17ft 6ins Gaff Cutter, strip planked 2006 with Road Trailer

Price Details

Price: £4,950 GBP
Location: Heybridge Basin, nr Maldon, CM9 5DS Essex
Make: Selway Fisher self build design
Year: 2006
Condition: Very Good
Category: Sail
Class: Day sailer
Keel Type: Full Keel


17′ 6” Traditional styled Home build, Gaff Cutter, Red Cedar stripped plank construction with her own Road Trailer.
L.O.A: 22ft Beam 7ft 3ins 2.2m
Max Draft: 2ft ins 0.61m
Air Draft: Mast Lowered 6ft 8ins 2.1m (resting on gallows)
Mast Raised 24ft 7.3m
Head room in the cabin: 5ft 2ins 1.57m
Berth Lengths: 6ft 6ins 2m

Nominal Length: 5.33m
Length Overall: 6.71m
Length Of Deck: 5.33m


Beam: 2.21m
Draft: 0.61m
Max Draft: 0.61 m

Fuel Tank Capacity: 12litres
Displacement: 1.00tonne
Engine Power: 5hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 2


Builder: Robert Geddes
Designer: Paul Fisher of Selway-Fisher
Boat Name: Curlew


Engine Model: Tohatsu
Fuel Type: unleaded
Engine Description: 1 Outboard located in well. Outboard lock to prevent access to clamping screws.
Tohatsu DMFS5CSL, Long shaft 5HP: Engine Hours: 25-30 hours estimated
Pull cord to start. Engine location Outboard Well with ply cover.
High Thrust 6” dia propeller. Engine water cooled. Engine service is included in the sale.
Fuel Type: Petrol – in external tank with hose
Tank: (capacity) Fuel tanks: 12 litre
External fuel tank in purpose built locker next to outboard well
Hull Speed: 5.5 knts
Manuals and tool kit.
Engine Transmission Description: Outboard

Designed by the Selway Fisher designer Paul Fisher, a self build.
Built by Robert Geddes of Southampton. A survey report, conducted on her completion in 2006.
She sailed for several years on the Solent. A previous owner trailed and sailed her over in Holland
She was more recently kept on the Gt Ouse, Cambridgeshire, now she resides on the River Blackwater, Essex.
A compact and very characterful little Gaffer. with outboard auxiliary power and her own trailer. to go anywhere…

A full set of construction drawings, some invoices for purchases during construction.
manuals and instructions for the electronics, outboard, stove and trailer.
photos showing the rigging arrangement.    Equipment manuals

Hull Material: Strip plank red cedar, epoxy sheathed, long keel
Hull Colour: above waterline – Varnished, below waterline – Hempel underwater primer with red Hempel ‘Cruising’ antifouling (2.5l in unopened tin ready for application of a fresh coat)
Displacement: 1.16 tonnes
Open self draining cockpit. Cabin forward, sliding hatch and wash boards.
Ballast: 630lbs (286kg) in keel
Cockpit Type: Self draining
Deck: Marine Ply, Hempel Pale Cream Multicoat (satin finish)
Super Structure: Marine Ply, Teamac Regal Red Gloss


No: of Berths: 2    No of Cabins: 1
Cabin Headroom: 5ft 2ins 1.57m
Berth Lengths: 6ft 6ins 2m The berths extend under foredeck, upholstered berth cushioning.
Single hob spirit burner (Origo) with stowage cupboard beneath, a wash basin with
manual pump from plastic water carrier/jerry can to wash basin, a new water container is required.either side of companionway.
Opposing settee berths, storage under berths and under foredeck. Letter rack fixed to forward bulkhead. Netting stowage on Cabin sides.


An RM Trailer, Model 2B25C galvanised road trailer included in the sale – it has rollers, winch and tilt mechanism for ease of launch and recovery.
8kg galvanised Brittany Anchor mounted on foredeck. 4m galvanised 6mm chain
50m 12mm Nylon Rope
Storage in cockpit lockers for buckets, fenders, mooring ropes.
Motoring cone and anchor ball

Optional:  An 8′ tender build of marine ply with in-built buoyancy tanks available  for an additional  £500.

Sails & Rig : Mast and Spars:  Varnished wooden mast, boom and gaff + bowsprit ( whish has been fashioned  with a downward curve to it  mimicking the shape of a curlew’s beak).

A stainless steel strap was used to hold the bowsprit in place. since removed to make it easier to take off the bowsprit the strap, it could be reinstated .
Mast: Deck Stepped – pivots in tabernacle with gin pole and tackle for single handed raising and lowering.
Gaff Cutter. Gallows on aft deck for the boom to sit in.
Mainsail Reefing: traditional slab, Headsail Reefing: Roller on both jib and stay sail for furling
Rigging: Shrouds, forestay and bobstay with rigging screw adjustment
Standing Rigging Material: 3 mm stainless steel wire rope,  Running Rigging Material: Braided polyester
Sails: a Main sail, a Jib and a Yankee All made by Jeckells , in good condition. Yankee has suffered some slight staining.
A set of covers (past being usable ) but will make the perfect template for a new.


Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering. Transom hung rudder
Navigation lights – port and starboard, stern.
masthead lights – new (need to be fitted.)
Clipper Depth sounder and log – impeller driven mounted under cockpit (access from cabin)
Clipper Electronic Compass
Navman VHF,  Aerial needs attention.
GPS,  Electronics display box mounted in cockpit.

Safety Equipment:

Webbing safety lines on either side of cabin roof
Clip on point in cockpit
Fire extinguisher and fire blanket