Sailing yachts

Buchanan Gaff Yawl

(REF: 17954)


  • Designer: Alan Buchanan
  • 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 by the first owner with help of professional shipwrights at Gweek Quay, Cornwall in 1974.

An unusual design for Buchanan with a fiddle headed clipper bow, short counter stern and gaff yawl rig, she has a very distinguishable profile.  She has a generous beam for her length giving decent volume below decks.

An interesting boat with recent survey, good equipment and full sail wardrobe.


Length on Deck                 32’

Length Waterline             22’

Beam                                    9’

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             9TM


Planked in 1.25” pitch pine all fastened with copper rivets to steam bent oak timbers of 1.5” x 1.25”.

Galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline, with new floor bolts in 2011.

External iron ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  All keel bolts new in 2011.

Swept teak deck laid over a marine plywood subdeck. With a varnished mahogany toe rail.

Long coachroof in painted elm coamings with 3 bronze port holes per side.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering.  Cockpit coamings raked out slightly for compfort.  Thwarts and bridge deck a continuation of the main deck.


Gaff yawl rig on wooden masts made from Western Hemlock.  Other spars are made from Oregon pine.

Gaff rigged mainsail and bermudan mizzen .

Keel stepped main mast and deck stepped mizzen.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2011, to internal galvanised rigging screws.

Sails include mainsail mizzen, topsail, staysail, jib, mizzen staysail and spinnaker.


Yanmar 3GM30 24hp 3cyl fresh water cooled diesel installed reconditioned in 2010.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 7 knots at 2200rpm.

3 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator, or through the shore power system with a Victron Power battery charger.  NASA battery monitor.

40 litre stainless steel fuel tank.

100 litre fresh water tank.


5 berths including a double V-berth in the bow, 2 saloon settee berths and a quarter berth.

Steps down over the engine box with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.  Chart desk faces outboard and lifts to access batteries.

Galley has a single stainless sink with cold running water, and a Plastimo Neptune 2 burner stove with oven and grill.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon.  2 full length settee berths either side with a dropleaf saloon table on the centreline.  Hot Pot cast iron solid fuel stove at the forward end.  Lockers either side under the side decks.

Port side door going forward with the heads to starboard behind the bulkhead.  Electric sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Large double berth in the forepeak.


Plastimo Steering Compass

Nasa Clipper Depth Sounder


Autohelm Tiller Pilot

Barracuda Seiwa Chartplotter (C Map)





Dodgers (If Stanchions are fitted)

Electronic Windlass

CQR Anchor & 50M Chain

Electronic Bilge Pump

Fire Extinguishers

Pilot Gas Alarm

Radar Reflector

4 Man Liferaft (Requires Service)

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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.