21ft Deben Cherub, Classic Gaff Cruiser, Hull No.1

“Cherub”  No:1  DEBEN CHERUB CLASS  Pre her refit of 2022  April

Asking Price : £7,950 GBP
Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk GB
Make: Deben Cherub
Year: 1924
Condition: Very good, well maintained
Category: Classic Sailing
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Cherub Hull No:1 of her Class, a Deben Cherub cruising version, built 1924, with an addition of  a cabin, allowing for cruising further afield.

The Present Owner would consider a part exchange for smaller day boat, sail or motor.

Built by the Eversons Boatyard of Woodbridge who were commissioned to build her by her first  first owner, he requested  the covered cabin to enable one to shelter out of the elements.  They took the lines off an open Gaff Cutter day boat.  The Deben Cherubs were built as pocket cruiser / dayboats to race against one another on the River Deben, Suffolk .  They are ideally suit for the muddy backwaters of the river estuaries on the East Coast, UK.  All were built by Eversons , 17 Cherubs in number, all built between 1924 -1937.
She offers an open cockpit, tiller steering with a small cabin forward with 2 x 6ft settee berths. She carries a high peaked Gaff main sail and fore sail. 6hp Tohatsu Outboard hangs on a bracket, from her transom.
Construction: of Pitch Pine carvel planking on rock Elm frames.  The Stem, keel, deadwood and apron are of English Oak. Teak cabin sides. wooden planked decks now epoxy sheathed and painted.

Cherub was completely restored between 1998-2000 then since she has been kept in superb condition. Spring 2021 she was professionally repainted and re-varnished.

July 2022  She is now back in the water and “ready to go” with the engine serviced and a new sacrificial strip on the roller headsail.
A delight to sail and enjoy the admiring looks and comments she attracts being a special part of Maritime history nearing 100 years old….


Nominal Length: 7.00m
Length Overall: 6.48m
Length Of Deck: 6.4m
Length At Water Line: 5.64m

Beam: 2.29m
Draft: 0.91m
Air Draft: 9.14m
Max Draft: 0.91m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 25litres
Displacement: 3.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Engine Power: 6 hp
Number of Engines: 1  outboard  fixed to outboard bracket hanging from the transom.

Remote 25litre fuel tank.


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1

Fuel Type: unleaded
Engine Description: 6hp Tohatsu
Engine Transmission Description: Outboard

Additional Description

Builder: Eversons of Woodbridge
Designer: Alfred Everson
Boat Name: Cherub

Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 6: knots

Construction: Underwent an extensive restoration from 1998 – 2000.
Professionally refitted 2021. Long keel, external ballast keel.
She has been in the water and used all season.

November ’21 she will remain in the water mast un-stepped and covered to keep the worst of the elements off her.
She gives the appearance of a longer sleek lines helped due to the top plank being varnished.


Seating in the cockpit. Sliding hatch over the cabin and washboards in the companionway.
In the cabin there are two opposing full length settee berths 6ft 6ins in length. Upholstered berth cushions
Stowage in the fore peak. A chemical toilet.
A tilly cabin lamp, 6 x portlights illuminate the cabin. Painted and varnished cabin finish.


Coming out of the water 2022.


Anchor with chain and warp.
Cockpit cover, Main sail cover
Sails: Deck stepped Douglas Fir mast sat in metal tabernacle.

Gaff, Boom and short fixed bowsprit. All varnished finish. Traditional blocks and tackle. Sail bags
Traditional gaff main sail with reefing lines a roller reefing jib and a staysail ( rarely used ) All new 2012, kept in good dry conditions.
2 x sheet winches
Stainless steel standing rigging
Sheets/ halyards of various material.  A worn main sail cover.
New tarpaulin to cover the decks.

Navigation Equipment: Varnished wooden tiller, Echo sounder
Safety Equipment: Grab rails on the coach roof.

Cherub in the middle of her sisters, 2019, Woodbridge.   Her decks have since been repainted in cream

An extract of an Article by Albert Strange found at:  Sailing-by-org.uk – Titled Crossing Blakeney Bar in “Cherub” 1895


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