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Sold – 28ft. FINESSE MASTHEAD CUTTER – Maurice Griffiths design, excellent example – Lying: South Coast


28ft. FINESSE MASTHEAD CUTTER designed by Maurice Griffiths and built in 1986 by A F PLATT Boat Builders, Benfleet, Essex


“MELYAR is the ideal vessel to enjoy the magic of the swatchways throughout the creeks and estuaries of the East Coast of England, lower Thames and Chichester Harbour.  The Finesse 28 offers good sailing performance and with her ample beam a generous interior for extended cruising, weekends and holidays afloat. The traditional lapstrake construction makes for a robust yacht with that unmistakable ‘chuckle’ from the bow as she cuts through the water. One of the best examples of her type and well presented in 15 ownership. Sensibly priced and ready for the 2019 season.”


Boat Details

Overall Length: 28ft
Waterline: 24ft
Beam: 9ft. 6ins
Draught: 3ft. 9ins.
Displacement: 9 Tons TM
Engine: 18hp Yanmar Diesel
Berths: 4
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig
Designer: Maurice Griffith GM
Builder: A F Platt Ltd.
Year Built: 1986
Location: South Coast


Alan Platt set up a boat building yard at his home in Essex, a few miles from Southend-On-Sea during the 1960s, producing sturdy clinker constructed sailing yachts, ideally suited to the shoal waters of the East Coast. Over the years the well-built, quality vessels became so popular that Alan extended the range from the initial Finesse 21 to a 24ft, 27ft and finally during the 1980s the Finesse 28 to a design by the well respected Maurice Griffiths. Only eleven Finesse 28s were built in total, MELYAR is hull number five, launched in 1986.

Dedicated Finesse Owners Association who regularly meet both sailing and socially.

Traditionally clinker planked with Iroko strakes all through copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Sheathed marine-ply decks. Varnished Iroko cabin coamings, brightwork and cockpit.

Rounded bow, varnished transom stern and bilge keels, ideal for drying moorings, creek and estuary sailing.


Aluminium deck stepped mast about 9m. Aluminium boom -3.6m. Wooden bowsprit 0.71m.

Stainless steel standing rigging. Terylene sails, jib, main and try-sail – 25.04 sq. m sail area. Sails valeted November 2017 and UV strip replaced on jib. Sail covers for main and staysail.

Welcoming, traditional below decks accommodation having Iroko joinery and Mahogany faced ply varnished with white enamel paintwork. About 5ft 9ins standing headroom.

Forward Cabin: Twin berths with infill to make generous double berth. Fore-hatch, chain locker.

Heads Compartment:  Situated to port with marine pump-out WC. Hanging locker opposite to starboard.

Saloon: Gimballed Taylors paraffin cabin heater, dinette to port converts to double berth. Stowage lockers and book shelving. Navigation area to starboard quarter. Galley to starboard with Taylors paraffin cooker with two burners and oven, three pantry lockers, two fire blankets, two 55 litre freshwater tanks.

Cockpit: Tiller steering, locker seats, lazarette access beneath sole to:

18hp YANMAR 2GM20 DIESEL ENGINE, fitted new 1986, last serviced November 2017, about 6.5 knots cruising speed. 35-litre fuel tank, three blade propeller.


  • Icom IC-M421 VHF Radio
  • Sestrel bulkhead Compass
  • Seafarer Sounder
  • CQR Bower Anchor, 30m chain
  • Fisherman Type Kedge Anchor
  • Cockpit cover
  • Bathing ladder
  • Fenders & warps
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps

GUIDE: Sold – June 2019

LYING: Chichester Harbour