Sailing yachts

35′ Laurent Giles sloop

(REF: 18037)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles Ltd
  • Builder: J.J. Bickford Ltd. Topsham, Devon
  • Year: 1956
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 35'
  • Beam: 9'9"
  • Draft: 4'3"
  • Tonnage: 11.4TM

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Wooden ships comments on this 35′ Laurent Giles sloop

35′ Laurent Giles sloop, the predecessor to the Rambler class, and the first of 4 built to these lines, designed by Jack Laurent Giles and built by J.J. Bickford of Topsham, Devon in 1956 for a West Country owner who, according to a contemporary yachting article, knew exactly what he wanted in a single-handed cruising yacht, spending his money on the best design and materials rather than gizmos like winches!  It is believed he was the chairman of Seagull outboard engines.

This is an exceptional yacht both in design, construction, condition and history. Sadly it is an executor sale so we have priced the yacht very realistically to ensure that she finds new guardianship very shortly. The yacht is in very clean, sound condition and fully ready for comfortable extended cruising.

More than usual beam gives good internal volume and ensures that she sails at a very small angle of heel Her  relatively shoal draft allows access to shallow waters prohibited to deeper vessels of similar size and allows her to sit comfortably in a mud berth.

The second owner took over in 1962 and sailed her many miles around UK and across Biscay several times ending up in Scotland for many years before being sold through Wooden Ships  in 1989 to West Country owners and she returned to Cornwall.

She underwent a thorough refit before leaving for an extended 8 year cruise which took them gently down the Atlantic seaboard, into the Med and back home through the French Canals.

They emmigrated to New Zealand, she was sold again out of Falmouth by Wooden Ships to the present late owner in 2006 and she moved to the East Coast.

Continual updating and maintenance is apparent in the present ownership.  Spring 2014 the underwater hull has been stripped to bare wood, primed and antifouled.

35′ Laurent Giles sloop



Planked in 1” teak below the water-line, mahogany above water-line, all copper fastened to heavy sawn oak frames with 3 steamed oak intermediate timbers at 7” centres.

3 ton lead keel. Bronze keel bolts.

Bronze strap floors on the heavy frames.

Heavy laminated hanging knees to deck and midships coach-roof deck.



The fore deck, aft deck and aft side decks are in epoxy-sheathed  T&G cedar, painted with varnished teak king-plank forward and aft.

The deck is raised to toe rail level in the midships area giving increased volume in the cabin without disturbing the sheer-line.

The midships deck is epoxy-sheathed ply and painted.

Varnished teak hatch on the fore deck.

Stepped coach-roof midships with varnished teak coamings, traditional sky-light, vents on Dorades and windows in the raised dog-house. Grab rails on the coach-roof.

Sliding hatch and wash-boards to the cabin with spray-hood over.

All bronze deck fittings.

Stainless steel pull-pit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard wires.

Large lazarette aft accessed through the after cock-pit seat.

Fitted covers to all hatches and sky-lights.


Well-sheltered comfortable cock-pit with deep, self-draining well, varnished teak coamings.

Varnished laid teak seats each side slope slightly downwards to drain, seat across the aft end of the cock-pit, door sill at seat level.

Clamped down, removable, varnished laid teak cock-pit sole allows excellent access to the stern gland and area below.

Tiller with bronze fittings.

Massive Sampson posts in the after corners of the cock-pit carry heavy boom gallows which provides excellent hand-hold.  Smart cock-pit seat cushions..


Bermudian sloop rig.

The original wooden mast was replaced by the previous owner with an aluminium  mast stepped in a shoe on the roof with steel compression post in the cabin below. Mast newly varnished in 2013.

Stainless steel rigging: twin lowers and cap shrouds, single standing back-stay to the transom, bronze rigging screws to external bronze chain plates.

Profurl roller headsail.

Rectangular section varnished slab reef boom with double-tailed sheet to a s/s horse over the tiller.

Headsail sheets through deck eyes to a pair of cock-pit sheet winches.

Pair of mast halyard winches.

Aluminium booming out spar on mast track.


Sails:      Approx 420sq’ sail in mainsail and genoa.

Jib new by Jeckells in 2009

Genoa repaired 2013


Mainsail, 2003

Genoa on roller 2001,.

Nos 1 & 2 jibs

Storm jib.


Yanmar 3GM diesel engine installed new in 2006 in Falmouth.  Engine mounts renewed in 2010.

Centre-lines installation with conventional shaft drive to a very slightly port off-set 2-blade Brunton feathering prop with rope cutter.

This arrangement was specifically ordered by the first owner to give the more efficient sailing performance obtained when the centre-line is not disturbed by a prop aperture. And also to better protect the prop from picking up random lines and debris.


Engine driven calorifier fitted in 2008 for domestic hot water


Fuel:                       20 gall s/s fuel tank under the cock-pit sole.

Batteries:               2 x 12v batteries, new 2004.


Accommodation.   4 berths.

The fore peak is given over to storage and ablutions with chains forward, a seat locker to port, hand basin and Lavac sea toilet to stbd.

Head-room under the fore hatch.

Curtain across the oval top and bottom bulkhead doorway to the saloon cabin.

Port and stbd wide and very comfortable settee berths with locker/shelves at the forward ends.

Wide cabin sole between with drop leaf table.

Full head-height. Heavy laminated hanging knees.

Deep hanging lockers each side provide huge storage.

Reflex diesel fuelled cabin heater in lined recess to port.

Galley aft to stbd with gimballed gas 2-burner, grill and oven cooker, sink with brass hand pump and work surfaces. Good locker space.

Large chart desk to port, drawers under.

Large quarter berths each side extending well out into the cabin with wide teak-laid surface between over the engine providing a step up to the cock-pit and seat to galley and chart desk.

Varnished teak coamings and joinery with white painted deck-head give a feel of enormous space in this very comfortable cabin.



Sestral compass.

Raymarine sounder.

Raymarine radar

Raymarine VHF radio.

Raymarine autopilot 2006.

Tacktick wind indicator 2013

Navico tiller pilot

Wind vane self steering


Safety gear.

4-man life raft

Life buoy with light.

4 life jackets.


2 fire extinguishers.


Ground tackle

2 x 35lb CQR anchors.

30fthms 3/8” chain.

SL 500 manual windlass.


Deck gear.

Steel beaching legs.

6 fenders

Mooring warps.

Cockpit cover 2006

Winter cover.

Cock-pit cushions.

Spray-hood. Repaired 2012

Davits 2006



A very clean yacht in experienced ownership and maintained in first class condition with a history of comfortable extended live aboard cruising.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.


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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.