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Gaff Ketch Motor Sailor

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Boat REF# 4542
This boat has been sold
Length 8.72m (28'7")
Year 1968
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 3
Engine 1 x diesel 34hp, BMC Newage Captain (unknown year)
Lying Essex


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Extra Details

Designer J Francis Jones & Partners
Builder Whistocks Boatyard, Woodbridge
Lying Essex
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Fuel capacity 225.0 ltr (49.5 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 225.0 ltr (49.5 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 34hp
Engine make and model BMC Newage Captain (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 ltr (0.7 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots


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Length 8.72m (28'7")
LWL 7.92m (26'0")
Beam 3.02m (9'11")
Draft Min 1.19m (3'11")
Displacement 6,705kg (14,784.5lbs)
Headroom 1.82m (6'0")


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Ketch rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


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Reefing mainsail Cranfield - (unknown year)
Headsail - (unknown year)

Gaff ketch rig with Burmudan mizzen on spruce spars with stainless steel rigging. Sails include Mainsail, Topsail, Working Jib, No2 Genoa, Mizzen, Mizzen staysail, Cruising chute.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Paint finish

Construction of the hull is with racked stem, round bilge and transom stern with full length iron keel and transom hung rudder.
Iroko hull planking on steamed Canadian Rock Elm frames at 8 inch centres and oak floor timbers, copper fastened throughout. Decks and coachroof of marine plywood, scim clothed with epoxy resin, supported on laminated hardwood beams.


Total # of berths 3
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Carpet tick
Drapes tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick

2 anchors
(Bruce & Kedge)
60.00m (196'10") of chain

Safety Equipment

Horn tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

Preliminary Details: awaiting confirmation by owner. This is the opportunity to purchase a truly unique boat. A classic motor-sailor, heavily built and close framed from premium timbers, she was described in Yachting World as "beautifully built and immensely strong". Internally the boat has been fitted-out and maintained to an extremely high standard. She has been with the current owner for some fourteen years, cruising the East Anglian waters and to the near continent, wintered ashore and in commission, most seasons. Circumstances have resulted in a reluctant sale of this vessel, therefore reasonable offers will be considered.

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Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.