Bawley Yacht by Cyril White 24ft, John Leather Gaffer, 1965

 All the images show her as she was in Summer of 2015.

Price: “AS IS” on a mud berth mooring, requires  shipwright owner. £3,500
Location: Maldon, Essex
Condition: A project , requires commissioning/ engine
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


A very appealing Traditional clinker planked gaff cutter. She has the favourable provenance having been built in 1965 by Cyril White of Brightlingsea

to the lines of a John Leather’s Bawley Yacht design…. Long keel, fairly shallow drafted at 3ft 9ins, yet beamy for her deck length.

This gives a roomy accommodation cabin forward,  an open aft cockpit. Tiller steering to a transom hung rudder.
Below she has four berths , two in the main cabin are well over 7ft long. There is 5ft 3ins headroom.

Manual water pump tap, built in stowage for crockery, Heads (sea toilet) in the fore peak.

Generous flat open deck areas.  Her clinker exterior is painted.

She is really a project for someone to take on…..


Length Overall: 7.32 m
Length At Water Line: 6.71 m

Beam: 2.44 m
Draft: 1.14 m
Air Draft: 6.10 m
Max Draft: 1.14 m



Berths: 4
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1

Builder: Cyril White of Brightlingsea
Designer: John Leather
Boat Name: Patricia Ellen


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

Now removed: Engine it was a  Lister SL3, 12hp  Shaft drive

Cruising Speed: 5 : knots


Clinker planked hull of Larch on Oak, Long keel, Garboards of Iroko, Epoxy sealed and painted marine ply decks, dark red in colour.

Deck stepped varnished wooden mast. Transom ( Iroko) hung rudder, tiller steering.
The standing rigging renewed. New varnished bowsprit.

Areas of the deck require attention as does the toe rail.

Fabric covered foam berth cushions in fore peak V berth in the saloon 2 x opposing settee berths.

Double gas burner.

Fold out centreline dining table. Stowage cupboards.

Engine removed leaving a large open aft cock pit.  A brand new 20hp Beta Marine engine (still in its box ) is available by separate negotiation.

A small raised doghouse over the companionway steps.
Keel bolts of Crown Iron.

Sails and Spars:

Solid varnished pine Mast, spars and bowsprit.
Mast deck steeped and pivots in a tabernacle.
Main sail, Stay sail and jib.  All tan terylene fabric.
Hanked on foresail. Wyckham Martin furling gear.
Slab reefing in the main.

All in usable condition, some ultra violet bleaching to the main sail, mast hoops.

Navigation Equipment:

Herth steering compass, Echo sounder
VHF radio

Inflatable Avon dinghy /tender.