Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Vertue

(REF: 18258)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Builder: Stebbings, Burnham on Crouch
  • Year: 1951
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 25'3
  • Beam: 7'2
  • Draft: 4'6
  • Tonnage: 5

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue

Designed by Laurent Giles and built by Stebbings of Burnham on Crouch in 1951.  She was built for the Festival of Britain exhibition in 1951 as an example of boat building and craftsmanship, there are black and white photos of her being exhibited with her original varnished hull.  She was named ‘Festival Vertue’ when launched.

After this she remained in the same family for over  50 years, based in Essex, where she was very well maintained and had a major professional refit in 2005.  She then passed to the present owner who has kept her on the Tamar and used her for local sailing.  Her impeccable maintenance has been kept up in the present ownership with some professional help when required.

This is the short doghouse model giving a slightly larger cockpit and a bridge deck, ideal for weekend and day sailing.  The interior offers 2 comfortable berths and 6′ headroom plus a heads and galley, everything you need for some local cruising.

She has recently gone afloat after her usual spring refit and had an insurance survey inspection in May 2017.


Length on Deck                 25’3″

Length Overall                   27′

Beam                                    7’2″

Draft                                      4’6″

Thames Tonnage             5TM



Planked in Honduras mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Mainly grown oak floors across the centreline with a few galvanised straps in the ends of the hull.

External iron ballast keel of just over 2 tons.  Galvanised steel keel bolts last drawn in 2010 when a few were replaced as necessary.

Sheathed T&G Red Cedar decks, finished in deck paint.

Varnished mahogany coamings with bronze framed windows.

Sheathed T&G Cedar coachroof deck.




Bermudan slutter rig on a deck stepped solid varnished wooden mast mounted in a galvanised shoe on the coachroof deck.

Varnished wooden slab reefing boom and varnished spinnaker pole.  Small bumpkin carrying the standing backstay.

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2011, to stainless rigging screws.

Stainless steel internal chain plates replaced new in 2013.

Running backstays on levers.

2 mast and 2 cockpit winches.

Full suit of sails including a cruising chute new in 2001.  Her original sails are still with the boat.



Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder 10hp diesel installed new approximately 1997.  Regularly serviced and well maintained.

Single lever controls with a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

5 gallon stainless fuel tank under the aft deck

5 gallon plastic water tank.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.




Simple layout below decks with 2 berths, heads and galley.

Steps down from the entrance hatch with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has an Origo spirit stove, storage cupboards and a single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.

Typical Vertue half height curved bulkheads separating off the main saloon.

Settee berth either side with lee cloths,  and  trotter boxes  at the forward end.

Centreline door into the forepeak with an aft facing Baby Blake sea toilet.  Space for stowage of sails, fenders etc.


Full specification and details available upon request



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.