Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue
Designed by Jack Laurent Giles and built by Elkins of Christchurch in 1954. Vertue no. V67.
The Vertue was designed by Jack Laurent Giles before the war and has become probably the most celebrated small cruiser ever, largely due to the amazing voyages made in these tough little ships. It was Humphrey Barton who made the design’s reputation with his blue water voyages in Vertue XXXV and Hiscock spoke highly of the design. The latter engaged Laurent Giles to design his Wanderer 2 and 3, both designs owing much to the Vertue.
Since the first extended voyages proving that a well-designed and built small yacht could sail safely off-shore, many Vertues have made similar and longer voyages with some completing circumnavigations of the globe.
The early boats had a very short coachroof with sitting head-room below. After the war, the topsides were raised by a plank and a much bigger coach-roof added extending forward of the mast and raised to a dog-house aft so that Vertues are often identified as “long” or “short” dog-house models, there being a few inches difference but seen as a one window or two dog-house. In a little boat, a few inches can make a significant difference.
This is the short doghouse model with a single window in the doghouse and is a very attractive example of the famous Vertue.
Bought by the current owner with a view to local cruising, but unfortunately circumstances have changed and she is no longer a suitable boat. Sold by Wooden Ships to the previous owner who kept her in France and lavished time and money on the boat to keep her in top condition. As well as regular cosmetic maintenance, she had a new engine, standing rigging, various sails and updated systems in the previous ownership. This is an exceptional example of the class with a recent clean survey and ready for her next owner.
With a beautiful teak deck, varnished teak coamings and mostly bronze fittings she is a delight to behold. Below decks she has 4 berths, a baby Blake sea toilet and paraffin Taylors stove. The yacht is well equipped with navigation gear, sails and numerous covers.
A super example with a detailed documented history of ownership and maintenance.
Length on Deck 25’3″
Length Overall 27′
Thames Tonnage 5TM
Carvel planked in teak below the waterline, mahogany above, all copper fastened to sawn oak frames with 2 steamed oak intermediate timbers.
Mix of sawn oak and bronze strap floors across the centreline.
External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.
Oak backbone, stem and stern post with elm deadwoods.
Deck is yacht laid teak screwed and glued over a marine plywood subdeck, which is in turned laid over the original pine deck which sits on oak deck beams. Teak deck re-caulked and sanded back in 2019.
Varnished teak covering board, toe rail and capping rail.
Stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and pushpit.
Varnished teak coamings with a raised doghouse aft. This is the short doghouse model with a single large window and stainless steel portlights in the coachroof coamings.
Coachroof deck of sheathed T&G planking and finished in white. Varnished teak handrails, dorade box, nav light boxes and forehatch on the coachroof.
Self draining cockpit with painted plywood sole and cockpit sides. Scrubbed teak sole grating. Scrubbed teak thwarts that lift to access large lockers. Laid teak bridge deck and varnished teak coamings with lovely rounded aft corners.
Bronze cleats and fairleads on deck. Bead blasted stainless steel stemhead fitting added in 2015.
Bermudan slutter rig to the usual Vertue design.
Deck stepped hollow varnished spruce twin spreader mast made in 2000. Regularly varnished and maintained.
Mast area supported by a large oak deck beam and vertical compression posts, plus bronze hanging knees on the inside of the hull.
Varnished wooden roller reefing boom with bronze roller mechanism and varnished wooden bumpkin over the transom to take the standing backstay.
Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2014 with new rigging screws, to internal bronze chain plates.
Twin lower shrouds, single intermediate and a single cap shroud. Single standing backstay (new in 2021) and running backstays on bronze levers. Removable inner forestay and outer forestay to stemhead.
Selden Furlex roller furling headsail system fitted in 1999.
Pair of original bronze non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches. Pair of original bronze non-self tailing mast winches.
Mainsail from 2019, Genoa from 1999, 3 x staysails, spinnaker, storm jib and storm trysail.
Nanni N3.21 21hp 3cyl diesel installed new in 2015.
Single lever control with a TMC40 gearbox to a centreline 2 blade fixed bronze propeller.
25 litre stainless steel fuel tank with Racor fuel filter.
Optima AGM BT50 SLI engine start battery, Odyssey AGM PC2150 domestic battery, both new in 2017. Charged from engine alternator or through a CTEK M200 battery charger when connected to shore power. Blue Sea systems 12 volt switch panel with voltage monitoring and USB chargers.
