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Luke Powell Gaff Cutter yacht

(REF: 18194)


  • Designer: Powell, Luke
  • Builder: Luke Powell
  • Year: 1997
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 11'9"
  • Draft: 6'9"
  • Tonnage: 13.54 disp.

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Luke Powell Gaff Cutter Yacht

Built by Luke Powell in 1997 to his own design based on the Scillonian pilot cutters.  Eve has worked since her early years as a charter vessel under the banner of Classic Sailing in St Mawes through which she has helped countless people learn to handle a gaff rig and simply enjoy holidays afloat off the Cornish coast.

Licensed to Category 2 under the MCA code of practice for commercial work.  Next 5 year survey required 2017.

There are very few gaff cutter yachts in this size range available on the market, they offer good capability at sea, suitable accommodation and comfort balanced with ease of handling.  The rig is small enough that she can be handled easily and safely by a small crew with light spars and sails, wide side decks and an easy motion at sea.

Very large inventory including full electronic navigation gear and all necessary safety equipment.

A fine boat which is very well known and much admired by many.  Her extensive commercial sailing career has meant that she has been well maintained on a regular basis and all gear and equipment is complete and up to date, last major refit period in winter 2013/2014.  This is an opportunity to purchase a very well found vessel which could be used either as private yacht or continue in her charter role where she has the benefit of a well known name and good reputation.

Survey reports and line drawings available.

A short video of Eve of St Mawes and other boats, Copyright Matthew Payne.

Luke Powell Gaff Cutter


Planked in larch on oak frames, all copper and bronze fastened.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts

Straight laid solid larch deck, caulked and payed.  Bulwarks all round on stanchions.




Gaff cutter rig on a solid keel stepped wooden mast with fidded topmast.  All varnished wooden spars.

Galvanised standing rigging to dead eyes and lanyards in the traditional way.

1200sqft of sail in total.




Vetus M4.17 38hp diesel installed new in 2004, overhauled and new sump 2013/14.

Centreline 3 blade propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed.  120NM range on full tanks.




7 berths in a simple yet nice interior.  Solid oak with cream painted panelling.  Ample headroom below the coachroof and skylight and wide cabin sole.

2 large quarter berths under the aft deck.  Pilot berth to port plus two very wide saloon settee berths.  V- berths in the forward cabin.

Galley to starboard with Taylors gas stove and oven,  double stainless sink.

Heads compartment forward with Lavac sea toilet and shower. Hot and cold pressurised water.

Full size admiralty chart table to port.

Masses of storage space throughout the boat.



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.