Sailing yachts

Gostelow Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18115)


  • Designer: Belchambers, S
  • Builder: Gostelows of Boston
  • Year: 1936
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 37'
  • Beam: 10'
  • Draft: 5'8"
  • Tonnage: 13TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Gaff cutter yacht

Reduced dramatically in price as the owner has moved away and can no longer care for the boat.  She has been let go in the last 12 months but has a good sound hull, decent rig and spacious interior.  Currently afloat, she is a bargain price due to owner circumstances.

Built as a yacht by Gostelows of Boston, Lincolnshire in 1936 to a design by S. Belchambers. The Gostelow yard built fishing boats and a number of yachts in the 1920’s and 30’s, some to their own design and some by outsiders. Their yachts usually reflect the substantial scantlings of their fishing boats and this yacht is no exception.

She has had a thorough refit in the past 5-years when the masts and spars have been stripped and revarnished, new forestay and cap shrouds fitted, the other standing rigging treated with black varnish and served, all blocks stripped and revarnished, coach-roof stripped and revarnished. New toe rails fitted, new running rigging, new navigation instruments, new cooker, new sail cover, fore hatch and sky-light covers, new sea toilet, sea cocks replaced, heads sea cocks stripped and serviced, new cabin stove and the whole boat has been repainted. She is presented in clean and tidy condition, appears very sound and strong and ready for sea.

She has a long keel, a full canoe stern with the rudder hung underneath, a sweet sheer with marked forward sheer and a delicate kick-up to the stern, good freeboard and good beam for her day making her a big, dry yacht capable of standing up to her canvas and taking considerable weather.


Length on Deck                 37′

Length Waterline             30′

Length Overall                   45′ with bowsprit.

Beam                                    10′

Draft                                      5’8

Gostelow Gaff Cutter


Planked in Larch fastened with iron boat nails to heavy grown oak frames.

Steamed intermediate timbers all copper fastened.

Long cast iron ballast keel.

Straight laid solid yellow pine deck, caulked and payed in the traditional manner and painted over with non slip paint.  4″ Iroko toe rail all round.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with a varnished mahogany skylight.

Deep self draining cockpit with varnished teak coamings and scrubbed teak thwarts.  Bridge deck to the entrance hatch.



Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped solid pole mast in a tabernacle

Varnished slab reefing boom

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

500sq’ of sail with mainsail, staysail and jib on a Wyckham Martin furling gear



Beta Marine 3cyl 20hp diesel installed as a recon unit in 2014.  Unfortunately it was semi submerged and appears seized so will need rebuilding or replacement.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller

2 x 12 gallon stainless fuel tanks

2 x 30 gallon flexi water tanks under the settee berths.

1 12 volt start battery and 2 domestic batteries.



Very original interior joinery with plenty of varnished mahogany.

Steps down in to the very spacious cabin with galley to port and a large chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, single sink with manually pumped fresh water with a bronze Patay pump and plenty of stowage.

Saloon has a settee berth each side with lockers behind and a shelf under the deckhead.

Wood burning stove forward on the port side.

Starboard side passageway into the forepeak which had until recently a large double berth to port and a single to starboard.  This has been removed in present ownership but could be reinstated quite easily.  The forepeak is currently a very large storage area with a heads on the port side.


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