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Fred Shepherd 37 ft Gaff Cutter 1913

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BEELEIGH

Fred Shepherd 37 ft Gaff Cutter 1913

Designer Fred Shepherd
Builder Stone of Brightlingsea
Date 1913
Length overall 44 ft 0 in / 13.4 m
Length deck 36 ft 9 in / 11.2 m
Length waterline 27 ft 7 in / 8.4 m
Beam 9 ft 10 in / 3 m
Draft 5 ft 11 in / 1.8 m
Displacement 13 Tonnes
Construction Pitch pine planking on oak frames glass sheathed
Engine Lombardini LDW 1503 M
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 39,500

These details are provisional and may be amended

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BROKER'S COMMENTS

Fred Shepherd’s designs seem to exude an English charm all of their own and BEELEIGH is no exception. Shepherd was indeed clever and by 1920s standards his yachts carried more volume below at no detriment to their beauty. BEELEIGH is ready now to classic race or cruise and her current owners have made her a very useful all rounder.


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History

Built for Bernard Durkin BEELEIGH was kept for many years in Essex waters. Originally without engine she did have a paraffin motor fitted in 1930. In 1963, by that time Bermuda rigged and fitted with a Parsons petrol engine, she moved to the Hamble and four years later to the Swale. In 1967 she was sold and then around 10 years later to the Abbotts of Maldon, who kept her at Benfleet. Sold again she fell on hard times, then to be owned by Geoffrey Pannell of Huddersfield, who extensively restored her at Staniland in the 1990s – notably with a modified coach roof and more modern interior.
In 2001 she was re rigged as a gaff cutter and brought to the Solent by Michael Hedger – apparently not much sailed before being acquired by her current owners. Her participation in the 2013 Panerai BCYC Regatta was rewarded with a recent article in “Classic Boat”.


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Construction

- Pitch pine planking copper riveted on oak frames and laminated mahogany beams at 9 inch spaces
- Oak deadwood keel
- Iron long keel
- Keel hung wooden rudder
- Teak deck planking over ply sub deck
- Mahogany cockpit and coach roof
- Varnished teak cover board and toe rail
- Epoxy filler and glass sheathed


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Accommodation and domestic equipment

- From cockpit sliding hatch and companionway steps down to main cabin
- Mahogany joinery and hardwood bulkheads
- 2 x Bronze opening ports; one each side
- White painted deck head, varnished deck beams and skylights
- Teak and holly cabin sole
- Galley to port
- Plastimo Neptune 2000 double gas ring / grill
- Sink with brass fresh water hand pump
- Lockers and cupboards outboard
- Fridgemaster fridge
- Semi bulkheads to Saloon area
- 2 Large settee berths
- 2 x Reading lights
- Table over engine cover on centreline
- Doorway access to fore cabin
- 2 berths and head with Jabsco WC fwd
- Hatch over
- Sail etc stowage and anchor locker
- Coming aft through the saloon to navigation station
- Lifting chart table with cupboards outboard and teak pilot’s seat


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Rig spars and sails

- Gaff Cutter
- Hinged bowsprit
- Split top mast
- Topsail jack staff
- Spruce keel stepped mast and boom
- GRP pole to boom out kite
- Running backstays through wooden blocks
- 7 mm 9x19 Stainless steel standing rigging
- Main, topsail, topsail Jib, Yankee Jib and staysail all Ratsey; 3 years use
- Main Jib, Asymmetric Spinnaker by Sanders 2011


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Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

- From Bow
- Bronze fairleads port and stbd
- Harken Wykeham Martin furler for main jib at end of bowsprit
- Bronze stanchions and guard rails to both sides
- Other blocks are a mix of traditional ash cheeked and some modern
- 35 lb plough type anchor and chain
- Sampson post
- Muir bronze electric windlass powered by dedicated battery
- Fore hatch
- Mast
- All 11 halyards to deck level by the mast
- Pine pin rail with 8 x Spinlock clutches
- 2 x handy billy to tension
- Raised trunk cabin with butterfly hatches over tapering to higher doghouse aft
- Grabrails on coach roof
- Sliding main hatch
- Deep sunken cockpit
- Tiller steering
- Seating port and stbd with lifting seat access below
- 6 x Lewmar bronze 16 ST foresail and backstay winches mounted outboard
- 6 Part mainsheet wooden blocks to Harken jammer on aft deck
- Bronze mooring cleats P&S
- Bronze fairleads P&S


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Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Lombardini LDW 1503 M Diesel engine
- Hydraulic drive to gearbox
- 3 blade folding prop offset to starboard
- Full complement of navigation lights and decklight
- 2 x 12 V 110 A batteries under berths
- Stainless steel Diesel tank under port berth
- Stainless steel freshwater tank under berth
- Calor gas bottle in lazarette


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Navigation communications and electronics

- Garmin GPS map 5515
- Raymarine GPS RN300
- Raymarine 54 E VHF
- Raymarine ST60 set Depth / Speed / Wind
- ST4000+ autopilot
- Ritchie steering compass
- Hand bearing compass
- Panasonic CD radio
- Barometer


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Safety

- Horse shoe life ring on aft deck
- 2 x Dry powder extinguishers
- Commodore MOB system
- Manual bilge pump in cockpit
- Electric bilge pump


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Miscellaneous

- Ensign and flagpole
- Boathook
- Anchor ball and Motor sailing cone signal
- Bosuns chair


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Restoration

BEELEIGH was substantially restored during the 1990s at Staniland. She was taken right back to bare wood and wherever deficient made good, then stabilised before being epoxy glass sheathed. An album with good photographic illustrations of the phases of work is available for scrutiny and goes with the boat.


Disclaimer

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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