Sailing yachts

22′ Gaff cutter

(REF: 18075)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: H. Gale & Co, Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • Year: 1922
  • Location: Southampton
  • Length on deck: 21'10"
  • Beam: 7'3
  • Draft: 3'9"
  • Tonnage: 4 tons

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 22′ gaff cutter

Formerly a gaff sloop but now a gaff cutter, she was built for the Commodore of the E. Cowes Yacht Club in 1922.   She was designed as a yacht, broadly on the lines of the Itchen Ferry type, and has been raced and cruised extensively over the years.  Her present owner carried out an extensive restoration in the 1980’s, replacing the deck, some frames, floors, keelbolts, some planking, transom, along with new sails and engine.  She has only been lightly used in the last 20 yrs, attending classic yacht rallies and OGA events along the South Coast.

This is a very pretty and eye catching little yacht with a good turn of speed, and she has had the benefit of a major refit in present ownership.





Pitch pine planking copper rivet fastened to Canadian Rock Elm timbers.  New timbers replaced in the refit were of steamed oak.


External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  Bronze strap floors with some grown oak floors.


Decks and cockpit

Marine plywood deck screwed and glued to larch deckbeams.  Deck is sheathed externally, the sheathing being rolled over the curved deck edge and finished with a varnished teak rubbing strake.  Bronze deck fittings with large teak mooring cleats.


Deep cockpit, not self draining, thwarts either side with lockers under.  High bridge deck provides shelter to the cabin entrance and offers space below.  Scrubbed teak thwarts and bridge deck.

 22′ Gaff cutter


Teak coamings with two small bronze portlights each side.  Nicely cambered coachroof deck increases headroom below.  Wide sliding entrance hatch in scrubbed teak with a single washboard in the companionway.





Gaff cutter rig on solid keel stepped pine mast and varnished pine spars.

Galvanised standing rigging to external chainplates.  Single lower shroud and single cap shroud each side with running backstays on bronze Highfield levers.  Inner forestay to the bronze stemhead fitting, outer forestay on a traveller.


Terylene running rigging with ash blocks.  Halyard falls led aft from the mast through turning blocks to cleats on the aft end of the coachroof meaning there is no need for a crew to go forward to set the main.


Single pair of bronze sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.



Sail area 400 sq ft.

Full set of sails, approx. 20yrs old but very little used.






Petter Mini 7 single cylinder diesel installed new approx 1985.  Appears tidy and well installed.


Single lever control to an aquadrive coupling and a stainless shaft.





2 berths below with sitting headroom.  Berths are full length stretching forward either side of the mast.  Foam cushions with vinyl covering.


Aft starboard corner of the cabin is a stowage area.  Aft port corner has a small galley with a single burner Origo spirit stove mounted on a gimballed shelf.


Forward of the berths is stowage for sails, warps, fenders and the like.




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.