Sailing yachts

28′ Laurent Giles Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 18212)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles, J
  • Builder: Porter & Haylett, Wroxham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: East Coast, UK
  • Length on deck: 28'6
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'9

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 28′ Laurent Giles Bermudan Cutter

The Laurent Giles Peter Duck was designed by the J Laurent Giles office, the first of which was built for Arthur Ransome.  After this the design was modified with more freeboard and some 38 boats were built by Porter and Haylett of Wroxham, this particular one being launched in 1963.

The concept was for a sturdy, dry and comfortable cruising sea boat with a good deal of internal volume for the length.  They were not intended as motor sailers but are similarly not competitive race yachts, the emphasis was on manageability and comfort more than speed and performance.

This particular yacht however was converted by the previous  owner in 2005 from the usual ketch rig to a bermudan cutter with a taller mast and lifting bowsprit.  This has significantly increased the performance compared to other Peter Ducks making her more comparable with cruising sloops of her size, except that she has more internal volume than most 29′ yachts.  This work was professionally undertaken and the results are very impressive.

Maintained by the same east coast wooden boat yard for the last 20 years, she is a very tidy yacht and much admired.  2016 survey available.



 28′ Laurent Giles Bermudan Cutter


Planked in Iroko all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Iron ballast keel.

Cascover sheathed below waterline from new.

Yacht laid teak deck on plywood sub deck with mahogany coamings.  Self draining cockpit.



Bermudan cutter rig on deck stepped varnished mast – designed and built in 2005.

Stack pack boom, staysail and roller furling jib.

Recent good quality sails.  Mainsail, Yankee, Staysail, Cruising chute.



BMC Captain 30hp diesel, completely rebuilt in 2013.

New stern tube and cutlass bearing 2013.

5 knots cruising speed at 2 litres/hour.  7 knots max.



Headroom forward and midships, 6’.  6’6 under the doghouse.

 4 berth accommodation with 2 saloon settee berths and two single berths in the fore cabin.

Folding panelled door to the forecabin.  Infill for the V berths to make a double.  Sail bins under the berths.

Panelled doors from saloon to heads compartment with a SL396 heads and SS washbasin, drains overboard.

Hanging locker opposite.

Decent size galley with a Flavel Vanessa gas cooker, 2 burner, oven and grill, gimaballed.   SS sink which drains overboard.

Chart table port with instruments over, bosun’s cupboard under, suitable for a fridge if needed.  Oilskin locker aft of chart area.

LED lighting throughout, + 2 oil lamps and 2 flourescent.



Full specification and details available upon request


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