25ft Essex Sailing Smack. Gaff cutter

Price Details

Price:  £10,000 GBP
Location: Gillingham, Kent GB
Make: Essex Sailing Smack with aux engine.
Year: 1923
Condition: Good
Category: Power
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Alando CK 178, a Colchester registered ex working boat, an Essex sailing smack built by the renowned barge and smack builders of their day the Aldous Borthers of Brightlingsea.
Originallly built as one of six, half decked open oyster boats, commissioned by a local Oyster man in 1923. Converted into a yacht in 1938.
She has taken part in the local Smack races and Traditional sailing Regattas.
She offers basic accommodation for two/three persons, headroom of 5ft 6ins and 3 settee berths (2 of which are 6ft full length) 12v cabin lights

She has an auxiliary diesel inboard engine. A Renault marine 16hp, 2 cylinder diesel engine driving a twin bladed prop. There are two batteries in parallel, acting as engine and leisure.


Nominal Length: 7.80m
Length Overall: 10.06m
Length Of Deck: 7.80m
Length At Water Line: 7.01m


Beam: 2.64m
Draft: 1.12m
Max Draft: 1.12me


Fuel Tank Capacity: 28 litres
Water Tank Capacity: 20 litres
Dry Weight: 4 metric tonnes
Displacement: 6.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 16hp

Hull Material: Wood, carvel planked pine on oak frame.

Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Renault, 14hp  Fuel Type: diesel, Shaft driven, twin bladed propeller. 2 x heavy duty batteries  wired in parallel:  1 leisure , 1 engine.


Straight stem transom stern with a long keel. Carvel pine planked displacement hull. with oak frames. Iron ballast keel
Decks are epoxy sheathed marine ply and painted.
She has a small coach roof and a deep open cockpit.


Berths: 3
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1

Step inside over the engine box. galley facilities set to port with Stowage cupboards and shelving, a Vanessa gas hob with grill and oven. One open cabin.
two full length settee berths with grey vinyl covering. A shorter pilots berth running aft under the cockpit side. Portlights in the coach roof.
Sitting headroom below decks. Marine toilet sited under fore hatch in the fore deck. Storage in the fore peak and under the berths.
Interior has a painted out finish. painted wooden planked ceiling.


Fenders and warps
Beaching legs
25lbs CQR main anchor

Rig & Sails:

Varnished wooden  keel steeped mast, a boom, gaff & bowsprit.
She carries a full gaff cutter rig: Tan main sail with slab reefing points by Gayle Heard
Flying jib by Wilkinson, stay sail by James Lawrence, a Ghoster &  a storm jib  by Heard, and a spinnaker, maker unknown.
Mast hoops, blocks and tackle. Traditional galvanised wire standing rigging.
Highfield levers on the back stays.
Aluminium booming out pole

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller, NASA echo sounder & a compass

Safety Equipment:

Life ring,  Flares