Sailing yachts

West Country Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18036)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Frasier of Mevagissey
  • Year: 1925
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 27'5"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 6'

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Wooden ships comments on this West Country Gaff Cutter

West Country Gaff Cutter built by Frasier of Mevagissey in 1925 to typical working boat lines, she was a fishing boat for much of her life as a half decker with a large open cockpit.

Straight stem with transom stern and transom hung rudder.  Currently configured with an aft cockpit and coachroof to give a decent size cabin.

West Country Gaff Cutter


All sawn oak frames in futtocks with larch planking all iron dump fastened in the traditional way.  A lot of planking has been replaced in past years

Sawn oak floors.

Internal iron ballast in the traditional way.  The previous owner increased the height of the rig in order to compete in local racing, and in order to cope with the extra height a large external ballast keel was added using a steel I-beam, boxed in and filled with concrete.

Straight laid T&G pine deck, sheathed in GRP and finished in cream deck paint.

Scrubbed teak coachroof and cockpit coamings with a sheathed coachroof deck.



Gaff cutter on rig on solid wood keel stepped mast.

Spruce gaff yard, bowsprit and roller reefing boom.

Galvanised standing rigging to rigging screws and external steel chainplates.

Running rigging all recently replaced.



Mainsail, recently re-cut and in very good condition.

Staysail in very good condition

Large jib in very good condition

2 spare jibs of smaller size

Storm jib

Topsail on a jackyard.



Volvo Penta MD2B 23hp 2 cyl marine diesel installed new in 1983.

Stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller on the centreline.  Single lever controls.

Steel fuel tank under the aft deck, unknown capacity.



Very sparse interior with two benches either side in the cabin.  Plenty of space to build a comfortable interior.

Steps down over the engine box.

Shelving to port and starboard with a hob cooker on the port side.

Bulkhead forward of the mast with an offset door to port.



Fisherman Anchor with chain and rope rode

CQR anchor

Warps and lines


Bilge pumps manual and automatic

12V battery

12V LED navigation lights

Cabin lights not fitted

Manual fire extinguisher in


2 x lifejackets


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.