Saturday, October 18, 2014

‘Stewarts Secret’, an East Coast Smack?

I saw this gaff cutter at Titchmarsh Marina. I believe she is a replica GRP smack. Her topsides appear to be rather too smooth for painted wood, because there are no signs of caulking between planking. She has a stout bowsprit, but the girth of her yard and boom seem inadequate for the forces they may have to bear, especially with a severe gybe. Likewise, her chainplates are not robust enough for a genuine working boat. She has the scantlings of yacht, rather than a smack. Now, I could be wrong in all of this, but that’s the impression I have.


East Coast Old Gaffers Association

Tyrell and Young, 27ft Gaff Cutter for Sale £24,000



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