32ft G.U.Laws Teak Gaff Cutter,1910


Price Details

Price: £25,000 GBP

Boat Name: Atahualpa    Official No: 135938
Location: Wolverstone, Suffolk, GB
Make: A One-off
Condition: Excellent, Dry stored in boatshed at Home.
Category:  Traditional Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Designer: G.U.Laws  Builders:  W.King & Sons, Burnham on Crouch, Essex. 1910.


Hull Material: Teak  Hull Design: Displacement,  approx 4 tonnes, long keel.


A ONE OFF  G.U. Laws ( Gilbert Umfreville Laws)  designed Classic racer/ cruiser Yacht, 1910 Gaff Cutter. Original and unadulterated, her only electrical concession being an echosounder.

A carvel teak planked hull, White painted finish boot top in Blue underwater primed, frames of oak and pitch pine bearers and used in the T & G canvas coach roof. No frills, no fuss, no engine. Beautiful in her simplicity. All silicone bronze screws used in her restoration.  Keel bolts of bronze , bronze deck fittings,

, keel bolts are wrought iron, ballast keel is cast iron, there is no internal ballast. Counter stern, Tiller steered from a large open deep cockpit.

A lovely vessel with exceptional sea ways. Raced competitively in her early days in Ireland, sold to the South Coast UK, Falmouth and Portsmouth in the 1920’s-30’s, In the 1960’s noted she qualified for  RORC Racing. Photographed by Bekens of Cowes 1954 then rigged as a Bermudan sloop.

In 1970’s she is then kept in Pin Mill  with a sail no: 272Y an auxiliary Bermudan Sloop. She languished for a long-time  in Suffolk before being purchased by her present owner in 1983.

He totally restored her, re rigged her as a gaff cutter, a 10year project.   Once back in commissioned she joined and raced with the Old Gaffers Association 1990’s.

A Full history in text, Yatching Monthly articles and images. Her Restoration fully documented.


1954  Beken                                                          Yachting Monthly  1926                                                  Restoration Completed 1994


Length Overall: 36ft  ( with bowsprit)    9.75m     Deck Length 32ft    Waterline length – 22ins    Beam:  7ft 6ins  3.20m     Draft:  4ft 9ins  1.52m

Air Draft  37ft


Berths: 3  Cabins: 1   Heads: A manual sea toilet (presently removed.)

No electrics.  Small camping gas hob and grill. Stowage for the gas in the lazarette locker aft. Gimballed oil lamp.

An open cabin with stowage port and starboard of the companionway. double door entrance. sliding hatch over. Deep open cockpit with seating lockers

To port is the navigation table,  drawer and cupboard. Starboard is the galley facility: a cut out for a plastic wash up bowl, stowage shelving. Two full length settee bunk berths with upholstered berth cushioning. Forward pipework for the now uninstalled sea toilet. Fore peak is empty for sail and gear stowage.

Rig & Spars

All spars housed in the same Boatshed. Vessel has been out of the water for six years,  solid spruce and varnished, keel stepped mast , boom gaff and short fixed bowsprit.

There is a quantity of halyards and sheets.  Blocks and tackle.

Sails are all clean and dry.  Main sail, battened with 3 reefing points.  2 x headsails both on Wyckham martin furling gear. Ghoster by Heard .


Tiller, Warps & Fenders,  An echo sounder.


Sailing on the River Orwell.