1925 3 Cabin Fife Gaff Ketch Sail boat for sale, Second-hand

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Section:Sailing Boats
Model:Gaff Ketch
Num Cabins:3
Build Year:1925 (Second hand)
Location:North France - FR
Price:£ 68,000 (tax Not Applicable)
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Nicolle Associates
(Adrian Nicolle)

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Boat Description

After undergoing an extensive refit, "Colena" is being offered for sale and is available for the coming season. A one-of-a-kind classic William Fife design and built by Dickies.
The current owner re-discovered her in poor condition on the Clyde in 2002 and undertook on an extensive restoration project before being re launched in 2003. During Colena’s refit everything you could possibly think of was done, her oak frames were repaired/ replaced, new teak decks laid over marine ply, new rudder made in epoxy/glass sheathed ply fitted with hydraulic steering, all new electrics, new Lancing Marine Ford 85hp engine and much more… Viewing highly recommended.
Owners Comments
The engine has a large flywheel and therefore swings a big prop at low rpm which means that she is just ticking over at 7knots and therefore very economical to run. I also like the full headroom bow to stern and the aft berths behind the engine giving 8 berths in total. The rear access below decks from the dog house is a great feature together with the mid ship access.
Finally the ride in a rough sea is superb. Only a wooden boat gives the combination of weight and natural buoyancy to smooth out the "bounce on the bow".
Construction/Refit 2003
Planked in 1 1/4." teak all copper and bronze fastened to 3" x 2 1/2" oak frames in pairs at 3'3" centres with 1 steamed intermediate timber on an oak back-bone. Her Oak frames were repaired/ replaced as necessary. Angle iron strap floors side bolted to the frames to eliminate contact of the floor bolts with the exterior. External iron ballast keel secured with 10 galvanised bolts all renewed in 2003
1 1/2. tons internal lead ballast. Small self draining cock-pit aft with traditional teak spooked wheel to hydraulic steering, teak grating and teak side seats to stowage under the side decks. A varnished teak grating seat is placed across the push-pit to protect the hydraulic rams
Varnished teak coach-roof and dog-house with twin doors, seats either side and a shelf across the forward face with navigation instruments. Steps to below
The coach-roof is fitted with opening bronze port holes each side, a midships sliding entrance hatch with sky-lights forward and aft all in varnished teak. Teak grab rails each side. Varnished teak fore hatch on the fore deck
New straight-laid teak over ply deck with varnished teak cover-boards and toe rails. Re-galvanised stanchion posts, pull and push-pits. Galvanised steam head fitting with fore stay attachment point and twin chain rollers
The teak planking was completely refastened with 1,400 2 1/2" silicon bronze screws
A new laminated stem was made and fitted with new breast hook
A number of frames were replaced in laminated timber
The whole hull was caulked and the seams below the waterline payed with Sikaflex, the seams above waterline payed with putty
80% of the starboard beam shelf replaced
A new rudder made in epoxy/glass sheathed ply and fitted with new Wills Ridley hydraulic steering gear. All new deck beams and knees
New deck laid in teak over a marine ply sub deck
The dog-house roof was replaced in canvas sheathed t&g pine
The vessel was rewired with all new electric gear and fittings
Internal ballast replaced in lead
Much of the interior was rebuilt
All new equipment, tanks etc supplied and fitted
80 gall s/s fuel tank under the cock-pit sole

6 berths. V -berths in the fore cabin. A locker and drawer unit against the aft port bulkhead makes the port berth a little shorter. Fore hatch over. Chain locker forward with electric windlass battery. Stowage under the berths. Bulkhead doorway with curtain.
Saloon cabin with port and starboard Chesterfield-style seating with buttoned cloth upholstery. Colin Frake solid fuel stove against the forward starboard bulkhead with flue to deck. Varnished teak locker units at the head of each settee. White painted tongue and grove bulkheads. Brass clock and barometer on the forward port bulkhead.
Half bulkhead to the port galley with useful vertical grab post on the corner. Deep, square s/s sink in the Formica work surface edged with deep varnished fiddle rail, Nelson gimballed gas cooker with oven, plate stowage outboard under the side deck. Pressurised hot and cold water, sink drains overboard. Varnished teak sky-light above with suspended oil lamp. White painted deckhead.
Opposite to starboard is the heads compartment with Blake sea toilet and porcelain sink in the corner, pressurised hot and cold water, drains overboard.
Centre-line ladder to the midships entrance hatch in the coach-roof.
Port side passageway aft to the owner's cabin with generous port and starboard berths. Varnished teak tongue and grove bulkheads and joinery. Bench seat in front of the port berth with hanging locker on the aft bulkhead, drop down table off the fwd bulkhead. Original panelled teak doors.
Aft cabin with port and starboard quarter berths, engine under a large varnished ply box in the middle against the fwd bulkhead. Steps to the dog-house.
6' head-room throughout. Painted pine sole boards. White painted deckhead
Hot water from calorifier tank heated by the engine cooling water and 240v immersion heater when on shore power. 40 gall + flexible fresh water tank in the midships bilge.
- Sestral steering compass
- Navrnan and Nasa sounders
- Nasa log
- Nasa SX35 DSC VHF radio
- Navman auto-pilot
- Navman GPS
- Mobiytronic battery maintenance system. 6-man life raft.
- CQR and Fisherman anchors
- 4 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits
- 240v circuit with shore power connection

- Ford 85hp 4-cyl diesel supplied by Lancing Marine in 2003 - flexibly mounted on new engine beds with PRM hydraulic gearbox, single lever controls to centre-line 3-blade prop gives
- Full engine instrumentation
Mast, spars and rigging
Gaff ketch rig . The main is stepped through the deck just forward of the coach-roof, the mizzen stepped through the dog-house roof onto the cross beam shelf.
Varnished spinnaker pole
Galvanised mast fittings
Slab reefing varnished booms
Varnished gaffs with leathered gaff saddles
S/s mast hoops on the mainsail
Galvanised rigging wire with s/s rigging screws to s/s eye bolts in the deck through the beam shelves. Running back-stays on Highfield levers to the main.
Single stemhead fore stay
Pair of new top action bronze sheet winches either side of the cock-pit. All traditional varnished block and tackles to halyards

- Mainsail
- Mizzen
- Genoa (2005)
- 3 smaller headsails
- Spinnaker
- Mizzen staysail (2005)
Deck Equipment

- Lofrans 12v windlass
- 60 meter new chain.
- Mooring warps
- Fenders
Built in 1925 to a designed by William Fife and built by Peter Dickie. Peter, spent some of his formative years with William Fife at Fairlie and was responsible for many of the Dickie's designs. In 1923 he opened his own yard at Bangor in North Wales and working in conjunction with William McPherson Campbell they continued in close cooperation with the brothers at Tarbert, building both their own designs and those of other designers including MacCallum, Fife, Fred Shepherd and G.L. Watson. After busy war work building MTBs and MGBs the yard passed out of the family's ownership after the war and finally closed in the 1980's.
She has the Fife dragon carved at her bow though because she was not built at Fairlie she does not have the wheatsheaf at the stem.
Full Specifications

Length:38 feet
Length at Waterline:34 feet
Beam:10.5 feet
Num Engines:1
Total Engine Power:85.0 hp
Engine Type:Inboard
Engine Make/Model:Ford New Holland 4 Cylinder non turbo
Fuel Type:Diesel
Propeller Type:3 Blade
Drive Type:Direct
Fuel Capacity:80 Imperial Gallon
Designer:William Fife
Keel:Full Keel
Num Cabins:3
Num Berths:6
Num Heads:1
Hull Material:Wood
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