Sailing yachts

Murray Peterson Gaff Schooner

(REF: 18911)


  • Designer: Peterson, Murray
  • Builder: A.H. Watty, Fowey
  • Year: 1981
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 41'2"
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 6'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Murray Peterson Gaff Schooner

Murray Peterson schooner professionally built in Fowey in 1981 by A.H Watty, the last boat built by this yard.

Run as a private yacht and as a charter vessel at different times, she has done at least 6 Atlantic crossings and has raced in classic events across Europe, the Caribbean and up to Nova Scotia.  She has been under present ownership since 2009 in which time she has been based on the East coast with a trip to Norway then round Britain taking in the Hebrides and the West coast.

She has proved to be a very capable yacht even in severe weather conditions and is easily sailed by a small crew, a previous owner cruised with just him and his wife on many occasions.  With 8 berths in total however she has the space for a large compliment of hands if required for adventures further afield.

With regular maintenance and upgrades, she is still in nice condition, a testament to the dedication of her owners and the superb quality of the original build and materials used.


Length on Deck                 41’2″

Length Overall                   50′

Length Waterline             35’6″

Beam                                    12′

Draft                                      6′

Thames Tonnage             20TM




Planked in Iroko bronze screw fastened to sawn oak frames.  Single intermediate laminated oak timbers fastened with copper rivets.

Bronze strap floors across the centreline fastened with bronze bolts.

External lead ballast keel of 4 tons held with iron bolts.  Last drawn and inspected in 2009.

Semi swept teak deck screwed and glued to a marine plywood subdeck.  Raised coverboards finished in cream paint.  Raised aft deck to increase headroom below.

Raised bulwark all round on stanchions mounted through the coverboards.  Varnished iroko capping rail.

Bronze fairleads, cleats and panama eyes.

Two separate coachroofs, both with painted iroko coamings with bronze opening portholes and some fixed windows.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck on each one with a varnished iroko capping all round.

Self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak sole.  Thwarts at deck level.

Wheel steering with a bronze worm drive, overhauled in 2017.




Gaff schooner rig on keel stepped solid varnished pine masts.

Varnished pine booms and gaff yards.

Stainless steel standing rigging from 2009 to external bronze chain plates.

Masts lifted out in 2018 and the rig fully serviced with new parts where necessary.  All spars revarnished in 2018.

Boomed staysail to a bronze horse on the foredeck.  Jib on a continuous line furling system at the end of the bowsprit.

Running backstays on tackles.

Pair of bronze Murray sheet winches by the cockpit.

Running rigging is generally 3 strand traditional type with ash blocks.  All blocks varnished each year.

Full suit of sails in good condition, laundered and serviced professionally in 2019.




Yanmar 4JH3E 55hp 4cyl marine diesel installed new in 2003.  New engine controls and cables 2018.

Yanmar gearbox with stainless shaft to centreline 3 blade bronze feathering propeller.  5.5 knots cruising speed and 7 knots max speed. Very low fuel consumption at cruising speed.

Gearbox overhauled and reconditioned in 2017.

450 litre galvanised fuel tank amidships.  Tank removed and overhauled in 2018.

450 litres of fresh water in 3 separate plastic tanks

3 x 12 volt batteries for engine start and domestics.  Charged from engine alternator or through 240v charge and shore power.  Installed shower power system with socket outlets.  Solar panel for additional charging.




8 berths with one double and 6 singles.

Steps down from the entrance hatch with galley split either side.

Smev 2 burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill on the starboard side.  Work surface right round and under the bridge deck aft of the companion ladder.  Port side is a single stainless steel sink with draining board and pressurised hot and cold water.  More work surface with a 12 volt fridge under.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the galley from the main saloon.

Chart desk to starboard and a large storage locker to port.

Centreline dropleaf varnished mahogany table with a large settee berth either side.

Solid fuel stove against forward bulkhead to starboard.

Passageway to port going forward into the midships cabin with 2 large single berths.

Engine mounted on the centreline in this cabin with a varnished teak engine box over and good quality sound insulation.

Seating to port by the berth and a stainless hand basin with pressurised hot and cold water.

Port side passage going forward with heads compartment to port, doors open either side to close off the heads compartment.  Lavac sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Forward into the forecabin with a single berth and pipecot berth to port and double berth to starboard.

Lockers and storage in aft starboard corner.  Ladder to hatch above.

Huge storage space forward for warps and fenders plus the chain locker.





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