38′ Gaff Cutter, ex Manx Nobby, 1917

Price Details

Price: £25,000 GBP
Location: Southampton, Hampshire.
Make: Manx Nobby
Year: 1917
Condition: Good
Category: Power
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


‘Harbinger’ is a Manx Nobby converted to a gaff cutter, she was built some time before 1917, when the last Nobby was built. She underwent a major rebuild between 1975-1985 in Shoreham. Register of Historic Vessels no 3534.


Length Overall: 15.24 m
Length Of Deck: 11.73 m
Length At Water Line: 10.06 m


Beam: 3.51 m
Draft: 1.68 m
Air Draft: 11.58 : m
Max Draft: 1.68 m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 28 : gallon
Water Tank Capacity: 60 : gallon
Displacement: 13.00 : kgs
Engine Power: 29
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 6


Builder: Manx Nobby
Designer: Meikle & Watterson, Peel
Boat Name: Harbinger


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement


Engine Model: 3 cyl Volvo Penta 2003 series
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Internal engine: 29HP 3 cylinder Volvo Penta 2003 series new in 1984, engine hours unknown, approx 600 since hour meter first fitted in early 2014. Single lever cable, range 250hrs – 1000nm. Last serviced December 2019. Tiller steering, fixed 3 blade 14″ diameter propeller. Freshwater closed circuit w heat exchanger. 2 x 14 gallon fuel tanks
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Additional Description

Construction: Double ended ex fishing boat with long keel. Hull: Wood; larch on oak frames, all now doubled and a few tripled. Fastened with iron nails.
Ballast internal, mostly sash weights, lead ingots, some pig iron all held on mild steel cradles clear of the hull planking.

Accommodation: The spacious cockpit has a wide bridge deck and seats each side with storage under. Headroom in accommodation 6ft, galley, to port, has gimballed gas stove with 2 burners and oven/grill, s/s sink draining overboard. Saloon with quarter berth to starboard, settee berths with chart table over starboard settee. At forward end of saloon is a bulkhead with solid fuel stove and access to foc’sle and heads. Variety of lockers and stowage throughout., 2 x 30 gallon water tanks, cold only manually pumped to heads and the galley.

Equipment: Ground tackle: Main anchor: 40lb CQR w 35m galvanised chain marked every 5m. 20lb Danforth for use as kedge SL manual anchor winch on fore deck. Additional 30m unused galvanised chain could be added to main chain or used with the kedge.

Tender: clinker stitched & glued construction from a kit, capacity 2 adults and gear.

Sails: Solid pine gaff, boom, bowsprit and keel stepped mast.
Rigging mostly TS Rigging 2004, choice of slab or roller, currently using slab w 3 reefs.
2 jibs, 1 stay sail, Storm stay sail with hanks (unused). Sails by Crusader, approx 2004. Tan
Standing rigging galvanised steel wire lowers, s/s masthead shrouds.
Running rigging 3 strand rope, topping lifts are braided. Running back stays are s/s wire with tackles in 3 strand rope.
Sails, Gaff Cutter Rig, tan terylene, good condition.

Navigation Equipment: Garmin 128 GPS ICOM IC-M411 VHF/DSC, Plastimo contest 130 steering compass, NASA 2 log and depth instruments.
Safety Equipment: Lifebuoys x 2, 1 with 100′ floating line, the other with short floating line and automatic flashing buoy.
Steel stanchions w s/s guard wires with gateways fitted 2019. Jackstays on deck. Lifelines with carbine hooks for crew lifejacket harnesses.
Bilge pumps, 1 engine driven, 1 electric, 2 manual.
Drogue, life sling.