A gorgeous gentleman’s gaff cutter, full of history and adventure that deserve an exhaustive investigation. She has been rebuilt and will be found in enviable sailing conditions.
EUR 110,000 ,-
We don't know very much about the first years of the life of the Grayling, nor we know anything about her designer, J.F. Clyne. We did know that she was borno as a gaff rigged yawl and this makes us supposing the she was conceived more for cruising purposes than for racing, as in those times the yawl rig was that to which were converted the racing cutters when they were no longer competitive and were used to go cruising for pleasure. In fact, Grayling interior is wide and comfortable for the time and her hull lines are fuller than those (extreme even for our tastes) of the racers of the moment. She was a liveable and comfortable vessel with a moderate rig, easy to handle for a family of sailors. Certainly, towards the Fifties she received, as many other gaffers of her era, a new Bermudan cutter rig. In 1954 she was purchased by Charles W. Ron Winter, a writer specialised in nautical matters. Winter made many cruises with his new boat and later wrote about them in his autobiography “The run of the tide” (1990). In this book Grayling is mentioned and pictured several times with her Bermudan rig. She was found by her present owners in an sorry state in the Harbour of Puebla de Farnals (Valencia, East Coast). After a long period of research, they started a deep rebuilding project. They gave to Grayling a beautiful gaff cutter rig and interiors in original style. Today she is ready to continue her sailing life with a new suit of magnific cream coloured sails.