Aeolus 1904 gaff cutter

For the purist classic sailor


For sale £29,500      €35,000



Interested?   Make contact with Anthony Wheaton, visit Aeolus in the Hamble and come for a sail. 

Or contact the broker Wooden Ships.

Or join us at the Paimpol Brittany Regatta and Music Festival  4-6 August 

 Tel        07803 389676        email

U Tube             Great video about Aeolus,  from myclassicboat                             Action shots of sailing, with the topsails, and                                hoisting and lowering sails.        

                            For a Clip see


                            For the full video

Tower Bridge London opens for Aeolus


Instagram             aeolus1904

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    Length on deck        41 ft    13  m

LOA                            65 ft    18 m

                                                 Beam                      9 ft    2.7m 

Draft                           8 ft    2.4m

    Weight                           18 tonnes

Sail area – working sails  1000 sqft

                   - with topsails     1450 sqft

Berths                                      8


















Aeolus, a 1904 plank-on-edge custom racing boat is the perfect vessel for the purist classic yachtsman for racing and cruising. A towering rig gives the boat her traditional appearance, which continues throughout the working with its authentic block and tackle system. Of course, looks aren’t the only thing going for this classic yacht. The redesigned sail plan uses modern sailcloth to give the boat power and speed when slicing through the waves. Think of her as a lightweight pilot cutter.

Steeped in history, Aeolus was built in California in 1904, probably for racing in San Francisco bay. The timing and location of her original built is what lends the boat its distinctive, elegant West-Coast style.  To continue this experience she has the original methods of sailing with traditional white ropes, wood blocks, cream sails, and a long wood tiller, avoiding any modern kit to spoil the appearance.

The current owner has been sailing and racing Aeolus for 14 years, and over that time has developed and improved her sailing qualities, making her into a race-winning and practical boat. It is time to pass her on to a new owner who can further enhance Aeolus and her reputation. The boat has been fully restored, is complete with everything required for sailing her and living on her, with every aspect of the boat maintained to a high standard. 

2023 Sailing Programme



Long trips

22 May to 1 Jun,    Pilot cutter review   Fowey to St Mawes

          22 May leave Hamble sail to Fowey

           25-28 May  Join the pilot cutters

          1 June Return to Hamble

31 Jul to  11 Aug    Paimpol Brittany Regatta  

 & music festival

                31 July leave Hamble to cross Channel

                 4-6 August at Paimpol                           

sailing everyday with the fleet

                                  non stop  music and entertainment

                 7-11 Aug  Return cruise thro Brittany 

and the Channel Isles 

11 Aug back to the Hamble


Weekends in the Solent

15 16 April         Solent cruise   LCSC

1-2 July          Round the Island Race

                       Race practice on Friday

1-3 Sept    OGA Annual Race  Cowes 

 to join the  Burlesdon  Regatta

                        Sail to Cowes on Friday pm

21 22 Oct          Solent by night LCSC

10 -11 Nov              Hot Toddy  LCSC





















For racing Aeolus works best with a crew of eight working closely together to handle the  seven sails we use in light winds. Crew members, both experienced and new to the waves, love sailing the boat as it produces a marvellous team spirit. when setting sails. belaying the many ropes and moving around the deck as a cohesive team simply adds to the pleasure of sailing her. Aeolus has attracted many modern boat sailors to experience the more elegant and calm approach of classic yacht racing.  The current owner has particularly enjoyed the generous support in the early days in learning from other boat owners and then developing his own style to introduce people to traditional sailing and running the crew as a team.

Look at the video of the Round the Island Race below.


Aeolus is a practical yacht with a redesigned sailplan and dacron sails, a powerful Volvo 55hp engine and wifi navigation equipment. The boat is easy to run and handle, and when cruising Aeolus is sailed in a relaxed manner; fewer sails de-power the boat, allowing finger-tip control by the helmsmen of the perfectly balanced rig while cruising. 

The interior was empty when the current owner first purchased her. After advice from Tom and Ros Cunliffe and Ed Burnett, a traditional plan was drawn to accommodate the crew of eight with simple modern facilities to allow weekend and longer distance sailing. Over five winters each part of the interior was hand built, largely from reclaimed timber, to give a fully-functioning interior which can comfortably house the crew. The kitchen tap has even been replaced by a charming (and easy-to-use) brass pump, calling back to the boat’s early 19th century beginnings.



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