William Atkin 36' Gaff Cutter - Eric Class, Classic Wooden Ketch

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£12,000.00 Reduced

11.00m (36'1")


Wood laminate

Underwater profile
Long keel


1 x Diesel 35hp, Beta Marine 1305 4cyl (2005)

West coast of Scotland

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Extra Details

Designer William Atkin
Builder Brian Piddington
Lying West coast of Scotland
Fuel capacity 182.0 ltr (40.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 35hp
Engine make and model Beta Marine 1305 4cyl (2005)
Engine Hours Engine1: 5
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots

New engine installed 2005 with running-in hours only.


LOA 11.00m (36'1")
LWL 10.36m (34'0")
Beam 3.35m (11'0")
Draft Min 1.52m (5'0")
Draft Max 1.52m (5'0")
Airdraft 13.41m (44'0")
Displacement 12,000kg (26,460.0lbs)
Headroom 1.85m (6'1")
Storage Ashore


Ketch rigged Custom built Wood spars (2011) with galvanised standing rigging (2011)


Both masts, booms and 7' bowsprit in douglas fir.
Currently designed with a gaff main and a bermudan mizzen.
Wickham-martin bronze furler on bowsprit.
Requires suite of sails.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 1 batteries charged by: engine


Construction Wood laminate
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Built to John Atkin 'Eric' plans with the traditional construction method of plank on frame and a three ton lead keel with an epoxy sheathed hull.
Backbone keel, stem and stringers laminated with iroko and epoxy to form a one-piece length.
Three ton lead keel is 18' long.
Hull of three laminates in western red cedar, sheathed in epoxy cloth.
Hull epoxied inside and out with an external paint finish.
Deck and coachroof in sheathed ply.
Hatches and trims in teak.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 2
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Sink tick

All internal floorings, cabinets and furniture complete. Requires internal wiring, plumbing and water tank.
Internals built with iroko flooring, teak lockers and grabrails.
Galley with twin-sinks and taps requires cooker.
Heads with sink and taps.
Davey solid fuel stove.
2 oil lamps.

Nav Equipment

Echo sounder tick

Requires completion of navigation equipment.

Deck Gear

Manual windlass
1 anchors
(35lb CQR)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
All deck fittings and ports in bronze.

Safety Equipment

Requires completion of safety equipment.

Broker's Comments

The name Atkin has long been associated as one of the best in design of classic wooden boats. Designed by William Atkin as the 'Eric' class in 1923, her design is based on the Norwegian sailing lifeboat designs of Colin Archer. This design is also made famous by the first non-stop round the world voyage in 1969 by RKJ in yacht Suhaili, also a 32' Eric class design.

This is example something special for the purists who appreciate the skill and quality of wooden constructed boats. She is a highly crafted unfinished project that is about 90% complete, now ready to be tailor-finished to your individual specification.

Built to plan as a part-time project by the owner who is a professional boat-builder, her hull was started in 2005 and completed 2011. The double-ended design of the standard 32' has been taken out to 36' LOA and the extra-strong laminate construction has been sheathed in epoxy, making her completely watertight with exceptional strength and durability.

Ketch rigged, currenty with a gaff main, bermudan mizzen and cutter bowsprit, she is now stored ashore. Her hull and engine have been launched and tested with running-in hours only. Items required for completion of this project;

New booms, masts stepped and rigged.
Internal wiring and plumbing.
Navigation and safety equipment.
Suite of sails and running rigging.

The finished project will make a classic dream-boat for someone that wants something really special...

Pictures taken Aug 2016.

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

This William Atkin 36' Gaff Cutter - Eric Class, Classic Wooden Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by Derek Armstrong of Boatshed Scotland. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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