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Oystercatcher 16 Gaff Cutter

(REF: 30732)


  • Designer: Bryan Gibson
  • Builder: Mayfly Classic Boats
  • Year: 1993
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 16'
  • Beam: 6'4"
  • Draft: 2'
  • Tonnage: 1134kg Displacement

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Oystercatcher 16 Gaff Cutter

Oystercatcher 16 built by Mayfly Classic Boats, Cornwall in 1993.  Build No.7

The boat has seen little use over the years, most of owners have dry sailed her with sporadic summer excursions which is evident from her condition.

She was bought by the builder in 2021 and then purchased by the current owner who has upgraded and improved the boat putting her in very tidy and ready to go condition.

She comes with a road trailer that has a piggy back launching trolley making launching and retrieval very simple.   There is an electric winch to pull the boat and trolley back up onto the trailer taking all the hard work out of the job.

She is very well equipped with everything needed to go sailing, plus she has a custom made winter cover to protect her from the elements.  IT would be hard to find a better example of the class.


Length on Deck                          16’

Length Overall                           22’

Length Waterline                       15’9”

Beam                                            6’4”

Draft                                             2’

Displacement                              2500lb / 1134kg

Sail Area                                      188sqft

Air Draft                                      20’6”


  • GRP moulded hull finished in dark blue gel coat.  Hull polished and waxed in 2022.
  • Internal ballast of lead ingots secured in the bilge.
  • GRP decks, coachroof and cockpit.
  • Scrubbed teak rubbing strakes.
  • Various items of teak trim around the cockpit and companion hatch.


  • Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped varnished wooden mast.
  • Varnished wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to external stainless chain plates.  Standing rigging all new in 2022.
  • Running rigging and various Tufnol rigging fittings new in 2023.
  • Running backstays on 3:1 tackles.
  • Mainsail, staysail and jib by South West Sails in good condition.  Headsails both have new luff wires and UV strips.
  • Roller furling system on both staysail and jib.
  • New mainsail cover 2023.


  • Yanmar 1GM10 diesel engine, installed new in 1993.
  • Recent refit overhaul including new starter motor, 2024.
  • Single lever controls to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.
  • Stainless steel fuel tank of approximately 15 litres in port cockpit locker.
  • Single 12 volt battery, new in 2023.  Charged from engine alternator.


  • 2 berths with sitting headroom.
  • The interior of the hull is lined with varnished hardwood slats to give the cabin a nice ambience.
  • Entrance hatch into the cabin from the cockpit with a step down onto the cabin sole.
  • Galley to port has an Origo 3000 2 burner spirit stove set in a moulded GRP galley area with built in lockers and storage.
  • Comfortable V-berth arrangement with an infill if required gives 2 adult berths.
  • Custom made canvas storage bags on the side of the hull.
  • Simpson Lawrence sea toilet under the berth discharges directly overboard.
  • Hatch into the forepeak with more storage space.


  • Silva steering compass
  • Garmin 276c chart plotter, 2023
  • Lowrance depth sounder, 2022
  • ICOM IC-M91D handheld VHF
  • Masthead tri-light


  • Yanmar 1GM10 engine
  • 12 volt battery
  • Solar panel
  • Auto electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Odeo flare
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Torch
  • Spare fuel can
  • Engine spares


  • Danforth anchor with warp and chain
  • Anchor bag on the foredeck
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders
  • Road trailer with 4 wheel piggy pack launching trolley
  • Light board and securing straps
  • Winter cover with supports and storage bag
  • Beaching legs
  • Boom crutch


  • Mainsail
  • Staysail
  • Jib
  • Mainsail cover
  • Roller furlers for jib and staysail
  • Canvas rope bags


  • Origo 3000 spirit stove
  • Simpson Lawrence sea toilet

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