Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue II
Based on the famous Vertue design by Laurent Giles, this is the very first example of what was known as the Vertue II, the same lines but built using GRP, completed in 1979 and built to Lloyds 100A1 classification. Shortly after completion, the boat was exhibited at the London Boat Show in 1979. This is the first and and possibly the best GRP Vertue II, a superb and immensely capable short handed blue water cruising boat.
The most notable feature of this boat compared to other examples of the Vertue II is her interior. Because she was due to be exhibited at the boat show, the yard put a lot of time and effort into building her interior using solid teak giving her a cozy and comfortable feeling comparable to some of her earlier wooden sister ships. Later boats were not fitted out to this high standard due to the extortionate cost.
Sold into Swedish ownership in 2010 where she has been based ever since, cruising the archipelagos and coasts of the Baltic. Last year she was sold, bought by an Australian for an intended long distance cruise and she had considerable investment with new gear and equipment in readiness for that trip. Unfortunately plans have changed, the trip cancelled and the boat must be sold once again.
The boat had been totally prepared for this voyage and is a fully equipped, turn key blue water cruising boat in ready to go condition. Recent updates include:
New roller furling headsail system
New EPIRB and PLB
She has been well maintained and continually upgraded over the years. She is well set up for single handed sailing, easily handled by one person and capable of offshore cruising in rough weather if required, the Vertue has often been referred to as the ‘greatest offshore cruiser’.
Length on Deck 25’8″
Length Waterline 21’6″
GRP moulded hull, heavily laid and built to Lloyds 100A1.
2 ton external iron ballast keel.
GRP moulded decks and coachroof finished in blue non slip coating. Scrubbed teak hand rails on the coachroof deck.
Lewmar hatch forward of the mast
Moulded self draining cockpit with a scrubbed teak capping rail and Treadmaster non slip mat on the thwarts. Sprayhood with a zipped back to shelter the cockpit.
Tiller steering with a transom hung wooden rudder, rebuilt in 2016. Stainless steel pintles and gudgeons. Aries wind vane steering fitted.
Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast. Mast steps fitted.
New Selden single line slab reefing boom in 2016. Stack pack system fitted on lazy jacks.
The mast and rigging is over spec for a boat of her size making everything very strong.
Twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud to internal stainless steel chain plates.
ProFurl C290 roller furling genoa system, new in 2022. Split standing backstay. Inner forestay for storm jib.
Fully battened mainsail with lazy jacks and stack pack system. Genoa by Hood in good condition. Second genoa, storm jib, working jib and spinnaker.
Lewmar 16 primary cockpit sheet winches and a pair of Lewmar non-self tailing secondary sheet winches.
Lewmar 16 self tailing winch on coachroof for running rigging which is led through jamming clutches.
Yanmar 2GM20 16hp twin cylinder diesel. Complete and thorough service in 2022. Full set of spares and tools aboard.
Stainless steel shaft with an Aqua-Drive coupling to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller. 5 knots cruising speed.
17 gallons of diesel in an incorporated tank under the engine built into the keel.
20 gallons of water in a plastic tank under the saloon sole.
2 x AGM domestic batteries and 1 x engine start battery, all new in 2022.
Small inverter for 240 volt, new in 2022.
3 berths plus an extra berth in the fore peak currently used for storage. 6’2″ headroom throughout the saloon.
The interior of this very first example of the Vertue II was finished in solid teak panelling all done to a very high standard and gives her a cosy comfortable feel in the cabin similar to that of her earlier wooden counterparts.
Steps down from the cockpit with a quarter berth to starboard and galley to port.
Galley has an Origo twin burner meths stove on gimbals. Stainless sink with manually pumped fresh and salt water. Various lockers, cubby holes and storage shelves around the galley give plenty of stowage space.
Half height bulkheads with the recognisable curved top found in Vertues separate off the main saloon. Settee berth either side with trotter box forward. Lockers behind under the deck head and storage beneath the seats as well.
Teak shelf and storage lockers at the forward end of the saloon either side, each with a brass oil lamp on gimbals.
Custom made stainless steel solid fuel cabin heater mounts on the bulkhead.
Centreline door into the forepeak with a heads to starboard and the 4th berth/storage are to starboard.
Heads is a Blakes manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.
Aries Lift up wind vane self steering
Autohelm ST 4000 tiller pilot with fixed mounted display/control unit in cockpit.
Yeoman Navigator Pro
AIS EM-track B400 class B (AIS sender and receiver) with its own chart display
3 anchors plus chain.
Simpson Lawrence anchor windlass type S-L Hyspeed Double Action Lever Windlass.
Lazizas Coastal valise life raft, new 2022
EPIRB, new 2022
Personal locator Beacon, new 2022
Life jacket, new 2022
2 x life line terthers
Fire blanket in the galley
Manual bilge pump
Auto electric bilge pump
Bunk and berth cushions
Full galley equipment
Paraffin cabin lamps
2 burner Origo spirit stove
Bimini sun awning
Custom made stainless steel solid fuel stove cabin heater.
Sprayhood with zipped on back
Mainsail, fully battened
Mainsail stack pack system with lazy jacks
2 x Lewmar self tailing cockpit sheet winches
2 x non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches
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.