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Gaff Ketch

(REF: 20982)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1943
  • Location: Wales
  • Length on deck: 49'
  • Beam: 14'10"
  • Draft: 8'3"

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Built in Freest, Germany in 1943 as a North Sea and Baltic fishing vessel, she spent her early years fishing in rough offshore waters before being converted to a yacht in the 1980’s in Holland.  Full photographic record of this conversion which included new decks, deckhouse, rig and complete interior fit out.

Sold into UK ownership and brought to Wales where she had a thorough refit in 2019 including new rigging and work on the hull.

A very substantial and capable vessel with a large rig giving her very acceptable sailing performance.  Voluminous accommodation space with 8 berths including a double aft and all domestic facilities including washing machine and drier.

Further details on the vessels own web site


Length on Deck                 49′

Length Overall                   59′

Length waterline              44’6″

Beam                                    14’10”

Draft                                      8’3″



Planked 1.75″ Oak on heavy sawn oak frames

Straight laid larch deck, caulked and payed and painted externally.

Bulwark all round on stanchions mounted through the coverboard.

Deckhouse in solid varnished oak

External ballast keel consisting of 8 tons of lead in a steel shoe.  Small amount of internal lead trimming ballast.

2 heavy structural bulkheads.



Gaff ketch rig on varnished pine masts.  Main mast is deck stepped, supported below by the enormous bulkhead.  Mizzen is stepped on a steel frame over the engine.

Varnished pine booms, gaffs, bowsprit and main topmast.  All spars stripped and re-varnished in 2019.

Galvanised standing rigging, new in 2019, to external galvanised chain plates with dead eyes and lanyards to tension the rig.

Slab reefing main and mizzen with lazy jacks.

Both staysail and jib are hanked to the forestays with 2:1 tackles on the halyards.  Bowsprit net to make it easier to pack the jib.

Bowsprit can be lifted up, hinged at the heel on a large bolt.

Traditional 3 strand running rigging with varnished wooden blocks.  All replaced or repaired as necessary in 2019 with many new wooden blocks.




Daf 615 110hp 6 cylinder diesel.  3500 hours and regularly serviced.

Single lever controls with hydraulic Borg Warner Velvet Drive gearbox to a fixed 4 blade bronze propeller.  Aquadrive coupling on the shaft.

7 knots cruising speed at 6 litre/hour.

900 litres of diesel in 2 separate painted steel tanks under the deckhouse.

100 litres of fresh water in one steel tank located starboard side midships.

15kva generator with a Lister LPW3 diesel engine.  Fresh water cooled, fully serviced with a full set of spares aboard.

24 volt electrical systems throughout.  4 x batteries for domestics and ship systems with a total of 880ah, located in a locker on deck.

Separate main engine and generator start batteries.

Charging from main engine alternator, generator or with 240 volt shore power system through a Victron Pheonix Multi Plus inverter charger.  70 amp charging current and 3000 watt inverter.

Spare back up inverter and spare back up charger.

240 volt ring main around the boat powered by shore power or the generator.

Diesel fired boiler for domestic hot water and central heating system.




8 berths in total including a large double in the aft cabin, 4 singles in the forward cabin that can be converted into a large double, plus 2 singles in the saloon.

7′ headroom through most of the boat.

Hot water radiators in every cabin and the deck house provide ample heating.

All new upholstery throughout the boat.

Aft doors into the deck house which has seating either side and navigation area forward.  Steps down below decks at forward end.  Fold down table has space for 5 people to eat.

Port side aft cabin at the base of the companionway.  Large double berth, fitted storage lockers and 6’6″ headroom.

Heads compartment opposite to starboard with an electric sea toilet, stainless hand basin and full height shower.  Hot and cold pressurised water.  Miele washing machine/dryer behind the heads door.

Bulkhead with watertight door into main saloon with U-shaped seating to starboard around a fixed table with space for 6 people comfortably.  Companion steps to the sliding hatch in aft starboard corner of saloon.

U-shaped galley to starboard with a 4 ring electric hob top with stainless fiddle rails.  Combi microwave/oven under the work top.  Built in 240 volt fridge freezer.  Twin stainless sinks with pressurised hot and cold water.  Ample storage space and lockers.

Watertight bulkhead with centreline door into forward cabin.  Either side is a very large locker with space for a second heads if desired.  Currently used for sail stowage.

Forward cabin is arranged with 4 single berths, 2 each side, but the bottom 2 berths have an infill to create a very large double if desired.  As with all the cabins there is heating and ample storage space.



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.