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Laurent Giles Normandy sloop

(REF: 17925)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles, Jack
  • Builder: Coombes, Bembridge, Isle of Wight
  • Year: 1957
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Length on deck: 27'9"
  • Beam: 7'9"
  • Draft: 4'4"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Designed by Jack Laurent Giles as a development of the Vertue Class which he had designed 20 years previously. He saw a demand for a slightly larger yacht but with many of the same characteristics and this little yacht has all the signature features of a Laurent Giles design.

Laurent Giles Normandy sloop

The yacht was built by Coombes of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight in 1957, reputedly for Lord Brabazon.


Planked in teak, all copper fastened to steam bent timbers.

Signature Laurent Giles extra thick sheer strake with badges either end and an engraved gold cove line to emphasise the delicate sheer.

Deep toe rail all round with varnished mahogany capping.

Long external iron ballast keel.

4 heavy oak floors in way of the mast, galvanised strap floors through the rest of the bilge.


Sheathed ply deck on conventional deck beams and beam shelf.

Heavy oak Sampson post on the fore deck takes fwd mooring lines.

Pair of wooden cleats on the aft deck take aft mooring lines.

CQR anchor in chocks on the fore deck.

Chocks on the port side deck for a pole.

Bronze fairleads on the rail. Twin chain roller galvanised steel stemhead fitting.

Clear, uncluttered side and fore decks.

Toe rail and capping renewed 2006


Varnished mahogany coach-roof coamings, raised to a dog-house aft with two small oval windows in the coach-roof and two larger windows in the dog-house, all fixed in chromed frames.

Sheathed ply deck to the coach-roof with beading around the edge.

Varnished mahogany fore hatch on the fwd end with double well coaming for extra seal.

Varnished mahogany grab rails on the dog-house.

Dorade vents on the coach-roof deck either side of the mast.


Comfortable cock-pit with deep, gently outward sloping varnished mahogany coamings.

Seat lockers either side with trakmark to make them non-slip and varnished seat across the back.

Bridge deck across the cabin entrance, raised higher than the seats.

Plywood sides to the well with teak gratings.

Tiller on rudder stock which emerges through the aft deck.

Self-draining well with new teak gratings.


Fractional Bermudian sloop rig on varnished spruce mast stepped on the coach-roof deck.

Single spreaders with jumpers above.

Slab reefing varnished boom sheets to a horse over the tiller with modern tufnol blocks and jammer on the lower block

Pair of original top-action mast halyard winches.

Stainless steel rigging with swaged terminals, stainless steel rigging screws to recent internal stainless steel chain plates. Stainless steel caps around the deck penetration.

Twin lowers and cap shrouds.

Inner and outer forestays, both the the stemhead fitting, inner to the jumper struts, outer to mast cap.

Twin standing back-stays to the quarters.


343sq’ plain sail. 



Working jib

Storm jib


Old mainsail

Spinnaker pole


Pair of cock-pit sheet winches mounted on stainless steel pedestals on the cock-pit coamings with rubber caps to transform them into self-tailers.


Yanmar 1GM10  9hp centre mounted to centre-line 2-blade prop.

Salt water cooled with sea-water glass filter.

12 litre fuel tank

2 x 12v batteries, new 2011


Accommodation.   4 berths

Fwd cabin with V-berths. Sampson post and chain chute forward to chain locker below the V.

Varnished coamings above and fore hatch over.

Twin bulkheads under the mast provide the compression structural members with stbd heads compartment and port lockers between.

Oval top and bottom doorways in the bulkheads.

Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths.  Port settee runs into a trotter box forward.

Stbd settee runs into a trotter box aft under the cooker shelf.

Lockers and shelves behind the settee berths.


Shelf either side of the cabin entrance steps. Origo 3000 gimballed 2-burner meths cooker on the stbd surface with cutlery drawer below.

Stainless steel sink and drainer in the port surface. Hand pump from the flexible water tank under the settee berth. Sink drains overboard, outlet combined with bilge pump outlet.

50 litre water tank


All sea cocks serviced winter 2010/2011

Saloon table hinged and stowed on the heads compartment door.



Bulkhead compass stbd side of the cabin entrance.

Stingray 12001 VHF radio with masthead ariel

Hand held GPS

Fog horn

Fire blanket

Fire extinguisher


Oil lamps in the cabin

All-over made-to-measure coach-roof cover

Tools and some spares.

Mahogany boarding ladder

2 bronze manual bilge pumps

Rule 25S 500gph 12v bilge pump

Seago 200 inflatable dinghy with oars

25lb CQR anchor

18lb Danforth anchor

2 x 20fthm chain

Simrad Tillerpilot


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.