1888 George Lawley & Sons
58' (17.91m) High Gaff Top Sail Cutter - ELF
ELF, 35 ft, High gaff topsail cutter, originally built in Boston MA, 1888. The oldest active racing Yacht in the US. Accurately and Fully Restored 2008
- Earleville Maryland United States
- High Gaff Top Sail Cutter
- Wood Hull
ELF is the Oldest Active Racing Vessel in the United States, 1888 to present. Fully and Accurately restored in 2008. A Classic. A quintessential masterpiece. A Lawley-built (Boston) High gaff top sail cutter, meticulously restored and maintained for the last 60 years by Captain Rick Carrion, President of CYRG. She has been a continuous part of American maritime culture for more than a century. She was built by George Lawley & Sons for Mr. William H. Wilkinson in 1888 as a state-of-the-art racing yacht. She continues today as a more than formidable Leader on the Classic Vessel Racing Circuit.
LOA: 58' 9" (17.91 Meters)
Type: Sail - Used
Beam: 12' 6"
Bridge Clearance: 54' 9"
Draft Max: 6' 6"
Draft Min: ' "
Single Berths: 2
Maximum Speed: Knots
Cruise Speed: Knots
Fuel Type: Diesel
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Tank: 27 Gallons (102.21 Liters)
Fresh Water: 27 Gallons (102.21 Liters)
Holding Tank: 32 Gallons (121.13 Liters)
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High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Overview
ELF is the Oldest Active Racing Vessel in the United States, 1888 to present. A Classic. A quintessential Masterpiece
A 1888 Lawley-built (Boston) A high gaff top sail cutter, meticulously restored and maintained for the last 60 years by Captain Rick Carrion, President of CYRG. Restoration completed 2008. Historically and accurately restored and relaunched in 2008. She has been a continuous part of American maritime culture for more than a century. She was built by George Lawley & Sons for Mr. William H. Wilkinson in 1888 as a state-of-the-art racing yacht. She continues today as a more than formidable Leader on the Classic Vessel Racing Circuit.
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Walkthrough
From the Cockpit, you step down the companionway into the cabin, galley starboard, 2 quarter berths midship port & starboard, work area port aft, storage starboard aft, Walking forward V berth.
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Accommodations
Elf offers a V berth forward, quarter berths port & starboard. The head is port side mid ship.
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Cabin
The cabin offers bench seat convertible quarter berths port & starboard, with Sasafrass bunk boards. Long Leaf Yellow Pine sole, Cypress ceiling, storage cabinets, 2 skyllights in hatches, 3 vintage oil lamps, copper sink with reversible cutting board top, Cypress electric runs installed, DC port side, AC starboard side for auxiliary power. Main cabinetry North American Black Cherry.
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Galley
The galley is starboard side,
- Defy Traveller top stove / oven to starboard
- Copper sink with reversible cutting board top, custom built Ash faucet
- Dry storage
- Storage areas under bench / quarter berth bunks
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Electronics
- ICOM VHF IC-M127
- Garmin Radar echoMAP CV
- Garmin Depth Sounder Fishfinder 160C
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Electrical Equipment
- 30 Amp shore power cord
- Cypress electrical channel runs for auxiliary power items.
- Inverter hookup
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Engine/Mechanical Equipment
- Westerbeke MD44B
- Manual Bronze Handle head
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Deck Equipment
- Danforth 45 LB anchor
- CQR 35 LB anchor
- 10 ft chain
- 300 ft, 3/4 Nylon for each anchor
- Mahogany pole for manual windlass
- Sika Spruce bow sprit
- Teak decks, Douglas Fir
- Engraved Ship's Bell on front of mast
- Cockpit cushions and covers
- Hatches, and tiller cover
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Sails & Rigging
- Covers for Main, Jib and Jackyard
- Jackyard Topsail
- Working Top
- Radial Spinaker with Sitka Spruce Pole
- Unstayed Jib
- 4:1 purchase on Peak and Throat Halyard
- 4:1 purchase on Jib
- 3:1 purchase on Topsail
- 6:1 purchase on Traveler split on Port & Starboard
- 1:1 Flying jib led aft
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Safety and Fire Equipment
- Fire Extinguishers
- Throwing float
- Bilge Pump (Automatic and Manual)
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Exclusions
- Seller's personal belongings
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf History
The Early Sailing Years
- Marblehead 1888, 1889
- Halifax Voyage 1893
- Captain Rick Carrion, Founder of the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild CYRG
- Graham Ero, Boatwright
- John Griffiths, Consultant
- Kurt Hasselbach, M.I.T. Consultant
- Peter Vemilla, Mystic Seaport Museum
- 1991 Hauled for Restoration
- 1991-2001 Futtocks and Structural
- 2001 Shudder Plank
- 2001-2004 Interior Construction
- 2004 Auxiliary and Structure
- 2005 Decking
- 2006 Launch
- 2006 Spars and Rigging
- 2008 Accurately and Fully Restored
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf Benefactors
- Maryland Historical Trust
- Cecil County Historical Trust
- Classic Yacht Restoration Guild
- Gus and Veda Van Lennep
High Gaff Topsail Cutter, Elf going Forward
- Flagship of Classic Yacht Restoration Guild
- Maritime Education
- Environmental Awareness
- National Historic Register
- Restoration sustainability for the next Century
- Survey 2021 available
Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.
The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.
- Engine Make: Westerbeke
- Engine Model: MD44B
- Engine Year: 2010
- Engine Type: Inboard
- Drive Type: Direct
- Power HP: 44.00
- Fuel Type: Diesel
- Hours: 848.00
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Fletcher C. Bauman
Fletcher C. Bauman was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of MD in Easton, and grew up in Royal Oak, and St. Michaels MD. Fletcher has over 43 years of racing experience, 1973 to present.His experience on the Chesapeake Bay includes racing and cruising on his family’s Islander 36 as tactician and helmsperson. His family relocated to the USVI in 1984, where Fletcher logged many miles of blue water cruising and racing on his family’s Wellington 52’, Calinda. His extensive Chesapeake Bay racing includes the J22 World Championship, 10 place in 1994 as crew, and in 2004, 5th place in the Silver Fleet as helmsperson.
Fletcher currently resides in Annapolis MD, where he can be found on the race course in the Farr 30, J 105, and Beneteau First 40.7 classes as well as deliveries from the Caribbean and West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay.
Fletcher enjoys a vibrant and successful career in Real Estate for the past 18 years servicing both sides of the Chesapeake Bay for Residential, Commercial, Land, Estates and Waterfronts. Fletcher enjoys providing his clients with the 20 years yachting expertise they not only expect but deserve.
Fletcher C. Bauman can be reached Fletcher@CurtisStokes.net or cell 410.263.2000.
Curtis Stokes & Associates
Curtis Stokes & Associates have a brokerage office in Annapolis, Maryland.
Annapolis, a world famous boating center and cruising area is on the the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is home to the US Naval Academy whose students are seen practicing their skills on the water daily. Annapolis was once the United States capitol as well as being the capitol of Maryland today. The city is steeped in history which has been well preserved for interesting local architecture and scenic waterfront views everywhere.
Annapolis hosts the US Sailboat and US Powerboat Shows every fall bringing boaters from all over to see newly built boats and yachting accessories on display.