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Beautiful 1904 Gaff Cutter, Merrymaid

An incredible opportunity to own a concourse condition classic yacht, of peerless bearing and strong sailing prowess.

Her hull is constructed of carvel-planked teak on oak frames, with a teak superstructure and decks. Her immaculate and mainly original cabinetry deliver a uniquely charming finish. The yacht’s outstanding condition is a reflection of the works undertaken by the current owner.  Rescued from a life of houseboat obscurity, MERRYMAID underwent a complete and thorough rebuild by the renowned yard Southampton Yacht Services, (Velsheda, Thendara) in 2006. All of the original elements of her hull and interior were saved, with some highly sympathetic reproduction work also carried out.  Importantly, her systems and rigging were brought into the 21st century, making her a yacht capable of cruising in complete comfort and safety.  Following this very successful refit, she departed on a circumnavigation with her proud owner and went on to become the first gaff cutter to navigate the North West passage. She visited many fascinating and remote corners of the earth, details of which can be made available.  On returning to Europe, MERRYMAID once again visited SYS in 2010 for a cosmetic overhaul and refresh, bringing her back to perfect condition and ready for another chapter in her long and eventful life.

Now based in Palma, she is fully equipped with spare parts and ready to impress her next owner.


  • Full recent restoration by a world-class yard
  • VAT Paid
  • Proven world-girdling ability
  • Ready to go again, with spares for just about everything
  • Top rate pedigree for designer and builder
  • Great potential on the regatta circuit


Built in teak on oak frames by British yard Camper & Nicholsons to a design by Charles E Nicholson, she was delivered in 1904 as a gaff cutter. In spring of 2008, she completed an extensive refit that brought her back to her previous splendour and she then set sail for a worldwide circumnavigation. Accommodation is for six guests in three cabins consisting of a large master suite aft and twins to port and starboard, all with en-suite shower facilities. There is also accommodation for six crew in three cabins aboard this yacht for sale.

A charming and very cosy saloon has two sofas, a dining table on a rise-and-fall mechanism, and there is skylight allowing the daylight to pour in, while further features include a gas-fired fireplace and an entertainment centre including a large Samsung television and a DVD system.

Forward of the helm station is a cockpit with a foldable table and seating for up to six guests, while the wheel has a quite unique instrument that shows the angle of steering. Under power, a Perkins Sabre diesel engine delivers a maximum speed of 10 knots.

Most of the boat is still original and there are spare parts for everything, which is a major plus for a boat of this age.


Merrymaid also comes with the beautifully handbuilt Merrybaby:


Type Gaff Cutter
Year Built 1904 (Refit 2006-2008/2013)
Designer Charles E. Nicholson
Builder Camper and Nicholson
LOA 34.10m / 111’.88’’
LOD 30m / 98’.00’’
LWL 21m / 68’.90’’
GrossTonnage 87
Racing Class 19-20m rule
Beam 5.44m / 17’.85’’
Draft 3.80m / 12’.47’’
Berths 6
Cabins 3 en-suite
Crew Six in 3 cabins (bunks for eight)
Flag British
Registered Jersey - Official Number 116200
Price 3,950,000€

Engineering and Construction

Construction 2¼’’ Carvel planked teak on Oak and steel ring frames
Engine Perkins Sabre, M265TI, MAX RPM 2200, Six Cylinders, 265 Hp
Consumption at RPM:L/h 1200:8.0, 1400:10.0, 2000:27.0
Cruising Speed 8.5 knts
Max Speed 12 knts
Generator Onan 17.5kVA - 80 amps max (consumption 3.4L/h at 40 amps for 5h per day) Engine driven alternator 150 amp
Heating Mikuni diesel
GRT 87.82
Propulsion 3-blade fixed propeller

RPM:knots 1400:8.5, 1800:10, Sails 12 knots

Gear Box Gear Box PRM 1000 connected via Carden shafts to a Aqua Drive-CVB-32-30 thrust bearing

Deep Sea seal on the inboard end of the stern tube

Power Supply 230v 50Hz AC / 24v DC

12# Dryfit A600 2v Gel cells with 1500ah/20 hr

Engine/Services separated and with parallel switch

24v separate DC bank for the NAV & COM with parallel switch

Mastervolt inverter 2.5kVA

Galvanic isolator

3# Mastervolt 100 amp battery chargers

Tanks Diesel 1400 litres (Bladders giving an extra 1000 litres)

