Sailing yachts

Harrison Butler Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18330)


  • Designer: Butler, Harrison
  • Builder: Andersen, Rigden & Perkins
  • Year: 1937
  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Length on deck: 24'5
  • Beam: 8'1
  • Draft: 4'5"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Wooden Ships Comments

This Gaff Cutter was designed by Harrison Butler and built by Anderson Rigden and Perkins in 1937.  Major refit by the current owner including a new deck and coachroof and a reconditioned engine ready to be fitted.  The hull still needs some external attention, the paint will have to be stripped back to bare wood, some caulking and paying done and some localised repairs to planking around some fastenings.  The hull has dried out considerably in places but will take up once back afloat.  The spars all need varnishing with some repairs required to the gaff yard.

This is a pretty yacht and would make an excellent project for the right person.


Length                  24’5″

Beam                    8’1″

Draft                      3′




Planked in 1″ Columbian Pine all copper rivet fastened to 3″x3″ sawn oak frames with a single steamed intermediate timber.

Grown oak floors across the centreline

External iron ballast keel with lead internal trimming ballast

Epoxy sheathed plywood deck

New coachroof with marine plywood coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Bronze portholes in the coamings.



Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped wooden mast.  Wooden boom, bowsprit and gaff yard.

Stainless steel standing rigging approximately 10 years old to new internal stainless chain plates

All running rigging replaced 2015.

Running backstays on tackles

Pair of cockpit sheet winches

Sails in good condition.  Mainsail 2009, staysail 2016, jib 2009, topsail 2009.




Engine is not fitted in the boat, bought as a reconditioned unit ready to install.  Engine beds and shaft are all in place.  Engine beds new in 2018.

Volvo Penta MD202 3cyl 19hp diesel from 1994.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed at 1.5litres/hour

Stainless steel 50l fuel tank in port side cockpit locker

Single 12 volt battery charged from engine alternator and a 90 Watt solar panel with regulator




Simple accommodation layout with 5’11” headroom due to the new higher coachroof.

Steps down through the wide companionway with a chart area to port and galley area to starboard.

Electrical switchboard and nav instruments over the chart desk with storage beneath.

Galley currently a flat work surface ready to have a sink or cooker fitted.

Single settee berth either side in the saloon

Low door offset to starboard into the forepeak with a double V-berth and a manual sea toilet to port behind the bulkhead.



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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.


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