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A TRADTIONAL FALMOUTH GAFF CUTTER, moulded GRP hull in 1978, designed by Frank Argall / Rodney Warrington Smythe and built by Treve Marine, Penryn, Cornwall


Boat Details

Overall Length: 26ft (7.63m)
Waterline: 23ft 6ins (7.15m)
Beam: 8ft (2.24m)
Draught: 4ft 5ins (1.36m)
Displacement: 6 Tons T M
Engine: 28hp Beta Diesel Engine
Berths: 4
Sail: Gaff Cutter Rig sets 690 sq ft
Designer: Frank Argall
Builder: Treve Marine. Penryn
Year Built: 1978
Location: East Coast


The history of the Falmouth Working Boats is legendary with a good sized fleet still fishing and racing under sail off the coast of South-West Cornwall. In the late 1970’s the traditional Fal Boats were being considered as a design for cruising yachts with Ro-An-Mor being one of the first GRP versions of the Falmouth Working Boats. The design revised by Frank Argall from Carn Dhu , a Rodney Warrington Smythe yacht dating from the 1920’s and built in Portleven. By the early 1980’s Terry Heard began producing a range of traditional Cornish working boats for the leisure market, probably the most famous being Rocket , owned by David Dimbleby which recently featured in the BBC Television series, Britain & The Sea.
Ro-An-Mor was built over a mould using the C-flex system of fibre glass and matting a system adopted by the French Navy and American One-Design fishing boats. The results are a sturdy hull between 12 -25mm thick.

Traditional timber deck strucure and beams with marine-plywood deck, fibre glass sheathed. Lead ballast keel. Keel bolts check and replaced in 1991 and 2000.

Traditional interior with accommodation for four in two cabins. Varnished joinery and white enamel paintwork.

Saloon with upholstered port and starboard settee berths. Antique Gillespie multi-fuel stove dating from around 1900.

Galley with Plastimo calor gas two burner cooker with grill. (2008) 15 gallons fresh water capacity in Seaflex tank.

Fore Cabin, with two single berths having infill to make a generous double berth.

Marine WC.

Sails & Spars:
Traditional gaff cutter rig sets 557 sq ft plain sail and 690 sq ft in total.
30ft Keel-stepped main mast, re-glued using West Resin in 2008.
Gaff, 14ft 5ins
Boom, 16ft 6ins
Bowsprit, 16ft 5ins, new 2008.
Standing rigging in galvanised steel, variously replaced in 2004 and 2009. Stainless-steel bob-stay.
Eight sails to include, three jibs, two staysail (Tan Clipper, new 2008) Topsail (red) large mainsail and medium mainsail.
New Barton fiddle blocks for backstays in 2007. New halyards in 2009.

28hp BETA DIESEL ENGINE, supplied by Seapower Marine in July 2007. 16 inch propeller.


Fisherman’s Bower Anchor
CQR Kedge Anchor
25lb Danforth Anchor (new 2007)
30m 5/16th chain, plus 15 m added in 2007
Garmin GPS
Nasa Depth Sounder
Nasa VHF Radio


A well maintained traditional gaff cutter with the advantage of an easily maintained GRP moulded hull. Ideal for coastal cruising and for taking part in Old Gaffer Association events, currently registered with the OGA, number 843. Offered at a competitive price compared with many of the Falmouth built working boat class. Spring 2014 re-paint prior to launching for the season. In full commission. Good survey report, May 2014.

Guide: SOLD
Lying: Essex
Viewing: Through Classic Yacht Brokerage – 01905-356482 / 07949-095075