24ft Bawley, Gravesend Shrimp Bawley, Traditional Gaff Cutter

Price Details

Price: £28,500 GBP
Location: Maylandsea, Essex, GB
Make: Gravesend Bawley, Gaff cutter
Year: 1860
Condition: Good working order
Category: Power
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Long shallow keel


Vivid is a Rare and  beautiful example of an early Gravesend Shrimp Bawley her lines having evolved from Peter-boats.

She was built in 1860 on Gravesend foreshore  and was used for shrimp trawling on the Thames Estuary. She raced with success from 1861 to 1870.

Vivid fished until 1930, she was then converted to a “Dulcibella” type gentleman’s ketch yacht and renamed “Vivida”.
Then Rebuilt in the early 1960’s, and returned back to the cutter rig. Sailed and enjoyed on the south Coast returning to the East Coast having extensive works again in the 1980’s.

In her present ownership since 2011, She has been re-rigged and taken back to as close to she original spec, with a new Duradon suit of sails, new horses, gaff, bowsprit, bit heads, tiller,

coamings, hatches, electrics, rigging, fish tackles, Trim-Tram beam trawl, cooker, gas system and equipment.

Vivid is a joy to sail solo or with friends, she is rigged for single handed use and has been extensively sailed over the past years from the Blackwater and the Backwaters.
Found to be a handy, stable working platform for fishing from, with good deck space and ample room below for all the gear and basic accommodation out of the elements.
Vivid had a new Douglas Fir topmast built in 2016, yet to be fitted. She currently has a jackyard topsail which is easy to use when single handed.

Works to be done: Vivid needs some decking done, aft. She will need some new rail capping’s over the next couple of years.


Nominal Length: 7.62m
Length Overall: 9.75m
Length Of Deck: 7.57m
Length At Water Line: 7.01m

Beam: 2.84m
Draft: 0.91m
Air Draft: 7.62m
Max Draft: 0.91m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 8 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 5 gallons
Displacement: 6.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 18hp
Number of Engines: 1

Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 8: knots


Engine Description: Volvo series 2002, twin cylinder diesel engine, Raw water cooled, Morse controls.
Key ignition or manual start.
Sited in engine box under aft deck.
Accessed via the open cockpit.
Single lever control, ignition and gauges all sited in the lazerette
New starter motor replaced 2016
Tiller steering.
Triple bladed propeller .
On going servicing and maintenance of the engine.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Vivid is a very Traditional working /fishing vessel of her day ( 1860’s).. Used and fished on the River Thames.
The design was adapted from the Peter Boats..
A long shallow keel, very beamy for her depth, clinker planked topsides, Larch /pine/ iroko planking on the topsides. Her decks are laid oak caulked pitched and painted. Oak frame and keel.
The original hold area has been adapted into a cabin, the forepeak accessed via a forward hatch is used for a sail store.
Helm position is on the flush deck the is a lazerette in the aft deck to access engine controls and navigation gear.
Transom stern. Transom hung rudder.


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Passenger Capacity: 6

In the hold there are two full length berths wide and 6ft 6ins in length with berth cushions.

An athwart table shelf across the forward end of the cabin area, used as a work surface. There are two small hatch lights above the double gas hob.
Aft there is an open deep cockpit with bench seating / lockers.  The accommodation when not being utilised is covered with hatch boards and a Duradon cover.
Calor gas cabin heater. Gas bottle stowed on deck under its own canvas cover.
Lockers either side of the cabin for food and gear stowage.


Main CQR anchor with galvanised chain,
Manual anchor winch
Fisherman’s kedge anchor
a Utility winch
A Sculling oar and rowlock.
A beam trawl for shrimps – a “trim tram”.


A very Traditional Bawley rig,  a loose footed Gaff main sail ( no boom)
Keel stepped solid Pitch Pine mast.
New solid retractable bowsprit in 2013. New Bits 2013
A new Gaff 2014,  She also has a new Douglas fir topmast made in 2016, which as yet is unfitted.
Spinnaker pole with braid on braid running rigging

Sail Wardrobe:
Main sail with 3 sets of reefing points and three brails ( Main, Lowers and peaks )
Mast hoops and a canvas main sail cover
No.1 Jib
Stay sail ( 2 reefing points)
Jackyard top sail
Balloon Jib ( Dacron)
Tow stay sail . All sails made by Northsea Sails All in very good condition new 2013 & 2014
No2 Jib made by Gale Heard in Dacron fabric, its in good condition and made 1990’s .

Standing rigging is all Galvanised wire
Running rigging is all braid on braid or Hempex

Navigation Equipment:

Navigation lights: stern port and starboard light boxes. Anchor light
Wooden tiller and a spare emergency tiller. both with her name carved on.
Compass under a Brass binnacle stood on aft deck.
East coast charts with compass and dividers
A lead line
Clock and Barometer

Recreation Facilities:

Fishing gear, Shrimp beam trawl. baskets. marker buoys.

Safety Equipment:

Gas alarm
Manual bilge pump
Automatic bilge pump (12v)
2 x life rings.
Horseshoe life ring with light
Manual fog horn
A bucket.
2 x Fire extinguishers
Fire blanket