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We are proud to be the Central Agent for the sale of the world's last remaining Gaff Rigged Cutter, restored like no other before her with great care and painstaking attention to detail and authenticity.
This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of yachting history and to enjoy the experience and the thrill of classic yachting.

Big Class Gaff Cutter

Afmetingen   46,30 x 7,60 x 5,20 (m)
Materiaal   hout
Bouwjaar   1920
Motor(en)   1 x Yanmar 55398, 6 cyl.
PK/Kw   380 (pk), 279,3 (kw)
Ligplaats   contact Amsterdam
Verkoopkantoor   De Valk Amsterdam
Status   verkocht
Btw   betaald

Algemeen - Big Class Gaff Cutter

The 'Lulworth' is the sole survivor of the Big Five from the 1920s, a magnificent piece of nautical history.

She was relaunched in 2006 after a meticulous restoration that took five years. Everything possible was done to re-use the original materials and replace like with like where required. The result is surely the most authentic classic restoration ever and winner of the World Superyacht Award in 2007.


The 'Lulworth' has an owner's cabin, three guest cabins and a large crew area.

The guests enter the vessel via the deckhouse, which doubles as a sort of porch to the interior.

At the base of the stairs is a metal grill in the corridor floor, which was used to drain away the water from dripping wet-weather gear hanging on the hooks above.

The owner’s stateroom is positioned furthest aft. This graceful cabin contains two good-sized bunks, an elegant desk and an alcove containing a leather sofa and bookshelves. Although new, the large wardrobes flanking the alcove are in the original position, and the use of cypress wood inside them adds to the old-style feel. Virtually everything in this cabin is authentic, from the skylight winders to the door frames, from the fixtures and fittings to the claws on the storage nets.

The owner’s bathroom is positioned on the port side forward.

A curving corridor of ancient mahogany panels, where doors lead off to the three superior guest cabins and the bathroom. Two of the cabins contain fold-down cabinets that are historical artefacts in their own right. In all three cabins there is plenty of room for clothes in the deep hanging closets that reach back to the ring frames on the side of the boat. Drawers under the beds offer further storage. Each room is a wonderful place to wind down and reflect on a day spent racing or cruising.

The saloon is the room that most reflects the taste and elegance of Lulworth’s original owner. Every piece, apart from the lighting, the leather on the seats and the dining chairs, is original, and what you see here is exactly how the saloon would have looked in 1920. Even the solid silver candleholders have been resilvered. From formal dining to a champagne supper, this space makes for a very special onboard evening experience.

The furniture is made of the highest quality materials and of various styles. The design of the upper section of the bureau was inspired by furniture from the 1770s, while the dining table is a Pembroke from the late 18th century, supported by legs that date from the end of the 1600s. The style of the dining table is circa 1800. The wine and liquor cabinet still has its original labels for port, brandy, whisky and the like.

Standing in the saloon, look through the double doors forward to the galley and admire the seamless transition between the owner’s areas and the service station.

The galley, which was remade in mahogany in line with 1920s values, is fixed permanently on to the hull and walls. The galley is larger than the original and includes discretely hidden freezer space. Special doors cover the oven and handy features, such as spice boxes, have been designed to optimise the available space.

Port side of the galley is one of the access points to the technical spaces and the captain’s cabin. The room befits the skipper of a grand prix racing machine. Mixing comfort with functionality, it includes plenty of office and storage space.

As her original crew quarters were lost, something very special was designed and constructed in its place. Specified to a higher quality and comfort level than is normally found on the classics, the new design considers the needs of the crew while remaining true to the look of the 1920s. The layout concept is also partly the same, in so much as the crew cots are positioned at the side. New are the dedicated female bunks to the forward, two good-sized crew bathrooms and a drop-down mess table. This impressive and solid solution is made of mahogany and can be raised up in seconds to fold away into pockets in the ceiling.


Engine Yanmar 380 hp, Variprop propeller. Generator 16 kW Northern Lights. Speed 9 knots under engine, 16 knots under sail. Range 900 nm.


Communication equipment: B&G. Navigation equipment: VHS, radar.


Fuel capacity 1450 liter, Schenkler watermaker. Freshwater tank capacity 1200 liter, grey/blackwater tank capacity 1000 liter. Sewage system Hamann. Fire control system FM 200.

1 Tender, launching system Davit, custom made passerelle in teak 4m.


Gaff Cutter, Mast and boom 52.00 m. and 27.60 m. in spruce. Total sail area 1450 m², upwind sail area 828 m², main 465 m², topsail 133 m², Staysail 114 m², Jib 69.5 m², Jib top sail 46.5 m², Spinnaker 500 m². Sailmaker Ratsey & Laptorn. Winches: Eight and Meisner.


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