27ft Gaff Cutter, Clinker cruising yacht,1966


Price:  £7,500 GBP
Location: Ipswich, Suffolk.
Make: A “one off” design. Likened to a John Leather design
Year: 1966
Condition: Good and continually maintained, undergone 4 years of restoration works.
Category:  Traditional Sail Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


She’s a really interesting design, found to be incredibly seaworthy and a lovely boat. She has a very robust clinker planked hull,  a gaff rigged sail cruiser, built in 1966. She’s a very sound and manageable. A traditionally rigged yacht, which can be sailed single handed. Her lines hone back to a yacht designer John Leather. Built as a “One Off commission” in 1967.

The vessel is 27ft on the deck, plus bowsprit, She offers a voluminous cabin space, in relative terms. Andromeda has standing headroom of six foot plus in a main saloon, and a decent sized “heads” in a foc’sle, which also has standing headroom.

Her present owner has made several videos about Andromeda and his restoration of her , a fantastic record of all the graft and toll which has gone into her .

Owner’s comment:

“When the hull was stripped of paint, the lines in the planking could be seen from when it had originally came out through the thickness planer. The quality of timber is astounding. She is a yacht based on working boat lines and I she really does catch the eye. If there is boatbuilder, looking for a project, something to make a decent return on, then this would be an ideal sort of thing.

To spend the winter afloat on a mud berth at the Orwell Yacht Club, while some jobs are finished off.


Nominal Length: 8.23m
Length Overall: 9.75m
Length Of Deck: 8.23m
Length At Water Line: 7.62m

Beam: 2.64m
Draft: 1.52m
Air Draft: 13.72m
Max Draft: 1.52m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 72ltrs
Water Tank Capacity: 227ltrs
Displacement: 5.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5knots
Engine Power: 33hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4   Cabins: 2   Heads: 1    Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Smith and Tucker
Designer: John Leather (adapted)
Boat Name: Andromeda


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


Engine Description: Vetus M4.14, 33hp diesel engine. 4 cylinder sited ,under the open aft cockpit and companionway, an engine box over .
The engine was removed and overhauled, during her restoration.
with electric start and standard Morse controls.
Engine cooling with a heat exchanger.
She has a range of 240 nmiles.
Centreline shaft driven propeller with a stern post cut out.
Wurth gear box – forward and reverse.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boEGbmO6ESg :  This Episode is about the engine.


Clinker planks of Mahogany fastened to Oak frames. An external lead keel with Phosphor bronze keel bolts.
Marine ply decks which have been Epoxy sheathed and painted (Yellow). Mahogany coach roof, paint finish in light grey.
“Andromeda” has been under restoration for about 4 years, she has not had a survey in her present ownership. When purchased, she was needing some refastening, as she had been left standing ashore on the Boatyard for a few years.
Owner’s Comments:
Many of her fastenings have been tightened, the planking of the hull stripped back to bare inside and out and repainted.., the engine was removed, fully serviced overhauled and repainted and re installed. Since being put back together again and re floated she has had time to take up. She does still leak a little, in the areas that were hard to access…… some butyl rubber in these seams, to finish this off . There are quite a few ancillary jobs still to do. She’s about 90% of a finished project, but her hull is completely solid wood everywhere.


Entrance of companionway steps over the engine box.  2 x large settee berths running forward. 2 x full length berths running aft under the cockpit.
Amidships main saloon. a Taylors paraffin cooker, double burner with oven to port and a chart table to starboard.
A galley cupboard (presently at home, which would sited above the cooker.)
Ahead of mast deck door through to good sized “heads”, with a sink with shower head.( water system to be commissioned). Purpose built stowage shelving and Bosuns cupboards for sails and rigging. A Jabsco sea toilet. 3 x separate water tanks, manually pumped to Heads (installation to be completed). Fore hatch over.
Refleks cabin heating system (stove requires reinstalling and a service)
Various boxes of miscellaneous bits and pieces for her.
12v cabin lighting


Manual windlass on foredeck
35lbs Main anchor.
Mooring lines
Ensign, staff and holder


Traditional Gaff cutter rig with Bowsprit. Solid wooden mast, spars, and bowsprit. A Keel stepped pole mast.
Mixture of rope materials. Traditional blocks and tackle. Tan sails, small white jib.
Standing rigging stainless steel.  2 x sheet winches mounted in the cockpit.
She can set a large Genoa from masthead to bowsprit end, or Nos: 1 and 2 jibs.

A large reaching staysail, a standard sized stay sail and a storm stay sail,

A main sail with slab reefing, a top sail and a jib top sail. Tan and white terelyne fabric used for the sails.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering, a temporary tiller, at present
Raymarine Tillerpilot
Navman DSC VHF Radio
clock and barometer

Safety Equipment:

Guard wire rope and stanchions.
Steel Pulpit and push pit.
Fire extinguishers (expiry dates unknown)

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.