32ft Gostelow’s Smack Yacht, Gaff Cutter, 1932.

Price Details

Price: £35,000 GBP
Location: Pin Mill nr Ipswich, Suffolk GB
Make: Gostelow’s of Lincolnshire
Year: 1932
Condition: very good, continually well maintained
Category:  Traditional Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


A Boston Smack Yacht built by the renowned Gostelow’s Shipyard in 1932.
A Traditional Gaff Cutter rig, her lines based on the sailing Fishing/ working vessels of the day. similarities to the East Coast Smacks or the Nobbies of the North west…

Originally commissioned and built as a pleasure yacht.  An all wooden construction using top quality materials.

In her previous ownership she underwent a 20 year refit ( 1990 – 2010)….
She has been very well maintained.

In her lifetime she has made several trips backwards and forwards to the Continent.
Axillary power. Offers accommodation for 4 persons.
At present ashore until July 2022. Last survey 2020

Lillibullero as she appeared in the Classic Boat Top 50 Classics   2007/8

in her previous ownership.


Length Overall: 12.19m Length Of Deck: 9.75m
Length At Water Line: 8.84m  Beam: 2.90m
Draft: 1.42m

Displacement: 10.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5knots
Engine Power: 20hp
Berths: 4
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 6


Builder: A.M.Gostelow of Boston, Lincolnshire
Designer: A.M.Gostelow
Boat Name: Lillibullero


Engine Model: Bukh
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Bukh, twin cylinder 20hp diesel engine
Single lever Morse control, forward and reverse gear box.
Engine sited beneath the cockpit sole.
Electric or manual start, Raw water cooled.
Last serviced January 2021. Shaft driven, centrally fixed triple bladed bronze propeller.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


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

A robust carvel planked hull with a straight stem and a rounded counter stern, long straight keel. Wide side decks with an open deep aft cockpit. Solid wood furniture and fittings throughout the vessel.
Solid Burr hardwood wood coach roof over the accommodation.
Laid Afromosia decks. All built to a very high standard. High bulwarks and solid capping all round the decks.



Headroom:5ft 3ins Berth Lengths: 6ft 6ins
Layout and domestic services :
Down the main companionway steps , a galley to starboard with sink, 3 burner gas hob and cutlery drawers.

A bronze tap supplies freshwater, with a pump via seacock above the waterline for sink waste water.  stainless steel water tank.

To port there is a chart table,  a bookshelf built into the chart table area with lifting desk for paper charts and instruments.

Into the saloon area there is a double berth to port and starboard which also acts as seating in the main saloon.

In the saloon there are bronze port holes and a skylight as well as brass oil lamps in the cabin. Lots of storage below the berths.
Through to the foc’sle, there is a “head”s mounted to starboard and extensive storage for sails, fenders and lines.

As you go through into the foc’sle area there is a Faversham solid fuel heater to port and shelving for storage.

Anchor locker is located in the forepeak where a 2 gear manual windlass feeds the anchor chain.


Ground Tackle: 35lb CQR Anchor + 35lb Danforth Anchor with 150ft calibrated chain and bronze two speed manual windlass.


Mast and Spars: All varnished Spruce Keel stepped mast t, Boom, and Gaff, Bowsprit lifts from the bitts
Rig Type: Gaff Cutter
Mainsail Reefing: 3 Points Slab Reefing, Dutch style pennants
Headsail Reefing: 4 sizes of jib set from two Wykeham Martin furlers

Standing Rigging Material: Stainless Steel 7×7 wires with bronze turnbuckles
Running Rigging Material: Pre-Stretched buff Marlow braid with traditional wooden blocks
Sheet Winches: 4x Bronze Winches
Sail Wardrobe
Sail Type Manufacturer Material Condition
Mainsail x3 James Lawrence, Tan, VGC
Oversize Jib, White, VGC
No1 Jib, White, VGC
No2 Jib, White, VGC
No3 Jib, White, VGC
Staysail x3, White, VGC

Navigation Equipment:

There is an autopilot, tricolour, navigation lights, steaming light, cabin lights,

Radar, GPS, VHF, AIS transmitter / receiver, Autopilot, navigation instruments (tack tick wind, speed and depth + forward looking sonar),

Garmin chart plotter and FM radio.
Instruments are connected via NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000, where applicable.
She has sailed for over 24 hours with the Garmin chartplotter, driving the Raymarine auto helm, the AIS and Radar watch alarms set.
Sestral More Compass.

The main electrical switch panel located behind the companionway steps and a washboard that slides in with Garmin chartplotter,

connected via NMEA to the AIS, VHF and custom engineered Raymarine autopilot system.

Safety Equipment:

Automatic bilge pump with twin float switches is powered directly from the auxiliary batter bank.


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.