Sailing yachts

Gaff cutter day boat

(REF: 18487)


  • Builder: Elton Boatbuilding, Scotland
  • Year: 1994
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 20'
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 2'3/4'6
  • Tonnage: 1524kg disp

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Gaff cutter day boat

Designed and built by Elton Boatbuilding in Scotland in 1994 as a day boat with the possibility for weekend camping.

Designed with a centreplate giving her very shallow draft, allowing access to small creeks and rivers.  The inboard diesel gives reliable power and she can be used simply as a motor launch if required.

Taken into the shed after suffering rot damage on the starboard side midships due to some badly fitted bits of trim.  The repair required several new shifts of planking, one new sawn frame and a new coachroof coaming.  This has been completed to a very high standard and she now simply needs tidying up internally and commissioning.

Length on Deck                 20′

Beam                                    7’6″

Draft                                      2’3″ / 4’6″

Displacement                    1524kg




Clinker planked in Scottish Larch, bronze screw fastened to sawn oak frames.

Copper rivets fastening the plank lands.

Wooden floors across the centreline.

Sheathed plywood deck finished in blue deck paint.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with bronze portholes

Self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany thwarts.

Galvanised centreplate in a varnished mahogany box operated with a rope winch.




Gaff cutter rig on a solid deck stepped varnished mast.  Varnished boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external galvanised chain plates

Tan terylene sails in good condition, mainsail, staysail, jib and topsail.




Yanmar 1GM10 marine diesel, believed to have been fitted new in 1994.

Single lever controls to centreline 3 blade bronze propeller




Small cabin with a Jabsco sea toilet to port and galley to starboard with a small sink with manually pumped fresh water and single burner meths stove.  None of the galley is currently in place as it was removed for the repairs to take place.

Forward are 2 single berths with sitting headroom.





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.