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Laurent Giles Peter Duck

(REF: 17994)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Builder: Porter and Haylet
  • Year: 1970
  • Location: Ireland
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'9"
  • Tonnage: 8TM

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The original Laurent Giles Peter Duck was designed by Laurent Giles for the author Arthur Ransome before the war. The design was revived in 1961 in a slightly modified form and between 1961 and 1970 38 boats were built by Porter and Haylet proving the popularity of this fine little cruising yacht.

This was the very last boat built in 1970

The design is typical Laurent Giles and remarkably similar to the famous Vertue, just bigger.

Long keel, transom stern, good freeboard and beam make her a stable, dry yacht with excellent sea-keeping capability.

Recent survey available.

Laurent Giles Peter Duck

Planked in 1” Iroko fastened with copper nails and roves to 1” x 1.5” steam bent oak timbers at 6” centres.  Oak floors with a few galvanised steel strap floors.

Long external 2.5ton iron ballast keel, galvanised keel bolts last drawn 1994. 70kg of internal trimming ballast.

The hull was Cascover sheathed from new which gives a great peace of mind to any new owner.  The cascover has been repaired in several places on one side using epoxy sheathing.  The hull underneath was found to be in excellent condition.

Topsides stripped back to bare wood in 2011 and repainted.  The hull was found to be excellent with no remedial work need.


Deck is constructed of yacht laid teak on a marine plywood sub deck, seams payed with sikaflex.


Varnished Iroko coachroof coamings raised to a dog house aft.  4 aluminium framed portholes each side and a large aluminium framed window in the dog house each side.

Varnished iroko fore hatch and cabin entrance hatch in the dog-house. Grab rails on the coach-roof and the dog-house.

Deep toe rail all round with varnished iroko capping.

Galvanised pull pit and stanchions with guard wires alll round.  Stanchions re-galvanised 2012

Deep self-draining cock-pit with slatted varnished teak seat/lockers each side. High step to the centre line cabin entrance in the varnished cabin bulkhead, twin louvered doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance. Tiller steering to transom hung rudder.




Fractional bermudian ketch rig on varnished masts varnished booms.

The main mast is stepped in a galvanised tabernacle on the coach-roof. Single spreaders with jumper struts above. Main mast with twin lowers and intermediates, diamonds round the jumpers above. Twin standing back-stays.  Galvanised wire standing rigging to internal galvanised chainplates.

The mizzen mast is stepped in a shoe in the cock-pit sole. Single spreaders.  Galvanised standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates. Mizzen mast with single cap shrouds round the spreaders and back-stays on tackles to the quarters

Standing galvanised inner forestay, jib on Wickham Martin roller furling gear to the end of the bowsprit with stainless steel stay.



2 mast winches on the main mast and 4 cockpit winches.  All non self tailing Barton.



Mainsail                       Jeckells                        158sqft                        1989                Fair Condition

Mizzen                         Jeckells                        67sqft                          1990                Good

Mizzen Staysail           Jeckells                        170sqft                        1970                Good

No.2 Jib                       Jeckells                        100sqft                        1970                Fair

Storm Jib                     Jeckells                        45sqft                           1970                Good

Yankee                          Jeckells                        130sqft                        1998                Good




Perkins 4107 35hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 1970.

PRM gearbox with single lever controls.  Stainless steel centreline shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed at 0.6 gallons/hour.

25 gallon steel diesel tank under the port cockpit seat.

Engine has done 2500 hours which is low for a Perkins of this type.  Serviced annually, starts first time and runs with no smoke.



2 x 12 volt batteries under the port cabin seats.  Charging from engine alternator with a smart charge regulator.


Accommodation                      4 berths.

V-berths in the fore cabin, good head-room under fore hatch in the coach-roof above.

Bulkhead doors to port heads compartment with Simpson Lawrence sea toilet. Stainless steel hand basin slides out above the toilet and stows back under the side deck. Two hanging lockers opposite to stbd.


Twin mahogany doors in the white painted bulkhead open to the saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths.  Solid fuel stove against the forward bulkhead on the port side of the saloon.

Lockers and shelves behind, stowage under.


Single drop leaf varnished mahogany table with 3-compartment cutlery recess in the surface.

Part bulkheads aft to stbd, outboard facing chart desk.


Galley to port with gimballed plastimo 2-burner stove with grill.

Single stainless steel sinks drains overboard with foot pumps for fresh water from galvanised water tank under the starboard cabin bunk.

Crockery stowage in a rack above the cooker.


White painted bulkheads and deckhead, varnished mahogany coamings and joinery.


Well-cambered coach-roof unencumbered by deck beams gives 6’ head-room in the saloon cabin.

Gas bottle in gas-tight locker in the lazarette.





Sestrel steering compass

Clipper duet sounder

VDO mechanical log


Navico tiller pilot


Radar reflector


4 lifejackets

Life buoy ring

2 fire extinguishers


35lb CQR

30 fathoms chain

16lb Bruce

55lb Fishermans

Simpson Lawrence 500 2 speed windlass


Sail covers

Cockpit dodgers

Cockpit cover

Small sprayhood



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.