28′ Wright and Harris Gaff Cutter

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1913 Wright Wright and Harris Gaff Cutter ‘Sauntress

We are very proud to be able to offer to you one of the top 250 most beautiful classic yachts in the World (according to Classic Boat Magazine, and us too!) 

Lin and Larry Pardey said it decades ago, and its more true in todays economy than ever before.. go small, go simple and GO NOW!

A heritage that produced the Bristol Channel Cutters, the Falmouth Working Boats, and inpsired designers such as Fife, Herreshoff, Laurent Giles and many more, this is a true yacht, a vessel of class and style and authenticity that any real sailor would be proud to call their own, and bring joy constantly throughout ownership. 

As her most recent survey confirms, ‘Sauntress’ has been maintained to a high standard, and having had multiple major refits throughout her life, the most recent in 2005, she is really an authentic classic boat in young condition.   With her self draining cockpit and her stout washboards for open sea work, her additional sawn frames amidships, her massive hanging knees in the main cabin, her upgraded lead keel, her Voyager self steering, her solar set up with two batteries, her peak and throat halyards run back to the cockpit, her stainless steel lifelines, her jib and foresail on Wickham Martin gear,  she can be largely handled without leaving the cockpit – particularly important when coming to a mooring buoy, a quay, to anchor, or whatever, but useful offshore too, she is truly an ocean capable voyaging yacht for those that care what they sail, not just where. 

Although very traditional and very simple, apart perhaps from her rig, she is both ocean capable and huge fun to sail… not to mention, more often than not,  ‘the prettiest yacht in the anchorage.’ As for the square sail. It was Claude Worth who wrote. “Never again will I go to sea without a squaresail.”   You might agree once you make a passage onboard ‘Sauntress’ yourself!

Sauntress is fitted with a single berth in the forepeake, along with storage for tools, spares, sails and anchor gear.   In her main cabin she has a single berth each side, the port side extends to a double bed. She has her galley and navigations stations at the aft end of the main cabin each side.    Her companionway is centerline aft, followed by a cockpit with strage under. 

  • Sink with manual fresh water foot pump
  • Taylor Propane 2 burner cooker with oven
  • (2) stainless steel water tanks of about 47 gallons each
  • Raritan Manual Head Toilet
  • Bengco Solid Fuel Stove / Heater
  • (2) hatches 
  • Dorade vent
  • Mushroom vent
  • Brass Oil Lantern 

  • Masthead Tricolor navigation light
  • Brass Oil Lantern anchor light (proper all weather light) 
  • Signet Marine depthsounder (new 2018)
  • Sestrel grid compass
  • Plastimo handbearing compass
  • Freiberger sextant (1982), with appropriate navigation tables and almanac
  • Walker Knotmaster KDO MkIIIA trailing log
  • VEB Feingeratebau 217M barograph (in case)
  • sounding lead (with hand line)
  • 12 Volt DC power system
  • (2) MK 12-volt M50-12-SLD M batteries each of 50Ah nominal
    maximum capacity (New in 2017) 
  • Lensun 60-watt semi-flexible solar panel  (2017)
  • Keno charge regulator  (2017)
  • Vetus battery isolating / selector switch
  • Switch/fuse panel at the navigation station
  • Electric lights thoughout
  • NOTE:  ‘Sauntress’ is an engineless vessel (although did have inboard motors previously but the last was removed in 1994 and the deadwood and rudder restored to original)
  • (2) Whale Gusher Titan manual diaphragm-type bilge pumps
  • Firemaster 1kg rechargeable dry powder fire extinguisher
  • Wirecutters
  • Copper nails and roves
  • Caulking irons
  • Mallet
  • Misc tools
  • Built of Pine planking on Oak framing, Lead ballast.
  • Hull was refinished in 2022 and has consistently been well kept. 
  • Clinker built Pram dinghy (2018) 
  • Voyager servo-pendulum type self-steering gear (2014)
  • 35lb (15.8kg) CQR anchor stowed on the foredeck, with a galvanised
    steel shackle connecting to a generous length of 10mm galvanised chain approximately 27m  length
  • 20lb (9.1kg) plough anchor (stowed beneath a saloon settee) is provided with 3m
    of 9.5mm (3/8in) galvanised chain and a long coil of 18mm Anchorplait warp
  • Fisherman anchor of an estimated 10kg (stowed on wooden foredeck chocks with several metres of 10mm chain and a long length of 16mm three-strand)
  • Lalizas Quick horseshoe lifebuoy with Jotron lifebuoy light and a buoyant warp
  • Various lifejackets and harnesses 
  • First aid kit 
  • Mobri radar reflector
  • Bucket with lanyard
  • Various warps, heaving line and fenders
  • Boathook
  • Boarding ladder (rope/wood)
  • Bosun’s chair
  • Wooden sweep (needs scarf repair under leather)
  • Red ensign
  • Spare water cans.
  • Main Mast by Robertsons Boatyard (1990) with galvanized fittings
  • Bowsprit, Boom and Gaff in Spruce
  • 18ft Squaresail Yard in Pine (2014)
  • Stainless rigging with pressed or swaged terminals (2014)
  • Running rigging is POSH 3 strand (2016) 
  • Furling Gear for both headsails
  • Jib (2014)
  • Staysail (2014)
  • Main (2010) 
  • Topsail
  • Square sail
  • Storm jib
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Length Overall 35.75ft
Max Draft 4.83ft
Beam 8ft
Length at Waterline 21.5ft
Fresh Water Tank 2 X 47 Gal ()
Single Berths 2
Cabins 1
Heads 1

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