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Laurent Giles Vertue V45

(REF: 22667)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Aero Marine Ltd
  • Year: 1952
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 7'3"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 5TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue V45

Built to traditional Vertue lines with a few alterations as detailed below.  Built by Aeromarine Ltd of Emsworth in 1952.  She is number V45.

She was commissioned by Dr Joe Cunningham , a founding member of the Ocean Cruising Club, who had been working as a GP around Newfoundland and Hudson Bay after the War.  He wanted a yacht that was capable of carrying him to remote communities and naturally turned to the Vertue design due to the reputation these boats have as very capable offshore cruising boats.

With the experiences of Humphrey Barton crossing the Atlantic in V35, Cunningham altered the build to include an extra plank in the topsides and a different superstructure design with no dog house and the coachroof extended aft.

The rig was reduced in height and changed from the traditional ‘slutter’ to a cutter.

Joe Cunningham left to cross the Atlantic in 1952 and arrived safely in Newfoundland after travelling through Madeira, Barbados and then north via Bermuda, Newport and Halifax.  Here he continued to work as a GP using Ice Bird as his travelling base enabling to do exactly as he had planned, reaching remote communities in need of medical assistance.  Ice Bird stayed in the family and was sailed by Cunninghams nephew around Iceland and Biscay, the tale of which was written up in a 1970 Yachting Monthly article.

Kept in tidy condition and updated as necessary with new standing rigging and mainsail this year, this is a yacht with a rich history and all the pedigree of the great Vertue design.

Length on Deck                 26’

Length waterline              21’6”

Beam                                    7’3”

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             5TM




Planked in mahogany copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers of 1.5” x 1.5” at 4” centres.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline with a few sawn oak floors.  All straps re-galvanised and replaced with new bolts.  Wooden floors re-fastened with large copper rivets, all done in previous ownership.

External iron ballast keel of 2.2 tons with bronze keel bolts.  Bolts new in previous ownership.

T&G laid deck, covered with plywood and sheathed externally with epoxy glass cloth finished in non-slip deck paint.  High tow rail all round with a scrubbed teak capping rail.  Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and stanchions.  Deck and some deck beams replaced new in previous ownership.

Coachroof with a raised doghouse aft.  Varnished mahogany coamings with bronze portholes.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering and a transom hung rudder.  Varnished teak thwarts with a bridge deck at the forward end.




Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped alloy mast with alloy slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2021, to internal stainless chain plates.

2 spreader rig with twin standing back stays to the quarters and running backstays on Highfield levers.  Inner and outer forestay take the headsails on hanks.

Mainsail new from Hyde Sails in 2021.  Other older sails include 3 x jibs, 3 x staysails and a genoa.

Pair of Anderson self tailing cockpit sheet winches.  Pair of mast halyard winches.




Volvo Penta MD7A twin cylinder 13hp diesel engine

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 4 knots cruising speed.

45 litre stainless steel fuel tank in cockpit locker.

50 litre fresh water tank

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from engine alternator.  Shore power system fitted but there is no battery charger.

1 manual and 1 auto bilge pump.




2 berths with 6’3” headroom in the saloon

Steps down over the engine with galley to starboard and chart area to port.

Galley has a Taylors paraffin 2 burner stove with oven set on gimbals.  Stainless sink with a bronze  manual hand pump for fresh water.

The chart desk has lots of storage below and lockers above.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon.

Main saloon with a settee berth either side and removable centreline dropleaf table.  Taylors paraffin cabin heater mounted on the forward bulkhead.  Upholstery new in 2021.

Centreline door going forward.  Forepeak has a Baby Blake sea toilet mounted on the centreline facing aft.  The rest of the forepeak is used for storage.




Plastimo steering compass

Raymarine sounder and log


Autohelm tiller pilot

Navigation lights including LED masthead light


Life buoy

Orange smoke and a laser flare

Fire extinguisher


24lb CQR anchor

25m of 8mm chain

30m of 14mm warp

Bruce 7.5kg anchor with 5m of 8mm chain and 30m of 14mm warp

Simpson Lawrence manual windlass


Bunk and berth cushions

Taylors Paraffin stove with 2 burners and oven

Taylors paraffin cabin heater

Gimballed cabin oil lamp

Saloon table





Ensign and staff

Beaching legs


Coachroof cover/boom tent


Mainsail by Hyde Sails, 2021                        Excellent condition

No.1 jib                                                                                Fair condition

No.2 jib                                                                                Good condition

No.3 jib                                                                                Good condition

Genoa                                                                  Fair condition

No.1 staysail                                                       Fair condition

No.2 staysail                                                       Fair condition

No.3 staysail                                                       Fair condition

Mainsail cover










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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