2 x galvanised water tanks under the berths.
4 single berths with 2 saloon settee berths and 2 singles in the forepeak.
Steps down from the companion hatch into the main cabin with chart desk to starboard and galley to port.
Galley has a Taylors paraffin 028 2 burner stove. Galley sink under the lifting chart desk with manually pumped fresh water. Pumped out manually with a Whale Gulper 220.
Chart desk has switch panel and various nav instruments outboard.
Usual half height Vertue bulkheads with curved stainless grab rails separate off the saloon.
Settee berth either side with storage space behind the seat backs and shelf above. Varnished pine sole boards.
Varnished mahogany lockers on forward bulkhead, along with a Hampshire charcoal stove on the starboard side.
Centreline door going forward into the forepeak.
Baby Blake sea toilet fitted on the centreline under the joinery, serviced and fitted in 2021 with new seacocks.
2 single berths with chain locker below.
Raymarine TickTack wireless instrument suite (2016):
Anemometer pack with masthead unit and display T101-868 (incl T112 & T120)
NMEA interface unit(T122) to network Micronet, GPS, VHF & Autohelm
Depth/Speed pack with bronze sleeve for speed transducer includes hull transmitter (T121)
Airmar special long bronze depth sounder (used instead of T942 above) [an analogue device compatible with Raymarine wireless]
Extra displays – two no. T110, to supplement T110 and T111
Fluxgate compass (T909)
Raytheon ST2000 tiller pilot
Navtex Target Pro Plus (518Khz) (c1999) with dual channel antenna mounted internally (2017)
Standard Horizon GX2200E DSC VHF (2017)
Metz Manata VHF antenna + Windex combination
Hella LED navigation lights (2017):
Masthead trio plus white mooring light
Clock and barometer
Horse shoe lifebuoy
Auto electric bilge pump, Rule 1100gph with Ultra Safety Systems float switch
Munster Simms manual bilge pump
ANAF Group CO2 fire extinguisher (fire category B) 75EN3 (Mfr 05/13)
Firekill FM200/HFC 227 automatic engine compartment fire extinguisher bbbhh—+
CTEK D250S dual and Smartpass battery charge regulator (2017)
CTEK charger CTEK M200 and cigar/usb sockets (2017)
Battery 1 (engine): OPTIMA lead acid AGM (BT50 SLI) (2017)
Battery 2 (house): ODYSSEY lead acid AGM (PC2150, Series TM) (2017)
Mainsail, Slab reefing (2); Bainbridge s/s slides (B308); 4 battens (1 full length), Technique Voile (2019)
Trysail, Hood, reinforced, orange, Holt Allen slides (HA89), (2015),
Genoa, furling, Hood, new UV protection (2014) Furler , Selden FURLEX (c1999)
Furler line (8mm polyester), (2015)
Staysail 1, Jeckells (2009)
Staysail 2, Delta Voiles (2015)
Staysail 3, Hood, (unused)
Storm jib, Hood, reinforced, orange (2015)
Spinnaker, Bruce Banks
Bronze sheet winches and mast winches
Light weight genoa pole
CQR bower anchor of 20kg on double stemhead roller
Fisherman’s kedge anchor of 20kg
Mooring chain 45m of 8mm
Warp 36m of 14mm and multiple mooring warps
Simpson Lawrence anchor winch with 8mm gypsy
Fenders: 6 no. cylinder (680mm), 2 no. ball, 1 no. prow
Day shapes (cone and ball)
Spare fuel container
Mast ladder: Bespoke ladder with slides, 32ft (2015)
Climbing safety harness Body harness – Avao Bod (2015)
Overall Winter Cover (navy), Reasonable
Sectional covers (beige) (2006) for cockpit, main hatch, fore hatch, mast boot, tiller
Dodgers and sun awning (beige) (2007) for beside and over cockpit
All weather cover, superstructure (beige) (2014) 3-section zipped together of Sunbrella material, covers whole deck and cockpit
All weather cover (beige) (2014 3-section zipped/snapped together covers, covers topsides
Bunk and berth cushions
Taylors 028 paraffin stove with pressure tank
Hampshire charcoal cabin heater
Removable mahogany saloon table
Baby Blake sea toilet, serviced 2021
Jabsco Par-Max model 42631 foot pump for galley sink
Whale Gulper 220 diaphram pump (2017) galley sink pump out