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45′ Laurent Giles Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 30105)


  • Designer: Jack Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Ahmadi Boatyard, Bombay
  • Year: 1949
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Length on deck: 44'8"
  • Beam: 10'6"
  • Draft: 5'11"

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45’ Bermudan cutter designed by Jack Laurent Giles and built by the Ahmadi Boatyard, Bombay in 1949.

This yacht is unmistakably a Laurent Giles and looks to be a stretched Channel Class or Brittany Class, with the tell tale counter, exaggerated sheer line and split coachroof either side of the mast.

She was built for Colonel I.A. Vaughan who was based in India at the time.  Her construction is slightly unusual with double diagonal planking, but this was a proven method of yacht construction, used exclusively by the RNLI for their lifeboats.  Being all teak with copper fastenings it has stood the test of time very well.

By 1960 the yacht was based in Cape Town under Dutch ownership and subsequently sailed north to Holland for a refit in 1964.  She spent the next 12 years sailing northern Europe, the Baltic and Norway before being dismasted off Denmark and was purchased by the owner of the shipyard who maintained the yacht for the owner.  His family refitted her and sailed her locally until she was bought by the present UK owner in 2010.  She was cruised on the east coast but over the last few years has been laid up afloat under a winter cover due to personal circumstances.

She is now being offered for sale at a very attractive price to generate a quick sale to a new owner who will appreciate the quality of the boat and will be able to use her to her potential.

This is a very elegant yacht, proven as a blue water cruising boat and capable of putting in very good passage times.

6 single berths with 6’4” headroom below decks.  All original hardwood joinery.


Length on deck                          44’8”

Length Waterline                       33’6”

Beam                                            10’6”

Draft                                             5’11”


  • Double diagonal teak planking with a thickness of 1.25″ (28mm),  fastened through with copper rivets.
  • Tropical hardwood frames and stringers all bronze screw fastened at 10″ centres.
  • Iron strap floors and sawn timber floors across the centreline.
  • External iron ballast keel of 5.6tons fastened with iron bolts.
  • Double diagonal teak bulkheads.
  • Yacht laid teak deck screwed to a solid wooden T&G subdeck.
  • Teak coachroof coamings with sheathed plywood coachroof deck forward and laid teak coachroof deck aft.  The coachroof is split with a well between where the mast goes through the deck.
  • Self draining cockpit with teak coamings.
  • Wheel steering with cables to the rudder quadrant.


  • Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped painted alloy Sparlight mast.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging new in approximately 2008.  Internal galvanised chain plates.  Bronze rigging screws.
  • Running back stays on large stainless steel levers.
  • Slab reefing alloy boom with a stack pack system.
  • Furlex 400S roller furling headsail system.
  • Mainsail, genoa, yankee. Staysail, storm jib and heavy weather jib all in good condition.
  • 5 x non-self tailing cockpit winches.  4 x self tailing mast winches. 1 boom reefing winch.


  • Perkins 4107 47hp diesel installed around 1970.
  • Paragon HF7 gearbox to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  6 knots cruising speed.
  • 2 x stainless steel fuel tanks of 285 litres total capacity.
  • 3 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator or through the installed shore power system.
  • 1 manual bilge pump and 2 x auto electric bilge pumps.
  • 2 x stainless steel water tanks, total capacity of 400 litres.


  • 6 berths with 6’4” headroom midships.
  • Scrubbed hardwood sole boards throughout.
  • Companion ladder drops down into the doghouse where there is a quarter berth either side.  Comfortable easy to access berths with water tanks below.
  • Hatch to access engine under the doghouse sole.
  • Steps down into the galley with space for a gas stove to port, currently just using a portable camping stove.  Stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.
  • Through a keyhole bulkhead into the main saloon.  Varnished hardwood saloon table folds out to seat 6 people comfortably.  L-shaped seating to starboard and bench settee to port.
  • Pilot berth either side under the side decks.
  • All joinery in varnished hardwood.
  • Port side door going forward into the heads compartment.  Groco manual sea toilet.  Handbasin drains into the heads.
  • Central door into the nicely appointed forecabin which has 2 single berths and original joinery.


  • Sestrel steering compass
  • Garmin sounder
  • Standard Horizon Quest GX1500E DSC VHF
  • Neco NM69 autopilot
  • Garmin 556s chart plotter


  • 3 x life buoys
  • 2 x auto electric bilge pumps
  • 1 x manual bilge pump
  • 2 x bronze Whale vertical action pumps, not recently used


  • 60lb CQR anchor
  • 200’ x 3/8’’ chain
  • AFCO manual windlass
  • Kedge anchor with warp
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Groco sea toilet
  • Charcoal cabin heater
  • Window/portlight covers to block light


  • Mainsail                          Hood Sails       456sqft                            Good condition
  • Furling genoa                Jan Schokker    600sqft               2003     Good condition
  • Furling yankee             MF de Vries     244sqft               2003     Good condition
  • Staysail                                                       177sqft                            Fair condition
  • Storm jib                        Kempers                                                    Good condition
  • Heavy jib                                                                                            Fair condition


  • 3 x bronze non-self tailing cockpit winches
  • 2 x Lewmar non-self tailing primary cockpit sheet winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 34ST mast winch
  • 2 x Lewmar 30ST mast winch
  • 1 x boom reefing winch
  • Furlex 400S roller furling headsail system
  • Boom stack pack system
  • Stainless steel running backstay levers

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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.

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