WE Thomas Gentleman's Classic Cutter

Bristol Pilot Cutter hull
£195,000.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  315721
  • Length  ·  18.90m
  • Year  ·  1909
  • Construction  ·  Wood
  • Underwater profile  ·  Long Keel
  • Sleeping berths  ·  5
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 75hp, Beta (2013)
  • Lying  ·  Vilamoura
Boatshed Portugal
Boatshed Portugal
Boatshed Portugal

Extra Details

Builder WE Thomas, Falmouth UK
Lying Vilamoura
Fuel capacity 300.0 ltr (66.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 270.0 ltr (59.4 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 50.0 ltr (11.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Beta (2013)
Engine Hours engine1= 375
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) 12.0 ltr (2.6 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Engine spares

40 engine hours since refurbishment in 2022
New Victron charger 2021
2 new panels (engine and electrics)
New 240V system 2021
New batteries 2021 (Rolls S12 128ah AGM)
5 USB charger points new 2021
New deck LED lights 2021
Removable solar panels 2021


Length 18.90m
LOD 14.33m
LWL 11.58m
Beam 3.50m
Draft Max 2.32m
Displacement 36,000kg (79,380.0lbs)
Storage On marina


Gaff rigged T Nielsen & Co Wood spars (2017) with Galvanised standing rigging (2021)


Reefing mainsail Ratsey and Lapthorn - Slab (2021) 3 Reefs
Headsail Ratsey and Lapthorn - Hank On (2021)
Other sails Staysail (2021)
Topsail (2021)
Cruising main (not R&L) (unknown year)

New Spars, T Nielson’s 2017
Re-rigged by Spencer Rigging 2021
New running rigging Spencer Rigging 2021
New blocks (and old blocks refurbished) 2021
All new sails (working, stay, main, flying Jib and topsail) Ratsey and Lapthorn 2021

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 5 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

Carvel hull of pitch pine on oak frames

Hull checked and sheathed in West Epoxy System and Coppercoated 2017
New mast step 2021
New stainless stemhead 2021
New frames 2020
New keel bolts 2020
Deck fully refurbished
New seacocks and old seacocks refurbished 2020/2021

Tank sizes are approximated


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)

In 2022 - All new upholstery
New electric toilet and black tank fitted
New Dickinson diesel heater
New main fridge box
New gas cooker and gas fitting with outside MCA compliant locker 2021
Internal LED lights 2021
Cockpit warm/cold shower 2021

4 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Raw water wash
Cockpit shower

In 2022 - All new upholstery
New electric toilet and black tank fitted
New Dickinson diesel heater
New main fridge box
New gas cooker and gas fitting with outside MCA compliant locker 2021
Internal LED lights 2021
Cockpit warm/cold shower 2021

4 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Swim Ladder

2 sheet winches
Electric Lofrans 1700 windlass
2 anchors
(CQR and Kedge)
60.00m of chain
100.00m of rode
Avon dinghy (unknown year)
6hp outboard, Yamaha, Short shaft (2017)
Windlass and drum new 2021

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Fish Finder
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

5g ready Broadband and magnifier (SIM required)

New Garmin 922xs Plus, GMR 18 HD plus Radar, Garmin VHF AIS 215i,
Airmar transducer
12V Cello TV with Alexa Smart TV 2021

Safety Equipment

Fume detector
Carbon Monoxide detector
Life jackets
Life buoys
Swim ladder

4 bilge pumps (1 manual / 3 electric)

8 man liferaft on rental agreement with OS
8 Spinlock Lite Plus lifejackets (2021)
Engine driven emergency ditch pump

Broker's Comments

Built in 1909 by W. E. Thomas in Falmouth, UK, on a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter hull, (but made sleeker and narrower to suit her intended purpose as a Gentleman’s Yacht), this 62′ classic cutter (47′ without bowsprit), is an amazing piece of sailing history. She recently underwent an extensive refit to the highest standards and has been consistently updated.

On the original wax papers (included in the sale) she was commissioned by Mr. Buckley Haed, permanent address: Garrick Club London, occupation: ‘Gentlemen’. The Garrick Club, was founded as a private gentleman's club in 1831 in the heart of London’s West End Theatreland. It has the most extensive theatrical and artistic drawings in existence in the world.

She is rigged with a topmast, has a carvel hull of pitch pine on oak frames and was originally fitted with a BMC 44kw diesel engine. Her current engine is a 2013, 75hp Beta with just 40 hours on her since refurbishment in 2022.

This beautiful yacht is on the UK Historic Ship Register, and following her refit was the runner up in the 2021 National Historic Ship Photograph competition. In June 2021 she was award best newcomer by the Old Gaffers Association at the Yarmouth Regatta. She also sailed in the iconic ‘Round the Island Race’ and ‘Cowes Classics Week’. During Cowes, when running full sail on a downwind start alongside the famous Suhaili, Sir Robert Knox-Johnston hailed the current owner and commented "beautiful boat".

A quirky later addition was a larger bar/galley with a brass foot stand which was reclaimed while cruising the West Coast of from the whisky island Oban. This has created nice warm place to enjoy a glass of wine or a ‘wee dram’ under the glass snowdrop lights in the lovely wooden interior. The current owner has also sympathetically added a marble backed Dickinson Diesel heater further adding to the charm and ambiance of the interior.

A classic yacht surveyor was appointed by the current owner from purchase and has been involved throughout the refit. A recent survey will be available shortly.

Currently lying in Vilamoura, Algarve under professional guardianship.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

4 years

Why are you selling her?

Growing family

Where have you sailed her?

UK, France and Channel Islands, Portugal

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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