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William Anderson Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18318)


  • Designer: Anderson, Vincent
  • Builder: Anderson, William of Millom
  • Year: 1912
  • Location: North Wales
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 10'6''
  • Draft: 5'5''

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Built in 1912 as a yacht by William Anderson of Millom near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.  The first owner was Mr T.L. Preston of Barrow and from the information available she spent the years before WWII around north Wales and Cumbria before being laid up in Fleetwood between 1939 -1945 and chopped about badly post war by having over 3’ of her counter cut off and a Bermudan rig fitted.

Bought by the present owner in 2000 she has since been thoroughly refitted with a new deck done by Waterfront Marine of Bangor, new rigging, recent sails, recent engine and complete new interior.

She has been cruised extensively by the present owner, much of it single handed, with regular trips to Ireland and Scotland and a round Britain adventure visiting as many ports as possible over 7 years.  She has also been raced in various events and has always proved herself as a fast and competitive boat.  A new larger yacht is sought by the owner for more long distance cruising so she is sadly being put up for sale where a new owner will benefit from the years of effort and skill that have gone into making her a very solid and safe yacht.


Length on Deck                 38’

Length Overall                   52’

Length Waterline               33’

Beam                               10’6”

Draft                                5’5”



Planked in 1.25” Pitch Pine fastened with bronze to heavy sawn oak frames in futtocks fastened with galvanised bolts.

Grown oak and wrought iron strap floors across the centreline with a full length external cast iron ballast keel, fastened with galvanised steel keel bolts.

Yacht laid teak deck joggled to a king plank epoxy glued to a marine plywood sub deck.  Seams payed with an epoxy/graphite mix which has proved to be very successful.  Varnished teak toe rail all round.  Bronze deck fittings.

Deck laid new in 2003 by Waterfront Marine, Bangor, on new deck beams and beam shelf.

Varnished teak coachroof and cockpit coamings with a raised teak dog house sheltering the companion hatch.  4 bronze port holes per side, 2 opening.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished teak hand rails.

Varnished teak butterfly skylight on the coachroof over the saloon.  Varnished teak forehatch with canvas cover and bronze portholes.

Cockpit with seating at deck level and a small bridge deck to the companionway.  Tiller steering.

Lazarette locker hatch aft of the tiller.




Gaff cutter rig on keel stepped hollow varnished mast, new in 2003.

Varnished wooden bowsprit, gaff yard, slab reefing boom and spinnaker pole.

Galvanised wire standing rigging all new in 2015 by Traditional rigging, Bristol.  Galvanised rigging screws to external galvanised chain plates.

New shroud set well aft to give back staying support to the mast.  Running back stays on tackles for use when racing or in rough weather.

Wyckham Martin firling gear on the jib.  Staysail hanked to the forestay.  2:1 tackles on all headsail sheets.

Full sail wardrobe including mainsail, 2 staysails, 3 jibs and a spinnaker all in good condition and recently made.




Ford Mermaid 48hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2014.  Mounted starboard side with a stainless steel shaft to an offset 3 blade feathering bronze propeller.  Spare fixed 3 blade propeller.

6 knots cruising speed, 8knots max at 0.5 gallon/hour.

70 litres of diesel in 2 separate tanks.  Water separator filters.

Stainless steel fresh water tank.

3 x 12 volt batteries under the companion steps charged from the engine alternator or through a 240 volt charger.

Installed shore power system.

2 x manual bilge pumps and 4 x electric bilge pumps.




6 berths including a double up forward.

All joinery is solid varnished teak and has been designed to maximise the use of space.

Steps down from the cockpit with a galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a portable gas stove set on the work top and a double stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurised water from a bronze tap.  Cupboard storage above and below the galley surface,

Chart desk to starboard opposite the galley with the engine under the chart desk.  Cupboard space above with the 12v switch panel.

Half height bulkheads with vertical handrails into the main saloon with a red leather settee berth either side and a single pilot berth to starboard.

Saloon table drops in and gives comfortable seating for 6 people.  Table drops down to form a double berth when required.

Cast iron solid fuel cabin stove on the forward bulkhead.

Doorway offset to port into the forward cabin with a single berth to port and double berth to starboard.

Under the double berth is a bath with electric pump out.  Doubles as sail stowage.

Electric sea toilet with black water holding tank is mounted centrally in the forward cabin facing aft with a drop down porcelain hand basin forward of the heads.  Hot and cold pressurised water with a shower head affords seated showers.  Grey water pumped overboard.



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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.


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