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Ed Burnett 30 ft Gaff Cutter - Sold



Ed Burnett 30 ft Gaff Cutter

Designer Ed Burnett & Nigel Irens
Builder Elephant Boatyard
Date 1998
Length overall 38 ft 0 in / 11.58 m
Length deck 30 ft 0 in / 9.15 m
Length waterline 26 ft 10 in / 8.18 m
Beam 9 ft 9 in / 2.97 m
Draft 5 ft 6 in / 1.67 m
Displacement 7.89 Tonnes
Construction Wood epoxy
Engine Beta 20 HP diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



From the board of Ed Burnett, in association with Nigel Irens and built by the Elephant Boatyard in 1998 ZINNIA may owe her easy lines not a little to the influence of West Country pilot boats with maybe just a hint of Laurent Giles and Harrison Butler. Whatever the influences, the designers and ZINNIA’s extremely knowledgeable owners have created a 30 foot gaff cutter for offshore and coastal sailing (but with an Atlantic circuit already under her belt) as sure footed and well mannered as her looks imply. Nonetheless she has turn of speed enough to have won her trophies at gaffer events with embarrassing ease.

ZINNIA has a consistency of build, style and finish carried through the boat from the all bronze custom deck fittings to her interior, displaying her wonderful wooden construction to great effect.

Given the high quality of her build, her condition is hard to fault and there can be no doubt her next owner will acquire a very special yacht indeed.

ZINNIA was originally laid out unashamedly for two people, with completely open plan accommodation. Three years ago the owners reconfigured the accommodation to a more conventional arrangement, which includes a saloon and separate forecastle, which incorporates the head. At the same time, the cockpit was enlarged to provide more space and protection.



- Douglas fir Speedstrip and 2 layers of 3 mm mahogany laid diagonally over laminated ring frames
- There are no bulkheads
- Decks and superstructure are of teak; substantially built both for strength and insulation



The layout takes full advantage of the beautiful wooden shell construction, imbuing an ambience reminiscent of yachts a hundred years her senior. While the atmosphere may be warm it is never too hot, thanks to the deliberately thick deck and coach roof construction, specifically designed to prevent the penetration of tropical heat.
- 4 berths: two settees with lee clothes in saloon and V berth forward
- Force 10 Camping Gaz galley cooker with 2 burners, oven & grill
- Faversham solid fuel stove
- Ice box under chart table
- Galley crockery, cutlery & pans
- 2 x Davy & Co oil lamps
- Brass fresh water & salt water galley pumps
- Head compartment Lavac Popular manual pump WC, wash basin and brass pump fitted March 2012


Rig, spars and sails

While ZINNIA’s design may appear timeless, the use of modern materials in her construction allowed her designers to specify a height of mast, balanced with low slung ballast to give a stiffness and the power to hoist a vast amount of canvas; way more than could ever have been achieved with pitch pine on oak and heavy spars.

Gaff cutter rig
- Douglas fir hollow mast by Noble
- Standing rigging; 7 x 7 stainless steel wire hand spliced by Spencer Rigging
- Bronze rigging screws
- Spinnaker pole; extending aluminium
- Facnor continuous line jib furling gear
- Sailspar continuous line staysail furler

Sail wardrobe - all Sanders and Richardson Sails
- Mainsail; P Sanders Hood Cream Dacron new Nov 2010
- Staysail; P Sanders Hood Cream Dacron new Nov 2010
- Working jib; P Sanders Hood Cream Dacron new Nov 2010
- Light weather jib; Sanders Hood Cream Dacron new 2011
- No3 jib; Richardson sails
- Topsail; Richardson sails
- Trysail; Richardson sails
- Sail cover; Sanders new 2014
- Sanders Asymmetric for down wind – new 2010


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger 2 speed windlass
- 2 x Lewmar 30 bronze winches
- 4 x Lewmar 16 bronze winches
- Bronze deck hardware
- 35 lb CQR anchor + 60m 3/8th inch galvanised chain
- 22 lb Delta anchor
- 70 lb Luke 3 piece Fishermans anchor
- 100 m 3/8th inch galvanised chain
- 300 ft nylon kedge warp
- Sun awning covering mast to transom
- Spray hood; Sanders new 2012


Mechanical and tankage

- Monitor wind vane self steering not currently fitted
- Beta 20 HP 3 cylinder diesel engine BD722 fitted 2003
- Tek-Tank 22 gal / 100 litre Polypropylene Diesel tank
- 2 Blade fixed propeller
- 2 x Batteries; one engine start, one domestic
- Flexible water tank approx 29 gal / 132 L


Navigation / instruments

- Plastimo steering compass
- Hand bearing compass
- NASA digital echo sounder
- Clock, aneroid barometer & humidity gauge
- Paraffin copper anchor light
- Paraffin copper port & starboard lights
- Lead line
- Masthead tri-colour light with in mast cabling
- Steaming / deck light
- Side lights on shroud mounted light boards & stern light



- Life raft in need of service
- EPIRB in need of service
- Storm parachute anchor
- Throwing line
- Firedell blipper
- Fire extinguishers to be date tested
- Fire blanket


Additional equipment

- Warps & fenders
- Boathook
- Spare tiller
- All over winter cover; Sanders 2013


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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