The Web Site of the 1928 Gaff Cutter Yacht Emanuel

Taking Emanuel into the 21st Century.




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Little is known of Emanuel’s travels under former owners, with the notable exception of her first owner Cdr Robert Douglas Graham RN.

Under her present owners Emanuel has cruised quite extensively, though no great lengthy passages have been undertaken.  Since Emanuel was put back in the water in July 1988, after the restoration, she has been as far west on the English side of the English Channel as Plymouth.  From here, on this occasion, Emanuel crossed to France in 1998 sailing direct to Morgat but bound for Douarnenez, and the maritime festival at that delightful town.  On the return ports visited were Camaret, L’aber-vrac’h, St Peter Port, Cherbourg and  Honfleur.

Various Channel cruises have seen Emanuel visiting Eastbourne, Brighton, The Solent and Weymouth on the English side.  On the French side, besides those already mentioned, Emanuel has at various times visited Calais, Boulogne, Le Treport, Dieppe, St Valery en Caux and Fecamp.

In Belgium ports visited (several times) are Ostend and Zeebrugge while in Holland several cruises through the inland waterways have taken Emanuel as far north  as Hoorne on the Markermeer along the fixed mast route.

On the English east coast Emanuel has been a visitor to the Rivers Crouch, Blackwater, Colne, Stour, Orwell and the Deben.  Of course Emanuel has also visited the River Thames several times going to Limehouse and to St Katherines.  Kentish rivers and creeks visited are Faversham Creek, the Swale - including Queenborough many times - and the River Medway.

Having been based at the Sandwich Sailing and Motor Boat Club moorings on the (Kentish) River Stour from 1988 to 2000 Emanuel can also claim familiarity with that little known drying river and the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich - once ‘plundered by the men of Honfleur back in the 1400’s.  

The towns are now twinned and have become the best of friends.

From the From the Voyages and Travels link above follow the drop down menu for more details of what we do know of Emanuel’s travels.

Voyages and Travels


Heading home from Holland - summer 2003 - Mark Holden at the helm, firmly strapped on.

Above at the International Festival of the Sea at Portsmouth Naval dockyard.

Participating in the Old Gaffers Association 50th birthday celebrations at Cowes - August 2013.