Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Lymington L Class

(REF: 21216)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Elkins of Christchurch
  • Year: 1933
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 23'3"
  • Beam: 6'10"
  • Draft: 3'8"
  • Tonnage: 4TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Lymington L Class

The Lymington L Class was designed by Laurent Giles and was the fore runner to the Vertue which is easy to see by looking at her lines.  This yacht was built by Elkins of Christchurch in 1933.  She was the 2nd L Class to be built out of 18 in total, commissioned by Colonel Bland-Strang.

The boat had a major refit in Cornwall in 2003 for a previous owner and was purchased by the current owner in 2008.  Since then she has been professionally maintained each year and improvements made to her rig and equipment.  She appears to be a smart and well cared yacht with lovely lines and nice pedigree.  Since 2008 she has been day sailed in the Solent on a regular basis.

A very pretty, well equipped and nicely presented yacht that is ready to go sailing.  The owner has a large road trailer which can take the boat and could be available to a purchaser if desired.

Length on deck                 23’3″

Length Waterline             19’6″

Beam                                    6’10”

Draft                                      3’8″

Thames Tonnage             4TM




Planked in 3/4″ Oregon pine fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Every 5th or 6th frame is a large sawn oak frame, also copper rivet fastened.

External lead ballast keel fastened with bronze keel bolts.  Grown oak floors across the centreline with the keel passing through the floors.

Deck is made from straight laid T&G pine, overlaid with 6mm marine plywood and sheathed externally.  Finished in cream deck paint.

Varnished mahogany rubbing strake.  Varnished mahogany toe rail mounted on the stanchion bases above the deck.

Coachroof stops short of the mast with varnished mahogany coamings and bronze portholes.  Epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Non self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany coamings and scrubbed teak thwarts.  Transom hung rudder with tiller steering.




Fractional bermudan sloop rig  on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.

Varnished pine slab reefing boom.  Stack pack system and lazy jacks fitted.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2003, to external bronze chain plates

Split standing backstay to the mast head,  Running backstays on Highfield levers to the top spreaders to support the forestay.

Forestay with a continuous line roller furling system for the headsail.

Pair of Gibb 7STA self tailing cockpit sheet winches.  Single Tuffnel winch on the coachroof for the main halyard which runs aft to the cockpit.

Mainsail sheets to a bronze horse across the aft of the cockpit.

Mainsail and headsail by Collins in 2003 in very good condition.  Older headsail and spinnaker.




Yanmar 1GM10 9hp single cylinder diesel fitted new in 2003.

Single lever controls to an offset furling 2 blade bronze propeller.  4 knots cruising speed, 5.5 knots max.

10 litre Copper fuel tank under the aft deck.

2 x 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestics.  Charged from engine alternator or 240 volt charger.

Shore power system with charger.

1 manual and 1 auto electric bilge pump.




Simple cabin arrangement with 2 berths and sitting headroom.

Steps down with the galley to port and chart area to starboard.

Galley has a Plastimo Neptne 2000 twin burner gas stove with grill.  Gas bottle in a drained locker under the aft deck.  Work top over stove folds forward to make a useful work top while cooking.  Storage below the stove and under the deckhead.

Varnished mahogany chart desk with fiddle rail.  Switch board under the deck head.

Single settee berth either side with smart upholstery.  Shelves either side under the deckhead.

Jabsco manual sea toilet is in a box between the berths.  The top of the box doubles as a saloon table.

The hull is open into the forepeak which is used for storage .  Forehatch above for light and ventilation.




Full specification and details available upon request





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