Sailing yachts

Danish Gaff Ketch

(REF: 18218)


  • Designer: Larsen, Soren
  • Builder: Soren Larsen
  • Year: 1925
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 60'
  • Beam: 16'
  • Draft: 7'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Danish Gaff Ketch

Built as a motor fishing vessel in 1925 by Soren Larsen of Denmark.  Typical of the Danish fishing vessels with a very full bilge, bluff bows, pronounced sheer and attractive elliptical counter stern.

Converted to a yacht in 1989, she has worked as a very successful charter yacht in the Solent and Bristol Channel in previous ownerships.  Bought by the present pioneering mental health charity as a base for their activities, she has been a superb and safe vessel on which to teach people how to sail and aid in the charities aims.

She had a major refit between 2013-2015 where the hull was totally re-caulked, some planks replaced and re-fastened as necessary.  Some of the electronic systems and wiring have been updated and replaced as well as a thorough overhaul of the interior to make her more practical and comfortable for cruising with guests.

Currently coded to Category 2 under the MCA, her commercial certification is fully up to date and she is working and sailing regularly around the coast.  A rare opportunity to purchase a really good traditional charter vessel in great condition and ready for work.


Length on Deck                       60′

Length Waterline                    51’6″

Beam                                       16′

Draft                                        7′

Displacement                          53 tonnes




Planked in 2″ Oak on sawn Oak frames fastened with galvanised boat nails.  Re-caulked and several new planks in 2014.

Straight laid solid pine deck finished with non slip deck paint.  Re-caulked in 2014.

High bulwark all round on oak stanchions through the coverboards.

Oiled Mahogany deck structures including dog house and hatches.




Gaff ketch rig on solid pine masts.  Varnished wooden booms, gaffs and bowsprit.

Galvanised wire standing rigging to dead eyes and lanyards and external chain plates.

Over 2000sqft of sail.  New mainsail in 2016 using Clipper Canvas.




DAF 180hp diesel to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

2 x 500lt fuel tanks

2 large plastic water tanks

Grey water waste tanks midships, new in 2016.

Comprehensive wiring system throughout the boat with 24v and 240v.  Portable generator on deck.




12 berths in total including a double skippers cabin aft, 4 single berth cabin and two cabins each with a double and a single.

4 heads compartments including one in the aft cabin

Large saloon midships with galley to port and large table to starboard.


Comprehensive galley with hot and cold pressurised water, twin sinks, gimballed gas stove and a fridge.

Dog house aft gives a superb sheltered spot for guests and crew, and also has access to the skippers cabin.


Full specification and details available upon request





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