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Laurent Giles Rambler Class

(REF: 18312)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Builder: B.P Miles
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 33'2''
  • Beam: 9'8''
  • Draft: 5'5''

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The Laurent Giles Rambler Class was first built in 1963 for Humphrey Barton, famous for his voyage across the Atlantic in Vertue 35.  The Rambler is effectively a large Vertue with more volume, space, comfort and capability.

This boat was built by B.P Miles of Poole in 1963.

The design offers a stable and comfortable platform for long distance short handed sailing, perhaps not the fastest boat around but she will certainly look after her crew in comfort.  The cockpit has been improved hugely with the conversion to wheel steering giving more useable space when sailing and the overhanging coachroof deck gives a nice sheltered area at the front of the cockpit for crew when sailing.  The interior is very spacious with more headroom than most boats twice her size, good length berths and a separate heads.

She is a superb family cruising boat that has been well cared for and was built to a high standard in the beginning

Length on Deck                 33’2″

Beam                                    9’8″

Draft                                      5’5″



Planked in teak all copper rivet fastened to sawn oak frames with 2 steam bent oak intermediate timbers.

Sawn oak floors across the centreline.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts, checked in present ownership.

Solid yacht laid teak deck, screwed to oak deck beams, caulked and payed with butyl rubber.  High varnished toe rail all round.

Varnished teak coachroof and cockpit coamings.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit with wheel steering, large cockpit lockers.  Bridge deck sheltered by overhanging coachroof at forward end of the cockpit.



Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished spruce mast, refurbished and varnished 2018.

Varnished wooden slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal bronze chain plates, rigging completely replaced in last 10 years.  Heavily rigged mast with twin spreaders.  Inner forestay to take a storm jib and can be rigged as a cutter.  Running back stays on levers to support inner jib.

Furlex roller furling headsail.

Main sheet to a stainless horse on the aft deck.

3 pairs of Lewmar sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.  3 Lewmar winches on the mast.

468sqft of sail including mainsail, recent Genoa, recent working jib, staysail, spinnaker and storm jib.




Lombardini  33hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 1997.  Approximately 300 hours.

Single lever controls to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 6 knots cruising speed.

3 x 12 volt batteries for domestic supply and engine starting.  Charged from engine alternator or 240v charger.  Twin engine alternators.

Installed shore power system.

16 gallon yellow metal fuel tank in starboard side of cockpit.



4 large berths with great headroom.

Starboard offset entrance hatch with steps down into the cabin.

Galley to port with Plastimo Neptune 4500 gimballed gas cooker with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water.  Ample work surface and storage space.

Fridge on the starboard side, 12 volt Isotherm 49 litre unit.  Fixed surface above used as a chart desk.

Large saloon settee berth either side with a varnished dropleaf saloon table.  Berths are very wide and comfortable.

Saloon has light Oak panelling making it light and spacious.

Starboard offset passageway going forward with a hanging locker to starboard and heads compartment to port

Heads has a manual Jabsco sea toilet discharging directly overboard and a hand basin with hot and cold running water.

Forward into the fore cabin there are two single V-berths with full standing headroom between and plenty of stowage space.


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