Breton Gaff Cutter

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 Description

49" Breton Gaff Cutter The extraordinary revival of interest in the French traditional boat scene in Brittany as a result of the festivals in Douarnenez and later in Brest has been the envy of traditional boat enthusiasts in the UK. In true Breton fashion the magazine Chasse Maree which started the whole movement instigated a program called Bateaux des Cotes de France – Boats of the French Coast. The plan was to encourage individual ports or regions to build a replica of the fishing or trading boats from their areas. Moreover, the build would attract government and commercial sponsorship. The result has been the construction of some 80 boats either new builds or rebuilds from the 80’ Recouvrance down to the little 20’ open sailing fishing boat built for the editor of Chasse Maree himself, Bernard Cadoret. This cutter is one of this illustrious fleet, a replica of a 1910 sailing fishing boat from the port of Longuivy on the north coast of Britanny. Built by 2 local boat builders in full public view between 1988 and her launch in 1992 she joined the regatta fleets in Douarnenez and Brest. She then sailed to the Caribbean and South America returning by way of Bermuda before being sold to the present family owners in 2008 since when she has operated as a charter boat in the Golfe de Morbihan on the south Brittany coast running day and weekly sails with individuals and groups. None of us get any younger so after 8 happy and successful years in operation it is now time for the family to hand over to a new generation. (Trading figures at around Eu 100k are available on request)

Breton Gaff Cutter


 

Construction

Pitch-pine planking on sawn oak frames.

External lead ballast.

Straight laid pine deck with high bulwarks all round and lots of clear deck space.

Rig

Gaff cutter on a keel stepped solid wooden mast.

She has proved to be a fast boat with a powerful rig setting 200sqm sail (600sq’)

All traditional block and tackle but with modern winches and hydraulic windlass back-up.

Machinery

Perkins 4-cyl 82hp naturally aspirated fresh water cooled diesel engine installed in 2008 with new shaft and prop.

Single lever control hydraulic gear-box.

Accommodation

3 double berths in the midships accommodation + 2 singles in the aft cabin.

Below deck, the vessel is divided into 3 compartments:

Small focs’le, stowage only, access by a flush deck hatch immediately aft of the sampson post with collision bulkhead to:

Midships main accommodation with large sky-light and coach-roof over. Berths, galley etc.

Aft cabin.

Full specification and details available upon request

Designer:    Traditional                Length on deck: 48' - 14.8m

Builder:        Longuivy, Brittany   Beam: 15.8' - 4.8m

Year:             1992                        Draft: 7.2' - 2.5m

Location Brittany

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