23ft Gaff cutter Rivers Class by Crossfields of Arnsides

Price Details

Price: £5,500 GBP  MUCH REDUCED
Location: Rochford, Essex
Make: Rivers Class
Year: 1912
Condition: Professionally restored
Category: Classic Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


A very pretty little Classic Gaffer with a distinctive rounded stern.
Professionally restored. Her lines are based on that of a Morcambe Bay Prawner and a Lancashire Nobby. Original bronze fittings with the addition of some new the bronze main horse and reefing drums.
10 Day racers boats were commissioned by the Mersey Royal Yacht Club in 1911. It was decided to use the known Jewel Class lines, 1905 and add a 5ft bowsprit. 6 boats were built in 1912 with a further 4 in 1914.
Severn has been professionally restored in present ownership. She carries a gaff rig, tan sails and has a small 8hp auxiliary inboard engine. Shallow long fixed keel.
She offers very basic accommodation, sitting headroom only in the cabin , 2 x full length berths, refitted with new cushions.


Nominal Length: 7.01 m
Length Overall: 8.23 m
Length Of Deck: 7.01 m
Length At Water Line: 5.94 m

Beam: 2.13 m
Draft: 1.14 m
Max Draft: 1.14 m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 2 gallons
Displacement: 3.00 : tonnes
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Engine Power: 8hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Passenger Capacity: 2


Builder: Crossfields of Arnside
Designer: lines taken off the Jewel Class of club racing
Boat Name: Severn


Engine Model: Renault RC8D Couach
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: RC8D Renault, 8hp diesel engine, consumption 1litre per hour.
Morse controlled,shaft driven sited under the cockpit/ cabin.
Twin bladed folding propeller, water cooled.
Tiller steering
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Carvel planked of pitch pine on sawn oak frames and back bone, distinctive rounded stern.
10cwt iron ballast keel
internal pig iron ballast.

Hull Design: Displacement    Hull Speed: 6: knots

Professionally restored by shipwrights.
A survey and restoration photos are available.


2 x 6ft opposing berths, sitting headroom only. Internally all painted out . New fabric covered cushions.


25lbs CQR Anchor with 20m chain
Boat hook
fenders and warps


Gaff cutter rig on varnished Douglas fir masts and spars, keel steeped mast.
Rigging is set up to dead eyes and lanyards.
All sails are of terylene tan in colour. In good or fair condition.
Mainsail with 4 reefing points plus an older spare main, 5 jibs.( 2 of the foresails were made by Sadlers of Burnham….
Wykeham Martin bronze furling gear on both jibs.
2 x Edwardian bronze winches

Navigation Equipment:

Sestral compass, Nasa Duet speed and depth
Safety Equipment: Electric and manual bilge pumps