Does anyone know the story of gaff rigged cutter Medusa Bay please?

Medusa Bay

Medusa Bay Medusa Bay

A chap called Udo has been in touch to ask for information about a boat he has bought recently.

She’s a strip-planked 37ft gaff-rigged cutter named Medusa Bay and is currently in a marina at Hull – though he plans in the spring to sail her to Blankenberge, Belgium.

Udo was put in touch with because has been told that she was built at Faversham. We’ve since learned that she was actually built at Conyer, though her spars came from Faversham. Still, I’m sure Udo would be delighted to learn more about her story, and for any old photos readers may have to hand please!

PS Now in the autumn of 2012 Medusa Bay is for sale. Contact me at, and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.

6 thoughts on “Does anyone know the story of gaff rigged cutter Medusa Bay please?”

  1. Hi Gav

    I remember this boat – firstly from the London Boat Show in around 1992? She was exhibited part completed by Bay Class Yachts. A year or two later when I had my boat at Conyer I encountered her again when she was launched, the remainder of the build having been financed by a new owner. I think I am correct when I say that on the fist trip out the designer/builder Ted Spears sustained a serious hand injury from the mainsheet block.

    Hope that helps



  2. I am sure I still have somewhere the pamphlet and a couple of plans, I think sail plans and interior layout, for two of the Bay Classic gaffers that were advertized circa 1993. I may even have the pricelist. I found them a month ago when I was digging for some plans into my (messy) library. Of course now they are submerged again but I should be able to find them. The Bay Classics line featured two, maybe three designs, from around 30 to around 40 feet. I think one of them was yawl rigged.

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