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Albert Strange 47 ft Gaff Cutter 1909 - Sold



Albert Strange 47 ft Gaff Cutter 1909

Designer Albert Strange
Builder Stow & Son Shoreham
Date 1909
Length overall 54 ft 11 in / 16.75 m
Length deck 47 ft 7 in / 14.5 m
Length waterline 44 ft 0 in / 13.4 m
Beam 12 ft 10 in / 3.9 m
Draft 6 ft 11 in / 2.1 m
Displacement 8 Tonnes
Construction Teak and elm planking on oak frames
Location West Coast USA
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



Some yachts just ooze class and the 1927 TALLY HO, formerly BETTY, is one such. Built by quality builders Stows of Shoreham to a design by Albert Strange she is now a niche member of rarity and desirability that few yachts can match. Even a quick look at her lines shows a robust and characterful yacht that makes the run of today\'s racing classics look quite flimsy by comparison. Restored and sailing at any of today\'s classic regattas TALLY HO would really turn some heads – and probably win a few.

On that note following a lengthy and varied career, which includes winning the Fastnet Race in 1927, being wrecked on a Pacific atoll, and years as a long line fishing vessel out of Oregon, West coast USA,TALLY HO is now a restoration project in need of a benefactor.

Whoever takes on this rewarding project can be comforted by the knowledge that the vast experience and expertise available through her current owners, the Albert Strange Association, would be readily to hand in assisting with all aspects of her rebuild. Thus she is offered as a project with the limited equipment specified here.


Title and other pictures

The title and other obviously historic pictures do not display the vessel in her current condition as a project



BETTY as she originated was built by the highly regarded Stow & Son of Shoreham in 1909 for Brixham and Hull based fisherman, Charles Hellyer, in the best English tradition of powerful and sea-kindly gaff cutters. Designed to perform the rather unusual, twin roles of cruising in comfort while retaining the ability to be used for deep-sea fishing, she seems to have been endowed with speed and heavy weather capabilities in abundance as evidenced by her winning the Fastnet Race in conditions so atrocious that the renowned yacht JOLIE BRISE was forced to turn back. TALLY HO\'s full history can be seen by clicking here



- Originally planked in American elm below the waterline with teak above
- Double sawn oak frames 2 in by 3 in sided and moulded
- 3/8 in copper rivet fastenings
- Oak deck beams with pine deck planks

Much of the planking today looks in a condition that could be retained and it is probable that some elements of her framing and deck structure may also be preserved. The centreline and transom are believed to be in good condition.



- The interior has been stripped in preparation for restoration work



- Foredeck windlass
- New dedicated boat cradle
- New full length boat cover
- The hollow steel rudder has been removed but is included in the inventory


Restoration and refit

Some stripping and remedial work, including repairs to her stem post and to her planking, has been carried out in the last few years, while a dedicated protective cover and cradle have also been constructed. TALLY HO is crying out to be put back to her original layout and condition at which point she would become an impressive, sea-kindly and valuable vintage yacht.

Despite the traumas of her life to date the original hull shape has been retained, which greatly aids the restoration process, while all the information and expertise, in the shape of the original drawings and members of the Albert Strange Association, are readily on hand to achieve a successful restoration. A shipwright’s estimate of the work required to get her into sailing condition is also available.


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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