Pine all iron nail fastened to heavy sawn oak frames in futtocks.  All the frames were replaced up to the water line level in 2009.


New galvanise steel strap floors fitted in 2009 and bolted to the sawn frames.


External iron ballast keel fastened with stainless steel keel bolts that pass through the strap floors for strength.  All keel bolts new in 2009.


The transom, stern post and aft deadwoods were all new in 2009.


New rudder fitted in 2009 with bronze pintles.


New sheathed plywood decks in 2009 with new deck beams.


Small low coachroof with mahogany coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck, new in 2009.




Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid wooden mast.  Varnished wooden slab reefing boom, with varnished wooden gaff and bowsprit.


As new stainless steel standing rigging, fitted in 2009 but never used for sailing.  Substantial external bronze chain plates.


Running backstays on levers.  Jib on Wyckham Martin furling gear.


As new sails made in 2009, mainsail, staysail and jib in tan terylene.




Nanni diesel 2cyl 10hp marine diesel fitted new in 2009 on new engine bearers.


Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.


New stainless steel fuel tank with water separator filter fitted in aft cockpit locker.


2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.




Very simple interior space with 2 settee berths and plenty of sitting headroom.


Cushion for each berth with plenty of length.


Galley at the aft end with a Origo spirit stove and locker below.


Chart desk in aft port corner with navigation instruments and a lifting plywood desk.


Bulkhead at forward end of the saloon separates off the forepeak where there is a Baby Blakes sea toilet.




Steering compass

Clipper sounder


Lowrance GPS plotter

Clipper wind indicator

Manual anchor windlass

CQR anchor with chain and warp

2 berth cushions

Spirit stove

Mainsail, staysail and jib





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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