Sailing yachts

32′ Gaff Cutter

(REF: 26968)


  • Designer: Alan F. Hill
  • Builder: David Patience
  • Year: 1987
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 32'6"
  • Beam: 9'10"
  • Draft: 5'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 32′ Gaff Cutter

32’ gaff cutter built in 1987 by David Patient to a design by Alan F. Hill.

Having been laid up for several years, she was purchased by the current professional shipwright owner and given a thorough cosmetic refit and numerous small repairs.  A second hand Volvo engine has been installed, a keel bolt removed in October 2022 for checking and an insurance survey carried out in 2022.

This is an unusual boat in that she has sleek yacht like lines but with a gaff rig.  The yacht is very spacious below decks with her generous beam giving a nice interior space.  The interior is quite basic and could be improved to make better use of the space but is quite useable as it is with 5 berths, heads and galley.

Externally she is very smart and the boat could be launched right away.  She has the potential to be a superb and capable cruising boat and is an interesting yacht indeed.

The asking price is for the boat launched and rigged, however negotiation on the price is possible to buy her as is in the shed.


Length on Deck                 32’6”

Length Overall                   37’

Length Waterline             28’

Beam                                    9’10”

Draft                                      5’6”


Carvel planked in 1” iroko fastened with copper rivets to 1” x 1.75” steamed oak timbers at 6” centres.

Heavy laminated iroko floors across the centreline, fastened through the planking with large copper rivets.  Bronze throat bolts through the keel.

External iron ballast keel held with iron keel bolts.  Bolt drawn in October 2022 and found in good condition.

Marine plywood deck, sheathed externally and finished with cream deck paint.  Deck is laid on iroko deck beams and a douglas fir beam shelf.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portlights.  Epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Varnished teak grab rails and butterfly skylight on the coachroof.

Forard smaller coachroof of the same construction with the forehatch set in it.  This allows a larger area of full standing headroom in the forepeak than if she had just a conventional forehatch.

Self draining cockpit with varnished teak coamings and thwarts.  Thwarts lift to access large lockers beneath.  Small bridge deck to the varnished teak companion hatch.

Tiller steering with a transom hung rudder.


Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped varnished douglas fir mast.

Varnished spruce boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Running backstays on tackles.

Pair of Anderson 2 speed 28ST cockpit sheet winches.

Single Lewmar 16 self tailing main sheet winch by the cockpit.

Pair of Lewmar self tailing mast winches for halyards.

Mainsail, jib and staysail of unknown age, seemingly in useable condition.

Roller furling headsail system on the jib.


Volvo Penta 2003T 43hp 3cylinder diesel from 1987.  Installed i this yacht in 2022.

Stainless steel shaft to a centreline fixed 2 blade bronze propeller.

2 x 12 volt batteries under the quarter berth charged from engine alternator.  Shore power system with a 240 volt battery charger.

Large stainless steel fuel tank in the cockpit locker.

Water tanks under the saloon settee berths.


4 single berths with a quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 pilot berths.  Extra pipecot berth in the forepeak.

Spacious interior with simple joinery that could be altered easily to suit a new owner and perhaps make better use of the space.

5’10” headroom in the saloon.

Steps down from the companion hatch into the main cabin with galley to starboard and the chart desk and quarter berth to port.

Quarter berth is full length with easy access.  Chart desk is forward facing with storage space.

Galley has a Plastimo Atlantic 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with manual foot pump for fresh water.

Half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon with vertical grab rails.

Main saloon has long settee berths either side with a pilot berth each side under the side decks.  Ample headroom with good light and ventilation for the skylight.  Varnished iroko sole boards.

Taylors paraffin cabin heater on the forward saloon bulkhead.

Port side door going forward in to the forepeak which is a large open space.  Starboard side is a pipecot berth that folds down.  Centreline ladder up to the core hatch.

In the bows is a Blakes Lavac sea toilet on the centreline facing aft.  Heads discharges directly overboard.


Clipper duet log and depth

Clipper wind indicator

Garmin GPSmap 182C

(Nav gear condition unknown)


35lb CQR anchor with 150’ of 3/8” chain

11kg Danforth kedge anchor with 30’ of 3/8” chain + warp

Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger manual anchor windlass


Bunk and berth cushions

Plastimo Atlantic gas stove





Pair of Anderson 2 speed 28ST cockpit sheet winches

Single Lewmar 16 self tailing main sheet winch by the cockpit

Pair of Lewmar self tailing mast winches for halyards

Roller furling headsail system

Standing and running rigging


2 x 12 volt batteries

Manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump

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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.

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