Gaff Cruisers

North Quay Marine Gaff Cruisers are sized from 19ft to 24ft. They have more ballast and a little more sail area than their open cousins.
These gaff cutters are designed by Ted Spears and are based upon the successful NQ19 Dayboat. The brief was for a safe trailer sailer that the owner could use to explore lakes, rivers and estuaries. The appearance and ease of handling were of equal importance. A traditional concept with regard to the rig and hull shape was the natural solution.
The hull shape is evocative of 18th century naval cutters and gigs and has an easily driven shape with fine entry having the transom tucked up. Reserve buoyancy in the hull will make for a very stiff vessel able the stand up to her canvas. Plenty of sheer gives a jaunty appearance and helps to keep the crew dry. The rig offers plenty of sail area for light conditions or a good thrash with a heavy crew. The ease of handling and reefing a gaff sail together with the traditional appearance works well with the hull shape. The mast is approximately the same length as the hull to facilitate trailing the craft with safety. The bowsprit “unplugs” and everything stows onboard. The self-draining cockpit is laid out to enable three large adults to enjoy the cruise or with everything to hand for a single-hander. The accommodation is simply laid out with a pair of bunks, a portable WC, a galley and a navigation station. The use of the cedar epoxy method of construction lends itself to economical series production with the possibility of some customisation. Cedar epoxy is lighter than GRP and in fact much easier to repair

The North Quay 22, is a little pocket cruiser originally designed to be trailed and sailed around the Swiss lakes. Like the rest of the North Quay family she is not based on any particular traditional type, yet obviously well rooted in tradition. The cockpit is watertight and the craft will easily recover from a knock down without swamping. The cabin is snug and has ample sitting headroom with two good sized bunks. Outboard and inboard engine options are available.
"Like all the North Quay boats, the 22 has a wonderfully spacious cockpit area with a wide slatted bridge deck incorporating the centre plate case."

"Like everything about Ted's boats, the rig on the 22 is straightforward and user friendly. Its apparent Ted Spears is well on his way to creating another new branch on the tree that is tradition."

"A wonderfully tight knit family firm. "

"...and sped off towards the Isle of Sheppey. She was quite comfortable and well mannered."

"Even when the next gust came she just put her shoulder to it and creamed along, still light on the helm and remarkably stable."

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