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59′ Danish gaff ketch Pre-Owned Woodenships, Sailing Yachts, International

New Zealand


Danish gaff ketch built in Denmark in 1925 as a sailing fishing boat. She has typical Danish lines with a high bow, pronounced sweeping sheer and a stunning elliptical counter. Originally designed as a sailing boat without an engine she has very sweet underwater lines giving her relatively good sailing performance not often found in these boats. She worked the North Sea waters for many years, no doubt undergoing refits and engine changes as the fishing world moved with the times, before being sold to Germany in 1980 and fitted out as a pleasure yacht. In 1990 she sailed to Tonga and then on to New Zealand in 1995 where she was bought by the present owner. She underwent a major refit and was re-launched in 2000 after having significant structural work to the hull, a complete interior fit out and new electrical and mechanical systems. The refit was carried out with commercial use in mind and everything was done to the NZ Offshore Survey standard, their equivalent to our Code of Practice. This vessel appears to be one of the best of her type with a very smart finish, comfortable interior and a sound hull. She has continued with a gaff ketch rig which is easily managed by a small crew (or single handed) and an array of self tailing winches, including powered halyard winches, to make life easy for the crew. Her deck is a safe working area with high bulwarks all round and the wheelhouse gives a sheltered helm position at all times, ideal for foul weather and hot sun.

59′ Danish gaff ketch


Length on Deck                 59′

Length Overall                   74′

Beam                                    15′

Draft                                      7’6″




Planked in 2″ oak fastened with wrought iron nails and through bolts to survey regime to heavy sawn oak frames in the traditional Danish way.

Grown oak floors with a steel  u-beam stretching from the mast to the engine for strength and linking main mast to engine beds.

External lead ballast keel of 8 tons fastened with wrought iron keel bolts, last drawn in 1999,  2 tons of internal lead trimming ballast well fastened..

High bulwarks on stanchions mounted through the coverboard and side fastened through the frame heads with an oiled teak capping rail and a guard wire on bronze stanchions to increase height for commercial work.


New deck constructed mid 80’s and recaulked 18 months ago with 1″ plywood overlaid with 1″ straight laid teak. Painted solid oak cover boards replaced in present ownership.

Varnished teak deck boxes on the foredeck for stowage.


Oiled teak wheelhouse and coachroof coamings. Windows all round in the wheelhouse with opening doors each side. Bronze double glazed opening portholes in the coachroof coamings.

The wheelhouse is located just forward of the mizzen mast and gives full standing headroom and seating for 9 people with good all round visibility, excellent shelter from all the elements. There is a coachroof extending fore and aft from the wheelhouse giving ample headroom below decks but still allowing for suitably wide side decks.

Coachroof decks are marine plywood overlaid with straight laid teak. Oiled teak cover boards and king plank on the coachroof decks.

Oiled teak hatch slightly offset to port on the foredeck gives access to the forward parts of the ship.



Gaff ketch rig on keel stepped solid wooden mast for main with deck stepped mizzen to below support pole. Solid wooden slab reefing booms, gaffs and bowsprit. All spars are oil finished.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, new in 1999, partly parcelled and served in the traditional way with spliced thimbles. Regularly slushed with preventative oils. Dead eye and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates. Navigation light boxes in the main shrouds.

Main mast has triple shrouds to the hounds and a single cap shroud over single spreaders. Single running backstays on tackles to external chainplates.

Mizzen mast has twin shrouds to the hounds and a single cap shroud.

Standing inner forestay to the stem head. Twin standing outer forestays from the bowsprit end to the mast head.

Running rigging of traditional looking 3 strand with oiled wooden blocks.


All sails in tan terylene by Doyle sails in 2001.







Pair of electric self tailing winches to take the mainsail peak and throat halyard.

2 pairs of self tailing winches for the headsail sheets mounted on the coachroof deck and capping rail.

2 winches on the aft coachroof for the mizzen sheets and halyards.


Yanmar 6cyl 190hp diesel commissioned in 2000 in a dedicated walk in engine room with 5′ headroom. Approximately 800 hours. 3.3:1 gearbox and 2008 shaft (dripless) to Maxprop

Single lever control to centreline stainless steel shaft to a 3 blade 39 inch bronze feathering Maxprop.  7.0 -7.5 knots cruising speed @ 10l/hour, max speed 8.75 knots.

Salvage/fire pump driven off the engine and genset. All Stainless to survey standard.


Westerbeke 6kva genset with a 30hp fresh water cooled diesel – reconditioned 1999 all parts.


2200l total fuel capacity in 3 stainless steel tanks in the engine room.

180 gallon total water capacity in stainless tanks under the berths.


Domestic battery bank with a total of 1100ah.

Dedicated engine start battery

Dedicated generator start battery

Charging from the dedicated high output engine alternator or through a 240v Victron smart charger when either the generator is running or connected to shore power.

Victron combi inverter/charger with 230v socket outlets around the ship.


Hydraulic steering with sailing and motoring mode with a spoked wooden wheel.



12 berths with a double and single berth in the aft cabin, 4 pilot berths in the saloon, a double and 3 singles in the forward cabin.


Central steps down from the wheelhouse into the saloon. Galley area separated off to starboard. Main saloon is a light and spacious area with 7′ headroom under the coach roofs. Large saloon seating slightly offset to port with long bench seats either side and 2 pilot berths per side outboard under the side decks. Saloon sole boards of stained pine boards with lifting sections for easy access to the bilge.

Doorway going forward set to starboard giving access to the forward cabin with a double to starboard and a single above it. Two singles to port against the hull. Doorway from this cabin into the forepeak with anchor locker and stowage and a workshop. Access from here to the deck through the forehatch.

Going aft from the saloon is a passageway on the port side into the engine room and continuing on to the aft cabin with a large double berth to starboard and a single to port.


Large galley with a Dickinson diesel fired galley stove with a flue exiting just forward of the wheelhouse. Stained oak worktops with twin brass sinks. Hot and cold pressurised water, hot water from the galley stove. Bottom loading fridge unit and top loading freezer units – both Isotherm water cooled units with thermostats.


2 heads compartments with sea toilets pumping into black waste tanks or overboard. Both heads with showers that drain into waste tanks with electric pump outs. Washing machine in one of the heads compartments.


Steering compass

Log and sounder


24 mile radar



8 man RFD liferaft

Life jackets

3 life buoys



Fire extinguishers

2 x 200lb Admiralty Pattern anchors stowed in Hawse pipes with washdown

110m chain on each anchor

Hydraulic windlass with rope gypsy both sides.

10′ inflatable dinghy

2hp outboard




 Designer:   Traditional     Length on deck:   59'

 Builder:      Hartgensen   Beam:                  15'

 Year:         1925             Draft:                    7'6"

Location    New Zealand



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