Sailing yachts

Custom designed gaff cutter

(REF: 18259)


  • Designer: Adams, Justin
  • Builder: Ivan Jefferies
  • Year: 2003
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 24'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 1'8"/4'10"
  • Tonnage: 1.6 tons disp.

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Custom designed gaff cutter

Designed and built for the present owners after their previous old working boat passed the point of no return and headed for the bonfire.  It was decided they wanted a boat with traditional lines, gaff rigged but with a bit more speed and performance than they were used to.

With underwater lines inspired by the mini Transat race yachts, the design was formalised by Justin Adams and built by the experienced and skilled shipwright Ivan Jefferies and launched in 2003.  With traditional construction methods and materials, she is a careful blend of old and new which appears to have worked very well.

Her striking and very vintage above water lines hide an ultra modern underwater profile which gives her incredible performance powered by the large sail of the gaff cutter rig.  She has a spacious cockpit, ideal for the regatta racing crew but comfortable on a passage when cruising.  The interior is basic but was never a priority for the owners who have rarely used her for overnight sailing.

A smart and very unusual boat in fine condition.  Only for sale due to advancing years.


Length on Deck                                 24′

Length Waterline                             19′

Beam                                                    8′

Draft                                                      1’8″/4’10”

Displacement                                    1.6tons


Custom designed gaff cutter


Traditionally planked in larch all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Solid yacht laid Larch deck, caulked and payed in the traditional manner.

Lifting centreboard with a lead bulb keel.  10:1 block and tackle to operate the lifting ballast.

Telescopic rudder for shallow water work.

Varnished teak coamings and cockpit.  Bronze portholes.




Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped varnished Douglas Fir mast.

Varnished wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Traditional look running rigging Ash blocks.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external bronze chain plates

Mainsail, staysail and jib on a Wyckham Martin furling gear.  Working sail area of 297sqft




Beta Marine 14hp 2cyl diesel fitted new in 2003.

Fixed 2 blade propeller gives 7kts cruising speed.




Basic accommodation with 2 settee berths and sitting headroom

Space to fit her out with more joinery if required.




Full specification and details available upon request





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