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Gelasma RF71

Gelasma” is a 42’ sloop, built by Arthur Bishop in Cottesloe, WA in 1951.

She was built for former Rhodes Scholar and engineer Dr Gordon Barrett-Hill, and has been penned at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth WA, for her entire life.

Keith Clifford, who was the shipwright at RFBYC for over 30 years, sailed on Gelasma from the time of her launching, and when Gordon was no longer able to sail, he passed her on to Keith.

Keith continually upgraded and maintained the vessel and substantial work was undertaken between 2014 and 2016, when she was re-powered, her deck was re-sheathed and exterior timber was re-varnished. With Keith’s passing, it is time to find “Gelasma” a new custodian.

Gelasma has been raced with considerable success on both the ocean and Swan River, and is now used for weekend racing and social sailing on the Swan River. She has entertained thousands of guests over the years, and comes with a wonderful photographic history from her build, to her launching and early ocean races.

Designer: Len Randell

Builder: Arthur Bishop

Year launched: 1951

Registration number:   1748 WA Department of Transport Marine Safety – expiry 10/10/2019

Length: 42 feet

Beam: 9 feet 6 inches

Draft: 7 feet

Hull: Jarrah and maple on karri frames; raked stem, transom stern and full lead ballasted keel

Cabin trunk – teak; Deck, cockpit, coach roof- Plywood and dynel

Spars: Alloy mast, boom and spinnaker pole. Mast lowering gear. Heavy duty wire standing rigging

Rudder: Spade type

Engine: 2016 Nanni N3.21 15 Kw diesel, with 64 engine hours, stainless steel shaft drive to stainless steel slipstream folding propeller

Gearbox: Technodrive hydraulic 2:1 reduction, reversing type

Fuel tank: Aluminium, 50 litre capacity

Sails: 1 mainsail, 3 jibs (+ 1 non racing jib), 3 x spinnakers

WC: Jabsco manually operated WC installed 2016

Bilge pumps: 3 – 1 electric, 2 manual


Deck gear: 6 Barlow winches, manual back stay tension

Safety equipment: as per Club requirements for river racing

Large ice chest and storage lockers

Canvas cover cabin/cockpit

Wind speed indicator, sumlog, navigation lights

Accommodation: V berth forward and 2 single berths in the saloon.

Optional extra: Custom steel hard standing cradle (which disassembles into individual pieces for storage)

Other: First aid kit, life jackets, fenders, all ropes – mainsheet, jib sheets, spinnaker sheets


Price: $65,000 ONO

Contact: Tracy Antill

Phone: 0419 099 270



Contact: Mark Donati

Phone: 9387 2437