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Tamarisk 24 gaff cutter

Brief details


Various, including North Sea Craft, Bangor Shipyard, Cuttriss Boats, Cygnus Marine and North Cornwall Marine

The Tamarisk 24 was designed by David Cannell as a modern GRP gaff cutter, on traditional lines. The moulds appeared to have travelled extensively, as you find them with various builders named as moulders. Most were home completed, so layouts vary, as does the standard of finish. The hulls were strongly built, and the boats sail well.


30' 1"

Sail area

364 sq ft


21' 2"


gaff cutter


8' 0"




2' 11"




6,272 lbs




2,460 lbs


8 - 12

Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated ballast

Various sizes of Tamarisks have been built, ranging from the smallest, the Tamarisk 19, through a 22-footer, to 24-footers such as this. There were also Tamarisk 29s, based on a Falmouth working boat hull form, and finally a 41 foot schooner. Most of the smaller designs are based broadly on the lines of 19th century fishing smacks, and all are tough, moderately heavy and attractive small yachts.


On the Tamarisk 24s, the hulls are GRP, with deck and coachroof in marine ply.



Below: There is usually a small forecabin, with a vee-berth. Saloon layots vary, with headroom of about 5' 6" under the deck beams

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