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Wooden  Gaff Rigged Cutter 36

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Boat REF# 110651
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 10.97m (36'0")
Year 1983
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp, Sabb (1983)
Lying Port Townsend - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Jim Franken
Builder Northwest School of Boat building
Lying Port Townsend - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 50.0 ltr (11.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 90.9 ltr (20.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Deadrise 11-15
Last survey 06/01/2008


Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Sabb (1983)
Engine Hours engine1:   Unknown
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Vari Pitch Full feather
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.3 ltr (0.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Engine spares tick

The engine is a Sabb model G 10 hp diesel. It has a very unique sound when running and can either be started by hand with an attached crank or you can wire it for electric start.

Note that engine access was not readily available at the time that these photos were taken.

Battery charging is accomplished with a small solar panel.


LOA 10.97m (36'0")
LWL 8.84m (29'0")
Beam 3.05m (10'0")
Draft Min 1.83m (6'0")
Draft Max 1.83m (6'0")
Airdraft 15.24m (50'0")
Displacement 9,070kg (20,000.0lbs)
Headroom 1.98m (6'6")
Storage In water


Gaff rigged Northwest School of Boat Builders Wood spars (1990) with galvanised standing rigging (1990)


Mainsail Hasse - none (1990)
Headsail - Other (1990)
Other sails Main sail (1990)
Staysail (1990)
Jib (1990)
Jib top sail (1990)
Jackyard top sail (1990)
Small top sail (1990)
Spinnaker gear tick

There are 7 sails in inventory, all in good condition.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: solar panels


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Total LOA 43'.

A classic cutter built by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, she was one of the last boats built under the guidance of Master Shipwright Bob Prothero. Built of Port Orford cedar, oak and mahogany, she was designed by local boatbuilder Jim Franken, and has hailed from Port Townsend her entire career. Bryony's design was taken from turn-of the century (1890's) Bristol Channel pilots. Franken gave her a rounder bilge than was traditional. As a result, Bryony sails with considerably less heel than her older cousins.
Bryony can fly three working sails, the main, stays'l, and jib. In light air, using Bryony's topmast, we can add a tops'l and a jib tops'l. Bryony's rig remains traditional, with only two winches. The lines are hauled with human power and hundreds of years of ingenious ideas. Bryony can keep six people busy or can be sailed by one. She is a joy to sail, both for the novice and the expert, offering something for everyone. She is “good for what ails you.”


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Sink tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Bryony is a unique vessel for a few reasons. She gets attention. She routinely wins awards and has been written about and photographed for the wooden boat festivals held in the Puget Sound.

But that's not what makes her so special. The professionals who recognize her merit are around very special boats for a living, as is this lover of wooden boats. Bryony appeals to those who understand her forms which follow the functions, as well as non-boat people who simply appreciate her warm and inviting atmosphere inside.

The desire to find an anchorage, light her oil lamp in her dining salon and open a favorite book is ever present. Just having a boat like this gets you out on the water, and those that realize that experience know how special it is. If you have not spent the night on such a vessel, your best night's sleep is still ahead of you!

This one-of-a-kind gaff rigged cutter is fashioned with a handcrafted tiller. The cockpit is ample and suitable for a small crew. The entire rig is handled easily by just two winches. The side decks are easily manuvered and clean. This cutter has been designed with a taller house so headroom inside is well above 6 feet. Portholes are brass with screens and are showing their patina. Sails are easily stowed below deck either port or starboard aft.

Once below, the aromatic scent of genuine Port Orford Cedar fills the cabin. You will find one queen berth on startboard side, situated over a good size storage basin and bookshelf.
The wash basin is positioned amid ships with a porcelain wash basin with a solid brass manual pump. The new wood stove, locate to port, has an oven and a large cooking surface. This Navigator Stove can burn wood or coal and is effectively vented. There is a 3 person bench seat on the port side with a large bookcase above. Just forward of the bench is a large wooden shelf, atop is a cook stove where the morning coffee is made.

All the lines are easily stored in the forward anchor locker which is canvas-lined and supported by timber. It has room for a baking center where the propane cookstove is located, forward port quarter.

The interior just forward of the stove and large bunk can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit your needs...i.e. a small workbench and tool storage, spice rack with storage bins for flour and sugar, or a chart center where navigation tools are stored. The previous owners raised their daughter from infancy on this boat. The platform where a hand made wooden crib was fashioned still exists.

With sails stowed on deck the aft quarters make excellent single berths, sleeping one person on each side.

If the queen-sized bunk is folded into a bench style seat the salon table can be set up for dining and will accomodate dinner for 4.

3 burner Other cooker

Nav Equipment

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VHF DSC radio tick
Clock tick
Navigation lights tick

Located in the cockpit is a compass situated next to the winch handle cradle.

Deck Gear

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Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual Moritz windlass
2 anchors
(45 lbs CQR 35 lb Fisherman)
30.48m (100'0") of chain
30.48m (100'0") of warp
Northwest School of Boat building dinghy (1985)
The windlass is manually operated and is manufactured by Moritz.

The Dignhy is also hand made from the same builder as the boat. It has lots of charm and can easily handle two people and provisions.

Safety Equipment

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2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

There are three throwables and 4 life vests.

Broker's Comments

This gaff rigged cutter has been designed as a replica of a true British "working sailboat". Upon descending into the cabin you are immediately greeted by the warm scent of Port Orford Cedar. The layout is perfect for a weekend trip and with the right planning can be extended to include longer passages. This vessel has spent most of her life plying the waters around Port Townsend, Washington where she was built. She has been cared for by an owner / shipwright who has enjoyed her for the past six years. The asking price includes a new paint job and bright work to prepare her for her new owner.

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

This Wooden Gaff Rigged Cutter 36 has been personally photographed and viewed by Mike Wiesner of Boatshed Seattle. 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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