Sailing yachts

Steel Gaff Ketch

(REF: 18150)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: MOF boat builders, Cape Town
  • Year: 1997
  • Location: N. Wales
  • Length on deck: 46'
  • Beam: 13'6"
  • Draft: 6'1"
  • Tonnage: 17 tons disp

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Wooden Ships Comments on this steel gaff ketch

Steel gaff ketch designed by Ernst Van der Laan and built by MOF boat builders, Cape Town, to Norske Veritas standard.  She was launched in 1997.  Originally intended as a boat to carry cargo, what is now her saloon had been designed as the hold with living accommodation aft.  This plan however change rapidly after launch and she was fitted out as a private yacht before leaving South Africa for South America.  The family spent many years cruising and living aboard between Brazil and New York with a lot of time in the Caribbean where she proved herself to be a very comfortable and safe family cruising yacht.

Bought by the present owners while in the Caribbean she was used as a cruising home in the tropics before being sailed back to the UK in 2012.

This is a very spacious, very strong and eminently capable yacht with graceful lines and a powerful rig, suitable for exploring anywhere in the world.  Her split ketch rig can be easily handled by a small crew and her deck layout gives good security and shelter, she is a magnificent yacht in very fine condition.  She is UK registered and VAT paid.

Very positive 2018 hull survey available.

Steel Gaff Ketch

Length on Deck                 46′

Length overall                   57’8″

Length waterline              41′

Beam                                    13’6″

Draft                                      6’1″

Displacement                    17 tons

Sail area                               2210sqft





5mm welded steel plate with angle bar frames.

Shot blasted and epoxy coated from new.

Insulated internally below the water line with 2″ foam.

4mm deck plate with a 12″ bulwark all round.  Steel dog house.

Large self draining cockpit wit slatted teak thwarts.  Tiller steering.





Gaff ketch rig on steel tube masts.

Varnished wooden booms, gaffs, topmast and bowsprit

Galvanised steel standing rigging with hanked headsails and running backstays.

Self tacking staysail on a wooden staysail boom.

Full suit of sails by North Sails of Cape Town in 1998, includes storm sails, topsails and mizzen staysail.




Ford 4D 80hp naturally aspirated diesel engine mounted on the centreline with keel cooling system.

3 blade fixed propeller gives 7 knots.

255 gallons of fuel in 2 separate tanks.

200 gallons of fresh water.

Large domestic battery capacity with alternator and shore power charging.

Steel Gaff Ketch



8 berths including 2 doubles and 4 singles.

Owners cabin midships with large double berth.

Doghouse has a double berth and lots of space with good visibility.

Large galley with hot and cold pressurised water, fridge, twin sinks and gas stove

2 heads compartments with one shower.



Full specification and details available upon request




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.