23ft R.Freeman Gaff Cutter 1986 with road trailer

Price Details

Price: £12,500 GBP
Location: Wolverston, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk GB
Make: Benfleet Yacht Co Ltd
Year: 1986
Condition: Very good with twin axle road trailer.
Category: Sail, Trailer Sailer
Class: Day sailers
Keel Type: Full Keel


A complete package:

A Traditional little Gaff Cutter professionally made using modern materials and methods, A single cold moulded hull of Mahogany and epoxy resin with an auxiliary outboard engine sat in a purpose built well , a twin axle Road trailer. She offer accommodation for 2 + 2. wide berths with cushioning. Sitting headroom below.

A little video of her under sail (three men in the same boat!)…..

Amidships there is a single burner, opposite an sink with a manual pump for water. Forward a V berth with an infill where now is sited a new” heads”…
SHe is presently laid up ashore on her trailer under an heavy winter cover for the Winter. She requires some refurbishing of the varnish work in the Spring.


Nominal Length: 7.01 m
Length Overall: 9.14 m
Length Of Deck: 6.86 m
Length At Water Line: 5.79 m

Beam: 2.29 meter
Draft: 0.91 meter
Max Draft: 0.91 meter


Fuel Tank Capacity: 2 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 25 liters
Displacement: 3.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 6hp
Number of Engines: 1  Lon shaft Outboard in purpose built  well


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


Builder: Benfleet Boat Company Ltd
Designer: Reg Freeman design of 1934
Boat Name: Sarah ex: Dawning Light II


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Tohatsu 2016
Fuel Type: unleaded
Engine Description: New Tohatsu 6hp outboard sits in purpose built well through the count stern starboard aft quater. Still under warranty, barely run in.


A cold moulded wooden hull. 4 layers of Mahogany and epoxy resin. internal strengthening frames

and semi bulkhead under mast deck.
Long keel. Pig iron internal ballast under cabin sole.
Open deep cockpit, purpose built well for the outboard.
Single cabin forward. sliding hatch. two steps into the cabin.
Accommodation: Newly installed heads, 2017 unused
Origo 1500 Spirit burner fitted.
2 x gimballed oil lamps
2 + 2 berths . Chart table to starboard opposing settee berths. some carpeting on the cabin sole.

Fabric covered berth cushioning.

New Origo single burner to port and a single stainless sink opposite with a cold water only manual pump.

In the focsle stowage under a double “V” berth with an infill which sits over the new Lavac toilet (unused).
2 x new gimballed oil lamps set the interior of this little yacht perfectly….


Clock and Barometer
Ensign, staff and holder
Winter cover
Cockpit cover.


Traditional Gaff Rig made by the Benfleet Boat Company:
A pivoted bowsprit. Pinned deck stepped mast in a tabernacle.
Solid wooden varnished spars: mast, boom, gaff and bowsprit.
Spars stow on the trailer under the vessel when being transported.
All sails were made by Windward Sails in 1991 all are tan terylene fabric.  One exception being No:2 Stay sail which was replaced in 1998 in cream colour.
The main stows along the boom with a burgundy coloured canvas cover.
Overall cockpit tent cover also in Burgundy.
Mainsail has 3 reefing points, furling head sails.
Standing rigging is Stainless steel wire, the running rigging rope.

Navigation Equipment:

Navigation lights
tiller steering.
Compass and a depth sounder