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Luke Powell Gaff Cutter

(REF: 23283)


  • Designer: Luke Powell
  • Builder: Working Sail Ltd
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: Sweden
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 7'
  • Tonnage: 18 tons displacement

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Luke Powell Gaff Cutter For Sale

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Designed and built by Luke Powell of Working Sail, launched in 2012 for the present owners.  The 64ft sailing boat Freja was the eighth cutter built by Luke.  She was designed from the beginning as a private sailing yacht, not for charter, and has been meticulously maintained by her diligent owners ever since.

Each winter, the boat is stripped down and fully covered. Every spring, she is painted, varnished and cleaned, machinery and rigging serviced, and the boat generally kept up to an exacting standard.

Video of Luke Powell Gaff Cutter Sailing Boat Freja


Since she was launched, Freja has sailed around 25,000Nm, much of it with just the husband and wife owners aboard.  She has proved to be an easily handled boat and is particularly fast in light airs.  The owners have pushed the boat and know her ways extremely well. They have much knowledge about the yacht, which will be passed on as much as possible to her new owners.  She is a joy to sail, easily handles heavy weather and has been a very safe and comfortable cruising boat.

A beautiful-looking yacht in superb condition, ready for a new chapter.

She is currently berthed in Sweden, but the owners would sail her back to the UK for a new owner.  If brought back to the UK by the current owners, there will be no need to pay VAT upon arrival.  If sold to an EU buyer, VAT will not be charged on the sale price.

Footage below of Freja sailing with other boats at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival in 2018

Luke Powell Gaff Cutter Freja video


Length on Deck                 42’

Length Overall                   64’

Beam                                    12’2”

Draft                                      7’

Air draft                               66’

Displacement                    18 tons


Planked in larch below the waterline, oak above.  Fastened with bronze screws into heavy sawn oak frames.

Opepe stem, keel and deadwoods, all fastened through with bronze bolts.

Heavy oak floors across the centreline with keel bolts fastened through each floor.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  Some internal lead trimming ballast.

Straight laid opepe deck fastened with bronze screws to the deck beams.  Caulked with cotton and payed with Sikaflex.

Bulwarks all round set on oak stanchions mounted through the cover board.  Bulwark, stanchions and cover board finished in gloss paint.  Varnished oak capping rail.

Low coachroof with opepe coamings, finished in gloss paint and a straight laid coachroof deck.

Opepe sliding entrance hatch with companion doors all finished in International Woodskin.

Opepe butterfly skylight forward of the coachroof gives light in the saloon, finished in International Woodskin.

Tiller steering  with an oak tiller.  Wooden rudder hung on the stern post.



Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid wooden mast with a fidded spruce topmast.

Hollow wooden bowsprit, held in a gammon iron on the port side of the stem with the heel between the bitts.  Bowsprit can be run inboard to one side of the mast.

Spruce boom and gaff yard with oak jaws and parrel balls.

Galvanised wire standing rigging with dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates.  The rigging is parcelled and served on the lower sections.  Standing rigging is oiled every year to protect it.

Running backstays with block and tackles for mainmast and topmast.

Inner forestay to the stemhead.  Outer forestay to the bowsprit end and tensioned with a block and tackle.

All running rigging is traditional style 3 strand.  All blocks are made of ash from Ording in the Netherlands, finished with International Woodskin.  Mainsheet blocks with ball bearings.

All sails made by Patrick Selman, Falmouth in 2012.  Mainsail with 3 reefs, topsail, staysail with one reef, no.1 jib, no.2 jib and jib topsail.  Storm jib and trysail also included.


Beta Marine 35hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2012.  Serviced annually.

Darglow Featherstream bronze feathering propeller fitted new in 2020.  Gives 5 knots cruising speed at 1800rpm.

3 x 12 volt 100ah batteries, new in 2017.  2 batteries for domestics and 1 for engine starting.

Charged by a 120amp engine alternator, or through the Sterling ProCharge 30amp 240 volt charger on the shore power system.

100W solar panel to maintain batteries.

180 litres of diesel in 2 separaye stainless steel tank one side of the engine.  Small of the 2 tanks feeds the diesel fired cabin heater but is linked to the main tank.

300 litres of water in 2 separate stainless tanks aft.


5 berths including a double, single quarter berth and 1 saloon settee berth and a pilot berth.

The interior is simply put together with painted T&G bulkheads and varnished oak framing.  It is spacious with good headroom and plenty of light from the skylight above.

2 sets of steps down  from the companion hatch over the engine box.  Large lockers under the aft deck accessed from behind the companion steps.

Galley to port with stainless work top and a single stainless sink with an oak upstand all round.  Taylors paraffin 2 burner stove with oven set on gimbals.  Large storage lockers outboard under the side deck.  Fresh water and salt water taps with foot pumps.

Large single quarter berth to starboard.

Chart desk facing outboard on the starboard side takes a full sized admiralty chart with a panel for the electronic instruments.

Half height bulkheads of T&G panelling with varnished oak vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon.

Dropleaf saloon table in varnished oak sits on the centreline.  Single settee berth to port and a large pilot berth under the port side deck.

Starboard side settee berth.  Large storage lockers outboard of either settee.

Reflex 62MSK 2400W diesel cabin heater in forward port corner of the saloon.

Passageway to starboard side of the mast.  To starboard is a hanging locker and work bench.

To port is a double berth.

Oak door into the forepeak which is given over to storage and ablutions.  Large storage space for unused sails and warps.

Blake Lavac sea toilet on the starboard side discharges into a black water tank which can be emptied into the sea or pumped out ashore.  Stainless steel hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.


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