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Tamarisk 19

Brief details


Cuttriss Boats

The Tamarisk 19 is an strongly built and attractive gaff rigged "weekender",  designed by David Cannell, with a roomy cockpit and accommodation for from two to four in a small cabin. She is trailable with a reasonably large car.   


19'' 0" plus 4' 0" bowsprit

Sail area

264 sq ft


17' 3"


gaff sloop


7' 3"




2' 0"




2,960 lbs




897 lbs


4 - 8

Keel type

Long keel with steel centreboard

Tamarisk 19s ( and Tamarisk 24s ) were built at Bangor Shipyard in Ireland, and fitted out by Cuttriss Boats.  The hull construction is a combination of CSM, woven rovings, isophalic and polyester resins, with balsa sandwich in the deck.  As built these were drop-keel boats, but the particular example illustrated here was modified by fitting a Yanmar inboard diesel, in place of the original outboard engine, and changing her keel from a drop plate to a deeper fixed ballast keel, plus bilge plates. Externally, above the waterline, they are identical.



With tan sails on varnished spruce spars, the Tamarisk has an attractive, easy to handle sailplan, whilst the all-GRP hull minimises maintenance. 

"Practical Boat Owner" magazine reviewed a group of 19 ft trailer sailers in July 2001, and described the Tamarisk 19 as a "traditional heavyweight, steady under sail, and with an enormous cockpit, and roomy, high-volume hull" . Their only adverse comments were that the steel centreplate was heavy and difficult to lift, and that exhaust fumes from the outboard well were often  noticeable.

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The Tamarisk has traditional lines, with a deep forefoot and attractive sheer.  She is stable enough to be left permanently on an exposed mooring if required.  

With the jib on a roller-furling gear, the only reason to go to the foredeck is to anchor.  The Danforth anchor stows under the bowsprit, with a navel-pipe to the chain locker in the forepeak. 

The rig is simple, with points reefing on the gaff mainsail.  There are no winches; sheet and halyard loads being low enough for winches to be unnecessary.  The mast is in a tabernacle, allowing it to be easily lowered and raised singlehanded if necessary. 

The simple accommodation is in line with the boat's designed use as a weekender or day-sailer.  By fitting an infill (not shown on the photographs ) the two settee berths seen in the picture below can be converted into a good double or narrow triple berth.  With the addition of the good sized quarterberth, there are thus potentially four berths, but she would certainly be extremely crowded if all four were used.  

The saloon table swivels around, and raises or lowers on the mast support pillar

Photographs Yachtsnet


On the starboard side there is a good sized quarterberth, seen here with sails stowed in it.  The diesel engine in this particular boat occupies the space nomally taken up by the centreboard casing

To port is the small galley, with a two-burner gas cooker and a hand pump for fresh water from the six-gallon tank.   A "Porta-Potti" chemical toilet sits in the floor space under the bottom companionway step.  

Overall, this is a solid, seaworthy weekender or pocket cruiser, with the ability to be trailer-sailed if desired, given a reasonably large car to tow.  She is easily sailed single-handed if necessary, and provides comfortable sitting headroom accommodation for two.  As a day-sailer she will seat four or more.

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