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 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.
Bought by the present owner in 2010 and shipped to Sweden where she has been based ever since, cruising the archipelagos and coasts of the Baltic. She has been well maintained and continually upgraded over the years, recently fitted out and launched ready for the season ahead. 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 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.
Roller furling genoa. 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.
Yanmar 2GM20 16hp twin cylinder diesel.
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.
2x 100ah domestic batteries and one dedicated 75ah engine start battery, charged from the engine alternator.
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.
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