48 ft Traditional Cutter


  Length over all

14.7 m 48’4”

  Length on deck

14.6 m 47’11”

  Design waterline length

10.1 m 33’4”


3.8 m 12’6


2.4 m 8’0”

  Displacement, LT

13Ts 13Ts


4.800 kg 10.500 lbs

  Tankage: Fuel

285 liter 75 Gal


530 liter 140 Gal

    Black Water

170 liter 45 Gal

  Sail area, 100%

109 m^2 1177ft^2


The hull below the water consists of an undistorted sea kindly canoe body, developed from mid-ship sections of moderate dead rise. Lift and stability is provided by a low center of gravity club-footed fin keel. The spade rudder is balanced with an aspect ratio of about 2.7of carbon fiber.

The deck plan has the cockpit located far aft and the side decks are kept wide by keeping the trunk as narrow as the interior arrangement allowed.

The fractional sail plan is designed for efficiency and to compliment the traditional hull lines. The inner forestay is removable, the jib is furling and the main is set up for in the boom furling.

The mast is of carbon fiber, fully tapered and with wall thicknesses optimized over the length of the spar. The boom is of aluminum.

The mast has 3 pairs of aft swept spreader and is supported by discontinuous rod rigging and a fixed backstay.

The below deck arrangement when entering from the cockpit has a U-shaped galley to port with a reefer/freezer aft, a double sink forward and the stove in between. The engine is located below the centerline galley counter with service access through hatches on all four sides. Opposite the galley is a single berth navigator's cabin with the navigation station located forward of the cabin.

The salon has a U-shape settee to port and a bench seat/extension berth opposite. Lockers and book cases are outboard, a fore and aft sliding drop leaf table on center and a fire place in the forward end. The forward cabin is arranged with vee-berths forward and lockers aft. The head with shower is located to port between the salon and forward cabin with the wet locker opposite side.

Joinery and Styling

The timber used for deck joinery is Murmain Burmese teak and the styling is traditional of the Thirties.

Light colored teak (honey teak) is being used for the interior woodwork .

The accommodation to be finished in traditional Herreshoff style white painted bulkheads, fronts and doors and varnished trim. The deck heads are tongue and groove with exposed beams and painted throughout. The cabin soles are teak and holly or teak gratings all varnished.

Outline Specifications

  • Hull: Cold molded of cedar and mahogany over bulkheads, laminated frames and temporary mold stations. Outside hull sheathed with 10oz cloth.
  • Deck: Cold molded of mahogany plywood over laminated beams, beam shelf and carlins and covered with ½" teak decking. Tapered toe rails of teak
  • Cabin Trunk: Solid teak side and ends with fiberglass covered cold molded trunk top over laminated beams.
  • Cockpit: Fiberglass covered wood construction from sole to coamings. Coamings of laminated teak with sculptured coaming cap.
Propulsion System:
  • Main Engine: Yanmar 4JH4E rated at 55hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Reduction Gear: KM35P, 2.61:1
  • Propeller: Max 3 blade, feathering.
  • Exhaust: Vernay and Soundown, dry
Fuel System:
  • Tank: One aluminum alloy 5052 with painted exterior finish.
  • Filter: One Racor 75/500 MAX
Fresh Water:
  • Tanks: Two type 316 stainless steel
  • Pressure Pump & Tank: Headhunter X-Caliber & WX-101
  • Water Heater: Isoterm "Magic", 10 Gal.
Black Water:
  • Tank: One of polyethylene
  • Overboard Pump: One Sealand T-12
  • Head: One Wilcox Crittenden type "Skipper"
Bilge Pumps:
  • One Edson fig 217A, manual
  • One "Whale" Gusher "Titan", manual
  • Two "Whale" Gulper 220, electric
  • Glacier Bay eutectic, water cooled, two zone.
  • Fireplace: Luke Soap stone
  • Hot Air Heater: Espar D5LC
Electrical, 12VDC:
  • Batteries:
    • Lifeline AGM
    • Ship Service, 840AH
    • Engine Start, 105AH
    • Navigation, 80Ah
  • Inverter: Mastervolt, 12/2000
Electrical 120VAC:
  • Shore Power: Hubbell, 30amp
  • Battery Charger: Mastervolt 12/80/2
  • Rudder: Composite with Carbon Fiber stock
  • Pedestal: Edson, 402-6-310T
  • Wheel: Edson, 48" Dia. 7 spoke, dished
  • Quadrant: Edson, 835AL-16" Radius
  • Auto Pilot: B&G
Interior Hardware:
  • Galley Stove: Force 10, 3 burner with oven and broiler.
Deck Hardware:
  • Type 316 stainless Steel & Aluminum
  • Anchor Windlass: Lewmar "Ocean 1" vertical capstan.
  • Opening Portlights: Two Bomar H.Y.S.
  • Hatches: Six Bomar H.Y.S.
  • Winches: Harken in chrome, 3 power, 8 manual.
Spars & Rigging:
  • Mast: GMT, carbon fiber, 3 spreader.
  • Boom: LeisureFurl by Forespar, aluminum size 20/7 with manual furling.
  • Whisker Pole: GMT, carbon fiber, 4" Dia.
  • Standing Rigging: Navtec Nitronic rod, discontinuous.
  • Running Rigging: New England Rope.
  • Jib Stay Furler: Harken Unit size 2
  • Boom Vang: Forespar, mechanical
  • Blocks: Harken
Ground Tackle:
  • Anchors: One 60 lbs. CQR
  • One Fortress FX-85 storm anchor.
  • Rodes: Two 280 ft. each of 3/8" chain and 5/8" rope
  • VHF: One ICOM M402
  • SSB: One ICOM M710
  • Sat Telephone: Global Star GSP-1600
  • Radar: Furuno 1733C with 24" Dia randome antenna.
  • GPS Radar/Plotter: Northstar 972
  • Computer: Dell Inspion or similar
  • Speed & Log: B&G
  • Wind Speed & Direction: B&G
  • Depth & Temperature: B&G
Study plans are available. Set of 3 in same scale as drawn cost $50.

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