26ft Classic Gaff Cutter 1906 Gann & Palmer

Price Details

Price: £26,000 GBP
Location: Maylandsea, nr Maldon, Essex. GB
Year: 1906
Condition: Excellent well maintained.   Afloat under cover for the Winter
Category: Traditional Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


‘Almita’  has a lifting keel with a spoon bow and counter stern, She is rigged as a gaff cutter. Centre-plate drops down through a ballast keel,  She only draws 2ft 6ins, when raised.
A previous owner for a number of years was Journalist Dick Durham, he reviewed her performance in Yachting Monthly, June 2009 – ‘Gaff  vs. Bermudan’. He sailed her in both formats of rig.

Present ownership is now over 15 years, time and money have not been spared on her continued maintenance and upkeep. At her last survey report in 2018, there were NO recommendation

to be made…..She will sit in the water under her bespoke cover for the duration of the Winter.  She was not put into commission 2022, as her owner now has a larger vessel to sail with

his growing family.


Nominal Length: 7.92m
Length Overall: 9.14m
Length Of Deck: 8.18m
Length At Water Line: 6.58m

Beam: 2.26m
Draft: 0.76m
Air Draft: 9.14m
Max Draft: 0.76m

Displacement: 5.00tonnes


Builder: Gann & Palmer in Teignmouth, Devon, England
Designer: F.B.Howden
Boat Name: Almita       Hull Design: Displacement

Engine Description: Outboard engine mounts in a well, built into the hull with a mounting pad and supporting timbers.
A long shaft outboard motor, when in use, it clamps to a pad in the outboard well. When not in use it stows away in the secure cockpit locker.
A portable plastic fuel tank.


Place built: Teignmouth, Devon      Year of Build: 1906
Construction details: Berths 2   Cabin: 1    Passenger Capacity: 4

Carvel Pitch Pine planking on steamed Oak frames. All copper fastened. Caulked seams.
The centreline structure consisting: wooden keel, stem, deadwood and sternpost are of hardwood believed to be oak. The external ballast keel is cast iron.
The cast iron lifting keel is located in a hardwood trunk and operates through the ballast keel. The lifting mechanism is a wire winch and turning sheaves.

Internal ballast, of lead ingots. The bilge area has been painted with grey paint and the paint is clean and adhering well. Her floors are a mixture of oak and bronze straps.
Keel bolts are galvanized steel and have been replaced in recent years.
Decks are of marine plywood on deck beams and carlins, sheathed in GRP/Epoxy cloth and painted.


Her accommodation is basic and traditional an open cabin, is kept clean and dry, all her joinery and paintwork is in exceptionally good order.

Low formed settee berths both sides, Upholstery covered cushioning. Over the centreboard box is set a hard wood dropleaf table.
6x  bronze opening portlights around the coach roof and 1 x fixed oval forward facing.
Sliding hatch over the companionway.   A galley sink. 12v Cabin lighting.


Rudder blade is of planked hardwood with bronze straps. The rudder stock is of bronze and is located in a bronze tube.
CQR type anchor of 25lb approx 30m of chain stowed in the chain locker. A Fisherman kedge anchor with warp and short chain.
A Sampson post is fitted through the fore deck.


Almita is rigged as a gaff cutter with flying jib.

Spars: Varnished Spruce mast and spars / bowsprit. The mast is deck stepped, stood in a stainless steel tabernacle.

A stainless steel compression post support for the mast deck below in cabin.  Sail Number: 10, originally, 1906 (is her current No:)
All sails are made  of cream terylene by James Lawrence of Brightlingsea, a main sail cover,  A PVC cockpit cover is in weathered but serviceable condition.
Fore triangle base: 15.50 ft,  Fore triangle height: 20.50 ft T(H)CF: 0.925
The standing rigging is 7×7 stainless steel wire with swaged terminals. Running Rigging: halyards and sheets are of braided polyester.
Traditional varnished wooden blocks.  Single speed Gibb winches x 2

Navigation Equipment:

Varnished hardwood tiller, steering.
Log and echo-sounder with transducers through the hull.
Tricolour light

Safety Equipment:

A manual bilge pump fix in the cockpit .
A portable manual pump.
single dry powder extinguisher
Fire blanket.

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.