Google 1898 West Country gaff cutter

Year: 1898  
Manufacturer: Wooden Ships
Price: £39,750

Gaff cutter. Lying Cornwall Length on deck 31? LwL 30? Beam 10?2? Draft 6? + bowsprit 10? Displ 10 tons Built by Kitto of Porthleven, Cornwall in 1898 as a sailing fishing boat. These little boats from this area were commonly known as hookers and worked a few miles off-shore with long lines. They are documented in Edgar March?s book Inshore Craft of Britain in the days of Sail and Oar. The design typically features a long keel with considerable drag, straight stem, occasionally even fractionally raked aft and a slightly raked transom stern with transom-hung rudder, good freeboard and generous beam. They carried a high peaked gaff cutter rig on a pole mast setting a large topsail on a yard and the bowsprit was set running. They were working boats so had to be practical and functional, they stood up well to their canvas and the buoyant bows would rise to the swell to keep them dry. The mainsail was usually loose-footed and the tack could be triced up to spill the wind or they would scandalise the gaff while hauling the lines like the Falmouth oyster boats. The hookers had a cock-pit aft, a fish hold and net hold midships with the net on a transverse roller and even the smaller boats had a small cabin forward with a bogey stove as they would often spend a few days at sea. Only a few of these lovely boats have survived and this is certainly one of the best examples, slightly bigger than the average hooker and now extensively rebuilt. She worked most of her life in Falmouth as an oyster dredger but was reckoned to be too deep for the grounds. However she was fast and powerful and slightly bigger than most of the oyster boats and remained in the same family ownership for 80 years so someone was doing something rght! In previous 20 year ownership up to October 02, Pat Crockford from Falmouth gave her a major rebuild when the deck was replaced, a new rig fitted, engine and interior. Planked in yellow pine fastened with galvanised boat nails to 3? x 4? sawn oak frames in futtocks at 14? centres. This is a very substantial construction, built to work further off-shore she is double framed.. The appearance of the underwater shape indicates that the draft has been increased by the addition of an oak keel of approx 9? depth below the original oak keel with an iron shoe of approx 4? depth below it, the whole secured with galvanised through bolts checked within the last 10 years. In addition, there is a quantity of internal ballast carefully stowed in triangular section lead ingots laid across the frames clear of the planking. Grown oak floors. The deck laid in the Falmouth refit in solid teak, narrow planks swept in and joggled to the cover-board, caulked and payed in butyl rubber. All new deck beams New beam shelf. It appears the topsides were raised by one plank when the new beam shelf was fitted. Varnished margin board round the coach-roof. 9? deep bulwark with varnished teak capping. Galvanised stemhead fitting takes the fore stay, single chain roller to stbd. bowsprit gammon iron to port. Bronze fair leads on the capping rail. Rowlock holders each side of the cock-pit for use with sweeps. Bronze capping to the rudder stock head, inscribed with the yacht?s name. Long wrought iron tiller. The coach-roof was new in the Falmouth refit, built in varnished teak coamings with 3 small fixed port lights each side. It is deliberately kept low to allow a dinghy to be stowed under the boom. The coach-roof is quite wide taking advantage of the yacht?s generous beam and tapers gently down forwards so does not stand out significantly above the bulwark. The coach-roof deck is double planked with scrubbed teak externally over internal painted pine boards. Traditional varnished sky-light with copper drip strips and bronze bars. Teak grab rails each side of the

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