19ft Cape Cutter, 2003, GRP Gaffer with Road Trailer.

Price Details

Price: £18,500 GBP
Location: Maldon, Essex. CM9 GB
Make: Cape Cutter
Year: 2003
Condition: Good
Category: Sail, Gaff Rig
Class: Day Sailer
Keel Type: Lifting Keel


This bijou, capable GRP coastal cruiser, she offers the combination of a cutter rig with a lifting keel.

Original Black gel coated has suffered from UV damage.  Her sale includes a Mercury F5M 5hp, 4 stroke outboard engine (which sits within her overall length, in a formed well.)

and a road trailer.  Two owners from new, 2003, present owner since 2011.

She was the overall winner of the 2019, East Coast Old Gaffers Race and has won many other local trophies. Her present owner has sailed her single handed, in all of the Essex and Suffolk rivers.
He has carried out multiple improvements, including copper-coating the underwater hull, upgrading the deck hardware, blocks and rigging, and fitted navigation lights.

She is one of the original South African built Dudley Dix designed Cape Cutters. Built to a high, very practical level of finish.

A another Cape Cutter circumnavigated the British Isles in 2010.


Nominal Length: 7.02m  (includes a retractable Bowsprit)
Length Of Deck: 5.08m
Length At Water Line: 5.05m


Beam: 2.02m
Draft: 1.22m
Air Draft: 6.08m
Max Draft: 1.22m
Keel Up: 0.45m    Keel Down: 1.22m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 15ltrs
Water Tank Capacity: 5ltrs
Displacement: 1.10 tonne
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Engine Power: 5hp
Number of Engines: 1 x outboard in well.


Berths: 4  ( 3 Adults have occupied the vessel overnight!)
Cabins: 1  (Sitting headroom only)
Heads: 1 (chemical toilet)
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Cape Yachts, South Africa
Designer: Dudley Dix
Boat Name: Stormy Cape


Hull Material: Fibreglass
Hull Design: Moulded GRP, Displacement with lifting keel
Hull Speed: 10 knots


Mercury F5M 5hp, 4 stroke outboard (Unleaded)
A tiller throttle and gear lever on Outboard.
Engine Located on a Bracket fixed in the formed outboard well, sited, under the tiller in cockpit (within the length of the vessel).
Fewer than 20 hours works. Less than 3hrs since her last service, September 2023.
Starting Type: Pull cord, 3 blade propeller.
Gearbox: Built in to outboard
Cooling System: Water cooled.
Rubber gaiter prevents any back wash into the well.

15litre remote fuel tank sits in port cockpit locker.


Off white – GRP hull, deck and superstructure, Copper coated antifouling system.
Transom hung rudder, Steel centre plate, winch drum.
Varnished woodwork. Wooden grabrails on coach roof.
Ballast: 300kg lead
Original Black Gel Coat, (smoky in places, UV damage).
Simulated clinker (large planks) topsides, under water hull shape so she takes the ground.
Open, aft GRP formed cockpit. Opposing cockpit lockers, double as fixed seating, hinged from their front face.
Forward formed well for the anchor and chain to sit.


Sleeps 4 in one cabin:  Large “V” berth forward in the bow, large opening hatch over.
Chemical toilet sited under the berth. (Capacity :15ltr black tank)
Opposing lower settee berths, to port and starboard, run under the GRP formed cockpit.
Upholstered fabric berth cushions.
Galley facility:  A single portable camping gas hob (valise case)
Plastic wash up bowl with manual pump tap, (water from 5litre water containers.)
A GRP formed step over the centre plate winch in companionway.
A drop leaf table, sits over the centre plate housing.
Hanging canvas stowage pockets around the cabin. Stowage lockers beneath GRP formed bunks.
Clear Perspex hatches/ skylight over the cabin, the sliding companionway hatch and a washboard.
Individual LED Bunk lights.


CQR Anchor and chain, sits in formed well on foredeck. Stainless steel Bow roller.
Boat hook, deck brush, Spinnaker pole,

Solar panel (detachable), trickle charges small leisure battery for Navigation lights at mast head & 12v Cabin light.
External Canvas stowage pockets for sheets.
Fenders and warps
Original – serviced for roadworthiness, 2016; jockey wheel.
Used for her Winter storage when ashore at the Yacht Club.

Sails & Rig:

Sails: Gaff cutter rig
Main sail– Original, 12sq m, Tan main sail, 2x slab reefing lines, Main sail cover
Stay sail – Original, Tan 5.2 sq m
Yankee – 2015, 6.3 sq m
Genoa – 2015, Tan on Furler, 10.2 sq m
Spinnaker – Symmetrical (second hand, barely used) 2018, 19.20 sqm
All sails are in good condition.

2 x Spinlock XAS double power clutches for halyards (2011)
1 x Ronstan Series 60 Gennaker Furler (continuous line furling for genoa)
2 x Lewmar 9 winches & 1 winch handle
4 x Spinlock clam cleats for fore sails
New Burton blocks for main sheet
Wooden bow sprit fixed and pivots from stainless steel housing plate and bolt.
Wooden mast and spars. Deck stepped mast in stainless steel tabernacle.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering, Tiller extension handle.
Mast head navigation lights.
Handheld Silva 70 compass (removable in holster)
Echo sounder with monitor in cockpit and cabin.

Safety Equipment:

Built in manual hand pump in cockpit.
Fire extinguisher (expiry unchecked)
Wooden grab rails on the coach roof.


Disclaimer: Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.