Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Vertue

(REF: 28089)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: John Perry
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 25'4"
  • Beam: 7'4"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 5TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue

25’ Laurent Giles Vertue No. 132 built in 1964 by John Perry of Cosham.

John Perry built two Vertues and was a renowned boat builder with an excellent reputation for producing high quality boats.  Judging by the list of materials used in the build of this boat the original owner wanted a top quality yacht and was willing to pay for it.  The commissioning owner, Henry Claude Lyon Garnett CBE was a Major in the Royal Horse Guards.  The build was carried out under hands-on supervision of the Laurent Giles office with weekly visits to inspect progress and ensure the boat was being built to their exacting standards.

A superb example of the class planked entirely of teak and built to the highest standards.  Sold to the last 2 owners by Wooden Ships.  In current ownership since 2011 during which time she has had some major upgrades including new engine, new mast, new keel and floor bolts, re-payed deck and thorough re-painting inside and out.

This yacht comes with all her history and paperwork back to 1964 and a full photo record of all work done in the present ownership.

This is a very fine example of the Vertue in lovely condition with a long record of professional refit work carried out in the last 12 years.


Length on Deck                 25’4”

Beam                                    7’4”

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             5TM


  • Planked in teak all copper fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock elm timbers.
  • External lead ballast keel fastened with bronze keel bolts.  Keel removed and rebidded with new bronze bolts in 2013.
  • Mix of sawn timber floors and 4 iron strap floors across the centreline.  The metal floors were removed, cleaned and epoxy coated then fitted with new bronze bolts in 2023.
  • Yacht laid teak deck glued over a marine plywood sub deck, show deck structure new in 1989.  Deck seams raked out and re-payed in 2022.  Margin boards around the coamings and scrubbed teak covering boards and toe rails.
  • Many bronze deck fittings including cleats, fairleads, mushroom vents, mainsheet horse and running backstay fittings.
  • Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portlights and windows.  This is the long dog house model with 2 windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof decks with grab rails and varnished teak dorade boxes topped with bronze vents.
  • Self draining teak cockpit with scrubbed teak cockpit thwarts and a hatch in the scrubbed teak sole to access the bilge below.  Hatch into the lazarette storage under the aft deck.
  • Transom hung rudder with tiller steering.


  • Usual Vertue Bermudan ‘slutter’ rig.  This is a masthead sloop with optional cutter arrangement giving a large variety of sail combinations.
  • Varnished spruce deck stepped mast set on a stainless tabernacle on the coachroof.  Mast was new in 2019.
  • Twin spreaders with twin lower shrouds, single intermediate shroud and single cap shroud.  Twin standing backstays to stainless chain plates on the transom.  Outer forestay to the stem head.  Removable inner forestay to create the cutter rig.
  • Running backstays on bronze Highfield levers, the levers engraved with ‘Laurent Giles’.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.
  • Varnished spruce roller reefing boom sheeted to a bronze horse on the aft deck.
  • New sails in 2009 by James Lawrence, Brightlingsea in cream Clipper Canvas.  Sails valeted and maintained by James Lawrence: Mainsail 175sq’ fitted with 2 deep reefs, Genoa     231sq’, Working Jib 153sq’, Staysail 102sq’ (one reef)
  • 2 bronze Lewmar top-action halyard winches on the mast, the falls to tufnol cleats below.
  • 2 bronze Barlow 23 self-tailing cockpit sheet winches.


  • Beta Marine 20hp diesel engine fitted new in 2020.
  • Mechanical gearbox with an AquaDrive coupling to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.
  • 25 litre plastic fuel in the port cockpit locker.
  • 2x 12 volt 80ah batteries charged by the engine alternator.


  • 3 single berths with headroom of 6’ in the saloon.
  • Settee berths convert to a large double with an infill between them.
  • Steps down from the companion hatch with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.
  • Galley has a single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water from a bronze hand pump.  Origo 3000 2 burner spirit stove is set on gimbals.
  • Half height bulkheads, white painted with varnished teak trim, separate off the main saloon.  Settee berth either side each with a trotter box.  There are infill cushions and supporting boards that go between the settees and create a large double berth for use in port.  Lockers and shelving outboard under the side decks.
  • Double teak centreline doors into the fore peak where there is a single berth to starboard and a modern Porta Potti toilet placed on the centreline facing aft.  Anchor chain locker forward of the heads.
  • The interior has recently been professionally painted and varnished throughout and is looking very smart.


  • TackTick wind indicator
  • Standard Horizon CP180 chartplotter
  • Tacktick MN 100-2 log and depth
  • ICOM VHF radio
  • Clock and baromoter


  • 35lb CQR  anchor.
  • Fisherman anchor
  • 40fthm chain
  • Grapnel kedge anchor with chain and warp
  • SL Hi-Speed double action manual windlass.
  • Approx. 14 fathoms plaited anchor warp.


  • Manual bilge pump
  • Auto electric bilge pump
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Exhaust overheat alarm


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Origo 3000 2 burner spirit stove
  • Porti Potti heads
  • Gimballed cabin oil lamp


  • Mainsail 175sq’ fitted with 2 deep reefs (emergency)
  • Genoa     231sq’
  • Working Jib 153sq’
  • Staysail    102sq’ (one reef)
  • Trysail
  • Mainsail cover
  • 2 bronze Lewmar top-action halyard winches on the mast.
  • 2 bronze Barlow 23 self-tailing cockpit sheet winches.
  • All over winter cover for us with mast down
  • All over winter cover for use with mast up


  • 2 x 12 volt 80ah batteries
  • Beta 20hp engine, new 2020
  • Plastic 25 litre fuel tank

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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.

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