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O M Watts 47 ft Gaff Cutter 1933 - Sold



O M Watts 47 ft Gaff Cutter 1933

Designer O M Watts
Builder Frank Curtis Looe
Date 1933
Length overall 52 ft 6 in / 16 m
Length deck 46 ft 11 in / 14.3 m
Length waterline 38 ft 1 in / 11.6 m
Beam 11 ft 10 in / 3.6 m
Draft 7 ft 3 in / 2.2 m
Displacement 19.4 Tonnes
Construction Carvel teak planking on white oak frames
Engine Ford Lehman 84 HP Diesel
Location USA
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



The decision to build MAKORA robustly and from teak might be one of the reasons she remains sound and strong. This is a family boat that has looked after her owners cruising the Pacific and she has been rewarded for her services in caring ownership. For a romantic voyager seeking to head off through the Pacific on an old English yacht, could there be a better option ?


Vat unpaid

VAT is unpaid on this yacht



MAKORA was built in 1933 for a Scotsman to a design by Captain O.M Watts. To save a little money he went originally not to a yacht builder but to a Cornish builder of fishing boats. They made a deal – but when he returned to Scotland the men of Cornwall decided the designer’s scantlings were too light for their taste and substituted 4 inch oak ribs and – since in those halcyon days such things were possible – discovered a milled stack of teak and planked her with that. She was massive - and it is the reason she has remained as good as the day she was built.

Her former owner bought her after she had sailed from England to New Zealand and has had a book published about the trip. She then sailed the Southern Hemisphere for twenty years, returning twice to California where, on her second trip back from New Zealand crewed by a man, his wife and their 13 year old daughter, her current owner bought her. Love at first sight he considers it will be love at last sight too. He has restored MAKORA to her correct original rig and avers she sails superbly.



- Carvel Burmese 1 1/8th inch teak planking copper fastened
- Double flitched 2 ½ inch x 5 inch swan white oak frames
- Two inch oak floors
- Lead external ballast long keel
- Teak rudder on bronze post
- Long leaf yellow pitch pine deck planking laid over oak beams; canvassed and painted
- Solid teak superstructure
- Laid teak decking coach roof
- Teak and teak trimmed plywood interior joinery


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Access via doghouse and companionway steps down on the centreline
- Galley athwartships
- 2 Burner kerosene hob and oven
- 120 V A C Microwave oven
- Double stainless steel sink
- 12 V DC Refrigerated ice box
- Single quarter berth aft to starboard
- Saloon forward
- 2 x Settee berths; one each side
- Teak dining table amidships
- Tiny Tot cabin heater
- Forward to stbd
- Enclosed head compartment
- Plumbed Victory sea WC, rebuilt
- Double berth to port
- Hatch in deck head to for deck


Rig, spars and sails

- Gaff headed cutter with doubled topmast
- Tapered solid spruce spars
- Keel stepped mast
- Stainless steel spliced 7x 7 standing rigging
- Stainless steel chains
- Galvanised turnbuckles
- Galvanised bales and fittings
- Dacron gaff
- Dacron main sail with lazy jacks
- Genoa
- Jib
- Top sail
- Staysail


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Wheel steering by rack and pinion gear to bronze quadrant
- Highfield levers for running backstays
- Boom gallows
- Cockpit with high coamings and seating
- Cockpit cushions
- Electric main sheet winch
- Deckhouse
- Iron pin rails and Fife rails
- Electric anchor windlass
- 1 x 80 lb plough anchor with c 400 ft chain
- 1 x 40 lb Danforth anchor with chain and line rode
- 3 x Dorade vents
- Swim ladder
- Pulpit, stainless steel stanchions and pipe safety handrails


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Ford 4 cyl 84 HP water cooled Diesel in compartment accessed by hatch in bridge deckhead
- Racor filter
- Paragon Marine manual reverse / reduction gearbox
- Bronze 20 inch LH 3 fixed blade propeller on 35 mm bronze shaft
- DC fuel transfer pump
- DC automatic fresh water pump
- 12 V DC electrical system
- 120 V AC shore power
- 4 x T-125 6 V L/A batteries in 2 x 12 V banks
- Fused switch panel, isolator and GFI on AC outlets
- DC navigation lights, cabin lights and portable spot light
- 1 KW DC to AC inverter/ charger with monitor
- Silicon diode marine multi bank battery charger
- 1 x 25 Gallon and 1 x 35 gallon galvanised steel fuel tank
- 1 x 15 Gallon copper fresh water tank


Navigation, communications and electronics

- 1 x 4 inch Ritchie steering compass
- Raymarine ST 40 depth sounder
- Signet Mk II log
- Wood-Freeman 240 auto pilot
- West Marine 550 VHF Transceiver
- Clock and barometer



- 4 x 2 ½ lb and 1 x 5 lb ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers
- 8 x PFDs
- 1 x Throwable life ring
- Flare kit
- Horn and bell
- Auto electric bilge pump
- Electric high water bilge pump
- 2 x Manual bilge pumps
- Clutched engine driven emergency bilge pump



- Kerosene lamps
- Boat hook
- Barbecue



- 1 x 8 ft GRP sailing tender #CF 5814 KH with 4 HP outboard engine


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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