Wooden Ships Comments on this MFV Gaff Ketch
Designed and built by James Miller and Sons of St Monance, Fife in 1953. Yard build No.696.
She was built for George Clark of Clarks shoes and registered in Stornoway under the number SY597. She was used for part time creel fishing before moving south to the east coast of Scotland under new ownership of Mr Andrew of Stonehaven. She was known then as one of the smartest and best maintained boats in the local fleet, working seine nets in the summer and long lines in the winter.
Bought by the present owner in 1993 who has converted her to the boat we see today.
Fitted with a superb Gardner 6LW main engine for very economic cruising. Gaff ketch rig spreading a decent 1000sqft of sail which pushes her along well in a free wind.
Spacious wheelhouse with good visibility and tidy accommodation with 5 berths including a double cabin forward.
Very smart and well maintained yacht with a very strong hull and excellent machinery and rig. A very capable short handed cruising boat, ideally suited for our northern climate.
Length on Deck 40’
Length Waterline 36’6”
Planked in larch of 1 3/8” fastened with galvanised steel boat nails.
Heavy sawn oak frames of 3” x 3”
Sawn oak floors across the centreline.
No external ballast keel. Internal ballast made up of granite cobbles.
Straight laid Douglas Fir decks, caulked and payed, sheathed externally in epoxy cloth and finished in non-slip deck paint for a totally water tight low maintenance deck.
Galvanised deck fittings and stem head fitting.
High bulwark all round on oak stanchions through the cover boards with a varnished capping rail.
Cavel bars for mooring lines with Panama eyes. Pin rails fastened to capping for halyard falls.
Purposeful looking wheelhouse with a low coachroof forward of this. Painted wooden coamings with a T&G pine coachroof deck sheathed in canvas.
Wheelhouse constructed from painted timber with varnished window surrounds. Port and starboard doors.
Wheel steering with chain connections to the quadrant.
Gaff ketch rig on deck stepped varnished solid spruce masts.
Varnished Douglas Fir booms and gaff yards.
Varnished Douglas Fir bowsprit with net.
Galvanised wire standing rigging, new approximately 2011. Parcelled and served in the traditional manner.
Dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised steel chain plates.
Running backstays on tackles.
Slab reefing main and mizzen.
Jib and staysail set on hanks to inner and outer forestays.
All sails by North Sea Sails, approximately 2011. Sets 1000sqft of sail.
Gardner 6LX 110hp 6cyl diesel, installed new approximately 1964.
Superbly well maintained engine.
Gardner gearbox with single lever controls to a centreline 4 blade bronze propeller. 8 knots cruising speed at 1.7gallons/hour.
Approximately 1000Nm range.
2 x steel fuel tanks with total capacity of 220 gallons (990 litres) located port and starboard in engine room.
2 x lined steel fresh water tanks either side in the engine room, total capacity of 220 gallons.
24 volt ships systems with 4 x 12 volt batteries in engine room.
Charged from 24 volt diesel Honda genset or through 240 volt charger when connected to shore power. 24 volt solar panels.
1 manual bilge pump and 3 electric bilge pumps
5 berths including a double in forward cabin and 3 singles in saloon.
Wheelhouse with entrance door on the port side. Access to the engine space through a hatch in the wheelhouse sole.
Steps down from the companionway hatch in the coachroof into the saloon with U-shaped seating to port around a dropleaf varnished wooden table.
Settee and pilot berth to starboard.
Heads compartment forward to starboard with a Jabsco manual sea toilet, discharges directly overboard. Full height shower and hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.
Galley to port with a Russell Hobbs 4 burner gas hob and separate oven and grill. Single stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water. Storage lockers below the expansive galley work tops. Electric fridge freezer.
Port side passage into forward cabin with double berth and full standing headroom.
Diesel fired Reflex cabin heater plus radiators.
Full specification and details available upon request
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