Sailing yachts

Buchanan Gaff yawl

(REF: 17954)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Gweek Quay Baotyard
  • Year: 1974
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 32'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Buchanan Gaff Yawl

Designed by Alan Buchanan and built in 1974 by first owner Mike Johnson with local Cornish boat builders in Gweek Boatyard on the Helford River.


The hull has a retro look with her short, gently radiussed counter stern and eye-catching, fiddle-head bow. The forward sections are nicely flared up to the clipper stem.

The hull has a generous beam for her water-line length, good freeboard and the sweetest sheer.

Below the water-line she is very conventional with a full keel, slightly cut-away at the fore foot and a long external ballast keel which allows her to sit upright on a beach with beaching legs as she did in her early days in Fowey during the winter.


The hull is planked in 1 ¼” pitch-pine all fastened with copper nails and roves to 1 ¼ x 1 ½” steam bent oak timbers.

Galvanised steel strap floors on every second timber and every timber in way of the mast.

April 2011 All floor bolts removed and replaced.

External iron ballast keel.

April 2011 All keel bolts replaced in bronze.

August 2012    Hull repainted

August 2012   All deck works revarnished.


The deck is yacht laid in teak to a king plank over a ply sub deck. Nicely moulded varnished mahogany toe rails all round cut with water-ways and leading into the bowsprit.

Carved fiddle box under the bowsprit.


Long coach-roof  built in varnished elm coamings fitted with 3 oval bronze port holes each side and roofed in sheathed ply, painted cream.

The width of the coach-roof is nicely judged to give maximum space below while still leaving comfortable side decks.

Varnished fore hatch on the front end of the coach-roof forward of the mast, sky-light midships and sliding hatch aft to the cabin entrance.

Gaff yawl

Self draining aft cock-pit with tiller steering. The rudder stock head emerges from the cock-pit sole under the aft deck with a long tiller to give plenty of leverage.

Heavy duty bronze rudder hangings.

The cock-pit coamings are set slightly wider than the coach-roof and raked outwards.

The seats each side and the bridge deck are a simple continuation of the main deck at the same level.

Stowage space under the side seats open to the cock-pit well.

The space under the aft deck around the rudder stock head also open to the cock-pit well thus avoiding damp dark enclosed corners which can lead to trouble.

The after cock-pit coaming turns in to a pair of Sampson posts with a bronze bar between as the main sheet horse.


Gaff yawl rig on varnished hemlock masts and Oregon pine spars.

Oak bowsprit.

Spruce topsail yard and jackyard.

The main mast is stepped through the coach-roof onto the keel.

The mizzen mast is stepped on the aft deck immediately aft of the cock-pit coaming.


Stainless steel standing rigging.

2011 all new standing rigging.


Main mast with twin lowers to the hounds. Single upper to above the hounds.  Running back-stays on tackles.

Mizzen mast with twin shroud each side. Standing back stays to deck eye bolts in the quarter allow the mizzen boom to swing free.

Spliced and served soft eyes above, swaged terminals below, stainless steel rigging screws to inboard galvanised steel chain plates.

Inner fore stay to the stemhead.

Outer fore stay to the end of the bowsprit.



Mainsail 330sq’  slab reefing with two rows of reef points.

Main topsail 36sq’

Staysail 89sq’ on a Wickham Martin roller furling gear separate to the fore stay.

No 1 jib on Wickham Martin roller furling gear.78sq’

No 2 jib 38sq’

Mizzen 49sq’




Pair of top action bronze winches on the after corners of the coach-roof take the staysail sheets

Pair of top action tufnol winches on the cock-pit coamings take the jib sheets

Halyards on traditional wooden block and tackle.

Main and mizzen sheets on traditional wooden blocks.



Yanmar 3GM30 30hp 3-cylinder fresh water cooled diesel engine.   New engine 2010

Centre-line installation flexibly mounted on substantial engine beds with conventional shaft drive to centre-line 3-blade prop.

2010 New prop

7knts at 2200 rpm

Single lever controls.

Visible sea water filter.

45gall diesel in stainless steel fuel tank.




2 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits with change over switch.

Battery monitor

230v shore supply circuits with galvanic separator

700watt invertor gives 230v from the 12v batteries



Accommodation.                  5 berths

Fore cabin with full length berth to port, short berth to stbd. Fore hatch above in the coach-roof.

Heads compartment to stbd with Jabsco 12v sea toilet.

Hand basin to port with pressurised water supply, drains overboard.

Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths. Lockers behind above, stowage below.

Drop leaf mahogany table between.

Coal fired cabin heater on the bulkhead forward to stbd. Bulkhead doorway to port through to the heads and fore cabin.

Half-height bulkheads aft.

Galley in the after port corner with stainless steel basin, pressurised water supply, drains overboard.

Smart Plastimo stainless steel 2-burner grill and oven gimballed gas cooker.

Galley work surface extends athwartships under the bridge deck behind the steps to the cock-pit.

This surface lifts to access the engine

Quarter berth with chart desk over to stbd


All varnished interior joinery.

5’10” head-room in the main cabin.

12v cabin lights + paraffin lamps in the saloon cabin.







2 x compasses.


Autohelm ST2000 autopilot

Icom VHF DSC radio

7” GPS chart plotter


4-man life raft, new 2009

12v bilge pump on float switch

Manual bilge pump

Life buoy


Plough anchor

12v anchor windlass

15 fthms chain

Masthead nav lights.


This eye-catching yacht never fails to attract compliments. Built by Cornish craftsmen, she is not an old boat for a gaffer, she has some very attractive features and in present ownership has been kept in excellent condition. With professional work the floor bolts, hood end screws and the keel bolts  have all been replaced to keep the bottom sound and in excellent condition; the engine has been replaced and she only this year has she been repainted and revarnished.

The cabin has a comfortable atmosphere with buttoned red velours upholstery and warm varnished wood work and the coal fire is a really nice practical feature, essential in our climate these days to keep the boat warm and dry.


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.