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1903 Alfred Mylne 57 ft Gaff Cutter - Sold



1903 Alfred Mylne 57 ft Gaff Cutter

Designer Alfred Mylne & Co
Builder J G Fay & Co of Southampton 1903 (later to become Camper & Nicholson)
Date 1903
Length overall 63 ft 7 in / 19.38 m
Length deck 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Length waterline 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Beam 11 ft 7 in / 3.53 m
Draft 7 ft 7 in / 2.31 m
Displacement 22.93 Tonnes
Construction Carvel planked in Pitch Pine over Oak frames fastened to steam b
Engine BUKH DV48-ME 48hp
Location South Coast
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



It is fair to say that KELPIE is one of the most impressive yachts of her period sailing in UK waters.

Mylne, unconstrained by any rule, designed a class of 38 footers for a group of owners disenchanted with the rule makers – then and now she holds her own in the 12 Metre class, a stunning sight under sail, very fast, very manageable in the right hands and never failing to impress all who see her.



KELPIE, the yacht’s name relates to a supernatural shape-shifting horse that haunts the rivers and streams of Scotland. Disenchantment with rule-makers is not the sole preserve of the modern era and at a time when the Linear Rater Rules were not entirely popular as they tried to grapple with dissatisfaction at length and Sail area rules. The main complaint was that the Linear Raters were too lightly built – designers and builders might have liked them but owners took a dim view!

KELPIE was designed by Alfred Mylne as a Solent 38 foot class to race with the 42 foot Linear Raters and the fact that she survives today is testament to how Mylne would have created a yacht when unconstrained by the rule. The story goes that owners who commissioned the new class decided to do so with a dinner honouring the passing of Queen Victoria.

With the introduction of the Meter rule in 1907, she was classed as a 12 Metre and raced with the 12s well into the 1920s.

In 1922 KELPIE was involved in the Erskine Childers’ plot to run guns into Ireland to use against the Irish Free State government. Childers was captured and executed but 600 carbines aboard KEPLIE were transferred to a fishing boat off Howth and she slipped away undetected.

KELPIE survived World War II with her keel intact – many yacht owners were encouraged to give up their lead keels for the war effort. After a string of South Coast owners she returned to the Dartmouth Yard of Nash & Holden where she benefited from 15 years of careful renewal and thorough maintenance ensuring her survival and present impressive condition.



The hull is planked in pitch-pine fastened with iron dumps to grown oak frames at around 3’ centres and copper fastened to 2 remarkably heavy steam bent Rock Elm timbers between on an oak back-bone. The external lead keel is secured with bronze bolts. Iron strap floors on the grown oak frames.

The topsides planking is exceptionally fair and painted with a white Awlgrip type of finish with a fine gold caveat line.

KELPIE has a flush deck with centre-line varnished teak hatches and skylights up to the mast leaving wide, clear side decks so necessary to safe handling under sail. The deck was replaced around 1990 in yacht-laid scrubbed teak over a ply sub deck. The teak cover-boards, toe rails and cappings are all varnished.


Deck layout

The long, deep cockpit has high varnished teak coamings, curved in toward the entrance hatch at forward ends. Seat lockers each side follow the same curve, the locker lids also in scrubbed teak to mirror the deck with varnished frames. The scrubbed teak cockpit sole comprises 2 lifting hatches to access the after end of the engine, the generator and the shaft below.

Varnished teak entrance hatch with sliding top and twin panelled teak doors over the seat-height sill. This entrance hatch is close-coupled to a long varnished teak sky-light, the lights each side protected by bronze bars, running up to 3’ abaft the mast and giving standing head-room in the cabin as well as light and ventilation.

Immediately forward of the mast is the main fore hatch on the centre-line and a further small hatch forward to starboard to access the forepeak.

Steering is by tiller with a bronze rudder replaced in 1995 to the timber rudder hung on the after end of the keel.

Bronze and stainless steel deck fittings.

Bronze stanchion posts with twin guard-ropes.



6 berths.

Fore peak, accessed through he small, forward starboard offset hatch. A clean compartment for sail stowage with hot water calorifier to port and 2 x 12v batteries for the windlass.

Fore cabin with single port berth, small double to starboard and optional infill to make a large double right across the cabin. White painted deck head. Stowage and forward, water tank under the starboard berth. Varnished hardwood forward bulkhead with lockers. Fore hatch over. Deck prisms throw in a lot of light. 12v lights Bulkhead with port side door to the forward heads compartment, mast against the after bulkhead. Twin locker doors to port to spacious cupboards under the port side deck, water pressure pump. Shower tray in the sole with teak grating, drains back to the holding tank. Showerhead and thermostatic controls on the bulkhead.

To starboard is a Jabsco manual sea toilet with varnished teak seat and lid, shelf and cupboards under the side deck behind the heads. Porcelain hand basin in a varnished teak unit against the forward bulkhead with antique tiled splash back and framed mirror.

