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Colin Archer 42 Gaff Ketch

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Boat REF# 171237
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 12.80m (42'0")
Year 1954
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 7
Engine 1 x Diesel 95hp, Detroit 353 (unknown year)
Lying Bristol


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Extra Details

Designer Norway Christiansen
Builder Christiansen - Risor Norway
Lying Bristol
Fuel capacity 450.0 ltr (99.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 500.0 ltr (110.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 25/09/2013


Engine 1 x Diesel 95hp
Engine make and model Detroit 353 (unknown year)
Engine Hours engine1:   2500
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Other
Prop(s) 3 bladed
Fuel consumption (approx) 4.0 ltr (0.9 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots


LOA 12.80m (42'0")
Beam 4.12m (13'6")
Draft Max 1.98m (6'6")
Displacement 22,000kg (48,510.0lbs)
Headroom 2.13m (7'0")
Storage On mooring


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Christiansen Norway Wood spars (1954) with stainless steel standing rigging (2013)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Christopher Scanes - Slab (unknown year) 3 Reefs
Headsail Christopher Scanes - Other (unknown year)
Other sails Mizzen (unknown year)
Boomed staysail (unknown year)
Storm staysail (unknown year)

Varnished keel stepped pine masts

Block and tackle rigging

Wickham Martin gear on Jib

2 slab reefs in mizzen

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

1 3/4 inch Norwegian Pine planking
4 1/2 x 4/12 Pine sawn frames
Trunnel fastened with galvanised boat nails in hood ends
Long external iron ballast keel
Coelan treated teak decks
Lead ballast trim in bilges


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 5
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Manual water system tick

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Furuno GPS Navigator
Swiftech VHF
NASA Wind, echo sounder, log
Navico Tillerpilot

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick

Electric windlass
3 anchors
(Plough, CQR, Danforth)
dinghy (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Engine driven bilge pump

Broker's Comments

First impressions usually last and this one looks great with her typical Colin Archer curved stem and canoe stern. As you go below she is just as good. Massively built for blue water cruising the interior is largely unspoilt and has been kept in original condition over the years. With her long keel and heavy displacement she should be a most comfortable sea boat. If you are looking for a classic, this one from the famous Norwegian Christiansen yard, could well be it.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Colin Archer 42 Gaff Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by John Champion of Boatshed Bristol. Click here for contact details.
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.

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