Sailing yachts

West Country Gaff ketch

(REF: 18229)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Kitto's, Porthleven, Cornwall
  • Year: 1921
  • Location: London
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 13'6
  • Draft: 5'6

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Wooden Ships Comments on this West Country Gaff Ketch

West Country gaff ketch built by Kitto of Porthleven in 1921 and fished out of Mevagissey until 1955 catching sardine, mackerel and pilchard as most of the Cornish fishing boats did.

Converted to a yacht and cruised around northern Europe from Holland to Spain.  She has been in the present professional and experienced ownership for 22 years, in which time she has been regularly maintained with any necessary work carried out, this year she has had several new hull planks .

A pretty yacht which has served as a very comfortable live aboard in present ownership.

Length on Deck                 42′

Length Overall                   44′

Beam                                    13’6″

Draft                                      5’6″



Originally planked in 1 5/8″ Larch, replacement planking is Iroko.

Fastened with galvanise boat nails to sawn oak frames, 4″ x 5″ at 12″ centres.

Straight laid Iroko deck finished with deck paint.

Solid wood varnished wheelhouse with cochroof extending forward.  Plywood coachroof coamings with sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

All internal ballast of concrete and pig iron.



Gaff ketch rig on deck stepped solid wooden spars

7 year old galvanise standing rigging to external galvanise chain plates.

Mainsail, mizzen and three headsails by Jeckylls all in good condition.



Ford 140hp 6cyl diesel with a PRM gearbox.

Centreline 3 blade propeller gives 8 knots cruising speed.

2 stainless fuel tanks with a total of 450l capacity.

3 new batteries with an installed shore power system.



Two sleeping cabins with 3 berths plus the saloon.

Forward cabin with a single berth, writing desk and plenty of storage.

Main saloon with centreline table and a settee berth either side.

Solid fuel stove with back boiler for radiators.

Galley to the aft with a new 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, large galley sink and all 240v appliances.  Hot and cold pressurised water.

Heads compartment under the wheelhouse to port, access to engine room to starboard.

Large aft cabin with a double berth, hand basin and plenty of storage.



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.