Sailing yachts

Plymouth Hooker Gaff Cutter

(REF: 21935)

£28000

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1896
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 31'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 5'

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Built in Looe in 1896 as a Plymouth Hooker, she was a long line fishing boat with the number PH339.  She was originally a half deck boat and would have fished the coastal waters around Plymouth.

Having been crushed by a ferry in the 1970’s, she underwent an extensive rebuild.  After this she was bought by John Raymond-Barker of RB Boatbuilding in Bristol.  He changed much of the planking and then sailed her across the Atlantic and back.

Bought by the present owner in 2005, she was in a bad state and soon after the purchase the boat was given to Ashley Butler of Butler and Co for a comprehensive refit which was undertaken in 2006.  A new lead keel was fitted with new floors, keel bolts and a greenheart keelson.  A number of frames were replaced as well as a complete new deck structure and new rig.  The interior was fitted in 2007 after the bulk of the main refit had been completed.  The work included a new coachroof, full width to create a raised deck in the middle of the yacht.  This increases the interior volume enormously without detracting from the outward appearance of the yacht.

A lovely looking working boat in good sound condition with a well documented refit history.  She has been lived aboard by the present owner and cruised extensively around the south coast, Channel Islands and France.  She is a nice size of boat, easily handled but not cramped below decks and with good headroom.

 

Length on Deck               31’

Length Overall                 44’

Length Waterline            30’

Beam                                 9’

Draft                                  5’

 

 

Construction

Carvel planked in 1.75” larch, fastened with bronze ring-nails to sawn and grown oak frames.

Frames are 2”x3” at 14” centres.  Some frames replaced in the refit

Grown oak floors across the centreline, bolted through the frames with bonze bolts.

External lead ballast keel of 1 ton with bronze keel bolts.  Floors, keel and bolts all new in the 2006 refit.

1.5 tons of internal lead pigs.

Internal keelson fitted new in the refit using Greenheart.  Keel bolts pass through the floors and the keelson to sandwich the whole centreline structure.

The complete deck structure and coachroof was new in the 2006 refit.

Straight laid deck in 1.75” Iroko, bronze screw fastened.  Cotton caulked seams payed with Jeffries No.2  in the traditional manner.  Laid on oak deck beams and an oak beamshelf with grown oak lodging knees, all copper rivet fastened.  All new in the refit.

Full width coachroof with iroko coamings and straight laid iroko coachroof  deck.  The coachroof deck is at the same level as the top of the bulwark, giving a lot of volume below decks without detracting from the outward appearance.  Bronze portholes and deck lights from Davey.

High bulwark all round on oak stanchions mounted through the cover board and side bolted to the frames.  Iroko bulwark planking with a gold cove line and iroko capping rail, all varnished.

Large companion hatch on the coachroof, made in varnished iroko, with a curved sliding hatch.  The forward part of the hatch can be lifted off to allow lots of light and air into the cabin.

Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder, all new in 2006.

 

 

Rig

Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid wooden pole mast, new in 2006.

Solid wooden bowsprit, boom and gaff yard.  Galvanised mast fittings and goose neck.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, new in 2006, parcelled and served, with dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates.

Bowsprit can be completely run in very easily to reduce the overall length to 31’.  Half way position where bowsprit can be fixed to set a smaller jib in stronger winds.

Running backstays on tackles.

Pair of non-self tailing Tufnell sheet winches on the coachroof deck.

Running rigging in English Braids 3 strand rope, 2006-2011.  Blocks by Colin Frake with bronze sheaves.

Mainsail, staysail, No.1 jib and No.2 jib.  All in used condition.

 

 

Machinery

Volvo Penta D1-30F 3cyl 30hp marine diesel, installed new in 2012.  Less than 100hrs since new.

Mechanical gearbox with stainless shaft to a centreline Darglow feathering 3 blade bronze propeller, new 2010.  Gives 5 knots cruising speed at 3 litres/hour.  7 knots max.  Stern gear new in 2006.

50 litre stainless steel fuel tank aft of the engine.

2 x 12 volt batteries under the chart desk.  Charged from the engine alternator or through a Studer 240v charger.  Installed shore power system.

1 manual and 1 auto electric bilge pump.

 

 

Accommodation

Largely open plan interior with new joinery in 2006-2007 using oak T&G, iroko and cats-paw oak locker doors. The interior has been designed to be quite removeable to get access to the hull and to ensure good airflow.

4 berths including a large double forward and 2 full-length singles in the saloon.

Headroom in the saloon of 1.8m.

Companion steps down into the saloon.  Engine box aft of the steps and fullsize chart table to port.  Flat space over the fuel tank aft of the engine, the boat is completely open back to the transom, with removeable shelving and storage.

Starboard side opposite the chart desk is the heads, a simple bucket with an iroko lid.

Single saloon settee berth either side.  Teak saloon table on a fold out leg so can be pushed back out of the way.

L-shaped galley forward port side of saloon.  Built in 2006 from solid iroko.  Porcelain sink with manually pumped fresh water, electric filtered freshwater and a bronze seawater tap.  Eno 2 burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill.  Oven needs refurbishment.  Gas bottles stow on deck.  Solid wooden chopping board pulls out like a drawer. There are also 3 hinged dropdown wooden drawers under the deckhead, for galley storage and other sundries, utilising maximal space.

Flexible water tanks under settee berths.

Starboard side forward of the settee berth is a solid fuel Colin Frake Faversham stove, small wood/coal storage area and a waterpoof radio and CD player with speakers. Gimballed brass oil-lamps.

Starboard side passage through the forward bulkhead into the forward cabin which contains a large full width double berth (not V-shaped) with fiddled shelves around the bunk.  Large storage space below and to the port side of the berth with book-matched catspaw oak doors.  Forward hatch above the bunk for light and air. Anchor locker in the bows.

 

 

Equipment

Bronze steering compass

Raymarine sounder and log

Raymarine Ray54E DSC VHF

Garmin GPS Map 276C

2 x 12 volt plugs

Barometer

Fishermans anchor with chain

Manual windlass

ENO gas galley stove, needs refurbishment

Bunk and berth cushions

Gimballed oil lamp

Faversham cast iron cabin stove

2 x 12 volt batteries

Shore power system with RCD switch

Studer 240v charger

Hatch covers

Whale Gusher 30 manual bilge pump

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

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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