Sailing yachts

Pain Clark Gaff Cutter

(REF: 26601)


  • Designer: J Pain Clark
  • Builder: Harry King and Sons
  • Year: 1911
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 33'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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33ft Pain Clark Gaff Cutter 1911 Classic Yacht For Sale

Wooden Ships Comments on this beautiful gaff cutter sailing yacht

33 foot gaff cutter yacht designed by J Pain Clark, built by William Kings and Sons of Burnham-on-Crouch in 1911.

This yacht has spent nearly her entire life on the east coast of the UK and has had only 5 different owners.  She has been raced regularly over the years, including an entry in the Fastnet Race in the 1950’s.

Video of J Pain Clark Gaff Cutter Lora

She has been re-rigged a number of times, originally launched as a gaff sloop, converted to a Bermudan sloop in 1924 and into a gaff cutter, her current rig, in 2010.  Her mast is unusually far forward in the hull giving her a long boom, but she will balance perfectly on all points of sail.  She is a delight to sail in all conditions and can be handled by just 2 people without concern.

Bought by the current owner in 2000, she has since had major work carried out by a professional shipwright mainly between 2010 and 2013.  This work included a complete new deck, re-fastened hull and many replacement frames, new engine, complete new rig, keel bolts drawn and floors/floor bolts checked.

An exquisitely beautiful yacht from any angle, she has been kept in good sound condition and would make an excellent yacht for partaking in the classic yacht regattas.  Her interior is simple and cosy but could be adapted to offer more comfort if required.

Length on Deck                 33’

Length Overall                   38’

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    8’

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             7TM

Classic wooden gaff cutter for sale



  • Carvel planked in teak all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.
  • The hull was refastened completely in 2012 with various replacement and sistered timbers as required.
  • External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.
  • Galvanised steel strap floors fastened with galvanised bolts through the planking.  Some heavy grown oak floors in way of the mast step.  All new galvanised floor bolts in 2012.
  • Flush decked with a yacht laid solid teak deck screwed to the deck beams and joggled to a varnished teak king plank.  The deck has a subtle camber in the midships sections which helps the sitting headroom below.
  • Varnished teak covering boards and toe rails.
  • Delightful cockpit with curved varnished teak coamings that shape in towards the front and join the original narrow companion hatch.  Cockpit has varnished teak thwarts either side with locker space below.  Self draining sole fitted prior to her Fastnet campaign in the 1950’s.  Access to a large lazarette locker under the aft deck.
  • The original varnished teak companion hatch is typical of the period, raised towards the aft end with a pair of varnished teak companion doors.  Beautiful varnished teak butterfly skylight extends forward of the sliding hatch.


  • Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped hollow spruce pole mast.  Mast new from Collars in 2010.
  • Hollow spruce gaff yard and solid wooden boom and bowsprit both from collars in 2010.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2010.  Bronze rigging screws to external bronze chain plates.
  • Bowsprit is on the centreline and sets through a bronze gammon iron as part of the stem head fitting.  Stainless whisker stays over bronze spreaders.
  • Slab reefing boom with a bronze goose neck fitting.  Reefing pennants on tackles under the boom.  Gaff saddle is galvanised steel and clad in leather.
  • Pair of lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over spreaders.  Inner and outer forestays.  Running backstays on 3:1 tackles.
  • Running rigging is in buff classic braid with varnished ash blocks.  all halyards and running rigging falls terminate to bronze pin rails either side of the mast.
  • Mainsheet is double tailed to cleats on the cockpit coamings.  Headsail sheets on a 2:1 purchase to cleats on the cockpit coamings.
  • Sails all from Parker and Kay in 2010 include Mainsail, topsail, staysail, jib, flying jib and asymmetric (2012)  All in cream sail cloth and in good condition.
  • Topsail sets without a jackyard and hoists from the deck.
  • Flying jib and jib both hank to the forestay on the bowsprit end.  Down haul on both sails to get them down in a hurry.


  • Beta Marine BD22 3cyl 22hp diesel installed new in 2004.
  • Stainless shaft to an offset feathering 2 blade bronze propeller.  4 knots cruising speed, 5 knots max.
  • 20 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the starboard cockpit thwart.
  • 2 x 12 volt batteries of 86ah and 80 ah.  Charged from engine alternator, also through a Victron 15 amp smart charger when connected to shore power.


  • Simple interior with 2 berths and 6’ headroom below the skylight
  • Steps down over the engine box with joinery port and starboard offering large storage lockers and some work top space.
  • Full length settee berth either side with nice original panelled teak joinery behind.  Saloon table fits on the centreline.  Varnished teak sole boards.
  • More joinery either side at the forward end of the cabin giving lockers and work top space.
  • Varnished teak door on the centreline into the forepeak.  This is a large space used solely for sail stowage.  Previously a heads was fitted here but removed in current ownership.


  • Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC VHF
  • Clipper duet log and sounder
  • 2 x 12 volt batteries
  • Victron 15 amp Blue smart Charger
  • Shore power lead
  • Beta Marine BD22 diesel engine
  • 20 litre diesel tank with Racor fuel filter


  • Mainsail cover
  • Bowsprit cover
  • Summer cockpit cover
  • Coachroof cover
  • Hatch covers
  • Bespoke winter cover
  • Ash running rigging blocks
  • Spinnaker pole


  • Mainsail                               Parker and Kay                  2010                       Good Condition
  • Topsail                                  Parker and Kay                  2010                       Good Condition
  • Staysail                                 Parker and Kay                  2010                       Good Condition
  • Jib                                           Parker and Kay                  2010                       Good Condition
  • Flying Jib                              Parker and Kay                  2010                       Good Condition
  • Asymmetric                        Parker and Kay                  2012                       Good Condition


  • 16kg Lewmar Delta anchor with chain
  • Warps and fenders

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