Birdham Cutter

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Design No. 1002

Built for: Stuart Lukey
Builder: Stuart Lukey, Chichester, England
Date designed: 1986

Class – Hull Number          Birdham cutter No. 1

Principal Design Data

L.O.A:  42’ 1”  (12.84 m)
Datum:   29’ 6”  ( 8.92 m)
Beam Max:  12’ 6″  ( 3.83 m)
Draft:   4′ 0½”  ( 1.20 m)
Displacement tons:            10.42
T.M.:  19.12 tons
Ballast ratio:              28.7%
Sail Area:  960 sq ft
Rig:  Gaff cutter

The design emerged in 1986 when after considering our Keyhaven Yawl design and finding it to be just a little on the small side, Emsworth boat builder Stuart Lukey commissioned a new design largely similar to the Keyhaven.

The steel multi chine yacht features a ballasted swing keel giving the yacht a shallow draught of just 1.2 m. In 1995 the drawing set was reviewed and totally updated using computer aided design specifically for both novice and professional boat builders. Two years later the design was developed further and Jean of Liverpool (design number 1214) was the first to be of strip plank timber construction as a round hull form, she was built with a full keel with a draft of 1.5m., but there is also a full keel version with a shoal draft of just 1.4m. Altogether twelve have been built.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for the Birdham Cutter, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

Download Drawing List

Study Notes

21 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of the Birdham cutter and Northney schooner (design number 1021).

Model Plans

D:Laurent Giles Naval Architects (NZ) LtdProjects1000 – 1049

Full set of Stock Building Plans

D:Laurent Giles Naval Architects (NZ) LtdProjects1000 – 1049

A Birdham cutter can be constructed from the original 1995 drawings for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided. The package includes full size frame templates.

Poster & Art Prints