Sailing yachts

Westernman 40 gaff cutter

(REF: 18217)


  • Designer: Irens, Nigel
  • Builder: Covey Island Boatworks
  • Year: 1998
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 40'3"
  • Beam: 12'7"
  • Draft: 6'7"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Westernman 40 Gaff Cutter

Designed by Nigel Irens and Ed Burnett and built by the Covey Island Boatworks, Nova Scotia in 1998.  One of a number of boats built to the same design.

Imported to the UK shortly after her build she has cruised extensively around the British Isles and raced very successfully in the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter fleet, winning the annual regatta on two occasions.

She underwent a major refit in the previous professional shipwright ownership due to damage from fresh water ingress.  The underlying causes were ironed out as well as repairs being completed under the guidance of a local surveyor so she is now a sound, solid and well found yacht.

The finish employed and the method of construction mean the maintenance is perhaps less than expected and in the present ownership is mostly carried out by a willing family team.  They have proved that she can be a fast regatta boat, but is also a very comfortable family cruising yacht with berths for up to 8 if desired but easily managed by only two.

Length on Deck                 40’3″

Length WL                           38’4″

Beam                                    12’7″

Draft                                      6’7″




Hull is built of epoxy strip plank 1.5″ Douglas Fir sheathed externally and internally with epoxy glass cloth.

Marine Plywood deck, epoxy sheathed and finished with deck paint.

Sheathed marine plywood coachroof coamings and coachroof deck, all with a paint finish

External 7.5 ton lead ballast keel.  Integrated plywood floors all sheathed in place.

Deep and sheltered cockpit with wheel steering.



Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped hollow built pole mast with a varnished boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging with dead eyes and lanyards to external chain plates.

6 self tailing bronze Lewmar cockpit winches and one mast winch.

Full suit of tan sails from SKB Sails all in good or excellent condition.

A very well set up and easily managed rig




Yanmar JH4E 45hp diesel installed new at build.

Centreline shaft to 3 blade Maxprop feathering propeller.

2 x 200l stainless steel fuel tanks.

350l stainless steel water tank.




7 berths + a pipe cot

Interior mostly done with oak joinery with white painted panelling giving her a light and spacious feel.

6’6″ headroom in the saloon, 6’2″ forward.

Large double quarter cabin to starboard, two saloon settee berths and three comfortable single berths forward.

Very spacious saloon with masses of headroom, centreline dropleaf table with combined drinks cabinet and seating either side.

Large galley with Taylors gas stove and twin stainless sinks.  Hot and cold pressurised water.

Large heads compartment with shower in aft port quarter, second heads beyond the forward sleeping cabin.

Bosuns locker and storage in the fore peak.

Wood burning stove heats the boat very well.  Radiators throughout the boat run off the engine.


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.