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New Listing: 20ft NORFOLK GYPSY GAFF CUTTER -1990 – GRP Construction – Yanmar Inboard – Centreboard – Excellent Example – Lying: West Sussex


Boat Details

Overall Length: 24ft over spars
Waterline: 17ft 9ins
Beam: 7ft 6ins
Draught: 4ft / 1ft 8ins
Displacement: not known
Engine: 10hp Yanmar Diesel
Berths: Two Berths
Sail: Gaff Cutter
Designer: Andrew Wolstenholme
Builder: North Norfolk Builders
Year Built: 1990
Location: West Sussex



‘The Norfolk Gypsy is a 20′ gunter rigged yacht with a high peaked gaff. Considerable use of traditional brass, bronze and galvanised steel fittings, hardwood for exterior trim, oak and teak for interior trim and spruce spars combine together with the use of best quality resins, glass fibre and gelcoat (all hand laid) to produce a very low maintenance and immensely seaworthy yacht. She is equally suitable for exploring shallow tidal estuaries as for longer coastal passages in testing conditions. Her shallow draught and bilge runners also enable the boat to be beached without excessive heel.

To ensure stability, the Norfolk Gypsy combines heavy construction with internal ballast and a firm turn of the bilge. The modest high peaked gaff (gunter) rig has been designed to give excellent performance in both light airs and stronger winds and is easily handled in rough weather.

The use of the high-peaked gaff is that the light weight and flexible gaff tends to bow around the halyard attachment point when the wind gusts, automatically flattening the sail at just the right time. Also, by tweaking the peak halyard, you can (although you don’t have to) produce very effective sail shape adjustments when changing point-of-sail, or during varying wind conditions. (To flatten the sail in strong winds or to loosen the leach in light aires) The high-tech racing boats spend hundreds of thousands doing this with carbon-fibre and stainless steel – here we do it (in a cruder, but effective way) using spruce spars and polyester line.

The simple slab reefing system for the mainsail and the roller reefing system for the genoa provides fast and efficient reefing. The mainsail has been carefully cut to maximise windward performance. The Norfolk Gypsy can also be sailed on either mainsail or jib alone.

The centreboard is lowered and raised with a very high purchase drum winch – the control rope being led into the cockpit for ease of handling by the helmsman.

All deck surfaces have a moulded non-slip surface for safe working and the cabin top is fitted with ‘Treadmaster’ non-slip material. The forward deck has been lowered to provide a safe working area when handling the anchor. In this area there is a substantial wooden sampson post for mooring.

The cabin employs a conventional V-berth layout with the galley and WC aft., close to the main hatch. The deckhead of the cabin is constructed in balsa sandwich GRP. The cabin interior is fitted out in oak and teak with a white fibreglass cabin liner which incorporates the berths, galley, lockers etc. There are 6 brass port lights at eye height providing light and vision to both sides of the cabin and forward. The two forward port lights are opening to provide excellent ventilation throughout the cabin.

For auxiliary propulsion, the Norfolk Gypsy has the option of either an inboard diesel engine, a Yanmar 10 HP diesel, installed beneath the bridge deck, or an outboard engine mounted in a well at the aft end of the cockpit. Access to the inboard engine is under the hinged step over the engine with space for maintenance when required.

The boat has been designed specifically to be trailerable and is very easy to launch and recover.

The Norfolk Gypsy can be found in waters all over the world’.


1990 Norfolk Gypsy, gunter rigged with a high peak gaff, with Yanmar 10hp inboard diesel engine. ‘Gypsy Moon’ is a clean and tidy example of this traditionally styled yacht, which has been well cared for and maintained. Within the last five years she has benefitted from a new mast, new bilge pump, new jib and jib sheets, new sail cover and new tri-colour and anchor lights. She is Copper-coated, which was originally applied in 2007 but this was checked and re-applied as necessary in 2019. The Norfolk Gypsy has a centreboard operated from the cockpit and bilge runners meaning she is ideal for shallow waters. Engine winterised and wintered ashore 2022/2023. Engine serviced April 2023.

Centreplate with bilge runners for stability when drying out
Draft Centreplate up 1’8”
Draft centreplate down 3’11”
GRP construction
Tiller steering
White hull with light grey deck and cockpit
Hull Copper-coated 2007 and checked and recoated where necessary 2019
Copper-coat lightly abraided over winter 22/23 and keel and other metalware rust proofed and painted with
green antifouling.
Brass protection on cabin top edges
20lb Plough anchor with 10m of chain plus warp
Kedge anchor and warp
Overall cockpit cover
Internal cockpit cover (summer)
New Winter Cover
Cockpit cushions
Boat hook
Various warps
Stainless steel boarding ladder on transom

1 cabin with two single berths
Swivel table on mast
Grey ‘pleather’ upholstery
Carpet floor
Chart table
Galley with 2 burner alcohol stove with adjustable fiddles and crockery/cutlery
2 Brass oil lamps

Sail area 212 sq ft
High peaked gunter rig with standard reefing line system and furling and reefing foresail
Mast, new 2019, has galvanised tabernacle, with boom mounted on a permanent gooseneck to allow the mast to be lowered for maintenance and towing. When mast fitted 2019 it was undercoated and had 4 coats of Sikkens Cetol filter 7 applied.
Main sail cover new 2020
New Jib 2020
New running rigging 2022
Lines lead aft to cockpit
2 winches
Spinlock self-jamming cleat on deck head for throat halyard
Self-tailing winch on deck head for throat halyard

Yanmar 1GM 10hp diesel engine on shaft drive
Serviced April 2023
New thermostat and gasket 2020
Hours unknown but run around 20-30 hours a year since 2005
3 blade bronze propeller
Plastic fuel tank
1 Battery
Cigarette lighter in switchboard for ancillary electrical equipment

VHF radio with aerial at mast head
Autohelm ST50 tridata speed/log/depth
Autohelm ST50 wind direction/speed instrument
Tricolour navigation lights and anchor light at mast head
Brass clock and barometer (barometer needs attention)
Watertight electric plug in cockpit for autohelm self steering with brackets for mounting onto tiller, but no actual autohelm is installed (previous system removed in 2020)

Yellow horseshoe MOB buoy with floating line, 2-3 years old
Whale bilge pump (new 2020)
Fire extinguisher in cabin (age and condition unknown)

GUIDE: £13,950

LYING: Chichester Harbour


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