Sailing yachts

Steel Gaff Ketch

(REF: 20727)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Albers Shipyard, Netherlands
  • Year: 1970
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 40'
  • Beam: 11'10"
  • Draft: 5'11"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Steel Gaff Ketch

Conceived by the original owner with inspiration from the Danish Baltic Traders, she was professionally designed and built by the Aalbers Shipayrd, Netherlands in 1970.  The first owner cruised extensively around Norway, the North Sea and northern Europe proving her to be an excellent all weather cruising vessel.  The current owner bought her from Holland, carried out a refit including work to the engine, new standing and running rigging and alterations to the interior.

Her heavy displacement, easily handled rig and sheltered wheelhouse make her a very practical and safe cruising boat, especially for the northern hemisphere weather.  She is an immensely capable vessel and with her recent refit she is ready for the next owner to continue with some adventurous cruises.

Lenght on Deck                 40′

Length Overall                   49’6″

Beam                                    11’10”

Draft                                      5’11”



Welded steel plate hull, professionally built in Holland.  10mm keel plate with 8mm keel sides and 6mm hull plating.

Hull thickness survey carried out in February 2019, no issues found.

Hard chine hull giving huge internal volume and good stability.

Internal iron ballast of 1 ton.

Painted steel deck and coachroof in 6mm steel.  High steel bulwark all round with guard rails above.

Wheelhouse aft made of hardwood.  Varnished upper sections, painted below.  Good all round visibility with side door access.

Wheel steering on hydraulics.




Ketch rigged deck stepped varnished wooden masts.

Gaff mainsail and bermudan mizzen.

Heavily rigged in stainless steel standing rigging, all new in 2019.  Stainless steel chain plates.

Running backstays on tackles for the main.  Twin standing backstays for the mizzen to the ends of the davits.

New running rigging in classic braid, 2019.

Hanked on staysail.  Jib to the bowsprit end on a traveller with a furling system.

Varnished wooden bowsprit with new bowsprit net and stainless steel whisker stays.

Sails include Mainsail (2000), mizzen (2000), staysail (2005), jib (2005), topsail (new) and storm jib (new).  Total sail area of 70sqm.




Perkins 7236 65hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 1970.

Extensive recent service including injector service and cooling system flushed.

Variable pitch centreline propeller gives 6 knots cruising speed at 5 litres/hour.  8 knots max speed.

2 x 125 litre fuel tanks located in the keel.  Recently cleaned and polished.  New heavy duty turbine fuel filter fitted.

2 x 125 litre stainless steel water tanks fitted into the keel space.

3 x 12 volt batteries charged from engine alternator.  New Victron 240 volt charger on shore powers system and 100 watt solar panel.

1 auto electric and 1 manual bilge pump.




Spacious interior with 6 berths in total, including a large double in the forward cabin, twin berths in the quarter cabin and 2 saloon settee berths.

7′ headroom throughout the saloon.  Joinery finished in attractive varnished Pitch Pine.

Wheelhouse with port side helm position and seating around the aft end.

Starboard side companion hatch goes below.  Steps down into the main cabin.

L-shaped galley to port, recently rebuilt with new worktop.  New twin stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water.  Ample work top space and storage above and below the galley.  To starboard is a new Dickinson Pacific diesel fired stove with oven and twin hobs.  Hot water system attached to the stove with a 20 gallon hot water cylinder.

Hot water radiators throughout the boat from Dickinson stove.

Forward into the main saloon with an L-shaped settee around a saloon table to port.  Converts to a single berth.  Single settee berth to starboard.  Storage lockers outboard above each settee.

New upholstery on all cushions.

Door going forward with a twin cabin to port and heads compartment to starboard.

Heads has a new Natures Head toilet installed.  Basin with hot and cold running water.

Door into forward cabin with twin V-berths that convert to a large comfortable double.  Sail locker to starboard.





Full specification and details available upon request





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