Sailing yachts

Gaff Cutter Golden Vanity

(REF: 20285)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Sanders and Co, Dartmouth
  • Year: 1908
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 39'
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 6'8"
  • Tonnage: 21TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Gaff Cutter Golden Vanity

Built in 1908 by Sanders and Co, Galmpton on the Dart.  The design was known as the Mumble Bee class of Brixham sailing Trawler but she was launched as a yacht for Arthur Briscoe, a marine artist who used her as a floating studio recording working lives at sea in the early 20th century.

Through the 1970’s her then owner sailed her across the Atlantic a number of times, including taking part in the 1972 OSTAR, where she collected the record for the slowest ever Atlantic crossing under race conditions, a record held to this day.

In the early 1980’s she underwent a major 5 year rebuild after being bought by the newly formed Golden Vanity Trust.  Since then she has been a youth sail training vessel taking part in several Tall Ships races, working as an RYA training boat and introducing all manner of young people to the work of traditional sailing.

Her current condition has been largely established by a December 2019 survey.  The vessel is in need of some refit work before sailing commercially this season, details of which can be provided.

Length on Deck                 39′

Length Overall                   53′

Length Waterline             36′

Beam                                    12’2″

Draft                                      6’8″

Thames Tonnage             21TM



Planked in Oregon pine on sawn oak frames fastened with galvanise nails.

All planking was new in the 1980’s refit.

Sawn timber and iron floors across the centreline

Internal ballast of concrete and iron.

Straight laid pine deck on oak deck beams, caulked and payed with painted cover boards.

Bulwark on stanchions mounted through the cover board in the traditional way.

Small coachroof with mahogany coamings and straight laid pine coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit with mahogany coamings.




Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped hollow wooden mast setting 125sqft of sail

Varnished wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.  New bowsprit 2019.

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

Running backstays on tackles

Large galvanised drum winch on the main mast for halyards

Mainsail 2017, Jib 2015 plus staysail in good condition, topsail, flying jib and storm jib.




Beta Marine 75hp 4cyl diesel.

PRM Newage gearbox to a port side offset fixed 3 blade bronze propeller giving 4 knots cruising speed.

2 steel fuel tanks, 1 under each quarter berth with total capacity of 315 litres.

4 x 105ah 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestics.  Twin engine alternators for charging.

Shore power system with a Victron 12/25 Blue Smart Charger.




9 single berths in cavernous interior.

Steps down from the companionway with a quarter berth either side

Forward facing chart desk to port.

Galley to starboard the full length of the saloon.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Domestic Moonlight 3 burner gimballed gas cooker with oven and grill.  Top loading 12 volt fridge.

Saloon with U-shaped seating around a dropleaf mahogany table.  Pilot berth to port under the side deck.

Starboard side passageway going forward with large heads compartment to port.  Jabsco manual sea toilet, discharges directly overboard.  hand basin with manually pumped water.

Large forward cabin with 6 single berths.  Steps up to the forehatch.




Full specification and details available upon request





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.