1909 Classic Fred Shepherd Gaff Ketch (20.5 m)

Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain


The Owl 1909 has had great owners. In the 1920’s OWL was owned by Mr Andrews, who decided to lengthen her from the original 41 ft on deck to 55 ft.

After World War 2, she was owned by a David Burnett for nearly 30 years. In 1961, she was stolen but fortunately found later in New Caledonia. Her owner, Burnett re-rigged her and in 1974 sold her to a Frenchman. In 1990, she was bought by an Italian owner who commissioned her refit in 1993-96.

She has since crossed the Atlantic and participated successfully in the Antigua Sailing Weeks in 1997 and 1998, and also in the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001. Now she is based on Mallorca, well maintained by a professional crew, and available for day charter cruising around the island. We are pleased to offer this wonderful historical boat, the Owl 1909, for sale through our brokerage in Mallorca.

On the deck, from aft, the Owl 1909 features:

– Passarelle

– Varnished teak taffrail; bronze fairleads each side over

– Teak decks

– Bronze Panama eye fairleads in bulwarks each side

– Bronze stanchions and guardrails fwd each side

– Teak wheel and steering gear housing

– Wood and brass spoked helm wheel aft in cockpit

– Grated teak sole and seating each side

– Brass steering compass binnacle

– Mizzen mast with ships bell

– Butterfly skylight over aft cabin

– Main companionway hatch with sliding roof

– Meissner bronze ST sheet winches each side on deck

– Lewmar bronze sheet winches 1995

– Butterfly skylight hatch over saloon

– Butterfly concealed hatch

– Single spreader main mast and boom with bronze fittings

– Navigation lights

– Bronze staysail track

– Fore hatch with port lights

– Hydraulic windlass

– Bowsprit

– Bow roller

– 60 kg anchor and chain


– Main sail 2006

– Mizzen sail 2006

– Staysail 2006

– Boomed staysail 2001

– Jib 2001

– Flying jib 2006

– Balloon jib

– Tri radial spinnaker 2001


– Accommodation for up to 10 persons in 4 separate cabin areas; joinery in varnished teak

– Access by sliding hatch mid deck and companionway steps down to lobby

– Navigation and chart table with stowage under and to sides to stbd

– Short corridor aft

Saloon forward

– 2 x Long settee berths; one each side

– Port berths convert to a double berth

– Drop leaf dining table offset to port

– Skylight over

Galley to port

– 4 Burner gas hob and oven

– Top loading fridge

– Hinged folding worktop

– Stainless steel double sink with mixer tap

Basic information

  • Length:20.5 m
  • Beam:3.8 m
  • Cabins:4
  • Max. Persons:12
  • Displacement:28 ton


  • Fuel Type:Diesel
  • Engine Manufacturer:Perkins
  • Engine Type:4236m
  • Engine power:67.11 kW
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