1934 Elkins Auxiliary Gaff Cutter

Elkins Auxiliary Gaff Cutter - Description

A beautiful and unique 24' Gaff Cutter built by Elkins of Christchurch circa 1934. 'Withy' might be a classic design but she has been brought into the modern day with the installation of an electric engine - a 48v, 4kw Krautler Saildrive motor. The perfect way to explore the harbour and local coastline with a minimal carbon footprint. You'll get 5 hours on a full charge, and keep the boat plugged in on the pontoon and the 8 batteries will self regulate their charging. The ideal day boat, but if you do decide to stop overnight the coach roof is hinged to provide more headroom and the cockpit cover provides more sheltered usable space. With a centreboard, 'Withy' is ideal for harbour, broads or coastal cruising. On the mooring, rigged and ready to go. Available to view by appointment. Knowledgeable owner close by. Contact us for more information.

Engine And Electrical

  • 48v, 4kw Krautler Saildrive motor
  • Engine installation and information featured in Practical Boat Owner article ‘Going electric’ issue 618 in October 2017
  • Fitted by Thames Electric Launch Co in 2017
  • In the region of 40 hours run since new
  • 8 batteries, 6v solid state
  • Shore power
  • Battery charger - self regulating batteries, keep plugged in on pontoon
  • Approx 26 mile range depending on conditions, 5 hours running time
  • 3 bladed bronze propellor, 12 x 6

Hull And Deck

  • Constructed circa 1934 by Elkins of Christchurch
  • British Columbian Pine topsides and below water line, on oak frames
  • During a major overhaul in 2009, a new deck and coachroof were constructed of marine ply and epoxy sheathed
  • Centreboard, lifting keel - all important pin checked last year
  • Painted white hull
  • Tiller steering
  • CQR Anchor, with approx 25 ft of chain and warp
  • Manual windlass
  • Boat hook
  • Opening hatch forward
  • 4 warps
  • 2 fenders
  • Antifouled and anodes changed May 2024
  • Cockpit cover
  • Canvas covers for sides of coachroof when raised
  • Full winter boat cover


  • Cabin with two bench seats that could also be used as two single berths
  • Storage lockers
  • Chart table
  • Area to put your own camping stove
  • Coach roof hinged and able to be raised to provide more headroom

Sails And Spars

  • Mainsail with slab reefing, approx 12 years old
  • 2 Jibs - Both about 1 year old, one light weight and one heavier weight - only one ever used so far, the other has not been out of the bag
  • Foresail, approx 12 years old
  • Standing rigging approx 10 years old and checked this year
  • Running rigging approx 5 years old
  • Sailcover
  • Tabernacle mounted mast - held by two bolts, which once undone allow the mast to be lowered onto the support for the boom

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



Overall length: 7.3m
Hull beam: 2.2m
Max. displacement: 0kg
Fuel capacity: 0 litres
Engine: 48V 4KW Krautler Saildrive Motos
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