Sailing yachts

Roger Dongray Golant Gaffer

(REF: 19227)


  • Designer: Dongray, Roger
  • Year: 2006
  • Location: Wales
  • Length on deck: 18'9"
  • Beam: 7'
  • Draft: 2'9"

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 Wooden Ships Comments on this Roger Dongray Golant Gaffer

Golant gaffer designed by Roger Dongray and built by the current owner between 1998 and 2006.  Although an amateur build she has been completed to a very high standard.

The owner consulted with Dongray regarding several alterations to the design which have given her more interior space and have increased the performance greatly.  The obvious difference is the raised coachroof with bronze portholes to increase space and headroom below.  Secondly the hull has 2 layers rather than a single layer of epoxy cloth on the outside and a single layer internally up to waterline level.  Minor change to front bulkhead to allow better chain locker access.  Lastly the entrance hatch has been made slightly wider and she has extra cockpit lockers.

The rig is the standard design except that she has a carbon fibre gaff yard to reduce weight aloft and carbon fibre bowsprit. And the sail area has been increased slightly by maximising the luff lengths all with the aim of improving performance while staying in class

The result is a very attractive and practical small cruising yacht, nicely finished and with very satisfying performance.  The Golant Gaffer is a very practical sailing yacht for the modern world and can provide an awful lot of fun in a small package.  She comes with a road trailer which makes annual care and maintenance very simple and cost effective


Length on deck                 18’9″

Length Overall

Length Waterline             17’9″

Beam                                    7′

Draft                                      2’9″

Weight                                 1.5 tonnes




Strip plank Cedar hull, epoxy glued and sheathed externally with 2 layers of glass cloth.  Internal sheathing up to the waterline.

Plywood frames screwed and glued in every 2′.

External lead ballast keel of 670kg fastened with silicon bronze keel bolts.

Sheathed plywood deck over wooden deck beams.  Painted toe rail all round with varnished iroko rubbing strake.

Varnished Iroko coamings with bronze portholes.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

The coachroof has been increased in height from the original design to give more space below.

Non self draining cockpit which makes it deeper and safer.  Laid pitch pine thwarts and lockers beneath.

Transom hung rudder on bronze pintels with tiller steering.




Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped Collars varnished spruce mast.  Mast new in 2013.

Varnished spruce boom with carbon fibre gaff yard and bowsprit.  Original wooden gaff yard available.

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2006 to external bronze chain plates.

Sail design altered from original design to increase sail area and power with lower cut staysail and more of a roach on the mainsail.

All sails new in 2013 by Banks Sails and used very little since then.  Mainsail, staysail and jib on a Wyckham Martin furling gear.

A much improved rig from the original design with far greater performance and easier to handle.




Yanmar 1GM10 9hp single cylinder diesel installed new in 2006.

Stainless shaft to a centreline 3 blade Darglow feathering propeller, gives 4.5 knots cruising speed.

25 litre plastic fuel tank under port side cockpit locker

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from engine alternator.




2 comfortable berths with ample sitting headroom.

The entrance hatch has been altered from the original design to make it slightly wider.

Steps down over the engine box into the cabin.

Galley area to port with an Origo 2 burner spirit stove and storage shelves.

Small chart desk to port with instruments and switch board above.

2 full length settee berths.  storage space outboard and a shelf either side at forward end.

Centreline passageway forward into the forepeak with a Blakes Lavac vacuum sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Storage bins and chain locker in the forepeak.




Full specification and details available upon request





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