Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Dorus Mhor Ketch

(REF: 20453)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Year: 1970
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Length on deck: 49'2"
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 6'5"
  • Tonnage: 25TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Dorus Mhor Ketch 

The last of 6 of the highly sought after Dorus Mhor class of yachts to be built.

The commissioning owner put together a team of skilled shipwrights who built the boat at a specially made facility at the owners factory.  Launched in 1970, she was built to Lloyds 100A1 classification and Won Lloyds Trophy Yacht of the Year in 1970.

The original owners cruised to the Mediterranean where she was sold and worked as a luxury charter yacht for a time.  Bought by the current owner in 2007, a professional yacht surveyor who has spent years improving and refitting the boat to a high standard, using her as a live aboard and a cruising home.  Every system including the electrics, machinery, plumbing, heating and rig have been overhauled, repaired or replaced and she is now in extremely smart and sound condition.  In 2019 she underwent a 3000Nm cruise to the Baltic and back where even in very poor weather conditions she proved to be a safe, reassuring and comfortable yacht.

Fitted with a clever electrical system, she can be fully operational for 4 days at a time without running the engine or charging in any way.  2 large sleeping cabins, 7 berths in total with 2 heads compartments and 6’5″ headroom, she is a very elegant and special yacht capable of comfortable live aboard or extended cruising.  Brand new sails in 2019 and rigging in 2016.

A superb example of this highly sought after design, she is one of the few boats that is in genuine ‘turn key’ condition with a well documented history of refit and repair work.

Independent 2016 survey available.

Length on Deck                 49’2″

Length Waterline             38′

Beam                                    12′

Draft                                      6’5″

Thames Tonnage             25TM




Planked in 1.25″ Iroko, copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Underwater hull Cascover sheathed from new, this is still in good condition.

External lead ballast keel of 5 tons fastened with bronze keel bolts.

Mix of sawn timber and galvanised strap floors across the centreline.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued over a marine plywood subdeck.  Varnished teak coverboard, toe rail and capping rail all round.  Stainless steel guard wires and stanchions.

Varnished teak coamings on the coachroof and wheelhouse with a GRP sheathed coachroof deck.  Perspex screen in wheelhouse roof to enable easy viewing of the rig.

Wheel steering with hydraulics.




Bermudan ketch rig with painted alloy masts.  Deck stepped main mast and keel stepped mizzen mast.  Tides Marine sail track fitted to both masts in 2018.

Masts stripped and rebuilt by Atlantic Spars in 2009, finished in Awlgrip.

Alloy slab reefing booms with a sprung boom vang, fitted in 2018.

Stainless steel standing rigging, all new in 2016.  Stainless rigging screws to internal galvanised chain plates.

Heavily rigged with single spreaders and jumper struts on the main mast.  Split standing back stays on the main.  Running backstays on tackles for the mizzen.

Removable Solent Forestay with a Whitlock tensioner for the inner working jib.

Halyards new in 2019, converted to internal with Spinlock clutches

3 x Lewmar self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

3 Gibb non self tailing winches on the main mast and 1 Gibb non-self tailing on the mizzen.

All sails from 2019 include fully battened mainsail, mizzen, genoa, mizzen staysail, Asymmetric, downwind genoa and working jib.  Total working sail area of 1165sqft.




Ford Parsons Pike II 4cyl 64hp diesel installed from new.  Very smart condition.

Halyard exhaust system with silencer and water separator fitted in 2019.

PRM 280 gearbox fitted new in 2018

Centreline fixed 4 blade bronze propeller gives 8 knots cruising speed at 4 litres/hr.

Steel fuel tanks under saloon sole with total capacity of 1100 litres.  Wema tank gauges fitted 2018.

Galvanised steel water tanks under saloon sole, total capacity of 1100 litres.  Wema tank  gauges fitted 2018.

Intelligent electrical system installed by Triskell Marine.  Employs high capacity 48 volt batteries  in 2 separate banks to supply a Victron 5000 Watt inverter.  This feeds the yacht with 240 volt electric for the hob, stove and plug points.

24 volt domestic bank of 190ah charged from 48 volt system or engine alternator.

Separate 24 volt bank dedicated for engine starting.

Large 48 volt 9KW engine driven alternator charges the system.  Also can be charged using Shore power through the Victron Multiplus 70amp charger.

The yacht can be fully operational for several days at a time without the need for charging due to the large capacity battery banks.

2 electric bilge pumps and 1 large capacity engine driven Jabsco salvage pump.

Webasto 9kw diesel fired heater powers domestic hot water system and radiators around the yacht.




7 berths in 2 separate sleeping cabins plus the saloon.  Very light and airy interior with lots of space and finished to a very high standard.

Starboard side steps down from the wheelhouse into the main saloon with very smart original interior joinery.  Good visibility with large windows all round.

Starboard sideboard with lockers and drawers, including large chart drawer.

Port side L-shaped settee around a varnished mahogany dropleaf table.  Settee pulls out to make a comfortable double berth.  Bulkhead mounted television at forward end.

Centreline steps down to the port side galley and heads compartment to starboard.

Galley has new Corian worktops in one piece with upstand and integrated stainless sink.  Hot and cold pressurised water system.  240 volt twin De Dietrich induction hob top and Panasonic Combi oven.

Stainless steel 130 litre commercial fridge

Heads compartment has an electric Sanimarin heads discharging into a 60 litre black waste tank.  Shower, hand basin and heated towel rail.

Forward cabin with lovely smart joinery and 2 single berths.  Various storage lockers and shelves.

From the saloon. starboard side passageway going aft.  Engine room access here and outboard lockers with batteries and electrical systems.

Aft cabin with a double berth to port and single berth to starboard in very smart joinery.  Heads compartment has a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharges directly overboard, hand basin and heated towel rail.




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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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