10m Gaff Ketch,1903

Price Details

Price: £16,950 GBP

Boat Name: White Moth
Location: Queenborough, Kent, GB
Year: 1903
Condition: Well Maintained, presently out of the water undergoing a refit.
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


White Moth, a genuine Classic Gaff Ketch, launched 1903. Built on the Thames at Bourne End, designed by Mr John Pain Clarke of Burnham on Crouch. We have a 2012 survey for reference, a keel bolt was drawn and found to be in very good condition.
The vessel went through an extensive restoration in 1992-3 and has since been kept very well maintained and in good order.
Her hull is carvel planked of Kauri Pine, floors and frames of oak. Long keel draws 4ft 6ins, with lead trimming ballast attached. Her sails all parchment white.
Her masts and spars are varnished Douglas Fir.
She has an auxiliary inboard engine Lister Alpha, 20hp
White Moth has been kept sailing as a beautiful Classic, a member of the Old Gaffers Association. Below deck sit’s all rather minimal for facilities and not her original interior.
There are 2 full length settee berths. Forward there is sail storage and the Baby Blake heads. There is a full size chart table and small galley area.
Comfortable stylish cruising for a couple.


Nominal Length: 9.75 m
Length Overall: 13.72 m
Length At Water Line: 8.99 m

Beam: 2.29 m
Air Draft: 10.00 m
Max Draft: 1.37 m

Gaffers Log March 08 2.qxd


Fuel Tank Capacity: 80ltr
Water Tank Capacity: 60ltr
Engine Power: 20hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1


Builder: R.F. Wykeham Martin
Designer: J.Pain Clark
Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 6 knots


Engine Model: Lister-Petter LPWS-2
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Description: Location: Under companionway, good access from cabin
Cylinders: 2
Start: Conventional electric
Last Serviced: May 2015
Propeller: Fixed and offset to port
Gearbox: Hurth FNR
Cooliong: Conventional indirect sea water with heat exchanger and wet exhaust.
Gearbox Control: Single lever in cockpit
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive

Additional Description

Wheel steering
Self-draining cockpit
Construction: Carvel planking with Kauri pine. Ballast: 2.25 tons iron casting and some added lead
Keel: Cut away forefoot
Deck Construction: Diagonal T and G pine with glass and epoxy covering, painted pale yellow
Super Structure: Teak/Iroko
Coach roof, cockpit, toe rails all clear varnish finish

Accommodation: Headroom: 5ft 7ins
Main cabin: Galley to port and chart table stbd,
Seating with new cushions that convert to single berths port and stbd
Lockers and storage space both sides
Heads behind a curtain to stbd
Forepeak with  deck hatch

Equipment: Taylor’s Cooker
Calorifier: Hot water in galley via bronze hand pumps
Anchors: 16 Kg CQR type and 50 m chain, Kedge Anchor: 8 Kg with some chain and 60 m warp
Anchor Winch: Original 1903

Rig:  Total sail area: 700 sq ft

Mizzen, Jib and Staysail- Wilkinsons, Synthetic, good condition
Mainsail- Lucy Harris, Clipper, 2 years old
Mast and Spars: All varnished timber incl. jibstick for staysail
Main Mast: Keel Stepped, Mizzen Mast: Deck Stepped
Main sail  reefing: Slab reefing, reefing points
Head sail reefing: Wykeham Martin bronze furling drums on stay sail and jib
Standing Rigging: Stranded Stainless steel wire hand spliced and served
Running Rigging: Mostly Polyester with wooden varnish blocks

Navigation Equipment:

Compass: Bosun Steering
Echo Sounder amd log: Nasa ‘Duet’
GPS: MLR 322
DSC Radio

Safety Equipment:

Life ring with boat’s name
Fire extingushers: 3 dry powder, fire blanket and automatic engine extinguisher
Floating rescue line
Boarding ladder