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Sold: 26ft. TRADITIONAL GAFF CUTTER – M G DUFF Design – 1948 – Lying: West Sussex

Boat Details

Overall Length: 26ft 2ins (on deck)
Waterline: 24ft
Beam: 8ft 2ins
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 6 Tons T M
Engine: 20hp Beta Diesel
Berths: Four in Two Cabins
Sail: Gaff Rig set 400 sq.ft Plain Sail
Designer: M G Duff
Builder: Birdham Shipyard Ltd.
Year Built: 1948
Location: West Sussex


BLACK LADY is a Gaff Cutter, built by Birdham Shipyard Ltd in 1947 (Lloyds registered in 1948) designed by M G Duff and built for Major Anthony Knight MVO, OBE from Fowey, Cornwall. In the mid 1950s Brig. E C J Woodford of Fowey and M M Woodford bought BLACK LADY followed in 1964 by Lt. Cmdr. P H London R N of Ruan Minor, Cornwall. In the late 1960s the well known and respected BBC broadcaster and author Tom Salmon of Truro purchased BLACK LADY selling in 1975 to the Clare family from Saltash. Certainly a very distinguished list of registered owners.

BETA 20hp diesel engine, fitted in 2016 with little use since. BLACK LADY offers a spacious main cabin with port and starboard settee berths and a Faversham coal stove. Forward is a heads compartment with manual sea toilet and V berth. A really special boat that has had plenty of attention in recent years and is ready to sail.

2016 BETA 20hp diesel engine on shaft drive
10 gal stainless steel fuel tank
Approx. half a gallon per hour fuel consumption
3 bladed bronze propeller
2 heavy duty batteries with switch gear

Wooden construction – mahogany on oak
Full lead keel
Glass covered wood decking
Manual windlass
Boat hook
6 opening ports
1 opening hatch
3 cockpit lockers
4 warps
4 fenders
Antifouled January 2022
Cockpit tent and overall cover in two parts

2 cabins
2 single berths in saloon and forward double v berth
6 foot headroom
Blue upholstery
Wooden flooring
Faversham Coal stove
Flexible water tank
Chart table (extendable)
Hanging locker opposite heads
Galley with sink, 2 burner hob, crockery and cutlery
Heads compartment with curtain and marine/manual toilet

Depth sounder (NASA Target)
VHF Radio
Navigation lights

Full set of tan sails
Mainsail with slab reefing
Hand on head sail
Stainless steel standing rigging

Automatic and hand bilge pump
Life buoy ring
Gas detector


An attractive West Country style gaffer, offered in full sailing commission and located in the popular Chichester Harbour. Seriously for sale as the owner has bought another boat, offers considered on the guide price.

GUIDE: Sold – April 2023
LYING: Birdham Pool, West Sussex

DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith as a guide but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images, or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig. Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice