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Laurent Giles Peter Duck

(REF: 24588)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Porter and Haylett
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 28'6
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4'3"
  • Tonnage: 8TM

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Laurent Giles Peter Duck built by Porter and Haylett in 1964.  The Peter Duck is well known for its connection to Arthur Ransome, the very first one being designed for the writer by Laurent Giles just after the war.  In 1961 the design was revived, altered a little and a total of 38 boats were built up until 1970 by Porter and Haylett Ltd of Wroxham.

The Peter Duck  was a very popular design and has been a proven and loved coastal cruising boat for many years.

The easily handled ketch rig has a manageable sail area for hassle free cruising.  The cockpit is large and comfortable and the interior is cavernous for a boat of her length, with excellent headroom and 4 good berths.

Her draft at only 3’ allows access to many areas off limits to larger yachts, and although it is a not a performance sailing yacht, the Peter Duck is an excellent affordable classic yacht for family coastal cruising.

The yacht was put ashore undercover in 2017 for over a year and had a professional refit, including new sections of deck and toe rail, drawn keel bolts and a rebuilt main mast.  This work followed a survey inspection in 2017, a copy is available, and all issues raised in the report were dealt with.


Length on deck                 28’6″

Length waterline              25′

Beam                                    9′

Draft                                      4’3″

Thames Tonnage             8TM




Planked in 1” iroko fastened with copper rivets to steam bent oak timbers.

External iron ballast keel of 2.4 tons fastened with steel keel bolts, 2 bolts checked in 2018.

Floors across the centreline are sawn timber in the midships and galvanised straps back aft.

Decks of epoxy sheathed marine plywood finished in non-slip deck paint.  High painted toe rail all round with a varnished iroko capping rail.

Varnished iroko coachroof coamings with a raised doghouse aft.  Aluminium framed windows and portholes.  Sheathed plywood coachroof decks with varnished hand rails and sliding companion hatch.

Self draining cockpit with thwarts that open to deep cockpit lockers beneath.

Transom hung rudder with tiller steering.



Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped varnished wooden masts.

Main mast is stepped in a galvanised tabernacle on deck.  Mizzen is stepped on the cockpit sole.

Mizzen mast was new in 2015.  Main mast refurbished in 2017.

Slab reefing varnished booms with lazy jacks on the main.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal chain plates.  Much of the rigging was new in 2018.

Roller furling headsail with a Plastimo 809S furler.

Mainsail, mizzen and jib in tan terylene, all in good condition.

Pair of Gibb bronze cockpit sheet winches.



Volvo Penta 2030 3cyl 20hp diesel engine installed new in 2010.  Serviced summer 2021.

Stainless shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller giving 6 knots cruising speed.

10 gallon stainless steel fuel tank in the cockpit locker.

2 x 12 volt batteries under the port bunk.  Charged from the engine alternator or through a 240 volt battery charger when connected to the shore power.



4 berths with 6’2” headroom in the saloon.

Steps down over the engine box with chart desk to port and galley to starboard.

Chart desk faces outboard with storage space below.

Galley has a gimballed Techimpex 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless steel sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Storage space below the galley and outboard under the deckhead.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails.  Pansy charcoal stove to starboard just forward of the galley.

Main saloon has port and starboard settee berths with a trotter box each side at the aft end.

Varnished mahogany dropleaf saloon table.

Centreline passageway going forward to starboard.  The varnished doors either end of the passageway fold back to make a private heads compartment.

Heads compartment has a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharged directly overboard.

The forepeak has been converted with a large double V-berth with 5’6” headroom under the forehatch.




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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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