Sailing yachts

Baltic Trader Gaff Ketch

(REF: 17920)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Sweden
  • Year: 1914
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 65'
  • Beam: 19'4"
  • Draft: 7'6"

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this 65′ Baltic Trader Gaff Ketch.                                                       

Private: 65′ Baltic Trader

Built in Sweden in 1914 as a commercial sailing cargo vessel, typical of many such working in Scandinavian waters.

The design follows the usual pattern with a long keel, bluff bows and transom stern with the rudder hung outboard on the transom.

The vessel was in Danish family ownership for many years having been first refitted by the family when she came out of commercial service in 1964.

In early 1984 the vessel was damaged by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The deck, deck structures and interior all date from this 1984 post-fire rebuild. She changed hands again in Denmark in 1992 before she was bought by the present English owner in 2004 and brought under UK MCA legislation for charter vessels.

In recent years she has had a replacement engine, new mizzen and new main mast plus associated rigging.  A 2015 survey highlighted some areas of  work which need to be done, and these can be detailed upon request. She has now been laid up afloat for several years with little maintenance and needs a new owner this season, hence the very low asking price.

Certified VAT exempt within the EC.  Registered UK flag Part 1.

Length on deck                                 65′

Length waterline                              59′

Beam                                                   19’6″

Draft                                                      7’6″



Planked in 2.25″ oak fastened with iron boat nails to 5″x 5″ oak frames at 14″ centres.

Hull refastened and copper sheathed below the waterline in 1984.

24 tons of internal steel ballast.

Straight laid solid Iroko deck laid in 1974.  Seams re-payed in 2012.

High bulwarks all round on oak through deck stanchions.

Three deckhouses in massively built solid pine with sheathed plywood decks.



Gaff ketch rig on keel stepped solid pine masts.

Main mast and all standing rigging new in 2015

Mizzen mast was replaced in 2011.

Fidded topmast on both main and mizzen

Galvanise wire standing rigging with rigging screws to external chain plates.

Sails new in 2006 by Patrick Selman of Falmouth:


Main topsail


Mizzen topsail (older than other sails)


Inner jib

Outer jib

Flying jib (older than other sails)




Perkins Sabre 6cyl 135hp naturally aspirated diesel.

Installed as reconditioned unit in 2013.

Borg Warner Velvet Drive hydraulic gearbox to fixed 3 blade propeller.

6 knots cruising speed at 1800rpm

4 x 180ah domestic batteries with 24 domestic systems.

3 x 12v engine start batteries

3200 litres of fuel in 2 separate tanks.



14 berths in total.

Twin berth cabin either side of the main mast and twin berth cabin forward to port.

Centre-line door to the fore peak chain locker, paint store and work bench.

Saloon cabin, large table to starboard with L-shaped seating around.  Water tank and freezer to port.

Port twin berth cabin.

Centre-line steps to the galley in the deck-house. The galley is under the midships house with the floor level at half-height below. Full size commercial stainless steel 4-burner and oven gas cooker. Twin stainless steel sinks. Ample locker space.

Stbd passageway aft.

Small single berth under the side deck to stbd of the passageway, curtain doorway.

Athwartships lobby with heads and shower compartments on the centre-line fwd, 2 single berth cabins in line under the port side deck. 12v toilet.

Stbd door in the lobby after bulkhead into the engine room.

Separate deck entrance to the Captain’s cabin aft with 3 berths and chart desk.


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.