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Laurent Giles Vertue V40

(REF: 18258)


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

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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 top class British 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 moved to Devon where she is now based and has been kept up to a very good standard by her diligent owner with professional help where required.  She benefits from a very smart recently made winter cover that fits around the mast and protects the whole boat.

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 local cruising and long weekends aboard.

Detailed survey from 2017 and nearly all recommendations have been carried out since.  This is a very smart example of the Vertue in really ready to go condition with a nice pedigree and history.


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.  Topsides splined from new.

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.  Decks sheathed in original canvas, recently re-painted. Bulwark taken back to bare wood in 2021 repainted with 9 coats of primer, pre-kote and top coat.

King Plank, Sampson Post and Bow Stem fitting removed new king plank fitted, finished with 2 Coats Bonda Seal, prime, undercoat, top coat of Hempel

Stainless steel pulpit and stanchions with the usual Vertue bulwark all round, this was removed and refitted in 2021. All deck pads, cleats and grab rails removed taken back to bare wood and revarnished in 2021.

Very smart cockpit with varnished mahogany slatted thwarts and scrubbed teak sole boards.

Varnished mahogany coamings with bronze framed windows.  Coamings and doghouse overhauled in 2018 and 2019, stripped to bare wood, new beading fitted and re-varnished.

Transom hung rudder with varnished tiller.


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.  Boom sits in a gallows across the aft of the cockpit with a double tailed mainsheet.

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2011, to stainless rigging screws.  Rig professionally checked in 2018, new backstay fitted.

Stainless steel internal chain plates replaced new in 2013.

Running backstays on galvanised levers with new wooden base pads.

2 mast and 2 cockpit winches.

Full suit of sails including a cruising chute new in 2001.  All sails and covers valeted in 2021 with a 3rd reef added to the mainsail. Her original sails are still with the boat


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

New Stainless Exhaust Elbow fitted 2020

Vetus Water Strainer added 2020. New Water Pump 2021.

Vetus water exhaust lock checked and serviced 2021

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

Shaft log and stern tube rebuilt in 2021. New Blakes engine sea cock fitted 2018, all other Sea Cocks serviced 2021.

5 gallon stainless fuel tank under the aft deck

5 gallon plastic water tank.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.  Batteries new in 2020.


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 which was stripped and refurbished in 2020.  Space for stowage of sails, fenders etc.


Plastimo steering compass

Hand bearing compass

Husun VHF

Garmin GPS 72

NASA clipper sounder, new 2021

Walker trailing log

Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot new 2020

Clock and barometer


Engine space fire extinguisher

Plastimo safety ladder

Kim MOB sling

Horse shoe life buoy with light

Electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump

Radar reflector


20lbs CQR anchor

45m 5/16″ galvanised chain

10lbs CQR with 90′ of chain and warp


Gowan mainsail

Gowan Yankee

Gowan No.1 staysail

Cruising chute

Large genoa

1972 Mainsail

1972 No.2 staysail

Original sails from 1952, storm jib and No.2 staysail in Egyptian cotton.

Mainsail cover + spare


Full winter cover in Topgun  material, new 2020

Cockpit summer cover

Forehatch cover

5 large fenders

Selection of warps and lines


Bunk and berth cushions

Laurent Giles saloon table

2 cabin oil lamps


Yanmar 1GM 10 diesel engine

2 x 12 volt batteries, new 2020

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