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"Grace", Sou'Wester Gaff Sloop Lying  Suffolk


Owner's Comments

The Sou'Wester is based on a Cornish Cove boat making it a very seaworthy design. The hull of "Grace" was built by Barry Chisam in Cornwall, but the topside, masts, and spars were built by a Suffolk shipwright for his own personal use, and therefore completed to a very high standard. "Grace" is a much admired boat on the Suffolk and Essex waters. The current owner has had the boat since 1994 and she has been maintained to a high standard

Her shallow draft with centreplate make her ideal for exploring creeks and estuaries and she has been sailed extensively on the East Coast. She is similar to a Cornish Shrimper but a heavier build, more headroom, and carrying more sail. She is ideal for day-sailing or weekends. Her traditional heavy build and broad beam means that she is a sturdy boat for her size. Like many gaffers she comes into her own with the wind on her aft quarter when she can outperform many larger bermudan rigged yachts.

Her bowsprit has been extended and she has been converted to cutter rig. This provides a more flexible sail plan, improved balance, and better windward performance. The staysail runs from a self-tacking horse, again improving ease of handling. The owner has had the boat for 12 years and has sailed both with crew and single-handed. The Sou'Wester was reviewed in the February 1986 edition of Practical Boat Owner and there are 2 further examples sailing the East Coast. There were 13 Sou'Westers made and it is believed that the moulds have been acquired by “Gaffers and Luggers Co.” for production in the future.

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