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Boat Details

Overall Length: 24ft
Waterline: 21ft
Beam: 7ft 4ins
Draught: 4ft (max)
Displacement: not known
Engine: Krautler Saildrive $kw Motor (2017)
Berths: 2
Sail: Gaff Cutter Rig
Designer: Traditional
Builder: E F Elkins, Christchurch
Year Built: 1934
Location: West Sussex


A beautiful and individual 24ft Gaff Cutter designed and built by Elkins of Christchurch circa 1934. WITHY might be a classic design but she has been brought into the modern day with the installation of an electric inboard engine – a 48v, 4kw Krautler Saildrive motor. You’ll get 5 hours on a full charge, and keep the boat plugged in on the pontoon and the 8 batteries will self regulate their charging. The ideal day boat, but if you do decide to stop overnight the coach roof is hinged to provide more headroom and the cockpit cover provides more sheltered usable space. With a centreboard, WITHY is ideal for estuary, harbour, The Broads or coastal cruising. Currently on a mud berth in Birdham but due
into Birdham Pool to feature in the Classic Boat Festival in June 2023.

48v, 4kw Krautler Saildrive motor
Engine installation and information featured in Practical Boat Owner article ‘Going electric’ issue 618 in October 2017
Fitted by Thames Electric Launch Co in 2017
In the region of 40 hours run since new
8 batteries, 6v solid state
Shore power
Battery charger – self regulating batteries, keep plugged in on pontoon
Approx. 26 mile range depending on conditions, 5 hours running time
3 bladed bronze propeller, 12 x 6

Constructed circa 1934 by Elkins of Christchurch
British Columbian Pine topsides and below water line, on oak timbers
Columbian Pine deck, canvas covered with non-slip epoxy paint finish
Centreboard, lifting keel – all important pin checked last year
Painted white hull
Tiller steering
CQR Anchor, with approx 25 ft of chain and warp
Manual windlass
Boat hook
Opening hatch forward
4 warps
2 fenders
Due out to be antifouled June 2023 when displayed at Birdham Pool for the Classic Boat Festival – unless sold before!
Cockpit cover
Canvas covers for sides of coachroof when raised
Full winter boat cover

Cabin with two bench seats that could also be used as two single berths
Storage lockers
Chart table
Area to put your own camping stove
Coach roof hinged and able to be raised to provide more headroom

Mainsail with slab reefing, approx 12 years old
2 Jibs – Both about 1 year old, one light weight and one heavier weight – only one ever used so far, the other has not been out of the bag
Foresail, approx. 12 years old
Standing rigging approx. 10 years old and checked this year
Running rigging approx 5 years old
Tabernacle mounted mast – held by two bolts, which once undone allow the mast to be lowered onto the support for the boom.

GUIDE: £17,495

LYING: West Sussex


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