Water 800 litres

Range 1120NM at 1400RPM, 1920NM with Bladders

Hamann chlorine waste system with 1 x 250 litre holding tank

Water 2 x Sea Fresh water makers

AC unit 200 litres per hour

PTO Hydraulic 200 litres per hour

Hot Water 2 x C-Warm CWB78-VTC at 78 litres each with twin coils and double Heater elements
Fuel Control Duplex Racor Filter to engine

Simplex Racor filter to generator

Flexible armoured hose used for all pipe work.

Manually operated fuel cut offs to feeds and returns

Windlass /Anchors Thomas Reid hydraulic windlass with double gypsy

Bronze Fisherman Anchor 140kg

CQR Anchor 108kg

14mm stud link chain 140m and 60m

Bilge System 220v bilge and main fire 1 ½” pump

24v Auxiliary fire 1 ¼” pump with deck outlets fore & aft

Manual deck mounted bilge pump

2 x automatic ‘Rule 2000’ in main bilge space with alarms

PTO clutch pump running off the engine

Crash pump 3” petrol driven

Rigging and Sails

Rig Martins Rigging


Lower Mast 22.40m/73’.49” Columbian Pine
Top Mast 12.40m/40’.68” Columbian Pine
Boom 19.00m/62’.34” Columbian Pine
Mainsail gaff 11.00m/36’.10” Sitka Spruce
Bowsprit 8.00m/26’.25” Columbian Pine
Spreaders Ash

Meissner Winches

4 x CMB 36 power, 3 x CMBH manual, 2 x 28-STB-47 self tailing


Contender Dacron
Total 953m2 Working 483m2 (7’911sf)
Main 220.5m2
Spinnaker (MPS) 252.8m2
Trysail 72.5m2
Staysail 57.3m2
Staysail Strom 30.0m2
Jib Yankee 87.1m2
Jib Working 48.1m2
Jib Top Large 61.9m2
Jib Top Small 27.9m2
Top Sail Large 55.8m2
Top Sail Working 39.5m2

Navigation and Communication

Furuno NavNet 3D System, SAT C, Radar with ARPA,
Chart Plotter
AIS unit, Fleet 33 BGAN , Iridium remote distress alarm
B&G H3000 wind instruments with XDR fins
B&G H3000 Auto Pilot
Interphase forward looking sonar
Furuno Navtex, Furuno GPS back up unit
2 x VHF DSC fixed units with independent aerials
MacMurdo 406GHz EPIRB with GPS, 2 x S.A.R.T.
2 x Iridium Motorola 9505A
Max Sea Weather Routing Software
Full catalogue of world charts, paper and electronic

Firefighting and Safety

Fire Fighting

Two 2” fire hydrants in the covering boards forward and aft
FE-227 manually operated extinguisher in the engine space
Machinery space intake/exhaust ventilation with manual/automatic shut down
Exhaust ventilation with automatic shutdown
Heat and smoke detectors in machinery space, lazarette and galley
Gas alarms below galley, saloon, galley bilge and aft bilge
2 kg Co2 extinguisher in galley/crew area
8 handheld extinguishers located throughout vessel


3 x Zodiac 8 man Liferaft with A Pack
MedLink WorldWide Service and MedLink MCA class A Kits
Ship’s Medicine Chest w/ Rx 3.0
First Responder Kit w/ Rx 3.0 x 2
Philips FRX Defibrillator
12 x ‘Kru’ , self inflating life jackets with harnesses
12 x M.O.B locator beacons (Mobilalarm V100) with EPIRB and onboard alarm

Tenders & Toys

Hand-built custom wooden classic rowing boat – ‘Merrybaby’
Zodiac Pro 7 Man, 4.30m, Evinrude E tech 50hp
Classic Sailing Dinghy, built by Butler and Co.
Quicksilver Inflatable dinghy, 3.40 m , 4 hp Mercury outboard
2 x Scuba Sets with Bauer Junior II Compressor and accessories

  • Club de Mar, Moll de Peraires, s/n, Palma, Balearic Islands 07015, Spain