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Alan Pape Gaff Cutter Pre-Owned Woodenships, Sailing Yachts

United Kingdom


Alan Pape Gaff Cutter Designed by Alan Pape and built by Rob Feloy, Yacht Surveyor, and Gubby Williams, Boatbuilder, in Devon and launched in 1991. In 1992/93 she crossed the Atlantic via the West Indies to Maine, returning in 1995. Since then she has been sailed extensively around the UK, and after a major refit by the Elephant Boatyard in 2010 she completed two separate circumnavigations of the UK taking in the Shetland Islands and the Orkneys. In the present ownership she has been altered in many ways to improve her sailing ability and her comfort with a newly designed taller mast in 2006, Beta Marine engine in 2007 and the large quarter berth in 2009. She has had extra tanks fitted, heating systems, modern charging systems and all new upholstery in recent years. Built using modern techniques making her very strong but light with a healthy ballast ratio and large internal volume, she is a very unusual boat. Being only 34′ length on deck she is not a big boat but has more space and volume than most gaffers of this size. Currently Coded Category 2 under the MCA, she is fully equipped and licensed to work commercially as a charter vessel. Length on Deck 34′ Length Overall 43′ Length Waterline 29′ Beam 10’8″ Draft 5’8″ Displacement 9 tons

Alan Pape Gaff Cutter



The hull is built from Strip plank Douglas Fir, all resorcinol glued. Externally she has 2 layers of marine plywood glued on in diagonal strips, total hull thickness of 1.5″.  Sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth.

6 heavy laminated Iroko Ring frames spread throughout the boat with laminate knees in each top corner.

Solid Iroko keel.  Laminated Iroko floors across the centreline in between the ring frames.

External lead ballast keel of 3.5 tons fastened with stainless steel bolts.

Deck is 1″ T&G pine overlaid with 0.5″ marine plywood and sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth.

Varnished teak toe rails, coachroof and deck furniture

Deep self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts.  Large locker to port.  Tiller steering with transom hung rudder.


Gaff cutter rig on a hollow keel stepped Douglas Fir mast built by Collars in 2006 to an Ed Burnett design.  Varnished wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Unpolished stainless steel wire rigging with spliced eyes, all new in 2006. Bronze rigging screws to external stainless chain plates.

Mostly Colin Frake Ash and bronze blocks.

4 self tailing sheet winches in the cockpit and 2 small bronze reefing winches on the mast pinrail.

Mainsail with 3 reef points. Staysail hanks to forestay. Jib on a ‘Dyarchy’ system to the end of the bowsprit.

Huge sail wardrobe including numerous large off wind and storm sails. Mainsail 2011, Staysail 2006, Jib 2007


Beta Marine 37.5hp diesel installed new in 2007.

2:1 reduction box and stainless shaft to a 3 blade feathering Variprop.

53 gallons of fuel in 2 stainless tanks.

70 gallons fresh water in 2 separate stainless tanks

Cruising speed 5 kts @ 2000rpm, approx ¾ gph. 6/7 kts max.

Calorifier for hot water heated from the engine or shore power.

2 x 12v gel batteries, 200ah total for domestics. one new in 2017)

1x 12v engine start battery

1 anchor winch battery (2015)

Charging from 100 amp engine alternator with Adverc battery management or through shore power charger.


The interior volume of this boat is vast and she is a very comfortable yacht. The berths are all a very good size and headroom is ample right through the saloon.

Steps down from the companion hatch with the galley to port and chart desk to starboard. Aft of the chart desk is a large single quarter berth, 6′ x 3’6″ with storage shelves and lockers.

The galley has been well thought out with a 2 burner Force 10 gas stove with oven and grill and a twin stainless steel sink with hot and cold water plus a manual seawater tap.  Top access 12v fridge.  Storage lockers behind and below with ample work surface space.  Specially designed teak top acts as a chopping board and doubles as a draining board.

Half size chart desk, forward facing with a seat. Deep lockers outboard for stowage and bookshelves. Pull out drawer below the chart desk. Garmin plotter mounted by the desk for easy use.

Half height bulkheads and a step down divide off the main saloon with a centreline dropleaf varnished teak table. Port and starboard saloon settee berths plus a pilot berth to starboard under the deckhead. The backs of the berths pull up to create very wide and comfortable berths. Port side under the deckhead are four large lockers with shelves.

Forward end of the port berth is a Faversham cast iron stove.

Port side door going forward with a heads compartment to starboard. Blakes Lavac sea toilet which either discharges directly overboard or into a black waste tank. Opposite the heads is a hanging locker, dressing table and more storage.

Centreline door going forward into the forecabin with twin V-berths which include an infill to create a double berth. Anchor locker forward under the berth and storage beneath.

Full specification and details available upon request

Designer:     Alan Pape            Length on deck: 34'

Builder:         Feloy/Williams    Beam: 10'8

Year:              1991                    Draft: 5'8

Location       Hants                  Tonnage(TM): 9 tons disp



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