Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Sloop
35′ bermudan sloop designed by Jack Laurent Giles, built by JJ Bickford Ltd of Topsham, Devon in 1956.
The basis for the Rambler design which was slightly smaller in length but otherwise very similar.
Designed and built for the director of Seagull outboard engines, her original build was to a very high standard using the best available materials. He wanted a safe and comfortable offshore cruising boat that could be easily handled, and although never designed to win races, she has proved to be both safe and capable with several thousand miles of cruising in the current ownership. The original specification and full set of construction drawings are available to confirm her provenance.
After purchasing the boat in 2014, the current owner has taken part in various classic regattas and sailed her across the Atlantic, around the Caribbean and back to the UK via Bermuda and the Azores. Subsequently cruised north to Scotland, Faroe Islands and on to the east coast of Iceland. The crew experienced some severe weather conditions during these various voyages the boat performed admirably the whole time taking the storms in her stride and looking after the crew.
In September 2022 a second hand low hours Yanmar 39hp diesel was installed. This is an excellent modern engine with only 600 hours, professionally installed in September 2022.
This is a really lovely and seemingly sound cruising boat, well proven in recent years with money spent in all the right places by the current owner. A maintenance program is currently under way to re-paint and re-varnish.
2018 survey available.
Length on deck 35’
Length waterline 27’6”
Sail area 430sq’
Carvel planked in 1” teak below the waterline, mahogany above the waterline. Copper fastened to heavy sawn oak frames with 3 steamed oak intermediate timbers at 7” centres.
External lead ballast keel of 3 tons fastened with bronze keel bolts.
Bronze strap floors on each of the heavy sawn frames fastened through the hull with bronze bolts.
Foredeck and aft deck are straight laid T&G cedar fastened to the deck beams, overlaid with epoxy glass cloth sheathing and finished in grey deck paint. Varnished teak king plank and covering boards on the foredeck.
Deck is raised midships to the level of the top of the toe rail to give some more volume and headroom to the saloon without visually disturbing the sheer line. This midships deck is epoxy sheathed marine plywood.
All bronze deck fittings.
Substantial varnished teak forehatch.
Coachroof finishes aft of the mast with low coamings, stepping up to a raised doghouse aft. Varnished teak coamings with bronze framed windows. Small butterfly skylight andgrab rails in varnished teak. Sprayhood on the doghouse.
Deep self draining cockpit well sheltered by the dog house and sprayhood. Laid varnished teak thwarts. Bronze boom gallows at the aft end of the cockpit sits on massive sampson posts.
Tiller steering, bronze rudder stock completely new in 2019 with emergency tiller facility. SeaFeather wind vane self steering system on the transom.
Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped painted aluminium mast.
Varnished wooden roller reefing boom with a double tailed mainsheet to a stainless horse on the aft deck. New gooseneck fitting in 2015.
Stainless steel standing rigging, all new in 2016, to external bronze chain plates. Twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over a single set of spreaders. Single standing backstay.
Removable inner forestay fitted in 2016 allowing for a storm jib or to have twin headsails for downwind ocean sailing.
Profurl roller furling headsail system on the forestay.
Twin alloy booming out poles fitted to tracks on the mast.
Pair of Lewmar 6 non-self tailing mast halyard winches. Pair of chromed bronze cockpit sheet winches with rubber self tailing tops.
Mainsail, staysail, genoa, jib, cruising chute and storm jib. Approximately 420sqft of working sail area.
Yanmar 3JH4E installed as a second hand engine in 2022. 3cyl 39hp diesel engine, fresh water cooled. Total of 600 hours from new.
Fitted with new stainless steel engine mounts.
Yanmar mechanical gearbox with a stainless steel shaft to an offset Brunton H5 Variprop furling propeller with a rope cutter.
20 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole.
3 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting. Start battery new in 2022. Charged from engine alternator or mast mounted wind turbine (needs servicing).
4 berths in a comfortable interior with excellent headroom.
All new upholstery in 2017. All LED lighting throughout.
Steps down over the engine box with a large quarter berth either side, easily accessed.
Galley to starboard and chart desk to port.
Galley has a Nelson 2 burner stove with oven and grill, installed with new gas pipes in 2016. Vented gas locker under aft deck. Single stainless sink with pressurised hot water.
Forward facing chart desk with a small set at the level of the quarter berth. Switch panel outboard under the deck head with nav instruments within easy reach.
Hand holds along the length of the coamings for support when moving through the boat.
Half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon. Port and starboard settee berth with trotter boxes at the forward end and lee cloths. Shelves outboard under the deck head.
Centreline dropleaf varnished teak saloon table.
Centreline passageway with a varnished wooden door into the forepeak. Port side wet hanging lockers. (Previously a solid fuel cabin heater to port, now removed.) Starboard side large 3 shelf provisions locker with zip cover
Eberspacher diesel fired hot air cabin heating system installed new in 2019, with outlets in saloon
Forepeak has a manual Lavac sea toilet which discharges directly overboard, toilet set over to starboard. Hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.
Large amount of storage space in the forepeak for extra sails, fenders, etc.
Sestrel steering compass
ICOM Class B AIS Transponder and deck mounted screen – new 2020
Cobra DSC VHF radio.- new 2018
Tacktick wind indicator 2013 (needs new battery)
Raymarine RL70C plotter. Radar dome no longer functions
Seafeather Wind vane self steering installed 2016 ( used all the way across Atlantic)
LED Navigation and mast heads lights 2017
Clock and barometer
4-man life raft, Ocean Safety, serviced in April 2022
LED anti collision white flare
2 x Life buoy
2 x life jackets
Personal life lines
2 x fire extinguishers
Rule 500GPH auto bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
2 x 35lb CQR anchors
30fthms 3/8” chain
SL 500 manual windlass
2 x 12 volt domestic batteries
1 x 12 volt engine start battery, new in 2022
Vertical wind vane battery charger on mast (needs service)
Sterling smart alternator regulator (needs connecting)
Main sail cover
Saloon window cover
Forehatch cover, windlass cover and dodgers – new 2021
Large Winter cover 6m x 4m – new 2021
Spray-hood. New 2016, refurbished 2022
Spinlock tiller extension
Bunk and berth cushions
Nelson 2 burner gas stove
2 x gimballed paraffin cabin lamps
Lavac manual sea toilet
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