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Ed Burnett Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18054)


  • Designer: Burnett, Ed
  • Builder: Hegarty's Boatyard, West Cork, Ireland.
  • Year: 2005
  • Location: Ireland
  • Length on deck: 23'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Ed Burnett gaff cutter

Designed by Ed Burnett and  built at Hegarty’s for an original owner who spared no expense in the build.    The present owner has maintained her to a high standard,  undertaking any little jobs needed and keeping her in immaculate cosmetic condition, but unfortunately for family  reasons he needs to move up to a larger boat.    She had a refit  January – March this year and has been cruised West Cork to Galway since then.  There are daily flights from London to Co Kerry, where the owner can meet prospective clients.

There is probably no better small gaffer available, she is elegant and eye catching with all the benefits of a relatively newly built boat.





Carvel planked in good quality straight grained Russian larch on steamed oak timbers with some heavier laminated frames in way of the mast.  All copper rivet fastened.

1.2 ton lead keel.

Grown oak floors throughout with stainless steel straps in way of the mast for added strength.

Very fair topsides finished in cream with a varnished teak rubbing strake to accentuate the sheer line.


Decks and cockpit   

Laid solid teak deck, treated with teak oil.   Screw fastened to the deck beams.  Seams are caulked and payed with butyl rubber.  Deck is stepped up to the height of the capping rail over the main cabin to increase headroom without affecting the aesthetic line of the sheer.

Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder.

Spacious cockpit with curved teak coamings and deep thwarts all round.  Cockpit lockers port and starboard and in the aft.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with a  teak laid top coachroof deck.  Very elegant varnished teak sliding companionway hatch with a combined skylight at the forward end.  There is a forehatch giving access to the forepeak which is for storage only.

Ed Burnett Gaff Cutter

Rig    Gaff Cutter

Keel stepped solid Douglas Fir mast, with a solid wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging,  9 yrs old, to  s/s rigging screws.   External bronze chain plates.  Single shroud each side making a very easy rig.

Twin backstays on Highfield levers.

Wykham Martin roller furling gear for both jib and staysail

2 Murray bronze cockpit winches, self tailing.



By Fastnet Sails.  398 sq ft.   9 yrs old.   Very good condition.





Beta 20hp 3 cyl  2005.   PRM gearbox.  Single lever controls.   3 blade bronze feathering J prop, centreline installed.

Cruising speed 5 kts, max 6.5 kts.  Fuel consumption 2 litres/hr.   Serviced this season,  shaft drawn,  cutlass bearing replaced.



12v system.   2 batteries in cockpit locker charged  from engine alternator.



25litres diesel  in SS fuel tank in lazarette.






2/3.  Extra cockpit berths with cover in place.



2 settee berths, leather upholstery.  5 ft headroom.   Gas cooker.   Faversham solid fuel stove.

There is a bulkhead at the forward end of the main cabin splitting the forepeak off from the rest of the boat.  This is a large cabin for a boat of this size because of the beam and headroom.






Cockpit compass

Echopilot sounder

Nasa log

Auto pilot

Raymarine tiller pilot


Ground tackle

25lb CQR anchor.

8 meters chain

30 meters warp



1 fire extinguisher

Cockpit cover

Heavy winter cover

Heavy yard trailer

6 fenders



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.