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Ferro Cement Gaff Cutter 30

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Boat REF# 60252
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 9.14m (30'0")
Year 1990
Construction Ferro cement
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 40hp, Ford 1800 (unknown year)
Lying Isle Of Wight


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Extra Details

Designer John F French
Builder Jeremy Swadling
Lying Isle Of Wight
Fuel capacity 181.8 ltr (40.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 181.8 ltr (40.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 40hp
Engine make and model Ford 1800 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Feather Kiwi
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots

The engine is a marinised ford diesel of 40 hp through a paragon hydraulic 3:1 box (new about two years ago) driving a 18" feathering "kiwi prop" all of which gives a comforting amount of oomph!


LOA 9.14m (30'0")
Beam 3.05m (10'0")
Draft Min 1.40m (4'7")
Draft Max 1.40m (4'7")
Headroom 1.86m (6'1")
Storage On marina


10% discount on rigging

Cutter rigged Wood spars (1990) with galvanised standing rigging (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Other sails Jack Yard (unknown year)
Reaching Staysail (unknown year)
Reaching Jib (unknown year)

The cruising sails are a basic cutter rig, although there are various other sails for "trying hard " - Jack yard topsail, reaching staysail, reaching jib (sort of asymmetric spinnaker), spinnaker and water sail

Electrical Systems

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


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

The hull was professionally built by Ferro Cement Marine services in 1980, signed off by Lloyds on 15/04/1980. The hull was commissioned for the owner who sadly became ill and never actually started the fit out. Jeremy Swadling bought the hull in around 1990 and had her fitted out with a launch and commissioning survey in May 1994.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

The accomodation consists of a double in the forward cabin, two singles in the main saloon and a quarter berth aft.
Heating is supplied via an erbesbacher and hot water with a calorifier.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick

The instruments include a NASA dsc radio interfaced with a Garmin GPS, depth sounder and log (NASA) there is also a tiller pilot.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick

1 anchors
30.00m (98'5") of chain
40.00m (131'3") of warp

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

4 bilge pumps (2 manual / 2 Electric)

Broker's Comments

If your in the market for a classic Cutter Rig that has age on her side then this maybe for you? Built and then commissioned in 1990 the Essex Smack is certainly an eye catching craft, she has the classic lines and build quality that has been lovingly looked after by her current owner, at a price that would be hard to beat ?
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Ferro Cement Gaff Cutter 30 has been personally photographed and viewed by Frank Gelder of Boatshed IOW. 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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