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Mayflower 50 Gaff Yawl

(REF: 23065)


  • Designer: Ashley Butler
  • Builder: Butler & Co.
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 50'10"
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Tonnage: 22 tonnes Displacement

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Mayflower 50 Gaff Yawl

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The Mayflower 50 gaff yawl was designed and built by Ashley Butler of Butler and Co. for his own use, launched in 2012.

She has sailed to Portugal on a family trip and been used for local cruising around the West Country.  The design has proven to be very easily handled by a family crew, her split rig means nothing is too large or heavy and with the help of self tailing winches she is surprisingly light to handle.

The interior is light and spacious offering 7 berths including a double in the aft cabin and a spacious twin cabin forward.

There is lots of clear deck space which is great for working the rig or simply sitting about while on anchor.

The construction uses all non-ferrous fastenings and good quality timber so a new owner will not have to be concerned about refit work and repairs anytime soon.

A very elegant and easily handled yacht with the advantage of being recently built.  She has undergone a 2021 refit making her ready for sailing but still with the scope for a new owner to put their mark on the yacht if desired.

The owner has developed a website for the boat with some more details:

Length on Deck                 50’10”

Length Overall                   64’

Length waterline              42’

Beam                                    12’2”

Draft                                      6’3”

Displacement                    22 tonnes




Carvel planked in iroko, bronze screw fastened to 4”x4” sawn oak frames.  These sawn frames are paired in futtocks fastened through with copper rivets.

2 steamed intermediate oak timbers all copper rivet fastened.

Oak floors across the centreline with bronze throat bolts.

External lead ballast keel fastened with bronze bolts, new in 2012.  Internal lead trimming ballast.

Solid straight laid quarter sawn pine deck screw fastened to oak deck beams.  Caulked and payed with Sikaflex.

Bulwarks all round with a scrubbed iroko capping rail and bronze stanchions.  Bronze fairleads, cleats and fittings.

Varnished iroko forehatch, varnished teak skylight over the saloon and a varnished iroko doghouse with a sheathed T&G roof.

Large self draining cockpit with seating at deck level and varnished iroko coamings.

Tiller steering with a varnished oak tiller and bronze rudder stock.  Trim tab for wind vane self steering gear on trailing edge of rudder.




A very traditional rig, professionally put together but with the benefit of self tailing winches to aid with sail handling.

Gaff yawl rig on sold varnished pine keel stepped masts.

Varnished pine booms and gaff yards with oak jaws.  Slab reefing main and mizzen

Sails fastened to the mast with oak hoops

Varnished pine bowsprit runs to starboard of the stem and can be run inboard between rollers on the bitts.

Galvanised wire standing rigging with hand spliced eyes to galvanised rigging screws and external galvanised chain plates.

Twin lower shrouds, parcelled and served, on the main mast with a single cap shroud over spreaders.

Inner forestay to the stemhead.  Running backstays on tackles.

Mizzen mast rigged with a pair of shrouds each side.

Running rigging in traditional rope with Colin Frake varnished ash blocks.

Sails by Ratsey and Lapthorne in 2013 using tan soft spun Dacron.  Gaff main and mizzen, main topsail, staysail and jib.

Jib is on a Wyckham Martin furling system with a traveller to the bowsprit end.

4 x Lewmar 40 bronze self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

2 x Lewmar 30 bronze self tailing mast halyard winches.




Beta Marine 50hp 4cyl marine diesel installed new in 2012.

Single lever controls with a stainless shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

250 litres of diesel in a single stainless tank.

400 litres of fresh water in stainless steel tanks under the cabin sole.

3 x 80ah domestic batteries and 1 x 80ah engine start battery, charged from the engine alternator

Whale Gusher 50 manual bilge pump and auto electric bilge pump.




7 berths including a double and single in the aft cabin, 2 pilot berths and a twin cabin forward.

Ladder down from the bridge deck into the light and spacious doghouse with good all round visibility.  Engine under the doghouse sole.

Chart desk in forward starboard corner with engine control panel.

Port side passage into aft cabin with a large double berth to starboard and single berth to port.

Port side steps leading forward with galley to port and heads compartment to starboard.

Galley has a Force 10 3 burner gas stove with oven and grill on gimbals.  Belfast sink with manually pumped fresh water.  12 volt Vitrifrigo fridge below.  Worktop in varnished beech with storage space outboard under the deckhead.

Large heads compartment has a manual Lavac sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Forward into the main saloon which is a comfortable and light space with good headroom and ventilation.  Skylight above.  Painted T&G bulkheads with varnished trim gives a soft, functional and traditional finish.

Scrubbed wooden sole boards with a saloon table that is stowed against the aft bulkhead and dropped down when required.  Port and starboard settee with  oak fronts.

Single pilot berth outboard either side under the deckhead.

Morso wood burning forward starboard side with copper heat shield keeps the cabin warm in winter.

Passageway port side of the mast going forward into a large space between the two bulkheads currently used as a workshop.  Could be converted into storage and possibly a second heads compartment if required.

Forward again into the fore cabin with 2 large single berths and masses of storage space.  Forehatch above.

Anchor locker in the bows.


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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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