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Ashley Butler Mayflower 50 Gaff Yawl 2012



Ashley Butler Mayflower 50 Gaff Yawl 2012

Designer Ashley Butler
Builder Butler & Co Dartmouth
Date 2012
Length overall 64 ft 0 in / 19.5 m
Length deck 50 ft 10 in / 15.5 m
Length waterline 42 ft 0 in / 12.8 m
Beam 12 ft 2 in / 3.7 m
Draft 6 ft 3 in / 1.9 m
Displacement 22 Tonnes
Construction Carvel Iroko planking on oak frames
Engine Beta 50 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 295,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



MARTHA PRIMROSE has already proven herself with cruises to the Med and back; fast, safe and comfortable – perhaps defining the term Modern Classic with her carvel planking, long keel and effortless charm. Ashley Butler’s designs are inspired by the ergonomics, form and function of the historic working craft of the British Isles. The simplicity and seaworthiness of MARTHA PRIMROSE make her stand out – a deep water cruiser but the water doesn’t need to be blue!


Notes on the mayflower 50

In 2012 Ashley Butler was to be found building two comparable yachts, one for himself and another for a client more or less in parallel, though no surprise that his client’s commission took priority when it came to meeting the completion date. By then Ashley, a versatile boat builder had developed his design and building skills from a variety of sources of inspiration and boat yard experiences.

He wanted to create a semi custom family cruising yacht, drawing particularly on the experience of his earlier LYRA, a beautiful evocation of the traditional Itchen Ferry design, which had won accolades from admirers – and among them the yachting press. On the back of this achievement and inspired also by the success of the Hoek Truly Classic – yet modern yachts, Ashley developed the Mayflower 50 – and in defining the “50” he has also very deliberately opted for what many agree to be the optimum size for a family cruising boat.

The hull design is the common feature – but the rig and interior arrangement can be customised as is already evidenced by the gaff yawl rig of MARTHA PRIMROSE, compared with the Bermudian cutter that is her sister BONAVENTURE OF SALCOMBE - also with a different general arrangement down below.



- Carvel Iroko planking
- Oak frames
- Douglas fir solid deck planking
- Raw teak capping rail


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Accommodation for 7 in 3 cabin areas
- Doghouse with space for seating both sides
- Deep open stowage outboard both sides
- Half bulkhead forward port side
- Chart table and engine instruments stbd with stowage under

Aft to port and step down to owner’s cabin
- 2 x Opening ports
- Banquette and single berth outboard to port
- Double berth to stbd
- Stowage under and aft
- Deck head light

Moving forward through doghouse
- 2 x Steps down to galley port side
- Belfast sink forward with brass water tap and bronze hand pump taps
- Vitrifrigo fridge under
- Joinery worktop to port and shelving, plate racks etc outboard and stowage under
- Force 10 3 Burner gas hob and oven set to aft bulkhead

Head compartment opposite to stbd
- Large ceramic basin
- Manual WC
- Space for bath outboard

Doorway forward to Saloon with butterfly skylight in deck head over
- Straight bench settees to port and stbd
- 2 x Pilot berths up and outboard
- Demountable drop leaf table port side
- Morse cast iron cabin log fire by mast with stowage behind for logs etc
- Book cases on fwd bulkheads
- 2 x Oil lamps

Moving forward port side of mast
- Workshop and stowage to port
- Seating and sail stowage to stbd

Large foc’sle cabin forward
- 2 x Single vee berths
- Lockers for stowage under
- Deck head light
- Raised hatch in deck head to fore deck
- Chain locker forward


Rig, spars and sails

Gaff Yawl rig
Although capable of easy conversion to Bermudan cutter or sloop; that would need a new longer mast.

Rig designed by a long distance sailor used to sailing single handed so it has been built with ergonomics and for ease of working to enable that.
- Douglas fir masts and spars
- Hand spliced galvanized standing rigging; lower shrouds served all the way up

- All by Ratsey and Lapthorn in soft spun Dacron new spring 2013
- Roller furling jib
- Staysail
- Mainsail
- Main topsail
- Mizzen sail
- Large asymmetric in rip sail nylon


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Painted cover boards
- Bronze stanchions
- Hand spliced bronze wire lifelines
- Bronze fairleads port and stbd
- Bronze mooring cleats either side of mizzen mast
- Bronze main sheet horse just abaft tiller
- All ash and bronze Colin Frake blocks
- Varnished cockpit coamings
- Varnished lazarette hatch under tiller aft end of cockpit
- 4 x Lewmar 45 bronze winches on varnished timber
- Bronze Kobelt engine controls
- 2 x Bronze opening ports in foot well
- Brass compass binnacle
- Deck house
- Butterfly hatch over saloon
- Stowage for rigid clinker dinghy over skylight
- Butterfly Hatches at fore end over head and galley – not complete
- Chimney for cabin heater stbd
- Iroko pin rail at base of main mast
- 2 x Lewmar 30 halyard winches at base of mast
- Pin rails at shroud bases each side
- Raised foc’sle hatch with port holes offset to stbd
- Traditional manual anchor windlass
- Fishermans100 lb main anchor and 200 ft x ½ inch chain
- Fishermans 60 lb second anchor with 10 mm chain and + warp
- Bowsprit


- Beta 50 HP Diesel fresh water cooled main engine
- HT stainless shaft and fixed 3 bladed propeller
- Tiller steering with trim tab self steering working on the main rudder
- 3 x 80 Ah house batteries and one 80 Ah start battery
- All fuel and water tanks fitted are of stainless steel
- 250 litres fuel (450 mile range)
- c 400 litres fresh water
- 2 x 9kg propane gas bottles


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Hand held GPS
- Hand held VHF



- Life raft
- Life rings
- Whale gusher 50 bilge pumps ?
- Flares
- Fire extinguishers and alarms


Not included

- Brass clock and barometer currently on deck house fwd bulkhead
- There is no dinghy included although the 10 ft Lily class can be ordered as an extra


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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