Sailing yachts

Golant Gaffer

(REF: 18281)


  • Designer: Dongray, Roger
  • Builder: David Williams
  • Year: 2001
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 18'9"
  • Beam: 7'
  • Draft: 2'9"
  • Tonnage: 1500kg weight

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Wooden Ships Comments

The Golant Gaffer was designed by Robert Dongray as an easy to handle but capable small gaffer that could be built either at a professional yard or by a keen amateur.  This particular boat was built by David Williams and launched in 2001.  Finished to a high standard she is very well equipped and kitted out for coastal cruising.

Although only 19′ these boats are known for their sea keeping ability and are very capable coastal cruisers.  This one has a self draining cockpit making her safer for open water sailing.  With a full length keel and hefty ballast ratio they will stand up to their canvas and behave like a proper boat should at sea.  She has cruised the south coast extensively and finished 6th in class in the Round the Island Race.

The big benefit is that they are light enough to tow behind a 4WD vehicle and this boat comes with a double axle road trailer.  Because of the rig set up it is possible for a couple of people to lower the whole rig without the need for a crane and she can be towed and stored in any location, potentially helping to hugely reducing the cost of your boating.  She also comes with a full winter cover, new in 2014, to protect her from the elements.

Having a trailer offers great flexibility with this boat, however without the right slipway she will need the assistance of a crane to get in and out of the water.

A very nice example of the popular Golant Gaffer, recently antifouled and ready to go.  2014 survey available.

Length on Deck               18’9″

Length Waterline            17’9″

Beam                                 7′

Draft                                  2’9″

Displacement                  1500kg



Strip plank hull using Red Cedar and Iroko, all epoxy glued.

Laminated ring frames in way of the mast.  Structural bulkheads of marine plywood bonded to the hull with epoxy

Laminated wooden floors across the centreline.

External iron ballast keel with steel keel bolts.

Epoxy sheathed plywood deck finished in deck paint.  Varnished Iroko toe rails and rubbing strakes.

Low coachroof with sheathed plywood coamings helps increase headroom below decks.

Self draining cockpit with deep cockpit lockers and scrubbed teak thwarts.  Coamings are leant outwards making the cockpit very comfortable.

Varnished wooden sliding hatch.




Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped solid varnished wooden mast, new 2009 from Collars.  Varnished wooden slab reefing boom and wooden bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2001, to external stainless chain plates.

Wickham Martin roller furling on staysail and jib.  Headsail sheets run to cockpit with jammers.

Running backstays on tackles

Halyards run back to cockpit with jamming cleats

Full suit of sails in lovely order, made by Arun Sails.

Mainsail 2003, Staysail 2005, Jib 2005.




Yanmar 1GM10 10hp single cylinder marine diesel in good order.

Stainless shaft to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Cruising speed of 6 knots.

10l plastic fuel tank in starboard cockpit locker.

Single 12v battery in port cockpit locker for starting and domestics.  Charging from engine alternator and small solar panel.

Single manual bilge pump.




Simple interior giving a lot of useable space for the size of the boat with comfortable berths and all the conveniences needed for coastal sailing.

Very wide entrance hatch which slides right forward to allow easy access in and out of the cabin.

Small galley in the aft port corner with a 2 burner Origo meths stove.

Chart desk to starboard.  Many lockers and storage spaces built into the boat.

Full length settee berth either side with backs that fold up to make the berths wider for sleeping.  Small bronze portholes in the topsides allow more light into the cabin.

Central folding door into the forepeak with a chemical toilet.  Storage either side and an anchor locker right in the bows.




Plastimo steering compass (2017)

Log and sounder

VHF Standard Horizon GX1600E (2015)

Wind indicator

Mast head navigation lights


Horse shoe lifebuoy

Heaving line

2 hand held flares

2 x fire extinguishers

Safety knife


15kg CQR anchor with chain

Beaching legs

Road trailer

All over winter cover

Cockpit cover

Various mooring warps

4 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.