30ft Essex Oyster Smack, Gaff cutter


Price Details

Price: £19,500 GBP
Location: Maylandsea, Essex,  GB
Make: Essex Oyster Smack
Year: 1889
Condition: Excellent, in commission.
Category: Classic Gaff Cutter
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Katie CK82. now reverted to her original fishing number registered port of Colchester, Essex.
Built by the renowned Brightlingsea Smack and Barge yard Aldous Brothers in 1889. She fished for the Oyster trade. Converted to a private yacht between the wars by the Johnson Sons and Jago Boatyard of Leigh on Sea Essex.
In 2000, she was professionally rebuilt. Today she is in excellent condition with an inboard diesel engine. overhauled in 2018. She has a solid fuel stove in the cabin.

To be sold with  8ft clinker timber dinghy with outboard and a boat cradle for her to stand in whilst ashore with a bespoke overall cover.


Nominal Length: 9.14m
Length Overall: 13.72m
Length Of Deck: 9.14m
Length At Water Line: 8.23m

Beam: 3.10m
Draft: 1.12m
Air Draft: 10.06m
Max Draft: 1.12m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 litres
Dry Weight: 5 metric tonnes
Displacement: 7.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 25hp
Number of Engines: 1


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


Builder: Aldous Brothers of Brightlingsea. Rebuilt her in 1889
Designer: Fishing work boat
Boat Name: Katie CK82 of Colchester.


Hull Material: Wood, carvel planked
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 6 knots


Engine Model: Volvo MD2B
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine description: Volvo diesel, 25hp, twin cylinder, inboard engine. Overhauled and serviced in Spring 2018 sited under the companionway.
Electric start. Morse controls: integral gearbox 1:87;1 Raw water cooled.
Tiller steering. A single triple bladed propeller, 15×13 inchs
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Carvel planked heavy displacement single wooden hull. Long keel, straight stem counter stern, flush deck – laid pine planking,

Hardwood sliding hatch through the coach roof into the (ex fish hold) accommodation single open cabin. Mast deck bulkhead.

Internal pig iron ballast.


Single cabin with good sitting headroom under the side decks. Solid fuel stove against the mast head bulkhead.

Forward there is a single full length berth with a separate cabinet for the Heads. Two opposing full length berths with cushioning either side of the companionway there is a gas hob to port and a sink to starboard.


Sea water pump
Fishermans anchor and chain
Plough Kedge anchor
8ft Clinker dinghy
Boat cradle.

Cockpit cover.
Overall Winter Cover.
Sea water pump.
Windlass spike.
Boom crutch
Boat hook Deck brush
Fenders and warps


Gaff Cutter Rig
Reefing points on the main sail
Douglas Fir keel stepped mast.
Galvanised standing rigging
Synthetic Hemp running rigging.
Barrel winch on the fore deck

Full Wardrobe of Sails: Made by Crusader Sails or James Lawrence of Brightlingsea.  All in Very good or newish condition:
Main sail
Small jib
Small stay sail
Large jib
Large Stay sail
Topsail and yard & Balloon jib. Both unused sails.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering
navigation lights
Chart plotter
Target echo depth sounder
New radio, 2019

Barometer, clock and inclinometer.

Safety Gear 

Fire extinguishers
Manual Whale bilge pump
Small solar panel keeping the battery topped up. Automatic electric bilge pump.
Grab rails on coach roof