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31′ Gaff Cutter

(REF: 19856)


  • Designer: Woolacott
  • Builder: B.S. Woolacott
  • Year: 1917
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 31'
  • Beam: 8'5"
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 8TM

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Designed and built by B.S. Woolacott, a naval architect who had previously worked in the Herreshoff office before the Great War.  Launched in 1917 but completed and commissioned in 1919 after the war.

Bought by the father of the present owner in 1921 and sailed by the family ever since, with various major refits along the way that have kept her in good shape.

The last period of major work was in 1995 by Nash and Holden in Dartmouth when keel bolts were replaced, new bronze strap floors fitted, deck sheathed with new toe rails and the interior was modified.  In 2015 the hull was stripped entirely and no rot or damage was found anywhere.

She has barely been used in recent years but is still put afloat each spring and laid up ashore in the winter with full all over covers to protect her.  In the past the family have cruised extensively around the UK, northern Europe and Ireland and they rigged the boat for extended offshore cruising.  She has been tested on a number of occasions in severe weather where she has always looked after her crew.

Extensive amount of gear with the boat, all stored at the owners house.  A deserving, knowledgeable and caring new owner is sought to carry on the custody of this lovely old lady so the family can be assured she will continue sailing for years to come.

Length  on Deck                                31′

Beam                                    8’5″

Draft                                      5′

Thames Tonnage             8TM

Sail Area                               627sqft



Planked in 1.25″  red pine, all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Occasional heavy sawn oak frames fastened with bronze screws.

Elm keel.

Grown oak floors across the centreline with some bronze straps.

External lead ballast keel of 3.4 tons with bronze keel bolts, all new in 1995.

Straight laid T&G oregon pine deck on oak deck beams, sheathed externally and finished with grey deck paint.

Coachroof and dog house with varnished teak coamings and bronze portholes and sheathed coachroof deck.  Toe rail all round fitted in 1995 with varnished teak capping.

Mostly bronze deck fittings.

Self draining cockpit with teak thwarts and coamings.

Tiller steering on transom hung rudder.




Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid varnished spruce mast.

Varnished spruce boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Galvanised standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates.

Full sail wardrobe of older but serviceable sails.

Traditional 3 strand running rigging.




Yanmar 3GM 25hp diesel, serviced annually but used very little.

Stainless steel fuel tank in lazarette

2 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting charged from engine alternator.




4 single berths with good standing headroom throughout.

Steps down over the varnish teak engine box.  Storage space outboard either side of the engine with flat work surface space.

Bulkheads either side and a galley split port and starboard.  Stove area to starboard, not currently fitted but she has a gimballed paraffin stove.  Stainless sink to port with manually pumped fresh and salt water taps.

Second pair of bulkheads separate off the main saloon.

Settee berth either side with varnished teak sole boards.  Storage beneath and behind settees.

Full standing headroom under coachroof with nice varnished teak skylight.

Port side passageway going forward with heads to starboard.  Baby Blake manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Storage locker to port opposite heads.

Forepeak with 2 single berths and storage below.  Teak forehatch above.




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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.