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SOLD – 60ft. HAIKUTTER GAFF KETCH – Established Adriatic Charter Business – Lying: Northern Italy



Boat Details

Overall Length: 60ft. (on deck) 83ft. (overall)
Waterline: 49ft 9ins
Beam: 15ft. 10ins
Draught: 7ft. 10ins
Displacement: 60 Tons displacement
Engine: 270hp Mercedes Diesel
Berths: 10/12 Berths incl. crew
Sail: Gaff Ketch Rig - sets 120 sq.m.
Designer: Traditional Danish MFV
Builder: Skagen, Denmark
Year Built: 1926
Location: Northern Italy


BENTE DORTE was built in Skagen, Denmark in 1926 to the traditional Danish Haikutter style dating from circa 1900. These were principally motorised fishing vessels the larger of which carried a ketch rig. By 1940 over 6,000 examples had been built for North Sea fishing. Today a relatively small number survive. BENTE DORTE was discovered in Sjotorp, Sweden and fully restored with a tall-ship style rig and retaining her traditional exterior look whilst sympathetically fitting out the interior for comfortable living with modern conveniences, safety equipment and machinery.

In 2008 BENTE DORTE began a two-year voyage around Europe before settling in the Adriatic where her owners established a successful charter business. She is the only traditionally rigged sailing ship of her size in Croatia and as such is in demand for sail training, ethno sailing, diving and kayak safaris.

Oak planked hull on Oak frames iron fastened. Siberian Larch and Oak decks and superstructure. Long keel, slightly convex stem and elliptical counter stern.

Traditional gaff cutter rig with 79ft main mast and 52ft. mizzen mast. Set of Duradon sails sets about 120 sq.m. plain sail.

270hp MERCEDES 10 cylinder DIESEL ENGINE, serviced 2018. 1,300 litres fuel capacity in 3 tanks. About 7.5 knots cruising speed. Four batteries. 24-volt electrics and 240-volt shore power.


The Danish Haikutters are attractive traditional sailing ships, surprisingly fast and sea-worthy for their size. Since her restoration, BENTE DORTE has become a successful charter vessel in the Adriatic, the business included within the guide price. This is a great opportunity to take on an established lifestyle business, ideal for those seeking a more relaxed way of living or an escape from the rat-race. A very versatile vessel currently undergoing a complete re-fit for the coming season. Annually surveyed for commercial usage.


LYING: North Italy


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.