28ft Gaff Cutter, wooden 1895 ex Lugger

Price Details

Price: £15,000 GBP
Location: Hollowshore  nr Faversham Kent.

Year: 1895
Condition: Re-built, Re-rigged as a Gaff Cutter
Category:  Traditional Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Bought as an open boat ,a “shell” from Portsmouth in 1985. The Testers Boatyard, Hollowshore, Kent, sold her on as a restoration project to present owner in 1986.
Originally she was a twin masted  Lugger, built circa 1895.
It was decided that she would be re rigged to carry a Smack’s Yacht Gaff Cutter Rig, have an engine installed, new rig, spars and sails, a deck and a simple coach roof over an open accommodation cabin.
The restoration/ refit  was completed 2013, she was back sailing again. Past surveys were commissioned in 2014 and again 2018.
Presently afloat on a pontoon mooring but not completely in commission, planned for August 2023.  She has been found to be a good sailing vessel and fast too…… She has won and been placed in local sailing events.


Nominal Length: 8.53m
Length Overall: 10.97m
Length Of Deck: 8.53m
Length At Water Line: 8.38m

Beam: 3.05m
Draft: 1.37m
Max Draft: 1.37m

Displacement: 10.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 22hp
Number of Engines: 1


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


Builder: Testers Boatyard, Faversham Kent
Boat Name: Megan


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 10knots


Engine Description: 22hp diesel Vetus M3.10 engine shaft driven to a triple bladed bronze propeller, overhauled in 2013.
Stainless steel fuel tank.


Single wooden displacement hull, long fixed keel. Hull construction of 1inch mahogany  planking over laid (double diagonal using West epoxy system) this was carried out 1998 by Chatham Dockyard, Kent.
Her decks are double layer of 15mm ply, Cascover sheathed and painted. Oak stanchions, through deck, Iroko capping rail to the covering board. Oak deck beams. Painted Oak bitts on foredeck. Ballast of 3.5 tons Lead Ingots.
3 separate cabin areas separated with full bulkheads.
Antifouled every 2 years.


A Companionway ladder into main saloon, sliding hatch over.

A dining table which fixes up to the ladder, when required.
Two opposing berths with vinyl covered berth cushions,  stowage shelving built in on both sides.

5ft 9ins standing headroom below. A further two bunks and a sea toilet, fitted in the forepeak in 2004.
Hatches over the accommodation forward, a sliding main hatch and an engine hatch.


22kgs Fisherman’s anchor with 25m 10mm galvanised chain.
Overall winter cover new in 2003.
Avon inflatable dinghy, Mooring lines and fenders


Rigged as a Smack Yacht , a Gaff cutter, she has a pully inside the mast for a jackyard topsail.
Gaff main sail ( 3 reefing lines ), main sail cover. Mast hoops.
A staysail and a jib, designed and made by Rochester Sails, Paul Martin 2005. made in cream polyester sail cloth.

Sail area of 600sqft.
Hollow laminated mast of Douglas Fir new 2003, keel stepped.
A retractable bowsprit of varnished Solid spruce.
Boom and gaff of solid Spruce made new 2003, all spars overhauled, stripped and re-varnished,
Shrouds 10mm galvanised wire to Dead eyes-standing rigging.
Blocks and running gear (braid on braid rope) replaced in 2011.

Navigation Equipment:

echo sounder
Safety Equipment:

electric and a manual bilge pump.