Sailing yachts

Swedish Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18040)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Werkelin Shipyard, Koster Isles, Sweden
  • Year: 1950
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 28'2
  • Beam: 10'8
  • Draft: 4'3

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Wooden ships comments on this Swedish Gaff Cutter

Swedish gaff cutter built to traditional lines by the Werkelin Shipyard in the Koster Isles around 1950.  The original owner had her built with the intention of completing a circumnavigation, so she was fitted with a Bermudan cutter rig to make her easier to handle.

After leaving Sweden he arrived in the UK where not long afterwards the boat was vandalised and he was forced to abandon his round the world adventure.  The boat has remained here ever since, and has been in the present ownership for nearly 20 years.

At some point she had a large superstructure added when she was being used as a liveaboard.  The current deck configuration, now her third, was fitted by a previous owner.  At the same time she was converted to a gaff cutter which is more befitting of her lines, and was sailed for many years on the East coast.

In the present ownership she has cruised the east coast, Bristol Channel and the English Channel including the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and France.

Swedish Gaff Cutter

Length on Deck                       28’2”

Length WL                   27’6”

Beam                           10’8”

Draft                            4’3”


Clinker planked in 20mm thick pitch pine all copper rivet fastened.  Sawn pitch pine 5” x 2” frames notched around each land and fastened with large copper rivets.

Heavy sawn oak floors regularly spaced through the bilge with the keel bolts  passing through them

External iron ballast keel with black iron keel bolts last drawn in 2004.  Some internal lead pigs as trimming ballast.

Straight laid Iroko deck, caulked and payed with butyl rubber on a marine plywood sub deck, all screw fastened

Solid Iroko coachroof coamings with an oil finish extend into the cockpit coamings.  Marine plywood coachroof deck over pine T&G with a gentle camber, sheathed with epoxy cloth and finished in cream deck paint.

Deep cockpit, rebuilt 2010 with access to large lockers under the side decks and aft deck.  Access hatches to the engine in the cockpit sole.  Tiller steering on a stern post hung curved rudder in the usual Scandinavian fashion.

Low bulwark all round with a painted capping rail.  There is a delightful feel on deck of this boat, the generous beam making her feel like a bigger boat than she is.

Centreline forehatch in oiled Iroko.  Large sampson post on the centreline forward of the forehatch for mooring lines.  Galvanised stemhead fitting with a single chain roller.  The bowsprit passes through the bulwark on the port had side of the stem.

Bronze fairleads fore and aft with cavel bars on the bulwarks for mooring lines.



Keel stepped solid wood pole mast with a varnished wooden slab reefing boom, gaff yard and bowsprit.  The boom has wooden jaws and the gaff yard has a leather clad galvanised saddle.

Galvanised wire standing rigging to galvanised rigging screws and internal galvanised chainplates.  Approximately 20 years old.

Three shrouds per side with running backstays on block and tackles.

Inner forestay to the stemhead and an outer forestay to the bowsprit end.

Mainsail fixed to the mast with wooden hoops.  Staysail hanked to inner forestay


Pair of Lewmar non self tailing cockpit sheet winches.









Perkins 4108 30hp 4cyl diesel, fresh water cooled with a bowman heat exchanger.  Oil, temperature and voltage alarms.

Single lever controlled Hurth hydraulic gearbox with a stainless steel shaft to a 2 blade bronze propellor

Engine rebuilt 1995

Gearbox rebuilt 2001

Cruising speed of 5 knots, 6.5 knots max.



2 x 75lt polyprop fuel tanks, one each side under the cockpit.

Removable jerry can with hand pumped water to the galley sink.



2 x 12 volt batteries under the aft cockpit sole charged form the engine alternator.


Accommodation                      4 berths

Centreline sliding hatch with washboards.

Galley to starboard aft with a 2 burner Origo 3000 meths stove.  Hand pumped fresh water from a jerry can below the galley.  Stainless steel sink gravity drains overboard.

Pull out chart desk aft to port with a bulkhead separating it from the rest of the cabin.  Simpson Lawrence sea toilet below the pull out chart desk.

Wide cabin sole with full length port and starboard settee berths.  Storage behind the berths under the deckhead,

Pansy charcoal cabin heater mounted on the forward bulkhead.

Small passageway offset to starboard gives access to the forcabin with twin V-berths.

Wooden anchor chain pipe leads the chain to a locker in the bilge forward of the berths.



Steering compass

TRIO log and sounder

Garmin GPS


Fishermans anchor

Beaching legs

Mooring warps

Cockpit cover

Full winter cover





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.