Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Peter Duck ketch

(REF: 18068)


  • Designer: Laurent, Giles
  • Builder: Porter & Haylett, Wroxham
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 7 tons Displacement

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Wooden ships comments on this Laurent Giles Peter Duck Ketch

The Peter Duck ketch is a sturdy yacht with a strong hint of the motor sailer.  She is a very competent and comfortable cruising yacht. The original Peter Duck was designed by Laurent Giles for Arthur Ransome, and subsequently, with a higher freeboard and more spacious forepeak, some 30 were built by Proctor and Haylett in Wroxham, a testament to their popularity and competence.

They are stiff dry boats with an easily handled rig and invariably a good powerful engine to get you home.

The cock-pit is deep and secure, the cabin is spacious for her 29’ on deck and they inspire a sense of confidence even in a blow.


This boat has had a thorough refit this year by professional shipwrights and is now in very tidy and ready to sail condition.  All bills, paperwork and photos associated with the work are available.






Iroko planking all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Full length cast iron keel with galvanised keel bolts.

Transom hung iroko rudder with bronze pintles and gudgeons.


Decks and cockpit

Sheathed marine plywood screw fastened to oak deck beams.   Bulwark all round with an iroko varnished capping rail.  In the recent refit a couple of soft areas in the plywood deck were removed and new plywood scarphed in and sheathed over.  The bulwark to deck joint, which is a common source of water ingress on these boats, has been carefully altered to solve the issues.


Galvanised pushpit and pulpit with galvanised stanchions all round.  All of this has been removed and bedded down on new pads and sealant with new bolts.


Pair of galvanised admiralty style bollards on the foredeck either side of the manual anchor windlass.  Stainless steel stem head fitting fitted recently with twin anchor chain rollers which carry the anchor away from the stem when lifting.  Galvanised cleats on afterdeck.


A deep and safe self draining cockpit with Iroko coamings and teak sole grating.




 Laurent Giles Peter Duck ketch


Iroko coachroof coamings with a sheathed marine plywood cabin top.  Large windows in the doghouse with 3 portholes each side in the coamings.


Varnished handrails on the coachroof, with a forehatch in front of the mast.




Bermudan ketch on solid pine varnished masts and booms.  Mainmast deck stepped in a galvanised tabernacle, mizzen is stepped on the cockpit sole.


Standing rigging is 7mm stainless steel to galvanised rigging screws with internal galvanised  chainplates.


Fractionally rigged headsail with Profurl roller reefing system.


2 x Harken 16” 2 speed self tailing cockpit winches.



All by Richardson Sailmakers, Hamble.


Roller furling genoa


Mizzen staysail






 Laurent Giles Peter Duck ketch


BMC Captain 32hp diesel.  hydraulic gearbox with single lever controls to a centreline 3 blade bronze propeller.


The engine was completely rebuilt from the bottom up two years ago with the installation of a glow plug in the air intake to aid starting.  This was a problem that these engines have always suffered, and the extra glow plug has resolved all the issues.  The engine is clean and tidy, starts first time and runs smoothly.




2 x 12v heavy duty batteries, 110ah each.



Stainless steel diesel tank, 20 gallon capacity.


Bilge pumps

Henderson Mk5 manual bilge pump

Bronze hand pump below decks.






Berths                   4


Large companionway over the bridge deck accessing the main cabin.


Galley to starboard with a Flavel Vanessa 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless steel sink gravity drains overboard.  Hand pumped fresh water from the tanks.  Salt water hand pump.


Chart table to port with nav equipment and switchboard.  Chart drawer under with storage lockers below.  Access to engine behind the companion steps.


Saloon with full standing headroom.  Port and starboard settee berths with centreline drop leaf table.  Plenty of storage lockers behind the settee’s.


Bulkhead with centreline double doors to the forepeak.  Heads compartment to starboard with a Simpson Lawrence sea toilet and hand basin.


Double V berth in forepeak.






M Tech M500 VHF radio

Plastimo bulkhead steering compass

Navman Multi speed/depth

JVC car radio with CD player

Autohelm 2000 autopilot

Garmin GPS 120xl GPS unit

GarminGPS38 hand held

XM2000 hand held VHF





Pans, kettle etc



2 dry powder fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

2 horseshoe lifebuoys/light


Fender boarding ladder


Ground tackle

35lb CQR anchor.

60 metres 1/2” chain.

35lb fisherman anchor with chain and rope warp

Fenders and warps.



Blue acrylic sail covers and dodgers

Blue acrylic winter covers over mizzen and main booms

Pair of stout timber beaching legs

Tennamast galvanised steel cradle

New spare propeller (courtesy of Poole Propellers)



Avon Redcrest  inflatable

Honda 4-stroke  BF2D outboard





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.