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Gail Force


An immaculate cabin cruiser which would make an ideal weekender for a couple or for a small family group. The owners have spent a great deal of time and money 'saving' this traditional cruiser from an uncertain future unloved and unappreciated. A larger vessel has now come into the family which has a history as a Dunkirk Little Ship and so Gail Force is actively looking for a new owner.

Although nothing is known definitively of the original builders or designers of the boat (see below) it was clearly a well constructed craft with a raked stem and transom stern design and a round bilge mid section, underpinned by a full length keel extending below the propellor and the rudder. Built of carvel mahogany on oak and now painted cream with varnished decks and superstructure the boat has had a full ground up renovation. The interior is light and bright and all in ash with a comfortable double in the bow, a full heads with shower, a convenient galley, wheelhouse, new engine (Nanni N4.38) and a covered aft cockpit which can be opened up when the weather permits. Interestingly there was a vessel of the same name and approximate size registered on the river Thames until 2009 which had been built in 1935 by Dover Boatyard. The round bilge and strong build would suggest that it was built for coastal use originally and the owner thinks that the quality of the timber suggests a pre-war build. He was also able to use teak left over from his work on the Cutty Sark rebuild and evidence of the vendor's amazing craftsmanship is everywhere to be seen.

A full length winter cover was made recently to protect the boat which comes to the market with a current Boat Safety Scheme certificate and a list of all items purchased for the rebuild. It is estimated that the refurbishment cost over £70,000 for the new engine, wiring, fittings and over 2000 hours of labour. A charming clinker dinghy hangs on the davits and is included in the sale. Hull checked and repainted in winter 2024.

The weight of the boat is about 4 tons so can be moved with a hiab and a low loader. However there is a current mooring at Brundall should a purchaser wish to go boating on the Norfolk Broads.


Possibly Dover Boatyard
Year of build
Circa 1935
26ft 4ins
8ft 8ins
Single Nanni diesel

Please call Gillian on 01491 578 870 for more information


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