Wooden Ships Comments on this Tela Class Gaff Sloop
Tela class gaff sloop, built by Salterns Boatbuilders Ltd in 2009 for the current owners.
The Tela is a half decked open day boat built with a GRP hull and teak trim. These pretty boats have a shallow draft with a centreplate making them excellent river and estuary boats, but with a reasonable weight, 50% ballast ratio and protective decks they are capable of coastal passages as well.
The gaff sloop rig is very light and easy to handle so she can be sailed by one person if needed, but has space for 4 adults with ease. She is easily launched and recovered on her road trailer and can be towed behind an average family car. All this makes for an excellent family boat providing easy yet fun sailing without too much hassle. She is generally fairly low maintenance.
The boat has recently been launched and is afloat and ready for the season.
Length on Deck 16’6”
Length Overall 18’9”
Draft 14”/4’ plate down
Weight Approx. 500kg
Hull and deck laid in 12oz GRP. Reinforcing web of stringers running fore and aft.
200kg of internal lead ballast moulded into the bilge.
Epoxy coating below the waterline for protection.
Moulded GRP centreboard casing. Galvanised centreplate.
Built in fore and aft buoyancy tanks with inspection hatches.
Scrubbed teak rubbing strakes and cockpit coamings. Slatted thwarts in scrubbed teak.
Spruce sole boards in the cockpit
Transom hung rudder.
Gaff sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished spruce mast. Varnished spruce boom, gaff yard and bowsprit.
All spars made by Collars
Stainless steel standing rigging
Mainsail and jib in cream terylene made by Richardson Sails. 150sqft of sail area.
Wyckham Martin bronze furling gear on the jib at the end of the bowsprit.
2.3hp long shaft air cooled Honda outboard engine with integral fuel tank.
Sovereign galvanised road trailer with winch
Cockpit cover over the boom in blue acrylic canvas
Honda 2.3hp outboard engine
Whale manual bilge pump
5kg Bruce anchor with stainless chain and warp
3 x fenders
Mainsail and Jib
Wickham Martin jib furling system
Mast, boom, gaff and bowsprit
Rudder, tiller and centreplate
Full specification and details available upon request
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