Sailing yachts

Elkins Centreboard Gaff Cutter

(REF: 29702)


  • Designer: Elkins of Christchurch
  • Builder: Elkins of Christchurch
  • Year: 1934
  • Location: W. Sussex
  • Length on deck: 24'
  • Beam: 7'3"
  • Draft: 3'11"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Elkins Centreboard Gaff Cutter

24’ gaff cutter built by Elkins of Christchurch in 1934.

An elegant boat with a clever lifting coachroof to give more space when cruising.  This has sides made of canvas and a full cockpit tent to create a much larger space when the boat is berthed up.

Modernised with an electric motor and pod drive to make her easy to use without a cumbersome outboard hanging over the stern.

Centreboard makes for a shallow draft hull that can easily access areas others cannot.

This is a superb weekend cruising boat with a couple of berths and sitting headroom.  Full of charm and pedigree, she is an eye catching yacht in nice condition.


Length on Deck                      24’

Length Overall

Beam                                       7’3”

Draft                                       3’11” (centreplate down)


  • Carvel planked in Columbian pine all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Oak back bone.
  • External lead ballast keel with 5/8” silicone bronze keel bolts.  All new in 2013, checked in 2018.
  • Galvanised centreplate raised and lowered with a tackle.  Pivot bolt replaced in 2018.
  • Marine plywood deck sheathed in epoxy glass cloth and finished in deck paint.  Deck new in 2009 refit.
  • Varnished teak rubbing strake and toe rail all round.
  • Coachroof with varnished teak coamings and bronze portlights.  The coachroof deck is hinged at the front and lifts up with canvas sides to create a bigger cabin when berthed up.  Coachroof deck is made from sheathed marine plywood with a varnished teak sliding companion hatch.
  • Varnished teak forehatch.
  • Spacious cockpit with varnished teak coamings and varnished teak thwarts.  Painted wooden sole boards.
  • Very wide companionway with washboards.
  • Transom hung rudder with tiller steering.


  • Gaff cutter rig on a varnished wooden mast in a galvanised tabernacle on deck.
  • Varnished pine boom, gaff and bowsprit.
  • 7×19 stainless wire standing rigging approximately 10 years old.  Fastened with lanyards to external bronze chain plates.
  • Running backstays on 2:1 tackles.
  • Wykeham Martin furling system for the jib.  On a traveller to the end of the bowsprit.
  • Sails in tan terylene.  Mainsail (2010), 2 x jibs (2022), Staysail (2010).
  • Running rigging approximately 2018.


  • Krautler Saildrive motor, 48 volt 4Kw.
  • The design and installation of this system was featured in Prctical Boat Owner issue 618 (October 2017).
  • Motor installed by Thames Electric Launch Co. In 2017.
  • Used for only about 40 hours.
  • Leg drive mounted on the starboard side with a 12×6 bronze propeller.
  • Approximately 5 hours running time at cruising speed of 5 knots = 25 mile range depending on conditions.
  • Battery pack with smart charger and shore power system keeps batteries topped up while on the berth.


  • 2 settee berths with sitting headroom.
  • Canvas cockpit tent attaches to the raised coachroof to create a large extra dry space when moored up.
  • Wide companionway into the cabin with a galley space to port.  This is an area of original joinery with a portable gas stove on top.  Work top area to starboard used as a chart desk when needed.
  • A single settee berth either side.
  • Large forepeak area for chain locker and general storage.


  • CQR anchor with 25’ of chain + warp
  • Fenders
  • 4 x Mooring warps
  • Boat hook


  • Cockpit tent
  • Coachroof canvas sides
  • All over winter cover
  • Forehatch cover


  • Mainsail            2010
  • Staysail             2010
  • Heavy jib          2022
  • Light jib            2022
  • Mainsail cover
  • Wykeham Martin furling on jib


  • Bunk and berth cushions


  • Shore power cable
  • Krautler Saildrive 4KW
  • Batteries and charger

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