Centre-line panelled bulkhead door to the saloon cabin. Chesterfield-style U-shaped seating to starboard around a table on a pedestal, drops to make a double berth. Additional table leaf to extend the table athwartships. Shelf behind the seating to exposed ships sides, the frames varnished against white painted inner planking face. Glazed locker doors over a sideboard at the after end.
Next aft down the starboard side is a panelled door to a large, deep locker.
Next aft is the forward facing chart desk with seat.
Quarter berth behind the navigator’s seat
Settee berth to port with pilot berth up behind.
A sideboard unit with drawers and surface with fiddle-rails divides the settee from the galley
Force 10 s/s gimballed 3-burner, grill and oven in a recess
Twin s/s sinks with H&C, drains to the holding tank
Top loading freezer in the surface against the after bulkhead with Frigoboat fridge freezer units and Isotherm 12v compressor and engine driven compressor.
Lockers under the side decks along behind the cooker and sinks and lockers under the sinks
Coolmatic 12v fridge recessed into the after bulkhead above the freezer
Steps to the cockpit between the galley and the chart desk remove to access the engine
Varnished forward bulkhead, varnished deck-beams with white-painted deck-head
Varnished pitch pine and teak joinery
Varnished teak inlaid cabin sole
Deep-buttoned red leather upholstery
Full length varnished teak shy-light down the length of the saloon cabin gives full headroom
Eberspacher diesel fired hot air cabin heating
Alpine radio/cassette player with 2 Bose speakers in the cabin and 2 Bose waterproofed speaker in the cockpit


Gaff cutter rig & sails

Gaff Cutter rig on a varnished, hollow, built pole mast by Noble Masts stepped through the deck onto the keel. Single spreaders
Varnished hollow gaff and solid varnished boom were replaced in 1999. Stainless steel boom fitting pivoting on twin custom-made stainless steel mast banks fitted with belay pins. Bronze boom support arch on the counter drops down to lie on the deck.
Leathered, stainless steel gaff saddle
Galvanised 7 x 7 wire standing rigging, parcelled and served with soft eyes round the hounds above and spliced lower ends with galvanised rigging screws enclosed in white canvas wraps to internal galvanised steel chain plates side-bolted to the main frames.
Main fore stay, stemhead to hounds in galvanised wire. Outer fore stay and topmast fore stay in stainless steel
Topsail yard and club in carbon fibre with varnished wood laminate
Spinnaker pole pivoted on the boom mast banks stows vertically up the forward face of the mast
All traditional varnished elm block and tackle running rigging, the fall brought down to teak fife rails either side of the mast with bronze belay pins
Pair of bronze Lewmar 30ST, self-tailing, top action mast winches
Pair of bronze Lewmar 30ST, self-tail reefing winches on the forward end of the boom
Pair of bronze Lewmar 40ST top action self-tail 2-speed sheet winches
Pair of bronze Lewmar 48ST top action, self-tail 2-speed sheet winches
Pair of bronze Lewmar 44ST top action, self-tail, 2-speed sheet winches

2 Mainsails both with 3 reefs – 1 almost new for racing. 1 10 yrs old for delivery/cruising
2 x staysails
2 Yankee jibs
2 x jib topsails
1 x large jib topsail Driver – as new
1 x large genoa – good condition
1 x No 2 jib – good condition
1 x working topsail – good condition
1 x jackyard topsail – good condition
1 x large jackyard topsail “skysail” – good condition
1 x symmetric spinnaker – good condition
1 x asymmetric traditional flat spinnaker – fair condition
Cream acrylic sail covers



BUKH DV48-ME 48hp 3-cylinder turbo 4-stroke diesel mounted on steel sub-frame bed last rebuilt in 2002. centre line s/s shaft to 3 blade feathering prop with Spurs rope cutter. The engine has excellent access either through the forward cockpit sole hatch or by removing the steps into the cabin under the main entrance hatch
Kobelt bronze single lever throttle/gear controls in the cockpit beside the engine control panel

Mastervolt 12/40 Smart battery charger
Mastervolt BTM – 1 battery monitoring system
Mastervolt Battery Mate battery isolator
240v shore supply
12v and electrical circuits, 3 pin 240v domestic sockets throughout
12v Mastervolt gel engine start battery
12v Mastervolt generator start battery
2 x 12v 200amp/hr batteries located forward provide domestic services and windlass
BEP Marine RCD circuit breakers
50amp engine driven alternator


Fuel capacity

40 gallons (180 litres) diesel in stainless steel tank under port side of the cockpit


Water capacity

1 x stainless steel water tank under the forward berth
1 x stainless steel water tank under the saloon cabin sole
Both with inspection hatches total approx 80 gallons (367 litres)
Brass water sight gauge level indicator in the forward heads
Grey water from sink, hand basin and shower tray drain to the same tanks as the cockpit drains with auto-pump discharge

Pressurised H&C water supply with Jabsco 3.3gmp 12v pump
Hot water from insulated tank with 240v immersion heater element in the forepeak powered by the shore supply or generator
H&C at galley and heads basin. Mira 88 H&C shower


Navigation equipment

Brookes and Gatehouse syncro analogue displays with depth, hull speed, wind speed and direction
Compass heading from B&G Halycon 2000 electric compass
Brookes and Gatehouse Hydra 2000 digital repeater with wind/speed/depth/log

Brookes and Gatehouse Hydra 2000 digital repeater showing wind/speed/depth/log
Furuno GP-32 12 channel GPS/WAAS
Simrad RD68 VHF radio
Icom AD95 handheld VHF radio
Autohelm handheld electric compass
Brass barometer on the cabin bulkhead

Electric windlass
45lb CQR anchor and chain
Danforth kedge anchor with chain and warp

8 man canister life raft
3 fire extinguishers
Fire blanket at the galley
Gas detector. Gas bottle stowed in draining locker in the counter
2 x manual bilge pumps (cockpit and saloon)


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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