D H Grainger Gaff Cutter (Centre Board)

A unique slice of tradition !
  • Boat REF#  ·  262421
  • Length  ·  9.25m
  • Year  ·  1995
  • Construction  ·  Wood
  • Underwater profile  ·  Lifting Keel
  • Sleeping berths  ·  5
  • Lying  ·  Neyland Pembs
Boatshed Wales
Boatshed Wales
Mike de Graaf

Extra Details

Designer David Grainger
Builder David Grainger
Lying Neyland Pembs
Water capacity 295.5 ltr Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 01/07/2004


Length 9.25m
LWL 8.30m
Beam 3.30m
Draft Min 1.17m
Draft Max 2.08m
Displacement 8,128kg
Headroom 1.80m
Storage On mooring


Cutter rigged Grainger Wood spars (1995) with Galvanised standing rigging (2013)


Reefing mainsail Jeckells - Slab (2007) 3 Reefs
Headsail Patrick Selman - Furling (2012)
Other sails Staysail (2007)
No 2 Jib (1995)
No 3 Jib (2005)
Yankee JIb Topsail (2010)
Jackyard Topsail (2010)

Galvanised steel rigging dressed with Stockholm Tar. Running backstays controlled by a cunning Double-Acting Lever Mechanism beneath the tiller which releases one runner and sets up the other as the helm tacks. A very full sail wardrobe including staysails, 3 jibs, Topsails Working, Jackyard and Yankee plus spares. She can set 1000 sq ft of sail in light winds. Wykeham-Martin gears on jib and Yankee Jib Topsail.


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Lifting Keel
Finish Paint finish

Iroko splined carvel planking, bronze bolted through sawn Iroko frames and copper fastened steam bent oak ribs. Epoxy coated and painted topsides; bottom copper sheathed over hot pitch. Cast iron 3.2 ton long keel (no inside ballast). Deck GRP sheathed. Wooden Centreboard easily raised and lowered with coach-roof lanyard.
Detailed specifications of scantlings and build available electronically to serious enquirers as is the 2004 survey.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)

Galley sink with fresh and salt water pumps. Taylors 066D Paraffin stove in saloon.

2 burner paraffin Stove


Cabin heating
Manual water system

Galley sink with fresh and salt water pumps. Taylors 066D Paraffin stove in saloon.

2 burner paraffin Stove

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover
Beaching legs

2 sheet winches
Manual windlass
3 anchors
(35lb Plough, 35lb Britanny,12lb Bruce Kedge)
40.00m of chain
75.00m of rode
Neptune windvane self-steering system
Walker Bay 8 dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
Britanny anchor has 100 fathoms 2 1/2" circ nylon warp.

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights

Sparse in terms of today's navigation aids, her current owner is retaining his sextant and chronometer but there is a properly marked Lead and Line included in the sale - stowed in its own locker, correctly, on deck! Navigation lights may be run on paraffin or LED's.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets
Life buoys
Safety harnesses

3 bilge pumps (3 manual / 0 electric)

Fog Bell and Mouth Horn. MOB Rescue harness. Boarding steps on rudder. Fire blanket and extinguishers.

Broker's Comments

NOTE: We are recently (27/09/2021) in receipt of a comprehensive PDF produced by her owner, which lists detail and photographs too numerous for us to include on our website.
This PDF can be supplied, on request, by mike@boatshedwales.com

If ever the cliche' "a Proper Little Ship" meant anything then this must be it! She is a unique slice of yachting tradition harking back to a bygone era. She was designed and built by a local Engineering Company owner who's life has been tied up in this vessel for the last 41 years. She was 16 years in the build and he then spent 25 years sailing her, without an engine or any electronic nav aids. When I asked him about navigation aids his reply was to the effect that all a proper sailor needs is a compass, Walker log and lead line! His sextant and chronometer isn't for sale!
She is Carvel splined Iroko, bronze bolted to sawn Iroko frames with steamed Oak bent ribs, copper fastened. Below the waterline she is copper sheathed - plated, not painted. Her bilges are bone dry and clean enough to dine from - if you are that way inclined!
An adventurous sailor, Capt Grainger has taken her throughout the Bristol Channel, West Coast Ireland, to the Scillies, many times to the Bay of Biscay and West coast of Scotland. She can set over 1000 square feet of fair weather canvas but is nevertheless reputed to be comfortable in a Force 7 to windward under stays'l and deep reefed main. (I understand comfortable to be a relative term and possibly subjective!).
Every winter since she first took to the water she has been hauled ashore on her trailer and overwintered in the shed in which she was built. Centreboard serviced, a fresh coat of paint to her topsides and varnish to her spars accounts for her exceptional condition today and is a tribute to her owner who is keen that she should go to "the right person".
As a true 'Copper bottomed investment' I can only second that hope!
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This D H Grainger Gaff Cutter (Centre Board) has been personally photographed and viewed by Alan Coy of Boatshed Wales. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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