23ft Classic Gaff Cutter, Deben 4 tonner

Price Details

Price: £6,950 GBP
Location: Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales .
Make: Deben 4 tonner, A one off build commissioned to be slightly larger to all sister ships
Year: 1946
Condition: good, Original fit out, in commission.
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Deben 4 tonner, 1946. She is slightly larger in all aspects and built of quality materials. Oak Planked to the waterline, larch topsides on rock elm timbers, pine decks which are now sheathed and painted. Her previous owner had kept her for 54 years in that time she kept all her original gear and equipment. Pretty much as she still is today. When first commissioned she even had her own crested china.Traditional Gaff Rig with bowsprit, a Stuart Turner petrol engine.

A solid fuel cast iron stove.
She provides 4 berths in one cabin. Long keel.
In commission kept at Rudders Yard on the River Cleddau, Nr Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.


Nominal Length: 7.01m
Length Overall: 8.53m
Length Of Deck: 7.01m
Length At Water Line: 5.94m

Beam: 2.29m
Draft: 1.22m
Max Draft: 1.22m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 3 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 14 gallons
Displacement: 4 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Engine Power: 4hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge, Suffolk
Designer: William Maxwell Blake with input from fer original owner
Boat Name: Saskia Blue


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 6: knots


Engine Description: Stuart Turner P4 Petrol engine./ sited under the companionway/ cockpit.

water cooled, consumption of 1/3rd gallon per hour, electric start.
triple bladed propeller.
Engine was rebuilt in 2009 it is maintained regularly and run up ever since.
Shaft driven


Carvel planked. Oak to the waterline, Larch topsides painted in Light Blue.
Rock Elm timbers
Pine T&G planked decks epoxy sheathed and painted in Cream
Long cast iron ballast keel, Lead trimming ballast.
Transom hung rudder with tiller steering.
Superstructure varnished mahogany. Open aft cockpit which drains into the bilge
Interior furniture fit out varnished mahogany.


Four berth, 2 full length settee berths, fabric covered foam, 6ft 3ins length with stowage beneath.
2 x V berth pipe cots up forward they fold up against cabin sides to create more storage space.Baby Blake minor toilet between. Fore hatch to fore deck . 4ft 9ins headroom in cabin.

Against the mast step bulkhead stands a cast iron solid fuel stove.
Galley is to port of the companionway, a single burner stove with warming oven.
6ft headroom under the doghouse.
Gimballed oil lamps for cabin lighting.bookshelves, coal bunker, larder, crockery, cutlery
Water stored in 4 x jerry cans in the cockpit there is then a brass tap just inside the cabin to Starboard.


20lb main anchor on 20 fathoms chain
Danforth kedge anchor
She has an overall winter cover and a cockpit tent cover for when in commission.

Sails & Rig:

Keel stepped solid varnished Spruce mast and spars, 5 ft bowsprit.
Traditional Gaff cutter rig.
Mainsail and fore sail slab reefing. All sails are good and usable:
Mainsail Gowens Terylene Tan
Staysail Gowens Terylene Tan
Furling jib Suffolk sails Terylene Tan
Winter main Cotton
Winter jib Cotton
loose footed main and a stay sail both dark cotton and usable

Navigation Equipment:

Sestral steering compass
clock and barometer
Directional Burgee Radar reflector
original navigation oil lamps
Anchor lamp, oil .
Safety Equipment: 1 x electric bilge pump
2 x manual pumps
fire extinguisher
Disclaimer: The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed, these particulars are not a part of any contract or offer. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business . The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.