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Colin Archer gaff ketch

(REF: 17923)


  • Designer: Archer Colin
  • Builder: Moens, Norway
  • Year: 1968, completed 1988
  • Location: Britanny
  • Length on deck: 36'7"
  • Beam: 12'6"
  • Draft: 6'7"
  • Tonnage: 17 tons displacement

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Wooden ships comments on this Colin Archer Gaff Ketch

Length on deck                                   36’7” + 10’ bowsprit    11.5m + 3.5m bowsprit

Beam                                                     12’6”                             3.4m

Draft                                                     6’7”                               2m

Displacement                                     17 tons

Keel laid                                              1966

Completed and commissioned      1988

Colin Archer gaff ketch

This extraordinary Colin Archer type yacht was commissioned by Devon owner Victor Pinkney from Moens, Risor, Norway in the late 1960’s.  Victor Pinkney was a marine engineer and yacht surveyor and brother to the owner of the great Laurent Giles yacht Dyarchy.

The hull was built with deck beams and coach-roof when apparently the owner had a disagreement with the yard and shipped the unfinished boat home to Exeter where he set her up in his workshop to complete her.

All fittings, timber, machinery and equipment including an engine and down to boxes of screws and fenders had been bought to complete the yacht.


He spent the next 20 years playing with her but died before the job was finished.


Wooden Ships sold the yacht as an unfinished hull in 1987 and the yacht was completed by the Elephant Boatyard on the Hamble.


Construction.Carvel planked iroko hull all copper and bronze fastened to massive sawn oak frames in pairs. Hull sttripped to bare wood and repainted spring 2012

Long external lead ballast keel. Bronze bolts through massive oak floors. The bilge is still varnished from new.

Solid laid 1.25” teak deck, caulked and payed over oak deck beams.  Deck recaulked 2012

Varnished iroko coach-roof coamings with bronze port holes, decked in teak over ply. Fore hatch on the coach-roof, sliding hatch and wash-boards to the cabin entrance.

Tiller steering in self draining cock-pit. Port and stbd cock-pit lockers.

12” bulwark all round carried on varnished through deck oak stanchions with heavy varnished iroko capping rail, substantial stanchions and guard wires over.

Massive quarter bitts.

Fine laminated hanging knees in the cabin which is built in all varnished hardwoods.


Gaff ketch rig on solid pine varnished keel-stepped pole masts. The yacht was first rigged as a cutter and changed in 2000 to a ketch for a blue water voyage, re-rigged with s/s rigging to s/s chain plates.

Heavy galvanised steel mast fittings.

Leathered gaff buckets.

Lower shrouds well swept back rendering runner unnecessary, pilot cutter fashion.

New sails in 2002 by Richardson Sails, Elephant Boatyard

Staysail 1  reefing 14sqm

Staysail 2 reefing 11.2sqm.

Staysail 3




Mizzen staysail

Main topsail 8.75sqm.

New sail covers and dodgers in present ownership


Beta Marine 50 hp diesel engine currently with around 750 hrs.

Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger.

Twin cross-over fuel filters

Annually serviced.

Cruising speed 5knts

Conventional shaft drive to centre-line 3-blade prop.

Single lever controls to ZF gear-box

Stainless steel 40gall fuel tank to port of cock-pit.

2 x 12v 90 amp/hr  batteries on 24v domestic circuits.

2 x 12v engine start batteries New 2014

40 gall stainless steel fuel tank


Accommodation                    6 berths.

Fore cabin, full head-room under coach-roof, port berth, stbd sail bin. The berth surface continues around the bow to form a surface as work-bench storage, chains under.

Stbd side bulkhead door aft to owner’s cabin with large double berth to port and single berth /settee to stbd. Mast in way.

Bulkhead door to saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths, lockers and shelves behind, stowage under. Drop leaf table between.

Aft to port galley with Eno stainless steel gas 2-burner and grill gimballed cooker, new 2008.

Stainless steel sink with foot pump from 2 x 44gall s/s water tanks under saloon cabins settees.

Aft to stbd heads compartment with recent Jabsco

sea toilet and hand basin.

Door through into the engine space under the cock-pit.


The bulkheads are white painted t&g pine all other joinery in varnished iroko with blue fabric, clean upholstery.

2 bottle  gas storage on deck

6’6” head-room., polished cabin sole.





Plastimo steering compass

Nasa log/sounder

Tack Tick Windspeed,

VHF Radio,

Windvane at masthead,

Furuno Radar,

Clock and barometer,

Nav lights.

Tri-coloured masthead light.


Ground tackle

75lb CQR anchor with 40 meters chain (+ another 80m stored ashore)

15kg kedge anchor with chain and warp.

12v Muir capstan type electric anchor windlass new motor 2007


Safety equipment

MOB rescue sling


2 x life-buoys

Off-shore flare pack

Engine belt driven Jabsco bilge pump on a manual clutch

2 x manual bilge pumps

2 x fire extinguishers

Engine room fire extinguisher

Fire blanket

6 x life jackets

Rope ladder

Radar reflector


It would be difficult to build a stronger cruising yacht. She has cost in the order of £1/4 million and sailed 4500 miles before sale to the present  French resident UK owner in 2005 since when she has become a well-known sight on the French Brittany coasts and regattas. Berthed in Brittany.


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.