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John Hesp 27' Gaff Cutter

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Boat REF# 20743
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 8.26m (27'1")
Year 1996
Construction Wood laminate
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 20hp, Yanmar 3 Cyl (2005)
Lying Penzance


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Extra Details

Designer John Hesp, Somerset
Builder John Hesp, Somerset
Lying Penzance
Fuel capacity 36.0 ltr (7.9 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 68.0 ltr (15.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 20hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 3 Cyl (2005)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Fixed pitch
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots

Bow thruster


LOA 8.26m (27'1")
LWL 7.88m (25'10")
Beam 2.84m (9'4")
Draft Min 0.90m (2'11")
Draft Max 1.60m (5'3")
Displacement 4,950kg (10,914.8lbs)
Headroom 1.50m (4'11")


10% discount on rigging

Gaff rigged John Hesp Wood spars (1996) with stainless steel standing rigging (2004)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - (2008)
Headsail - (2008)
Other sails Topsail (2006)
Flying Jib (2007)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


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

The hull is epoxy bonded, strip plank cedar and epoxy kevlar sheathed inside and out. Painted two pack epoxy topsides and Copperbot from new underwater. Deck is marine ply over planking and topped with glass sheathed epoxy. Cockpit has now been fitted with a "flush fitting" stainless steel engine cover to give an uninterupted cockpit floor.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

2 burner paraffin cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
Radar tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
TV tick
Echo sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Beaching legs tick

2 anchors
(CQR & Kedge)
20.00m (65'7") of chain
Wooden dinghy (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

4 man liferaft new 2004

Broker's Comments

This is a thoroughly modern boat built using modern construction methods but with timeless lines based on traditional West Country gaff cutters.

The current owner has added new sails, a new engine, electronics & canvesses. She is ready to go sailing and whoever next owns this beauty will have trouble keeping away from those wonderful classic sailing events.

She may not have all the space below of a modern yacht but if that is your need then look elsewhere.

This yacht is a passport to classic boat sailing with the knowledge that you can sleep at night without the worries of a wooden hull.

She is easily sailed by two crew.

Currently lying in Penzance.

Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This John Hesp 27' Gaff Cutter has been personally photographed and viewed by Steven of Boatshed Falmouth. 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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