Vessel Name


Vessel Type

Sailing Yacht

Vessel Price


Short Description


John Leather Gaff Cutter, 1960

A lovely traditional gaff cutter, mahogany on steam oak.  A sturdy, characterful boat with lots of charm.  



There is full standing headroom in the main saloon providing for 2 berths.  One of the berths has been adapted to provide a permanent chart table.  The fore-cabin provides twin berths and there is a separate head compartment between the saloon and the fore-peak.

The cabin is essentially original and retains a warmth and charm, enhanced by traditional equipment –Taylors cooker and cabin heater and paraffin lamps. 

Because of her design, Pleione has a very generous cockpit for her overall length.

Construction & Build

Designed by John Leather and built in West Mersea by William Wyatt in 1960 of mahogany on steamed oak. Pleione is substantially and traditionally constructed with a fair carvel hull, rounded stem, transom stern and cast iron keel. The deck is teak laid and the superstructure also of teak with new cabin/cockpit sides in 1992. She has a long straight bowsprit, topsail and extended boom giving a very good sail area for her size and she is stiff in a breeze. Tiller steering, new tiller 2014

Sails and spars

New spars made by Robertsons of Woodbridge in 1998 refurbished in 2005 and coated with Coelan • New bowsprit 2014 • Stainless rigging • Running back stays with Highfields system • New bobstay and mainsheet 2017 • New jib and topsail halyard 2016 • Mainsail • No 1 jib • 3 staysails • Topsail • Ghoster • Boom cover 2005 • Over boom cockpit tent

Gear and safety

2 original solid bronze winches • CQR anchor with 30m chain and Bruce kedge • Fenders, lines and warps • Boat hook • Bilge pump, new 2016 • Liferaft, last serviced and safety certificate issued 2016


Yanmar 2GM 20hp – fitted in 1998 • Stainless fuel tank 1998


Seafarer Echosounder • Stowe trailing Log • ICOM ICM56VHF Radio • Sestrel Compass • Hand-bearing compass


LOA 26’ + bowsprit 7.9m • BEAM 8’ 2.2m • DRAFT 4’ 1.3m • WEIGHT (approx) 4.5 tons

General Comments

This boat is solidly built and a proven safe sea boat with many North Sea crossings to her name.   She has been maintained and improved over the years but retained her original looks and feel.  Maintained and recent renovations undertaken by Weir Quay Boatyard. Reluctant sale due to work committments abroad. A classic little ship with good looks and good sailing performance.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel / equipment. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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