Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles 38

(REF: 18232)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Year: 1981
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 11'2"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 21,000lbs disp.

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Wooden Ships Comments on the Laurent Giles 38

Built in 1981 by an experienced Cornish boat builder to a Laurent Giles design.  20 examples have been built in GRP to great acclaim and as the forerunner to the Bowman 40, and were known as superb offshore boats, fast, capable and much admired.

Built of top quality materials and incredibly strong, she appears to be in excellent structural condition and would be the boat of choice for anyone looking to sail shorthanded in comfort and safety or to cruise with a family.  Thorough refit in September 2017 and again in 2020/2021 including stripping and re-painting the underwater hull, new topside paint, complete engine service, rig check, new running rigging, mostly new seacocks, new B&G nav instruments and replacement of large areas of port side deck and toe rails.

Cruised extensively by previous owners around the Mediterranean for 17 years, she has proven herself as a comfortable, capable and tough yacht.  Very nicely appointed interior with 5 berths including a double forward, she has masses of storage capability below decks and full headroom throughout.  Large chart desk and a well appointed galley.

This really is a very special yacht and has the feel of a proper boat when aboard her.  With a very full inventory, good sails and most of the equipment required for offshore cruising she is ready to sail away on her next adventure.  Detailed list of recent works available.


Length on Deck                                 38′

Length Overall                                   39’4″

Length Waterline                             29’10”

Beam                                                    11’2″

Draft                                                      5’6″

Displacement                                    12 tons




Built of 30mm strip plank edge glued Iroko with resorcinol glue and through fastened with silicone bronze nails.

Steamed oak timbers at 8″ centres all copper rivet fastened

Massive beam shelf and stringers give enormous rigidity.

Very large section grown oak floors with large bronze throat bolts

External lead ballast keel of approximately 5 tons with bronze keel bolts

Deck is 2 layers of 10mm Brunzeel plywood sheathed externally and finished with Treadmaster patches

Large area of port side deck and some smaller patches on starboard side deck were professionally replaced in 2021 with new marine plywood.  New iroko toe rails fittedon port side.

Solid Iroko coachroof coamings, varnish finish externally

Underwater hull taken back to bare wood in 2018 and coated with primer and Jotun antifoul.

All seacocks serviced or replaced as necessary, 5 new seacocks in total.

Antifoul and paint work all new in August 2021.  Re-painted topsides, deck, cockpit and coachroof paint and varnish.




Bermudan cutter rig on a deck stepped alloy mast

Alloy slab reefing boom and alloy spinnaker pole

Stainless steel standing rigging to external chain plates.  Rig professionally checked and repaired as necessary in 2017 and certificate issued.

Large sail wardrobe including storm and down wind sails.  All sails valeted and serviced as necessary in September 2017.

Running rigging 90% replaced in September 2017.

Two pairs of Andersen Sheet winches in the cockpit.

4 winches at the mast for halyards and reefing lines.

ProFurl roller furling headsail.  Inner forestay for storm jib.




Volvo MD17C 3cyl 36hp fresh water cooled marine diesel.  Major professional service in September 2017 including compression test, new oils, belts and filters.  Found to be in extremely good condition with little signs of wear.  Engine seacock recently replaced.  Last service 2020, the engine has run faultlessly for the owner throughout his ownership.

Single lever control with centreline shaft and a Brunton varifold propeller, recently serviced and anode replaced.

Engine driven Jabsco bilge pump.

200 litre stainless fuel tank.

2 x 120ah batteries charged from engine alternator.  Both batteries new in July 2021.

Mains Sterling charger and Rutland 913 wind indicator plus solar panels

230 litres of water in 4 tanks.




5 berths in total.  Quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and a double in the forward cabin.

Nicely finished and spacious cabin with white painted panels and varnished Iroko trim.

Galley in aft port corner with Taylors 043 gas stove, stainless sink and ample storage.

Large chart desk to starboard with drawers beneath and quarter berth aft of it.

Centreline dropleaf table with port and starboard settee berths.  Large storage lockers behind the berths and shelves above.

Reflex diesel cabin heater  on the forward bulkhead.

Starboard doorway going forward with heads compartment to port and large hanging locker to starboard.  Heads has a Jabsco manual sea toilet and hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.  New blackwater tank professionally fitted in 2019.

Forward cabin with two singles that can be converted to a double berth.  Storage space below the bunks.




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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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