Small craft

Rivers Class Gaff Cutter

(REF: 18337)


  • Designer: Crossfield
  • Builder: Crossfield of Arnside, Cumbria
  • Year: 1914
  • Location: Isle of Man
  • Length on deck: 23'
  • Beam: 7'
  • Draft: 3'6"
  • Tonnage: 3.4 tons deadweight

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this rivers class Gaff cutter One of 10 boats commissioned by the Royal Mersey Yacht Club.

6 boats were built in 1912 at a cost of 70 guineas and a further 4 built in 1914

Distinctive rounded counter stern very high coamings and lots of clear deck space.

Planked in pitch-pine on sawn oak frames with steam bent rock elm intermediate timbers on an oak back-bone

Elm coamings capped with varnished teak

10cwt iron ballast keel, keel bolts drawn in 2002

Internal pig iron ballast.

Rivers Class Gaff Cutter

Gaff cutter rig on varnished mast and spars.

Rigging set up to dead-eyes and lanyards.

New mainsail in 2011 + 2 spare mains

New topsail in 2011 + spare topsail

4 jibs


Betamarine 14hp 2-cylinder diesel, fitted new in 2008.

Featherstream folding prop, new 2010 off-set to port.


Regularly raced round the Isle of Man and nicely refitted in present ownership. Stripped to bare wood inside and out, cock-pit and interior rebuilt. Sails and engine replaced etc.

A good new owner who will continue to care for her is more important than the money in this case. If you could love her then call us!


Brief history of the Rivers Class.

The Rivers Class started life as the Jewel Class in 1905 built by Crossfield. In 1911 the Royal Mersey YC asked Crossfield for a club boat so he added a 3’ bowsprit to the Jewel.

The boats were:

Isis ex Styx, ex Volga

Deva. (formerly owned by John Wainwright, author So Many Tides)

Severn poss ex Deva sunk in 1912, raised in 1928


Ribble ex Elwy



Esk (ex Bronx, renamed 1921)

Ogwen ex Clwyd broke up on a sandbank in 1988.

A N Other.


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