Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Brittany Class

(REF: 18147)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Builder: A.H. Moody
  • Year: 1948
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 33'3"
  • Beam: 8'4"
  • Draft: 5'4"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Brittany Class

Laurent Giles Brittany Class bermudan sloop, built by A.H. Moody in 1948, one of several of these stunning yachts built after the War.

This yacht has benefitted from some very enthusiastic and deciated owners with 2 major refits, the last in 1999.  There is a meticulous and thorough paper record of every item purchased for and every bit of work done to the boat for both the present owner and the previous one so we have a detailed history of her maintenance going back many years.

The Brittany Class rarely comes up for sale and are much admired yachts both for their looks and capability.

Length on Deck                 33’3″

Length Waterline             25′

Beam                                    8’4″

Draft                                      5’4″


Laurent Giles Brittany Class


Planked in Mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Oak back bone with an external ballast keel held with bronze keel bolts.

Some steel plate floors fore and aft of the engine with bronze strap floors throughout the rest of the hull.

Steel hanging knees and lodging knees throughout the hull giving her a lot of stiffness with a partial steel ring frame fore and aft of the mast for strength.


Decks and cockpit

Straight laid T&G pine deck covered with canvas and painted.  Varnished mahogany coverboards and margin boards with a high varnished mahogany toe rail supported with bronze knees.  Galvanise pushpit, pulpit and stanchions fastened to the coverboards.

Bronze cleats, fairleads and dorade vents on the deck with a large sampson post forward to take mooring lines and the anchor chain.

The cockpit is typical of the Brittany Class with a large bridge deck forward and side thwarts with the tiller extending from under the aft deck.  Non self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany coamings, thwarts and bridge deck.

Bronze winches mounted on the aft and side coamings.



Low coachroof raises aft into a dog house which increase headroom below decks.  Mahogany coamings with chromed bronze portholes and dog house windows.

Varnished handrails along the coachroof with a folding forehatch at the forward end with double folding bronze hinges to stop them being strained.

Centreline sliding hatch in the dog house with a pair of varnished mahogany doors make up the companionway hatch.



Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped hollow spruce mast by Noble Spars of Bristol in 1992.  Varnished slab reefing boom with galvanised fittings and a varnished spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging to bronze rigging screws and internal stainless chain plates.  Twin spreader rig with twin lowers, a single intermediate shroud and a single cap shroud.  Rigging approx. 12 years old.

Inner and outer standing forestay both to the stem head take the headsails on piston hanks.  the two stays allow for a great combination of sails for all weathers.  Outer stay to the mast head, inner to the top spreaders.

Single standing back stay to a stainless chain plate on the inside of the transom.  Running backstays to the top spreaders are of pre-stretched rope around bronze turning blocks onto Highfield levers.



Mainsail by Sanders 2007

No.1 jib by Sanders 2007

No.2 jib

No.3 storm jib




Pair of bronze non ST mast winches

Pair of bronze non ST sheet winches in the cockpit

Pair of bronze ST Lewmar sheet winches in the cockpit

Single bronze non ST sheet winch at the aft of the cockpit




 Laurent Giles Brittany Class


Perkins Perama 3cyl 29hp fresh water cooled diesel installed new in 1994.  Rebuilt Vetus gearbox with single lever controls to a stainless shaft set on the starboard wing.  3 blade feathering Kiwi prop gives very good kick in ahead and astern.

The engine has been installed so that everything is easily accessed for repair and maintenance.  The unit was installed and has been maintained by the same engineer through the present long ownership so its history is well known.



20l plastic fuel tank in the starboard cockpit locker with accessible filters.

Stainless steel water tanks approx. 25l one under each berth



2 x 12 volt batteries, one each side under the quarter berth and galley, charged from the engine alternator.





The entire interior was removed in a major refit carried out by the present owners, it was replaced entirely to the original design and is a lovely space, very comfortable and nicely finished.



3 berths including a starboard quarter berth and 2 saloon settee berths.



Steps down over the engine into the saloon with good standing headroom, galley to port and quarter berth to starboard which doubles as a chart desk with a board over.

Varnished centerline dropleaf table on bronze legs with settee berths either side.  Lockers behind the settees with louvered mahogany doors.  Hand rails mounted on the coamings.

Centreline doorway into the forepeak with a Blakes sea toilet facing aft on the centreline and storage either side for sails, fenders and lines.  Some of these boats were built with one or two berths in the forepeak.



2 burner Taylor’s paraffin stove, gimballed and let into the work top, with a single stainless sink which drains overboard.  Lockers behind under the deck head.  There is a custom designed and made cabin heater which fixes to the Taylors stove and uses the fuel and heat it provides to heat the entire cabin, an ingenious and very simple device.



Baby Blake sea toilet in good order, pumps directly over board.




Steering compass

Raymarine ST50 tridata display



Clock and barometer


2 manual bilge pumps

12v electric bilge pump

10kg bruce anchor

70m of marked galvanise chain


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.