44ft Gaff Yawl ex Sailing Smack, 1883. REDUCED

Price REDUCED  £29,950 GBP
Location: Maldon, Essex
Make:  Sailing Smack, Aldous Brothers of Brightlingsea, Essex
Year: 1884
Condition: Hull is good, below  decks is spartan,yet adequate for Traditional sailing,

cruising and racing… There is a solid fuel stove,  a sea toilet and a galley with gas hob/grill and oven

Keel stepped main  mast . deck stepped mizzen aft.
Category:  Traditional Sail rigged as a Gaff Yawl.
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


44ft topsail gaff yawl, ex sailing smack Daisy CK12 when built by the Aldous Brothers of Brightlingsea in 1883. She has gone through 3 rebuilds, the most recent overhaul refitting work was carried out by Robertson’s Boatyard of Woodbridge 2014-5.

Summary of works carried out: Removing and refurbishing the mas s and spars, overhauling/rebuilding the engine,overhauling/ repairing the Heads, exterior bright work scraped back and re varnished.
Dusmarie has been much written about by her long term owners the Dixons, her travels through the Canal du Midi!.
To Gallippoli, included in her sale is a rose bowl trophy from 1933 Channel Race….
She worked as an oyster smack until 1932, then went into private ownership. Due to WW II she was abandoned in Sweden returning to claim her in 1946. She was in a bad way calling for a large refit so at this time it was decided to add 3 ft to her overall length , a poop deck and adding a mizzen mast ( making her a yawl, she was relaunched in 1947. She remained in the same family for 60 years sold to another in 1990. Present ownership from 2001.
She is on the National Register of Historic vessels, No 23 in the Classic Boat’s list of Top 250 British Classics.


Length Overall: 13.41m

Beam: 3.18m
Draft: 1.68m
Max Draft: 1.68m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 60 gallons
Dry Weight: 10 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Engine Power: 30hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 3
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 12


Builder: Aldous Brothers of Brightlingsea.
Class: Sailing  ex fishing boat, converted to pleasure Gaff Yawl
Boat Name: Dusmarie


Hull Material: Wood, Larch carvel planked hull, Tiller/ rudder steering
Hull Design: Single Displacement hull with long keel
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Lister, Petter Alpha, 3 cylinder, electric start
Completely overhauled in August 2014, only run 10 hours engine hours since.
Shaft driven. Sited in the main saloon amidships sound proofed engine box.  This acts as the main companionway under a raised deck house/ navigation station. glazed  hard wood and varnished.


Sliding hatch over forward companionway to accommodation in fore deck, sail locker and heads, curtaining for privacy. Under mast deck there’s the Foc’sle cabin with chart table. drawer stowage beneath a full length berth.
Amid ships there is a saloon with two full length opposing bunks  with a solid fuel stove on  against the forward bulkhead. Main companionway over engine box. full standing headroom at this point otherwise and a fully equipped galley, the aft cabin has two bunks.
24v electric system
Three water tanks with a header tank on deck.


Solid wooden varnished spars. Retractable bowsprit.
Sailed as a gaff ketch with mizzen mast and top mast for top sail. Both are keel stepped.
Traditional tan sails. Main sail needs renewing, the others: stay sail, jibs are nearly new or good in their condition.
She also has a selection of old sails a flying jib , running stay sail and genoas, all white and in good condition.

Navigation Equipment:

New GPS, VHS radio and a Raymarine echo sounder, 2015

Safety Equipment:

4 x life jackets,  2 x life rings (on decks).

Safety harness for the mast climbing