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Helford Cutter 30

Helford Cutter 30

£16,450 VAT paid

Built: 1982
Currently lying: Torquay, UK - United Kingdom

This listing contains some provisional information: details may change

Galago is a heavy displacement yacht built for blue water cruising with a design based on Hiscock's Wanderer III, including his suggested improvements. Carvel planked Iroko on oak frames, copper fastened, with teak deck and cockpit trim.
Beautiful teak interior with an abundance of storage space - a sea-kindly hull shape, providing an easy motion at sea with a well balanced helm.

Designed by Paul Garside and built to a high specification in 1983 by Gweek Quay Boatyard, a comprehensive Survey by Adrian White concluded that the major refit program by Nick Gates of Emsworth (Classic Yacht specialist) in 2011 at a cost of £15,000 resulted in a glowing overall report.

Built for ocean voyaging and now brought up to an unusually impressive condition, value was considered to be nearly £40,000.

We consider that minor refurbishment now required will recover exterior condition and that present asking is very competitive at £16,450 or near offer.

Owner comments - major refit 2012, full details supplied as part of a survey. All items in survey rectified at cost approaching £16,000. Included lifting engine and changing engine mounts. Once works completed, resurveyed with excellent report.
In my ownership:
New alternator, two new batteries, new stern gland greaser, new exhaust hoses, alterations to running rigging, rigging surveyed, new fuel supply lines and filter. Some sails and covers repaired and cleaned with new zips to covers. Small deck repair with short new teak section of deck plank and repairs to corner joint on coaming. Rope clutch added to mast to assist in using winch.

Spent five weeks cruising along Atlantic French coast this year without any problems in all sorts of weather, sailing single-handed. Engine worked faultlessly throughout.

(New VHF aerial and new hinges to forward hatch to be fitted prior to purchase).

Reason for selling - vaving reached the grand age of 70 and now retired I am downsizing. Will be very sorry to part with Galago as she is a one-off traditional yacht built for long-distance sailing in comfort. The construction and materials are exceptional and if looked after she will continue for many years and is a tribute to the skills of the designer Paul Gartside and shipwright Alan Nicholas. She was built at Gweek, Helston.

SSR 166845


LWL: 25.75 ft
LOA: 30 ft
Beam: 9.67 ft
Draft (fixed): 5.33 ft
Displacement: 6.58 tonnes
Water capacity: 227 l
Fuel capacity: 227 l
Ballast: 31.5%
Actual length overall: 32 ft


Maximum speed: 7 knots
Cruising speed: 5.5 knots
Engine: Bukh DV20ME 20hp 2 cylinder diesel with Bukh gearbox and Morse controls
Rope cutter
Propeller(s): fixed 3-blade bronze
Fuel consumption and range: 1/3rd gallon ph / 380nm
Extensive collection of engine spares and filters
Outboard: Mercury 2.2 serviced and running but noisy
All fuels and oils on board


Engine battery: 110 sealed with 680 amps (2016)
Domestic battery: 110 sealed with 680 amps (2016)
Battery charger
Shorepower system: 240v
CD player/radio: Sony
Management system: Adverc (2003)
Ring main: DCM MK3 CE circuit breaker with various sockets throughout
Masthead TV aerial

Navigation equipment

Navigation lights
Compass: Silva Marine K-121/PE-CL
Depth sounder: B&G H1000 (2003)
Wind instruments: B&G H1000 (2003) in cockpit
Autopilot: Autohelm 2000
GPS: Garmin 152
VHF radio: Icom IC-m503 (2003 - £2,983) with DSC controller DS 100
Speed/log: B&G H1000 (2003) multi readout in cockpit
Navtex: Clipper
Radar reflector: folding

Deck gear

Bow anchor: 35lb CQR with 80m chain and warp
Clutches: one new on mast for main
Boarding gates: both port and starboard
Mainsail cover: stack-pack by Suffolk Sails - natural canvas colour
Sprayhood: natural canvas colour with perspex windows
Dodgers: with boat name
Primary winches: 2 x Gibb 28 STA (genoa)
Coachroof winches: 2 x Gibb 16 STA plus 2 x Gibb (on mast)
Anchor windlass: Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed MKII double action lever (manual)
Pulpit, pushpit and guardwire
Cockpit cover
All halyards at mast
Jib cover: good condition - recently serviced with new zips
Complete winter deck and cockpit cover: in use, but requires valet and replacing of some attachments
Galago has through-hull fittings, but no beaching legs
Spare gas canister
Spare diesel and petrol cans
Boat mop and bucket


Cooker: Plastimo Neptune 2000 cooker, with 2 burners, gas oven & grill (2004) including gas bottle stowage replaced and improved (2005 - £1,436)
Number of berths: 3 single berths in 2 cabins as it was built as a one-off for long distance cruising.
Number of heads: 1 with hand basin
Toilet: large Jabsco
Cutlery: tray plus cutlery if required. Also cutlery fitted drawer.
Cooking equipment: assorted pots and pans
6'4" headroom
Oiled teak interior construction with mixed cream upholstery
Floor brush
Bengco charcoal heater with external chimney (2005): mounted to the port bulkhead and warms the whole boat
Oil lamp
Water filter (replaced 2017)
Fore-cabin contains a large hanging locker, mirrored cupboard and the heads with a stainless steel sink and additional clothes storage
There is extensive storage throughout the boat and two large cross connected steel water tanks under the cabin bunks
All fittings bronze: not polished

Safety equipment

EPIRB: with out of date battery
Bilge pump: 3 manual - cockpit/engine compartment/saloon
Fire extinguisher(s): 2
Lifejackets: 3
Horseshoe lifebuoy: 2
Webbing jackstays
Fog horn: Plastimo
Warps: various sizes and lengths
Fenders: 1 x ball fender plus 4 x tube fenders
Boat hook
Fire blanket
Flares: in watertight container (out of date)


Superstructure colour: cream
Hull colour: white
Deck colour: teak decked
Deck construction: teak on Iroko superstructure
Steering: tiller
Hull construction: Iroko on oak
Keel construction: long cast iron 3 tons (31.5% ratio)
Decking: teak
Bottom finish: blue antifoul
Transom rudder
Long keel

Rig and sails

Mainsail: by Spargo and Bennett with slab reefing - good condition
No.1 genoa: by Spargo and Bennett (cream) - believed original, but good condition
Yankee: by Spargo and Bennett (cream) - believed original, but good condition
Cruising chute: good condition
Staysail: by Spargo and Bennett with self-tacking boom sheet lead aft - good condition
Rig type: cutter
Standing rigging: s/s with polyester running rigging (surveyed 2017)
Genoa furling system: Selden Furlex 207S (2004 - £1,300)
Kicker: tackle detachable both ends and used as preventer downwind attached to deck fitting
Backstay adjuster: bottle screw
Mast construction: anodised aluminium spars by SS Spars with two booms
Galago sails well on all points and being a cutter has many options for setting sails. In stronger winds I use the staysail and no genoa.
Downwind the staysail is furled and use genoa or cruising chute. Most often use the Yankee as it is high cut plus staysail as this provides a balanced sail area with good forward vision.
The Yankee can be quickly furled from the cockpit and you can continue to drive on.

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